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Indian Sub-Continent: Entry Clearances

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visa offices are operated by his Department in (a) Bangladesh, (b) India and (c) Pakistan; and how many staff are employed in each of those offices to process visa applications. (158287)

UKvisas has one Visa Section in Bangladesh, located at our high commission in Dhaka. There are four Visa Sections in India, located at our high commission in New Delhi and our deputy high commissions in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. There are two Visa Sections in Pakistan, located at our high commission in Islamabad and our deputy high commission in Karachi.

The following table displays the total number of staff employed at each of these Visa Sections to process visa applications. The figures include entry clearance managers, officers, assistants, local support staff and those on short-term contracts.

Staff employed at UK Visa Sections in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan

Number

New Delhi

100

Mumbai

84

Chennai

58

Kolkata

6

Dhaka

74

Islamabad

206

Karachi

13

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visa applications were processed by his Department in (a) Bangladesh, (b) India and (c) Pakistan in each (i) year and (ii) month since 2001. (158288)

The following table displays the total number of UK visa applications processed by our visa sections in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan in each year and month since April 2001.

Number of UK visa applications processed by our visa sections in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

April

May

June

July

August

September

Bangladesh

2001-02

1,994

2,809

2,817

3,595

2,978

2,750

2002-03

1,914

2,473

2,477

3,309

3,419

3,712

2003-04

2,324

2,881

3,590

4,215

3,881

4,274

2004-05

3,285

3,920

5,144

4,996

4,822

4,133

2005-06

2,915

3,691

4,176

3,358

4,246

3,554

2006-07

4,011

4,500

4,195

4,297

4,530

3,633

India

2001-02

24,462

27,376

21,688

21,702

20,281

16,659

2002-03

25,084

35,102

16,970

28,668

29,416

23,648

2003-04

27,707

33,922

29,524

28,919

26,695

28,262

2004-05

39,940

37,991

36,083

31,551

31,894

29,892

2005-06

43,767

47,499

43,090

32,142

35,028

32,787

2006-07

47,034

56,617

47,139

41,803

42,531

36,078

Pakistan

2001-02

11,637

17,214

17,250

15,043

12,819

8,099

2002-03

4,717

9,403

473

8,091

5,959

6,113

2003-04

9,245

11,057

10,289

11,897

9,151

8,992

2004-05

17,831

24,621

29,556

19,010

17,592

12,612

2005-06

15,674

18,932

21,297

15,721

14,948

13,215

2006-07

17,047

22,538

25,726

22,611

22,332

16,346

October

November

December

January

February

March

Total

Bangladesh

2001-02

1,772

1,959

1,545

2,247

1,451

2,086

28,003

2002-03

2,288

1,876

2,275

2,974

1,897

2,470

31,084

2003-04

3,601

2,721

2,817

2,970

2,786

3,931

39,991

2004-05

2,750

2,608

3,123

2,313

2,347

3,121

42,562

2005-06

2,844

2,274

3,091

2,580

2,786

3,905

39,420

2006-07

2,661

3,168

3,905

3,180

3,079

3,487

44,646

India

2001-02

11,232

10,498

9,468

12,308

14,020

19,465

209,159

2002-03

17,760

12,297

12,938

16,369

14,228

19,270

251,750

2003-04

21,093

15,205

17,918

19,061

21,849

33,080

303,235

2004-05

20,396

17,660

19,884

18,606

24,559

37,123

345,579

2005-06

24,231

21,703

20,205

24,314

28,131

42,478

395,375

2006-07

26,812

25,836

22,887

28,201

30,300

48,761

453,999

Pakistan

2001-02

3,113

2,676

2,045

5,235

6,151

7,901

109,183

2002-03

7,762

5,837

6,487

7,526

5,120

6,312

73,800

2003-04

8,781

7,407

10,611

11,733

10,442

15,281

124,886

2004-05

9,787

9,692

12,250

9,251

12,691

15,838

190,731

2005-06

9,395

10,741

13,164

11,586

11,499

16,212

172,384

2006-07

12,035

15,623

16,792

13,005

13,645

16,328

214,028

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visas have been (a) issued and (b) refused by his Department in (i) Bangladesh, (ii) India and (iii) Pakistan since 2001. (158289)

The following table displays the total number of UK visa applications issued and refused by our visa sections in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan since 2001.

2001-022002-032003-042004-052005-06

Issued

Refused

Issued

Refused

Issued

Refused

Issued

Refused

Issued

Refused

Chennai

40,646

3,460

46,193

8,653

55,944

12,526

68,675

13,712

81,526

13,659

Kolkata

9,907

199

10,776

329

11,813

880

13,155

1,101

14,923

979

Mumbai

66,108

7,960

71,776

10,907

91,070

20,216

109,845

25,728

119,130

28,953

New Delhi

64,343

12,517

67,948

19,753

81,479

25,013

88,862

32,363

100,893

33,079

India

181,004

24,136

196,693

39,642

240,306

58,635

280,537

72,904

316,472

76,670

Dhaka

19,896

7,671

21,504

10,658

21,748

11,914

20,837

19,153

27,554

16,543

Bangladesh

19,896

7,671

21,504

10,658

21,748

11,914

20,837

19,153

27,554

16,543

Islamabad

56,182

24,420

42,844

7,670

92,189

21,768

91,446

76,640

89,821

61,044

Lahore1

8,289

2,549

Karachi

28,634

7,904

9,788

2,503

1,793

7

11,505

5,003

20,665

7,568

Pakistan

93,105

34,873

52,632

10,173

93,982

21,775

102,951

81,643

110,486

68,612

1 The visa section at the British Trade Office in Lahore closed in 2002.

Source:

UK Visas Published Entry Clearance Statistics from 2001-02 to 2005-06

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what targets are set for the processing of visa applications by consular staff in (a) Bangladesh, (b) India and (c) Pakistan. (158290)

UKvisas does not set targets for its staff to process visa applications. Instead, UKvisas measures performance at all of its missions abroad against the following public service agreement (PSA) standards.

PSA 1: 90 per cent. of straightforward non-settlement applications to be processed within 24-hours.

PSA 2: 90 per cent. of non-settlement applications requiring further enquiries or interview to be processed within 15 days.

PSA 3: 90 per cent of settlement applications to be processed within 12 weeks.