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Immigration: Applications

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-English speaking immigrants applied for residency in the UK in each year since 1997. (129390)

The information requested is not available. The Border and Immigration Agency do not hold any details of the language(s) spoken by applicants who apply for indefinite leave to remain or enter in the United Kingdom. Changes to the immigration rules were announced on 4 December 2006 and took effect on 2 April 2007. These will require persons subject to immigration control and in a category that leads to settlement to demonstrate knowledge of the English language and of knowledge of life in the United Kingdom before settlement can be granted.