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Entry Clearances

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain received before 31 December 2006 have not yet been determined; what the principal reasons are for delay in such cases; and if he will make a statement. (140441)

In respect of cases involving unresolved asylum claims, in accordance with information provided to the Home Affairs Committee on 19 February 2007 by the chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency, periodic progress updates will be provided.

In respect of non-asylum cases, as of 31 May 2007 there are about 17,600 outstanding non-asylum indefinite leave to remain applications that were received in the Border and Immigration Agency prior to 31 December 2006. These applications include those submitted under a range of immigration categories.

On the whole, these cases are not straightforward and require additional consideration. The aforementioned data are not provided under National Statistics protocols. They have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.