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Foreign Workers: Immigration Control

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-EU workers were given leave to remain (a) as skilled workers under mechanisms in place prior to the implementation of the points-based immigration system and (b) under Tier 2 of the points-based immigration system in each of the last 12 quarters for which figures are available. (285848)

[holding answer 13 July 2009]: Information relating to non-EU workers given leave to remain as skilled workers prior to the introduction of the points-based system is set out in the table.

Information on the points-based system will be published in August.

Figure 1: Number of non-EU HSMP and work permit LTR applications approved from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2009 by quarter

Quarter

HSMP LTR

Work permit LTR

Total

2006 Qtr 3

5,985

11,460

17,450

2006 Qtr 4

7,065

14,375

21,435

2007 Qtr 1

6,880

11,890

18,770

2007 Qtr 2

4,385

9,705

14,095

2007 Qtr 3

4,350

11,555

15,905

2007 Qtr 4

4,760

10,815

15,580

2008 Qtr 1

4,370

8,645

13,015

2008 Qtr 2

780

9,615

10,395

2008 Qtr 3

25

11,120

11,145

2008 Qtr 4

20

11,200

11,220

2009 Qtr 1

*

6,060

6,065

2009 Qtr 2

*

740

745

Total

38,625

117,190

155,815

* Indicates 1 or 2

“—” Indicates nil

Notes:

Figures are rounded to nearest 5.

Because of rounding, figures may not add up to totals shown.

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.