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Immigration Controls

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were applying for settlement in the UK under each employment route when the qualifying period for settlement was increased from four to five years in April 2006. (225195)

The following table shows the number of applications for settlement in the year prior to the qualifying period being increased (1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006) and in the year post the qualifying period being increased (1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007) broken down by each employment route.

The criteria include main applicants only and exclude dependants.

The figures quoted are not provided under national statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

Employment route

Pre-rule change(1 April 2005-31 March 2006)

Post-rule change(1 April 2006-31 March 2007)

Airline employees

10

5

Armed Forces

1,340

2,720

Business

45

15

BUS under EC Association Agreement

2,235

260

Highly Skilled Migrants

760

205

Innovator

15

5

Investors

50

5

MOR, Missionaries/Members of religious orders

550

135

Overseas Domestic Workers

950

255

Overseas Dom Worker in diplomatic households

65

25

Overseas government employees

25

25

Reps of overseas news Agency

15

5

Retired persons of Independent means

25

5

Sole Representative

55

10

UK Ancestry

5,650

570

Work Permit Employment

28,780

5,015

Writers, composers and artists

40

10

Total

40,620

9,265

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans (a) she and (b) the UK Border Agency has to hold information sessions for hon. Members and their caseworkers on the points-based scoring system in locations other than London. (235719)

The UK Border Agency held information sessions for MPs and their caseworkers on the points based system in London in July.

Two further events are planned in London on 19 November. Where there is a demand, the UK Border Agency will arrange further information sessions outside London.