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Immigration

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to expedite the determination of immigration decisions. (264934)

[holding answer 20 March 2009]: The UK Border Agency is committed to delivering an efficient service for all customers and claimants.

In terms of economic and family migration, the principal means by which the UK Border Agency is working to speed up the determination of immigration decisions is through the introduction of the points based system for all those applying to work or study in the UK.

The tiers relating to highly skilled migrants, skilled migrants and temporary workers are already operational, having been introduced in 2008. Tier 4, which applies to students, was introduced on 31 March 2009.

In other economic and family migration categories there are performance improvement plans in place to speed up case processing times.

For asylum cases, the UK Border agency has published the milestones for the conclusion of cases it intends to fulfil on route to the ultimate objective of concluding 90 per cent. of cases within six months by December 2011. Most recently, UKBA successfully achieved the milestone of concluding 60 per cent. of cases in six months by the end of December 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what occupations in her Department's most recent shortage occupation lists relate to job titles in the software industry. (276188)

The Government's latest shortage occupation list, which was announced on 13 May, contains roles within visual effects and 2D/3D animation for film, television or video games, R and D software and software engineer.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many outstanding applications for indefinite leave to remain are being processed by the UK Border Agency. (276371)

There were 43,090 outstanding applications for indefinite leave to remain being processed by the UK Border Agency as at 12:30 pm on 18 May 2009.

Notes:

1. Data relate to lead applicants only.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

3. 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.

Source:

UKBA Case Information Database

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individual representations (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have received from members of the public regarding their personal immigration case in each of the last six months. (276375)

Information regarding letters received from members of the public to Ministers regarding personal immigration cases is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2009, Official Report, column 285W, on local immigration teams, where each of the nine operational teams is based. (276565)

A further 14 local immigration teams (LITs) have become operational since the previous answer was given, with the total now standing at 23. These are based in the following areas:

1. Bedfordshire and West Northamptonshire

2. Berkshire

3. Brent

4. Buckinghamshire

5. Cambridgeshire and East Northamptonshire

6. Ealing

7. East Midlands

8. Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea

9. Hampshire and Isle of Wight

10. Harrow

11. Hillingdon

12. Hounslow

13. Kent

14. Merseyside

15. Norfolk

16. Northumbria

17. Oxfordshire

18. Richmond and Kingston

19. Salford and Central Manchester

20. Somerset

21. South Wales

22. Staffordshire

23. Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway and Central Scotland.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition her Department uses of a legacy case in respect of the work of the UK Border Agency. (276818)

[holding answer 21 May 2009]: Legacy cases are all unresolved asylum cases that were lodged with the UK Border Agency before March 2007 that are not being processed by the Regional Asylum Teams.