Home Department written question – answered on 23rd March 2007.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances an asylum seeker with exceptional leave to remain is able to leave and return to the UK.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality)

A person who applies for asylum and is granted leave to remain in the United Kingdom for more than six months is normally permitted to travel abroad and return to the United Kingdom until their leave expires, provided that they are not absent for a continuous period of more than two years. If they remain outside the United Kingdom for more than two years their leave will lapse and they may not be readmitted to the United Kingdom. The policy and the exceptions to it are set out in the Asylum Policy Instruction Travel Abroad, which is publicly available on the IND website at: policyinstructions/

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