Home Department written question – answered on 17th July 2007.

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Photo of Nick Clegg Nick Clegg Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were granted leave to remain in the UK through the long-residence concession in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary

The latest available statistics on grants of settlement on the basis of long residence for 1996 to 2005 are provided in the following table.

Grants of settlement by selected category of grant, excluding EEA nationals and Switzerland—United Kingdom, 1996-2005
Number of persons
Category of grant Long residency( 1,2)
1996 2,300
1997 1,700
1998 1,900
1999 1,400
2000 3,700
2001 2,255
2002(3) 5,290
2003(4) 9,205
2004(5) 3,005
2005 2,925
(1) Includes persons granted settlement following application under the regularisation scheme for overstayers.

(2) Excludes dependants.

(3) Swiss nationals are excluded from 1 June 2002.

(4) Data from 2003 also exclude dependants of EEA and Swiss nationals in confirmed relationships granted permanent residence.

(5) Includes nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia before 1 May 2004, but excludes them from this date.

Note: Figures for 2001-05 have been rounded to the nearest five. Figures for 2000 and earlier have been rounded to two significant digits.

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