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Students Visas

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visa applications have been (a) granted and (b) refused in Pakistan since the introduction of the Tier 4 immigration rules; and what the average time from submission of application to decision has been in each month since the rules were introduced. (301085)

[holding answer 24 November 2009]: As of 30 September, the number of student visa applications lodged in Pakistan under Tier 4 of the Points Based System that had been (a) successful and (b) refused were 5,906 and 3,517, respectively.

Information about the performance of our visa application centres against target visa application processing times in each quarter is available on our Visa Services website:

www.ukvisas.gov.uk

Processing times in Islamabad for Tier 4 applications has been as follows:

Processing time— tier four application: Islamabad

Percentage

15 days

30 days

April to June 2009

58

95

July to September 2009

92

93