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Entry Clearances: Married People

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of applications for visas for spouses made by applicants were (a) not granted and (b) granted within (i) 13 weeks, (ii) six months, (iii) a year, (iv) 18 months, (v) two years, (vi) two and a half years, (vii) three years and (viii) longer in each year since 2001. (164585)

It is not possible to provide the extremely detailed breakdown that the hon. Member requests. I am however able to provide a breakdown of the total numbers of applications received and refused, with percentages, for the years 2001 to 2007.

Total received

Total refused

Percentage refused

Total issued

Percentage issued

2001

94

1

1.1

11

11.7

2002

23,641

1,551

6.6

16,767

70.9

2003

41,560

3,286

7.9

29,775

71.6

2004

47,637

5,410

11.4

37,710

79.2

2005

49,851

5,948

11.9

34,075

68.4

2006

52,842

7,804

14.8

44,145

83.5

2007 (January October)

42,620

9,952

23.4

30,053

70.5

Issued within

13 weeks

13 week percentage

6 months

6 month percentage

12 months

12 month percentage

18 months

18 month percentage

2001

11

11.7

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

2002

15,286

64.7

928

3.9

73

0.3

1

0.0

2003

23,778

57.2

4,622

11.1

370

0.9

0

0.0

2004

27,820

58.4

4,853

10.2

2,024

4.2

764

1.6

2005

30,486

61.2

1,779

3.6

471

0.9

0

0.0

2006

36,777

69.6

2,043

3.9

2,032

3.8

1,056

2.0

2007 (January-October)

28,720

67.4

745

1.7

196

0.5

0

0.0

24 months

24 month percentage

30 months

30 months percentage

36 months

36 months percentage

Greater than 36 months

> 36 month percentage

2001

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

2002

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

2003

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

2004

157

0.3

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

2005

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

2006

147

0.3

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

2007 (January- October)

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

Source:

Central Reference System 14 November 2007

UKvisas makes every effort to ensure that statistics produced from our ‘Central Reference System’ (CRS) are accurate. However, the complexity of our global business, including technical failures or occasional inconsistencies in data entry across any of over 150 offices, means we cannot 100 per cent. guarantee accuracy. Please note that these figures have not been published and should only be used internally, for information purposes.

There are issues with data reliability prior to 2004. System modifications on both Proviso and CRS have affected the reliability of the data available to users worldwide between 2001and 2003.