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Entry Clearances

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what visa application procedures are in place for visitors from (a) Croatia, (b) Serbia, (c) Montenegro, (d) Macedonia and (e) Bosnia-Herzegovina. (254798)

Nationals of Croatia are non-visa nationals and therefore not required to obtain entry clearance before visiting the UK. Nationals of Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are visa nationals and must apply for entry clearance and be issued with a visa before travelling to the UK for a visit or any other purpose.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to change the visa application procedures for visitors from (a) Serbia and (b) Macedonia. (254799)

The Home Secretary recently announced the outcome of the UK’s first global review of its visa regimes. No changes were proposed to the visa requirements for nationals of either Serbia or Macedonia.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for visas were approved under the (a) International Graduates Scheme, (b) Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme and (c) Working in Scotland Scheme (Fresh Talent) in 2008; and how many dependants were included in such visas in each category. (257365)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: The number of visas issued in 2008 to participants in these schemes is shown in the following table. We cannot state how many visas were issued to dependents of those who have entered in these specific employment categories. This is because they are admitted under the same provision in the immigration rules as dependents of those entering in other employment categories, and separate records are therefore not kept.