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Entry Clearances

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many academic staff from each overseas country have applied for visas to (a) work and (b) lecture in the UK in each of the last 12 months; how many such applications were refused; and if he will make a statement. (297721)

There is provision in the immigration rules (paragraph 46G) for non-EEA nationals to enter as business visitors, including academic visitors. Prior entry clearance is only mandatory for visa nationals. Academics coming to participate in a conference or seminar where it is a single or occasional event, and the event is not a commercial venture, may enter as academic visitors. Those who intend to come to the UK solely to undertake a series of lectures for which they will receive a fee will normally be required to seek entry for employment purposes under tier 2 of the points-based system. Tier 2 applications from Academics cannot be separately identified.

The number of (1) applications received; (2) visas issued; and (3) visas refused in the academic visitor category in each of the last 12 months (October 2008 to September 2009) is shown in the following table. A separate table has been placed in the House of Commons Library which gives this information for each nationality.

Reporting period

Endorsement DESC

Applications

Issued

Refused

Withdrawn

Lapsed

Resolved

October 2008

Academic visitor

294

242

35

15

0

292

November 2008

Academic visitor

226

188

32

15

0

235

December 2008

Academic visitor

257

195

25

5

0

225

January 2009

Academic visitor

278

251

26

3

2

282

February 2009

Academic visitor

285

258

47

5

8

318

March 2009

Academic visitor

358

279

49

8

1

337

April 2009

Academic visitor

338

254

26

13

2

295

May 2009

Academic visitor

440

411

50

15

3

479

June 2009

Academic visitor

548

452

63

5

1

521

July 2009

Academic visitor

533

440

57

2

0

499

August 2009

Academic visitor

433

377

71

6

0

454

September 2009

Academic visitor

454

359

62

8

1

430

Total (number)

4,444

3,706

543

100

18

4,367

Refusal rate (percentage)

12

Source:

CRS 2 November 2009.

The data are unpublished and should be treated as provisional.