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Work Permits and Visas

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have made representations about their stay rights, having been granted a valid work permit since the change of system from unified work permit and stay visa application to separate applications for each; how his officials are dealing with such inquiries; if he will instruct his officials to take account of potential confusions following the change of system when permission to stay is being considered; and if he will make a statement. (103579)

The Department does not keep a record of the number of applicants who have made representations on their further leave to remain applications since the unified process was separated in April 2004. The regulations regarding the change to a two-stage application process (work permit and then leave to remain application) were laid before Parliament on 10 March 2004. Information was also published on the Home Office’s website (www.workingintheuk.gov.uk) on 15 March along with the new application forms.

All representations are considered under the published Immigration Rules and internal guidance instructions, which caseworkers follow when considering all applications. Guidance on the change to a two-stage process was issued to caseworkers in March 2004.