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Overseas Workers: Visas

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

21. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overseas workers were granted visas to enter the UK in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement. (229791)

Between October 2007 and September 2008, around 57,000 visas were granted to overseas nationals with Home Office work permits. In addition, over 39,000 visas were issued in permit-free employment categories.

Had the new points bases system been in place last year there would have been 12 per cent. fewer people coming in to work through the equivalent work permit route.