Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 25th January 2005.

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Photo of Mr Tom Cox Mr Tom Cox Labour, Tooting

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Jamaican citizens have been refused entry into the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.

Photo of Chris Mullin Chris Mullin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

From April 2002-March 2003 the visa section in Kingston received 10,185 applications and refused 2,736; a refusal rate of 26.9 per cent.

Following the introduction of the requirement for all Jamaican nationals (including visitors) to have visas to enter the United Kingdom in January 2003, applications from April 2003-March 2004 went up to 26, 603 and 11,646 were refused; a refusal rate of 43.8 per cent.

Figures on refusal rates for 2004–05 are not yet available. When they are, they will be posted on the UKvisas website at www.ukvisas.gov.uk. Further entry clearance statistics are available on the UKvisas website at Entry Clearance: Facts and Figures".

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