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Entry Clearances: Pakistan

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visa applications were turned away from the Islamabad high commission under the pre-sift process before the formal application had been considered in each of the last five years. (323014)

[holding answer 22 March 2010]: We ceased to operate a “pre-sift” procedure at our Visa Sections overseas by 2001-02. Hitherto, an entry clearance officer would carry out an initial assessment of a visa application before it was formally lodged and advise the applicant if it was unlikely to be successful. The applicant would then decide whether or not to proceed.