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Entry Clearances

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) work permit holders, (b) dependants of work permit holders, (c) highly skilled migrants and (d) dependants of highly skilled migrants were given leave to enter the UK in (i) each year since 1987 and (ii) each quarter since 1st January 2004. (206513)

[holding answer 19 May 2008]: The requested annual information on work permit holders and their dependants is published annually in the Home Office Command Paper ‘Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom’ which is available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

The quarterly data from 2004 is shown in the following table.

Information on highly skilled migrants and their dependants given leave to enter will be published on 20 August 2008, in the 2007 Home Office Command Paper, as these data have only been available since June 2007.

Work permit holders and dependants1 given leave to enter the United Kingdom, excluding EEA Swiss nationals, 2004 to 20062

Number of persons

Year/quarter

Work permit holders

Dependants of work permit holders

20041

82,655

41,545

of which:

Quarter 1

21,150

8,895

Quarter 2

21,825

10,845

Quarter 3

22,115

12,720

Quarter 4

17,565

9,085

2005

91,515

45,520

of which:

Quarter 1

21,185

9,880

Quarter 2

25,755

12,175

Quarter 3

24,270

13,530

Quarter 4

20,305

9,935

2006

96,605

48,515

of which:

Quarter 1

21,345

70,380

Quarter 2

26,680

72,970

Quarter 3

27,390

74,770

Quarter 4

21,165

70,450

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

2 Provisional and subject to change.

Note:

Data rounded to the nearest five, therefore they may not sum to the totals shown.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa centres her Department has in (a) Russia, (b) India and (c) China. (210128)

[holding answer 10 June 2008]: There are three visa application centres in Russia, 12 in India and 12 in China.