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Asylum: Iraq

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications from Iraqis under the (a) locally engaged staff assistance scheme for resettlement in the UK and (b) Gateway Protection programme are awaiting evaluation. (233224)

Under the locally engaged staff assistance scheme UKBA can receive applications from current staff seeking entry under the direct entry scheme or the Gateway Protection programme and applications from former staff seeking entry under the Gateway Protection programme.

(a) Seven applications from current staff, are awaiting evaluation under the direct entry scheme. There are no applications from current staff awaiting evaluation under the Gateway Protection programme.

(b) The Gateway Protection programme is wider than the locally engaged staff assistance scheme. Under Gateway 102 applications from former Iraqi staff are awaiting evaluation and a further 58 from Iraqi nationals who are not nor have ever been employed by HMG. This includes all applications where a final decision in accordance with the Gateway policy has yet to be made.