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Immigration Rules

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria she used to determine which of the 19,000 foreign nationals, dealt with as old cases, have been granted leave to remain; how many of these have previous convictions either in the UK or another country; what checks were made in the UK, or sought in other countries, in respect of such convictions; how many of these foreign nationals have dependants who are eligible for, or have received, leave to remain; if she will break down the 19,000 foreign nationals by (a) nationality and (b) type of case; and if she will make a statement. (176053)

[holding answer 7 January 2008]: Individuals' entitlement to stay in the UK is considered in accordance with the immigration rules. Before entitlement to stay is confirmed, including for any dependants aged 10 or over, details are checked against the Police National Computer to establish whether there is a criminal record. The checking process may also indicate if an individual is wanted for crimes outside the UK.

The cases of any individuals with a serious criminal conviction are considered as a high priority. Any outstanding applications may be refused and consideration will be given to deportation.

Obtaining figures on the number of applicants and dependants with criminal convictions would be possible only by examination of individual files and this would incur disproportionate cost.

The original figure of 19,000 has now been updated and the breakdown of the figures you have requested is contained in the UK Border Agency Chief Executive's letter, dated 23 July 2008, updating the Home Affairs Select Committee, copies of which are in the House Library.