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Work Permits

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-EU citizens were given the right to work in the United Kingdom in each of the last six months for which figures are available. (254587)

Information relating to the number of work permit applications for non-EU workers approved between July and December 2008 is contained in the following table.

The figures do not equate to the number of individual nationals 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. This table does not include grants of permission to work under comparable routes within the new points based system as those data are not yet available. It is due to be published in August.

Approved work permit applications, non-EU nationals 1, 2

2008

Number

July

11,225

August

12,680

September

13,780

October

10,450

November

9,360

December

4,220

1 Figures are rounded to nearest five. 2 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.