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Entry Clearances: Pakistan

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets apply for timescales for processing visa applications at the British consulate in Islamabad. (293611)

[holding answer 16 October 2009]: The UK Border Agency's agreed target times for processing visa applications, including those received by the Visa Section in Islamabad, are published on its Visa Services website:

www.ukvisa.gov.uk .

They are:

To complete 90 per cent. of straightforward, non-settlement applications in not more than a week, 98 per cent. in not more than two weeks, and 100 per cent. in not more 12 weeks.

To complete 90 per cent. of non-straightforward, non-settlement applications in not more than three weeks, 98 per cent. in not more than six weeks and 100 per cent. in not more than 12 weeks.

To complete 95 per cent. of applications for settlement visas in not more than 12 weeks and 100 per cent. in not more 24 weeks.

The quarterly performance against these targets of each visa processing centre is also published on the website.

We are aware that these targets are not being met in respect of applications made in Islamabad and are therefore taking urgent action to rectify this.