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Immigration

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what date he expects the target of deciding all applications for a residence card as the spouse of an EEA national within six months to be met. (303647)

UKBA has made significant progress to bring European applications within service standards. All new complete applications for residence cards submitted from 29 July 2009 onwards are being dealt with within six months

UKBA has significantly reduced the number of outstanding older cases.

Of the remaining cases, a significant proportion are complex or were not submitted with adequate supporting information. To address this issue the agency has written to affected applicants and—once the required documentation is provided—the cases will be concluded. All such cases should be resolved by early 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that the target of deciding all applications for a residence card as the spouse of an EEA national within six months is met. (303648)

UKBA has made significant progress to bring all European applications within service standards. All new complete European applications submitted from 29 July 2009 onwards are being dealt with within service standards with complete EEA1 applications currently decided and dispatched within a matter of working days.

UK Border Agency has reduced the number of outstanding cases from approximately 77,000 in April to 38,000 in November. This has been done through a combination of interventions; increased resources, process improvement and performance management focus.

Of the remaining cases, a significant proportion are complex or were not submitted with adequate supporting information. To address this issue the Agency has written to affected applicants and—once the required documentation is provided—the cases will be concluded. All such cases should be resolved by early 2010.