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Immigration

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were granted leave to remain in the UK through the long-residence concession in each of the last 10 years. (147781)

The latest available statistics on grants of settlement on the basis of long residence for 1996 to 2005 are provided in the following table.

Grants of settlement by selected category of grant, excluding EEA nationals and Switzerland—United Kingdom, 1996-2005

Number of persons

Category of grant

Long residency1,2

1996

2,300

1997

1,700

1998

1,900

1999

1,400

2000

3,700

2001

2,255

20023

5,290

20034

9,205

20045

3,005

2005

2,925

1 Includes persons granted settlement following application under the regularisation scheme for overstayers.

2 Excludes dependants.

3 Swiss nationals are excluded from 1 June 2002.

4 Data from 2003 also exclude dependants of EEA and Swiss nationals in confirmed relationships granted permanent residence.

5 Includes nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia before 1 May 2004, but excludes them from this date.

Note: Figures for 2001-05 have been rounded to the nearest five. Figures for 2000 and earlier have been rounded to two significant digits.