Results 41–60 of 1415 for speaker:Seema Kennedy

Written Answers — Home Office: UK Visas and Immigration: Staff (1 Nov 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Allegations of immigration abuse submitted by the public to the Home Office are received and managed by Immigration Enforcement. Data on the number of staff employed to perform this task is available form 2016 when bespoke receipt and evaluation teams were introduced. In the years since 2016 they have employed the following personnel to perform that task. 2016 – 57, 2017 – 63, 2018 – 59...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Fraud (1 Nov 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Information on the number of reports of immigration abuse received by the Home Office is published in our transparency data at: www.gov.uk/government/collection/migration-transparency-data .

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Fraud (1 Nov 2019)

Seema Kennedy: All allegations of immigration abuse submitted by the public to the Home Office are carefully considered and are subjected to investigation. Cost restrictions prevent a detailed breakdown of specifically what action has been taken.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Families (1 Nov 2019)

Seema Kennedy: A number of economic routes offer accelerated settlement for main applicants, including Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent), Tier 1 Investor and the Innovator route. However in all cases the qualifying period for non-EEA family members remains five years, regardless of the time it takes for the main applicant to settle. The current policy is intended to ensure that our provisions are in line with the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Prisoners: Foreign Nationals (31 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The Government is absolutely committed to removing Foreign National Offenders from the UK, and any foreign national who comes to our country and abuses our hospitality by breaking the law should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them. Since 2010, we have removed almost 50,000 Foreign National Offenders from our prisons, immigration removal centres and the community, with more than...

Written Answers — Home Office: British Nationality: Assessments (30 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The Life in the UK test is based on the Life in the UK handbook, “Life in the UK: a guide for new residents”. The test is administered by PSI on behalf of the Home Office. The questions were set with the assistance of linguistic experts and professional question writers. The tests have a number of accessibility features which are available to all candidates. These include the ability to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Families (30 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The family Immigration Rules set out the requirements to be met to allow any adult dependant relative of a British citizen to come to the UK. The applicant must be outside the UK and in most cases, the sponsor will be in the UK. The adult dependant relative rules, together with the policy on exceptional circumstances, ensure that leave can be granted for those who demonstrate that, as a...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Windrush Generation (30 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The Windrush Lessons Learned Review is an independent review, and all engagement must respect this independence. As expected for this type of review, the Department and the review team have engaged routinely and will continue to use this engagement to confirm the timetable for delivery of the final report.

Written Answers — Home Office: British Nationality: Children (30 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Refunds are not provided when applications are refused. It is made clear that the fee paid is for the consideration of an application and is payable regardless of the decision made. Fee income is retained by the Home Office and funds the direct and indirect costs associated with the provision of chargeable visa and immigration services, and also contributes towards the cost of the wider...

Written Answers — Home Office: Naturalisation (29 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: I have written to the Hon. Member on this individual case.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Windrush Generation (29 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: A breakdown of claims awarded by constituency could potentially identify individual claimants, so we are not publishing such information. We will shortly be publishing operational information on the Windrush Compensation Scheme, which will include the number of claims received, the number of claims paid and the overall amount of money that has been paid out.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigrants: Detainees (29 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: On the 29th November 2018 the Government published additional information on those held within the Immigration Detention Estate in direct response to the statement made by the Home Secretary, in July of that year, and committed to a full review of our published data to further improve transparency. We are to commence the public consultation element of that review in the coming months. In...

Home Department: Topical Questions (28 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: I can reassure my hon. Friend that we are working with MHCLG colleagues. The Government believe that no one should be criminalised simply for sleeping rough. We committed to reviewing the Vagrancy Act in the cross-governmental rough sleeping strategy. Rough sleeping is obviously a complex issue, and we are looking closely at all the options, including retention, repeal, replacement and...

Home Department: Topical Questions (28 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: As the hon. Gentleman knows, immigration is an issue for the whole United Kingdom, now and after we leave the European Union.

Written Answers — Home Office: Smuggling: Bulgaria (28 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Border Force search lorries, trailers and containers entering the UK on a targeted or intelligence-led basis. Border Force have also invested tens of millions of pounds in new infrastructure to enhance border security, with all freight vehicles entering the UK screened using a range of techniques. These include the use of carbon dioxide detectors, motion sensors and sniffer dogs to detect...

Written Answers — Home Office: Agriculture: Seasonal Workers (28 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The numbers of visa applications made, approved and refused under Seasonal Workers Pilot scheme are published in the quarterly Immigration statistics. This information is available on the Gov.uk website at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-ye ar-ending-june-2019/list-of-tables The Home Department and Defra have established a regime to monitor and evaluate the Pilot...

Written Answers — Home Office: Vagrancy Act 1824 (28 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The Government believes that no-one should be criminalised simply for sleeping rough. In the Cross-Government Rough Sleeping Strategy published last year we committed to review the Vagrancy Act. The review is consulting with stakeholders on all options including retention, repeal, replacement or amendment.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Overseas Students (25 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The Government welcomes international students to the UK, and recognises that they enhance our educational institutions both financially and culturally. The recent announcement of the new Graduate route demonstrates that the UK is globally focussed and our commitment to attracting the brightest and best talent from around the world to study and work in the UK. The UK already has an excellent...

Written Answers — Home Office: Agriculture: Seasonal Workers (21 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The numbers of visa applications made, approved and refused under Seasonal Workers Pilot scheme are published in the quarterly Immigration statistics. This information is available on the Gov.uk website at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-ye ar-ending-june-2019/list-of-tables The Seasonal Workers Pilot is a UK wide scheme. The recruitment and placement of migrant...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Office: Government Response to the SNP Opposition Day Debate - A Fair Immigration System (16 Oct 2019)

Seema Kennedy: People from all over the world have come to the UK and helped make this nation what it is today, and this Government welcomes the contribution migrants make to the UK’s economy, society and culture. Leaving the EU allows us to introduce a new points-based immigration system and we have commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee to conduct a review of the Australian...


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