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Results 141–160 of 5521 for speaker:Caroline Nokes

Written Answers — Home Office: UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The majority of customers will be able to submit their biometrics and supporting information for their visa application via a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UK VCAS) centre, which are run by Sopra Steria Ltd (SSL) on behalf of UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI). However, Individuals who have higher needs, may be vulnerable, or whose circumstances may be complex and would benefit from...

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Applications (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The application fee for a visa or visa extension is paid to the Home Office and is not related to the service provided by Sopra Steria. As part of the application process in the UK individuals must enrol their biometrics at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service centre which are run by Sopra Steria. For the majority of applicants in the UK there are a variety of offerings for students...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration Controls: Northern Ireland (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Home Office does not publish statistics on request for Operation Gull.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Children (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Government is absolutely committed to transferring the specified number of 480 unaccompanied children under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (Dubs Amendment) as soon as possible. Over 220 children were transferred to the UK under section 67 when the Calais camp was cleared in late 2016. Since then we have been making further progress with the three participating States – France,...

Written Answers — Home Office: British Nationality: Children (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Home Office keeps its fees for immigration and nationality under regular review and changes to individual charges need to be made with a view to maintaining the overall purpose of the fees and charging legislation. An assessment of the impact of all border, immigration and citizenship (BIC) fees was published as an associated document to the Immigration and Nationality Fees (Regulations)...

Written Answers — Home Office: *No heading* (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Government fully appreciates that this is an important and complex issue which we need to consider in further detail. That is why the Home Secretary has committed to review the policy. We are continuing productive discussions with key partners, listening carefully to the arguments and considering the evidence put forward on this issue

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: EU citizens are our friends, our neighbours and our colleagues, and we want them to stay. The settlement scheme is performing well. The latest published statistics show that more than 800,000 applications have been received and the majority of people are finding it easy to apply. Additional support is available to those who are vulnerable, or who do not have the appropriate access, skills or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: A declaratory system that did not require EU citizens to obtain status and provide evidence of it would risk causing confusion, especially among the most vulnerable, and people might struggle to prove their status in years to come. There would also be a risk of confusion among employers and service providers, and the system might impede EU citizens’ access to benefits and services to which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: It is not just anecdotal information that tells us that people are finding it easy and quick to apply; we know that most applications are settled within one to four working days. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has been tireless in pursuing the issue raised by my hon. Friend, and we are very hopeful that the app will be available on Apple devices in the autumn.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The right hon. Lady will be aware that the Home Office has provided up to £9 million of grant funding to 57 voluntary and community-based organisations specifically to help the vulnerable people to whom she refers. I was pleased to visit the East European Resource Centre and to have the opportunity to speak to a group of long-standing UK residents about the support available. She references...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Settlement Scheme (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The scheme has been a success, and it is shocking when hon. Members talk the scheme down. It is working well. We are determined to put in place support for those who are vulnerable, as I said. Later this week, we will see the latest statistics surrounding the scheme, which will show a considerable uplift from the figure of 800,000 reported from the end of May.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Refugee Settlement Programme (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: We continue to engage with international and domestic delivery partners and stakeholders, as we work through the detailed policy and operational considerations for the new global resettlement scheme. In the meantime, we continue towards our commitment of resettling 20,000 of the most vulnerable refugees affected by the conflict in Syria.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Refugee Settlement Programme (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Lady will know—this is an ambition that I have often voiced to her—that we have sought to bring together the vulnerable persons resettlement scheme, the vulnerable children’s resettlement scheme and the gateway protection scheme, to consolidate our refugee programmes. We continue to work closely with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and indeed with those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Refugee Settlement Programme (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. Lady is absolutely right to point out the distinction between the formal resettlement schemes referred to in the question and those young people who have made, in many instances, terrible and perilous journeys of many thousands of miles and who have travelled across the whole of Europe to get to these shores. It really is important that we work to support young asylum seekers; I am...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Refugee Settlement Programme (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. and learned Lady is absolutely right to point out the significant role that Scotland has played. In Jordan last summer, I was pleased to meet a family who were being resettled to East Ayrshire within a few days of my visit. It is important that we provide not only support for resettling people but the necessary integration, not least through the provision of English language...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Refugee Settlement Programme (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. and learned Lady is absolutely right to highlight the brilliant role played by community sponsorship schemes. They are absolutely the gold standard of resettlement. However, it is important that we continue to work with the UNHCR to ensure that it is the most vulnerable people who are resettled here, whether through community schemes or through the sponsorship of local authorities....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Policies (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Home Office is bound by the public sector equality duty to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote good race relations. The Equality Act 2010 provides that discrimination is not unlawful if it is required by legislation or authorised by Ministers. For example, a visa regime that applies to a particular nationality constitutes discrimination, but is lawful under the Equality Act.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Policies (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Lady for raising that specific issue. Although I cannot comment on individual cases, we do not wish to see anybody disadvantaged because of the individual requirements of travel documents from their country of origin. I would be very happy to work with her to see whether we can find a solution.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Policies (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: I reassure the hon. Gentleman that the system is not discriminating in that way and that the Home Office is obliged to consider all visa applications in light of the evidence presented by the applicant. He might be reassured to learn that, in the year ending June 2018, we saw a 2% increase in the number of visas issued to sub-Saharan African nationals compared with the same period of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration Policies (15 Jul 2019)

Caroline Nokes: The Government disagree with the judgment and are appealing. The evaluation conducted during phase 1 implementation found no evidence of systemic discrimination as a result of the scheme. However, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has commissioned further evaluation, which will examine the potential for discrimination in right-to-rent checks.


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