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Work Permits

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits for intracompany transfers were issued in each month of 2008; and how many dependants were included in such permits. (256880)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: The following table provides numbers of Intra Company Transfer work permits issued by month for the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008. The number of dependants is not available as work permits were issued to companies who applied on behalf of individuals.

Number

January 2008

4,315

February 2008

3,875

March 2008

3,680

April 2008

4,680

May 2008

4,455

June 2008

3,790

July 2008

4,850

August 2008

4,735

September 2008

4,550

October 2008

4,195

November 2008

3,505

December 2008

1,385

Total

48,010

Notes:

1. 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. Figures are rounded to nearest five so the monthly figures may not quite add up to the total.

2. The figures do not equate to the number of individuals who were granted permits because they include those applications approved to extend or amend an existing permit or where the individual has moved to another job with a different employer. Not all those who were granted a permit took up the job and some may have been refused entry clearance or further leave to remain.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued under the Shortage Occupation Scheme in 2008; and how many dependants were included in such permits. (256881)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: The number of work permits issued under the shortage occupation application category in 2008 was 7,5951. The number of dependants is not available as work permits were issued to companies who applied on behalf of individuals.

1 The figure quoted is not provided under National Statistics protocols and has been derived from local management information and is therefore provisional and subject to change. Figure is rounded to nearest 5.

The figures do not equate to the number of individuals who were granted permits because they include those applications approved to extend or amend an existing permit or where the individual has moved to another job with a different employer. Not all those who were granted a permit took up the job and some may have been refused entry clearance or further leave to remain.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many permits were issued in each month of 2008 under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme and Tier One of the points-based system; how many dependants were included in those permits; which the top 10 countries of origin were for such permit holders in 2008; and how many permits were issued to applicants from each such country. (256882)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: The information requested on tier 1 of the points based system is not currently available. It will be published as part of the Migration Statistics in August 2009.

Information for the Highly Skilled Migrant programme (HSMP) is set out as follows. The table shows the number of permits (approvals) granted under the HSMP route by month, from January 2008 until December 2008 and includes information on both In Country and Out of Country grants for main applicants and dependants.

HSMP

Main applicants

Dependents

January

4,505

1,710

February

4,210

1,545

March

3,415

1,045

April

3,025

975

May

1,395

630

June

1,525

370

July

1,455

270

August

1,105

285

September

2,170

180

October

1,580

260

November

80

265

December

50

225

Total

24,515

7,760

HSMP: Top 10 countries

The following table shows the top 10 countries of origin (nationalities) for which permits (approvals) have been granted under the HSMP route in 2008. It includes in country and out of country data for main applicants only.

Top 10 Countries

Number of permits issued

India

6,635

Pakistan

2,500

Australia

1,870

Nigeria

1,835

South Africa

1,030

New Zealand

1,010

United States of America

525

China

365

Sri Lanka

350

Russian Federation

210

Note:

The “out of country” portion of HSMP data is sourced from CRS system; the “in country” portion of HSMP data is sourced from Adept and CID system. Data has been extracted from the aforementioned systems on 25 February 2009.