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Entry Clearances

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was to process an application for a spousal visa in each of the last six months. (320847)

The global average processing time for spouse visas in each of the six months from August 2009 to January 2010 was as follows:

Processing times—spouse visas

Month

Working days to resolve

August 2009

28

September 2009

33

October 2009

25

November 2009

18

December 2009

16

January 2010

20

The target is to process 95 per cent. of settlement visas within 60 working days.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) mean and (b) median time was to process an application for leave to remain in December 2009. (320894)

The information requested is as follows:

Days

Number

Mean

40

Median

48

Note: These figures are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information. They are therefore provisional and subject to change. Figures relate to cases which were decided by 3 March 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the longest-standing application for leave to remain is for which processing is yet to be completed by his Department. (320895)

The information requested is not available centrally and could be provided only by examination of individual case files. Long standing applications arise for a variety of reasons.