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Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average elapsed between the receipt by the Charging Unit of an application for a student visa extension and the receipt by the applicant of an IDFN form between January and June (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; and in what proportion of cases the time elapsed was more than three months in each period. (287901)

[holding answer 20 July 2009]: The information is not available in the precise format requested. Available information is as follows:

Average time (days) taken to deal with an in country application for leave to remain as a student (a)

Percentage of cases where turnaround time was more than 90 days (b)

1 January-30 June 2008

129

12

1 January- 30 June 2009

263

27

1 1,288 applications

2 4,056 applications

Note:

All 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.

Time taken to deal with in country applications for leave to remain as a student

All 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.

The figures in column (a) are calculated from the date of receipt by the Charging Unit to the date of despatch of the decision.

A requirement that applicants applying in country for leave to remain as a student must have an identity card was introduced on 25 November 2008. The target time for issue of a card is three working days. This time begins on the date the request to issue the card is received.