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Leave to Remain

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down by nationality the number of persons granted indefinite leave to remain under the family indefinite leave to remain exercise announced by his predecessor on 24 October 2003. (109910)

[holding answer 19 December 2006]: The following table shows the top 20 nationalities of persons granted indefinite leave to remain under the terms of the family indefinite leave to remain exercise as at 30 September 2006, which is the latest date for which information has been published.

Further information on the Family ILR exercise is published in quarterly web pages and in the annual statistical bulletin, Asylum Statistics United Kingdom.

Copies of these publications and others relating to general immigration to the UK are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html

Grants of ILR issued under the IND Family ILR exercise as at 30 September 2006 1,2, by Nationality

Nationality

Grants of ILR issued

Serbia and Montenegro

3,905

Sri Lanka

1,945

Turkey

1,735

Pakistan

1,220

Nigeria

1,125

Democratic Republic of Congo

935

Colombia

715

Afghanistan

700

Kenya

685

Ecuador

665

Ghana

595

Somalia

590

Poland

580

China

545

Iran

465

Sierra Leone

405

India

380

Lithuania

380

Uganda

365

Croatia

350

Other

6,055

Grand total

24,340

1 Figures rounded to the nearest 5.

2 Main asylum applicant only.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the policy review of the practice of giving two months’ discretionary leave to remain to any citizen who cannot provide evidence of existing leave to remain at a port of entry will be completed; and if he will make a statement. (102013)

A review of the guidance for dealing with passengers who are unable to provide evidence of their existing leave conditions at port will be completed shortly. The revised guidance will be published on the Home Office website in the new year.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain were submitted in each year between 1997 and 2005; how many are awaiting a decision; and if he will make a statement. (108653)

The required statistics in the following table are obtained from the General Case Information Database, which, although operational from late 2001, was not fully utilised until 2002. These figures show the volumes of main applicants applying for non-asylum indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.

Of these, approximately 20,000 are awaiting a decision in general casework areas. Information about cases in other business areas could only be obtained by detailed records searches at disproportionate cost.

Number of non-asylum indefinite leave to remain applications from 2001-051

2002

98,800

2003

103,800

2004

94,800

2005

114,600

1Figures given are rounded to the nearest 100

Note:

The above data is not provided under the National Statistics protocols. It has been derived from local management information and is therefore provisional and subject to change.