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Work Permits

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications from employers for work permits were waiting for processing to be completed on (a) 1 March and (b) 1 September; and what the average time was between (i) initial receipt of the application and despatch from the payment processing facility and (ii) completion of the payment processing and approval of the work permit on each of those dates. (155639)

The number of work permit applications awaiting an initial decision was 4,658 on 1 March 2007 and was 3,508 on 1 September 2007.

Work permit applications received at the payment processing centre before 1.30 pm are delivered to the Border and Immigration Agency the same day. Those received later are delivered the next working day.

For the six- month period prior to 1 March 2007 it took an average eight calendar days from receipt at the Border and Immigration Agency to complete a work permit application and for the six-month period prior to 1 September 2007 it took an average of 10 calendar days.

All the above figures exclude those applications that had been initially refused but which were being reconsidered on review at these dates.

he figures quoted are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people who were granted a UK work permit in 2000 subsequently (a) applied for and (b) were granted settlement. (156305)

The information requested could be obtained by the detailed examination of individual records only at disproportionate cost.

Although information on both work permits and grants of settlement are provided in the Home Office Command Paper “Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2006”, it is not possible to directly cross reference between the data as the basis for calculation is different.