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Entry Clearances

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what remedies his Department provides for those wishing to contest the decision to place them on the list of individuals excluded from the UK; what steps he takes to monitor the effectiveness of such decisions; and whether those placed on the list are informed of their inclusion. (300385)

An individual may contest a decision to place them on the list of those individuals excluded from the UK by seeking a judicial review of the exclusion decision. Where an immigration decision is taken to refuse or cancel leave, on the basis of the Home Secretary’s decision to exclude, this refusal decision may provide a right of appeal. If evidence can be provided that an individual has recanted their extremist statements in a genuine, credible and public manner, their exclusion may be reconsidered by the Home Secretary.

Decisions to exclude are normally reviewed every three years but otherwise remain in place unless the Home Secretary decides to lift the exclusion. An individual who has been excluded for engaging in unacceptable behaviour is notified of their exclusion where it is possible to do so.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken to process an application was for a (a) Tier 1 (investor), (b) Tier 1 (entrepreneur) and (c) EU Association Agreement business visa for a foreign national whose application to visit the UK on commercial matters was granted in each month of the last three years. (304817)

The following table illustrates by month the average time taken to process requested categories of visa applications over the last three years. Tier 1 of the points based system was introduced on 1 July 2008.

Average days to resolve applications

Endorsement

Issued month

Business—EC associate

Tier 1 (investor) migrant

Tier 1 (entrepreneur) migrant

2007

January

February

0

March

April

1

May

June

July

August

September

October

3

November

December

2008

January

February

March

April

1

May

June

2

July

3

4

August

7

September

11

8

October

25

2

November

14

3

December

5

12

2009

January

29

13

February

16

2

March

10

15

April

9

16

May

8

13

June

9

7

July

12

2

August

12

10

September

10

7

October

11

5

November

15

4

Note: Tier 1 introduced 1 July 2008.

Quarterly information about the performance and processing times of each of our visa sections, against our target agreed customers service standards, is published on the following website:

www.ukvisas.gov.uk.

A guide to current processing times is also available on this website.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2009, Official Report, columns 888-9W, on entry clearances, how many (a) postal and (b) premium applications for further leave to remain have been made under Tier 4 of the points-based system since April 2009; and how much revenue has accrued from fees for applications of each type since that date. (306369)

[holding answer 14 December 2009]: The number of valid postal applications made for further leave to remain under Tier 4 of the points-based immigration system during the period 1 April 2009 to 30 November 2009 is 68,777. The value of these applications is £25,058,389. The number of valid premium applications for further leave to remain made under Tier 4 of the points-based immigration system during the period 1 April 2009 to 30 November 2009 is 10,780. The value of these applications is £6,233,100.

The amount of revenue earned from fees from caseworking activities in respect of postal applications for further leave to remain made under Tier 4 of the points-based immigration system during the period 1 April 2009 to 30 November 2009 is £14,762,673.

The amount of revenue earned from caseworking activities in respect of fees for premium applications for further leave to remain made under Tier 4 of the points-based immigration system during the period 1 April 2009 to 30 November 2009 is £6,030,150.

This information is derived from internal management information systems. All figures from this source are provisional and subject to audit and amendment.