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Volume 717: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010


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To ask Her Majesty's Government how long it takes for a citizen of Pakistan to receive a visa for travel to the United Kingdom. [HL1852]

In January 2010, the majority of Pakistani visa applications (70 per cent) were processed in 15 working days, and 89 per cent were processed within 30 days. We continue to work to maintain and improve on our customer service standards.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 8 February (WA 102), whether they will keep information that distinguishes students applying for visas to attend (a) private colleges accredited by private accreditation services approved by the UK Border Agency, and (b) universities and colleges in the public sector. [HL2053]

The UK Border Agency keeps details of the proposed educational institution on individual student visa application records. However, we have no plans to modify our visa processing systems to provide a breakdown of student visas by public/private colleges.