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Entry Clearances

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many time-limited visas of each type have been issued in each year since 1997; (307632)

(2) how many time-limited visas of each type have been issued in each year since 1997.

[holding answer 10 December 2009]: The following table shows the number of time limited visas issued to applicants from 2004. Data prior to 2004 are not considered accurate and reliable; therefore they have not been included in the table.

Endorsement category

Issued

2004

EEA family permits

23,877

Family visit

248,154

Other non-settlement

95,541

Other visitor

1,140,775

Student

201,793

Transit

62,076

Work permit

98,320

Working holiday maker

70,304

Total

1,940,840

2005

EEA family permits

23,858

Family visit

331,100

Other non-settlement

109,656

Other visitor

1,112,301

Student

210,399

Transit

54,905

Work permit

113,052

Working holiday maker

58,433

Total

2,013,704

2006

EEA family permits

25,217

Family visit

376,377

Other non-settlement

115,103

Other visitor

1,202,704

Student

238,880

Transit

53,977

Work permit

123,807

Working holiday maker

46,138

Total

2,182,203

2007

EEA family permits

22,743

Family visit

354,351

Other non-settlement

120,112

Other visitor

1,101,832

PBS tier 1

Student

242,885

Transit

40,327

Work permit

96,750

Working holiday maker

39,392

Total

2,018,392

2008

EEA family permits

18,083

Family visit

313,426

Other non-settlement

112,089

Other visitor

1,073,547

PBS tier 1

12,052

PBS tier 2

90

PBS tier 5

382

Student

233,020

Transit

32,599

Work permit

78,973

Working holiday maker

34,467

Total

1,908,728

Note:

Information above is provisional and subject to change.