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Immigration: Criminal Records

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-UK nationals with exceptional leave to remain were (a) granted and (b) refused the right of settlement in the UK in each year since 1997; and in how many cases a refusal was on the grounds of a criminal conviction in the UK. (233094)

[holding answer 4 November 2008]: Grants of settlement 1997-2007 to persons previously granted exceptional leave to remain in the United Kingdom are published in Table 5.3 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin "Control of Immigration Statistics United Kingdom 2007".

This publication is available in the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/hosb1008.pdf

The Home Office does not collate statistics on the number of people with exceptional leave to remain who have been refused settlement in the UK and whether the reason for refusal was on the grounds of having a criminal conviction in the UK. The information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost by undertaking a search of case files of all individuals with exceptional leave to remain who have applied for settlement in the UK since 1997.

Table 5.3 Grants of settlement by category of grant, excluding EEA and Swiss nationals1, 2, 1997-2007, United Kingdom

Number of persons

Category of grant

19973

19983

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

20044

2005

2006R

20075, P

Grants in own right or on a discretionary basis (excluding spouses and dependants)

On completion of four/five years6:

in employment with a work permit

2,845

3,155

3,285

4,455

4,335

5,845

9,190

16,205

25,470

11,270

15,165

in permit free employment7

705

855

700

1,415

890

980

1,325

1,325

1,625

670

790

as business or self employed, or as persons of independent means

265

200

130

260

160

115

230

220

320

2,595

75

Commonwealth citizens with a United Kingdom-born grandparent, taking or seeking employment

1,110

1,675

2,240

2,580

3,255

4,060

5,275

4,755

4,795

1,900

1,675

British overseas citizens with special vouchers

220

170

220

160

140

60

*

5

*

*

Refugees and persons given exceptional leave to remain:

4,830

6,675

22,505

25,355

17,965

18,235

12,185

19,025

33,850

19,075

10,250

Of which:

recognised refugees8

2,405

4,270

1522,505

1525,355

1517,965

10,955

4,875

1,695

1,230

40

30

persons given exceptional leave to remain

2,425

2,405

15

15

15

7,280

7,310

8,545

21,840

14,555

8,850

granted under the Family ILR exercise9

8,785

10,780

3,975

215

other asylum-related grants

500

1,155

Other grants on a discretionary basis10

2,160

3,700

2,580

6,150

4,190

6,730

10,860

4,075

4,050

6,155

8,785

Total granted in own right or on a discretionary basis11

12,145

16,435

31,665

40,380

30,935

36,020

39,065

45,615

70,105

41,670

36,745

Spouses and dependants

Husbands:

settled on arrival

15

10

15

25

55

45

85

785

560

445

325

settled on removal of time limit

11,240

13,620

15,370

15,730

17,780

16,640

19,210

11,860

15,195

18,105

17,750

Of which:

on basis of marriage12

10,700

13,010

14,565

14,460

16,850

15,470

17,275

7,985

8,540

15,185

13,495

at same time as wife

540

610

805

1,270

930

1,170

1,935

3,875

6,660

2,915

4,250

Total husbands

11,260

13,635

15,385

15,755

17,835

16,685

19,295

12,645

15,760

18,550

18,070

Wives:

settled on arrival

150

125

150

165

240

190

275

2,450

2,080

1,300

795

settled on removal of time limit

20,250

22,165

24,800

30,750

30,745

30,535

37,480

22,780

28,130

33,170

28,330

of which:

on basis of marriage12

16,160

18,390

19,945

24,100

26,590

24,930

30,560

12,520

15,205

26,365

22,405

at same time as husband

4,090

3,775

4,855

6,655

4,155

5,605

6,920

10,260

12,925

6,805

5,925

Total wives

20,400

22,290

24,950

30,920

30,985

30,725

37,750

25,230

30,210

34,470

29,125

Children:

settled on arrival

1,535

1,430

1,710

1,520

1,730

1,505

1,590

7,485

5,385

5,105

4,390

settled on removal of time limit:

9,985

10,850

17,725

27,485

18,400

19,725

25,800

33,330

40,060

20,560

25,830

Of which:

with parent accepted on basis of marriage

1,395

1,615

2,005

3,580

3,830

3,420

4,560

1,925

2,125

3,315

2,990

other

8,590

9,235

15,720

23,900

14,570

16,305

21,245

31,405

37,935

17,245

22,840

Total children

11,520

12,280

19,435

29,005

20,130

21,235

27,395

40,815

45,445

25,665

30,220

Parents and grandparents joining children or grandchildren:

settled on arrival

295

285

265

265

295

215

90

100

260

405

355

settled on removal of time limit:

885

1,050

815

2,175

1,465

1,530

3,020

1,885

1,185

1,060

645

Other and unspecified dependants13

1,870

3,510

4,380

7,150

6,600

6,940

6,360

8,405

11,520

8,050

5,785

Total spouses and dependants

46,230

53,045

66,225

85,265

77,305

77,335

93,910

89,080

104,380

88,205

84,200

Claim to right of abode upheld and other grants

350

310

230

295

170

120

130

75

70

135

25

Category unknown14

2,490

6,175

4,440

4,565

4,440

3,880

Total

58,725

69,790

97,115

125,945

108,410

115,965

139,280

139,210

179,120

134,445

124,855

1 Swiss nationals are excluded from 1 June 2002—see Explanatory Notes and Definitions, paragraph 10. 2 Data from 2003 also exclude dependants of EEA and Swiss nationals in confirmed relationships granted permanent residence—see Explanatory Notes and Definitions, paragraph 12. 3 Includes a small number of EEA nationals. 4 Includes nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia before 1 May 2004, but excludes them from this date. 5 Excludes Bulgaria and Romania. 6 In 2006, the qualifying period for settlement in all employment-related categories changed from four to five years. See Changes Affecting Statistics of Immigration Control, paragraph 2 (xv). 7 Includes ministers of religion, writers and artists. 8 Includes persons granted settlement under measures aimed at reducing the pre-July backlog as announced in the White Paper in July 1998. 9 Included In “other asylum-related grants” from April 2007. 10 Data for 2007 include persons granted indefinite leave outside the immigration rules under measures aimed at clearing the backlog of outstanding unresolved cases. See Changes Affecting Statistics of Immigration Control, paragraph 2 (xvl). 11 Includes Commonwealth citizens ordinarily resident on 1 January 1973 and for five years. 12 Includes civil and unmarried partners. 13 Data from 27 July 1998 to 2002 include husbands, wives and children of port asylum seekers given indefinite leave to enter. 14 See Explanatory Notes and Definitions, paragraphs 3 and 4. 15 Indicates brace.