Leave to Remain

Home Department written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of James Clappison James Clappison Conservative, Hertsmere

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on enforcement action in the case of applicants for the family indefinite leave to remain exercise with criminal convictions (a) whose cases are outstanding and (b) whose applications have been refused; and how many have been made the subject of enforcement action since the policy was introduced.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration and Asylum)

The criteria Border and Immigration Agency applies its criteria for deportation when determining whether enforcement action should be taken in family indefinite leave to remain cases where criminality is involved. The agency's deportation criteria were set out by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary in a written ministerial statement on 23 May 2006.

Figures for those with criminal convictions refused under the Family Indefinite Leave exercise and subject to enforcement action are unavailable and would only be obtained by examination of the individual case records at disproportionate cost.

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