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Entry Clearances

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many dependants have entered the UK with foreign nationals obtaining a grant of an after-entry application to (a) vary leave, (b) vary leave for permit-free employment and (c) vary leave for business in each year since 1997; (177387)

(2) how many holders of student visas of each nationality have been granted an extension of their entry visa on (a) two occasions and (b) three or more occasions in each year since 2001;

(3) how many foreign nationals granted an after entry application (a) to vary leave, (b) to vary leave for permit-free employment and (c) to vary leave for business had obtained (i) a previous extension of leave and (ii) two or more previous extensions of leave in the last year for which figures are available;

(4) how many (a) applications and (b) refusals there were of applications for after entry variation of leave for (i) permit-free employment and (ii) business in each year since 1997;

(5) how many grants of after entry applications to vary leave for business were made in (a) each year since 1997 and (b) each quarter since 1 January 2004; what the percentage change in grants made was between each such period; and how many foreign nationals of each nationality obtained such a grant in each year since January 2004;

(6) how many grants of after entry applications to vary leave for permit-free employment were made in (a) each year since 1997 and (b) each quarter since 1 January 2004; what the percentage change in grants made was between each such period; and how many such grants were made (i) in each category and (ii) for foreign nationals of each nationality in each of the last three years for which such figures are available.

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