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Asylum: Families

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications made by those under the age of 18 years and resident in their country of origin to join their parents who (a) have been granted refugee status, (b) have been granted humanitarian protection, (c) have been granted discretionary leave to remain and (d) are awaiting a decision on their immigration application in the UK have been accepted in the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (286941)

The number of visas issued to overseas nationals under the age of 18 in the Family Reunion category in each of the financial years 2004-05 to 2008-09 is shown in the following table. The Family Reunion category comprises dependents of (a) those granted refugee status before 2005 and (b) those granted refugee status and humanitarian protection after 2005, but such dependents are not recorded separately by the UK Border Agency.

Financial year

Family reunion visa issue

2004-05

5,663

2005-06

4,714

2006-07

3,521

2007-08

3,069

2008-09

2,552

Total

19,519

There is no provision in the Immigration Rules for entry clearance to dependents of (c) those granted discretionary leave to remain before they have obtained indefinite leave to remain, or (d) those awaiting a decision on their application for leave to remain on the basis of their claim for asylum.