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Entry Clearances

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many permits have been granted under (a) Tier 1 (general), (b) Tier 1 (post study entry), (c) Tier 2 (shortage occupation), (d) Tier 2 (intra-company transfer), (e) Tier 2 (resident labour market test), (f) Tier 4 (students) and (g) Tier 4 (working holiday makers) scheme in each month since they came into operation. (302154)

[holding answer 30 November 2009]: The following tables provide detail of the numbers of in-country grants of leave to remain and out of country visas issued under (a) Tier 1 (General), (b) Tier 1 (Post Study Work), (d) Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer), (f) Tier 4 (students) and (g) Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) in each month since they came into operation. Information relating to approved applications in shortage occupations (c), or for those jobs where a resident labour market test is required (e), is held on the UK Border Agency Sponsor IT System is available only at disproportionate costs.

The working holidaymaker scheme ended on 26 November 2008. A similar scheme Youth Mobility Scheme has been introduced within Tier 5 of the Points Based System. Figures for that scheme are as follows:

2008

(a) Tier 1 (general)

(b) Tier 1 (post study)

(d) Tier 2 (ICT)

(f) Tier 4 (child)

(f) Tier 4 (general)

(g) Tier 5 (youth mobility)

IC

OOC

IC

OOC

IC

OOC

IC

OOC

IC

OOC

IC

OOC

March

33

April

603

20

May

1,051

128

June

1,594

117

July

1,493

416

86

47

August

1,097

803

1,005

84

September

1,321

1,145

3,332

110

October

1,660

1,614

6,308

134

November

1,003

1,834

6,616

178

4

December

989

1,711

2,394

206

11

47

372

2009

(a) Tier 1 (general)

(b) Tier 1 (post study)

(d) Tier 2 (ICT)

(f) Tier 4 (child)

(f) Tier 4 (general)

(g) Tier 5 (youth mobility)

IC

OOC

IC

OOC

IC

OOC

IC

OOC

IC

OOC

IC

OOC

March

639

2,281

2,051

319

185

1,002

1,890

April

1,025

2,024

4,556

375

503

1,461

1,560

May

2,491

2,376

4,553

372

573

1,893

15

3,306

June

3,205

1,864

1,857

298

478

1,756

367

37

957

1,169

July

2,079

1,078

751

338

585

1,745

694

77

3

4,386

2,896

August

446

785

198

379

831

2,163

1,995

404

11

12,127

1,839

September

429

560

1,132

300

806

2,009

5,361

1,231

13

30,528

1,555

October

422

594

1,292

356

528

1,975

5,199

3,101

19

53,572

1,101

November

464

640

1,700

396

463

2,109

6,921

1,000

46

62,006

1,124

December

466

643

2,235

422

551

1,893

9,170

269

105

24,586

1,231

IC = In-country grants of leave to remain.

OOC = Out-of-country visas issued.

Note:

The table is based on approved Main Applications only. This data is not provided under National Statistics protocols. It has been derived from local management information and is therefore provisional and subject to change.