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Entry Clearances: Families

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many family visitor visa applications were received from people in each of the six countries from which most applications were received in each of the last seven years; and how many such visas were granted to people from each of those countries. (267569)

The number of family visit (a) visa applications and (b) visas issued, in each of the top six countries by volume of applications, in each of the last five calendar years, is shown in the following table. Reliable data for previous years are not held.

Family visit visas

Number

2004

India

Applications

91,959

Visas issued

73,562

Nigeria

Applications

44,654

Visas issued

26,104

Pakistan

Applications

37,375

Visas issued

17,040

Ghana

Applications

24,794

Visas issued

11,772

Iran

Applications

16,532

Visas issued

13,589

China

Applications

14,461

Visas issued

11,852

Total applications 2004

229,775

Total visas issued 2004

153,919

2005

India

Applications

110,697

Visas issued

87,763

Nigeria

Applications

64,122

Visas issued

35,415

Pakistan

Applications

63,561

Visas issued

39,569

Ghana

Applications

18,965

Visas issued

8,839

Iran

Applications

18,142

Visas issued

14,461

China

Applications

16,788

Visas issued

13,754

Total applications 2005

292,275

Total visas issued 2005

199,801

2006

India

Applications

120,373

Visas issued

100,195

Pakistan

Applications

92,629

Visas issued

62,208

Nigeria

Applications

63,972

Visas issued

32,234

China

Applications

18,309

Visas issued

17,071

Iran

Applications

18,295

Visas issued

16,577

Sri Lanka

Applications

15,377

Visas issued

12,766

Total applications 2006

328,955

Total visas issued 2006

241,051

2007

India

Applications

120,350

Visas issued

97,116

Pakistan

Applications

81,141

Visas issued

50,496

Nigeria

Applications

56,172

Visas issued

32,791

China

Applications

20,779

Visas issued

19,211

Iran

Applications

18,590

Visas issued

15,304

Bangladesh

Applications

15,012

Visas issued

8,998

Total applications 2007

312,044

Total visas issued 2007

223,916

2008

India

Applications

103,315

Visas issued

88,376

Pakistan

Applications

65,486

Visas issued

38,272

Nigeria

Applications

46,170

Visas issued

27,618

China

Applications

20,845

Visas issued

19,138

Iran

Applications

17,511

Visas issued

13,399

Sri Lanka

Applications

12,829

Visas issued

10,832

Total applications 2008

266,156

Total visas issued 2008

197,635