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Work Permits

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) in country and (b) out of country work permits were approved in each year since 2004. (321599)

[holding answer 11 March 2010]: The work permit scheme closed on 26 November 2008. Figures for the number of work permits approved in the period 2004-08 are as follows:

Work permit approvals

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

In country

78,380

63,795

62,665

54,940

54,575

Out of country

77,895

73,265

82,305

76,130

69,155

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to nearest five. The figures quoted are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

2. The figures include both new permits and those approved to extend or amend an existing permit or where the individual has moved to another job with a different employer. Not all those granted a permit took up the job and some may have been refused entry clearance or further leave to remain.