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Entry Clearances: Skilled Workers

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2009, Official Report, columns 221-22W, on entry clearances, how many permits under Tier 2 general were issued in each month of 2009. (318670)

[holding answer 25 February 2010]: The following table provides detail of the numbers of in-country grants of leave to remain and out of country visas issued under Tier 2 (General) of the Points Based System in each month of 2009.

Tier 2 (General)

In country

Out of country

January

168

147

February

566

305

March

772

453

April

687

557

May

1,032

756

June

1,356

883

July

1,636

886

August

1,561

1,078

September

1,191

977

October

1,201

856

November

1,136

821

December

1,275

839

Total

12,581

8,558

The table above is based on approved main applications only. This data are not provided under National Statistics protocols. They have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.