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Immigration

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fast track visas have been granted to non-EU migrants each year since 1997. [120295]

Information on the number of work permits issued on the basis of the Shortage Occupation List (to which the term 'fast track visas' is assumed to refer) is only available from 2000 onwards. The number of such permits issued over this period is as follows:

Number
200024,485
200147,654
200249,572

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-EU citizens have been granted work permits in the United Kingdom in each year since 1992.[120296]

The total number of work permit approvals for each year since 1995 (the first year for which information is available) is as follows:

Number
199534,862
199638,256
199744,958
199853,962
199960,743
200088,651
2001120,823
2002136,151

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the target number of work permits to be issued was in each year since 1992.[120297]

The Government do not set targets for the number of work permits to be issued. Assumptions are made about the numbers of work permit applications that are expected to be received in order that Work Permits UK can effectively allocate resources to process applications.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many software developers from (a) India, (b) elsewhere in the sub-Indian continent and (c) other Asian countries have been granted (i) fast track visas and (ii) ordinary work permits in each year since 1992.[120298]

The numbers of work permits issued to all IT workers from these geographic areas since 2000 (the earliest year for which data on shortage occupations, to which the term 'fast track visas' is assumed to refer, is available) is as follows:

Shortage occupationsNon-shortage occupations
India
20003,9507,519
20019,1757,839
20027,03910,324
Rest of Indian sub-Continent1
2000114103
2001388130
2002453280
Other Asian Countries2
2000220544
2001499727
2002272774
1 Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh.
2 Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Mongolia, China, Bhutan, Taiwan, Japan, North and South Korea.
Work Permits (UK) is not able to provide distinct figures for software developers.