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Entry Clearances

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of applications for family visit visas from (a) India, (b) Nigeria, (c) Bangladesh and (d) Pakistan have been refused in each of the last six years. (273592)

The number of applications family visit visas (a) received and (b) refused at UK visa-issuing posts in India, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan in each of the last five calendar years is shown in the following tables, together with refusal rates for each country/year. Reliable data are not held for years prior to 2004.

20042005

Applications received

Refused

Refusal rate (percentage)

Applications received

Refused

Refusal rate (percentage)

Bangladesh

6,703

2,169

43

9,356

3,458

36

India

83,089

15,648

19

99,341

20,024

21

Nigeria

41,157

15,788

41

60,065

25,125

44

Pakistan

31,932

6,727

36

57,122

25,901

43

20062007

Applications received

Refused

Refusal rate (percentage)

Applications received

Refused

Refusal rate (percentage)

Bangladesh

12,760

4,547

36

13,909

5,351

40

India

108,572

20,548

19

108,233

22,193

21

Nigeria

59,276

30,353

52

52,042

25,309

46

Pakistan

86,664

28,575

33

75,769

31,611

41

2008

Applications received

Refused

Refusal rate (percentage)

Bangladesh

11,381

3,966

35

India

98,645

16,647

17

Nigeria

42,612

18,532

43

Pakistan

56,477

28,750

47

The data are unpublished and should be treated as provisional.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) visa entry clearance officers and (b) risk assessment officers are employed in (i) Islamabad, (ii) Pakistan and (iii) Afghanistan. (280138)

For security and efficiency reasons, we have transferred visa decision-making for Pakistan to our visa sections in Abu Dhabi and the UK. We have 34 Entry Clearance Officers (ECOs) in Abu Dhabi, including seasonal relief staff, and a full staffing capacity of five ECOs in the UK working on Pakistan casework. 13 ECOs currently remain in Islamabad.

Risk and Liaison Overseas Network staff are employed on a risk assessment basis.

We do not have a visa office in Afghanistan.