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Iraq: Asylum

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 15th September 2008.

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Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ensure that the applications to enter the UK from the group of Iraqi interpreters, who arrived in Amman, Jordan on 21 April 2008, will be decided before their Jordanian visas expire on 20 July; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Five former interpreters and their families who moved to Amman on 21 April have now arrived in the UK. The other cases are being processed as quickly as possible but clearance procedures have not yet been completed. We are working to secure assurances that the individuals will be granted permission to remain in Jordan until the processing of their cases is completed. The Government will reimburse the cost of extending their visas.

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