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Entry Clearances

Home Department written question – answered on 17th September 2008.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which 80 immigration routes the Government are replacing; and how many entry clearances were granted under each route in the latest year for which figures are available.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands), Minister of State (Home Office) (Borders and Immigration), Minister of State (HM Treasury) (also in the Home Office)

holding answer 20 June 2008

Those routes scheduled to be replaced under the Government's points system include:

Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme

Highly Skilled Migrant programme


International Graduates scheme


Persons intending to establish themselves in business

Self-employed lawyers

Writers, composers and artists

Airport-based operational ground staff

Intra-company transfer

Jewish agency employees

Ministers of Religion, Missionaries and Members of Religious Orders

Named researchers

Overseas qualified nurse or midwife

Overseas representatives (news media)

Sabbatical posts


Training and work experience scheme (also tier 5)

Work permit employment (also tier 5)

Association of American Study Abroad programme

Bar students

Exchange students

Music students

Pestalozzi Childrens' Trust


Resit of Examinations

Riding schools

Sandwich students

St. George's University School of Medicine

Student nurses


Welbeck college (Army recruits)

Writing up a thesis

Au Pair (non EEA)

British Universities North America Club

China Graduate Work Experience programme

EU Leonardo da Vinci programme

Exchange teachers and language assistants

Gap year entrants

General Agreement on Trade and Services

International Association for the Exchange of students of Technical Expertise

International Fire Fighter Fellowship programme

Japan Youth Exchange scheme

Medical Training Initiative

Non-pastoral religious workers

Overseas domestic workers in diplomatic households

Overseas Government employees

Research assistants to Members of Parliament

Rudolf Steiner

Sponsored researchers

Training and Work Experience scheme (also Tier 2)

Vander Elst

Visiting religious workers

Voluntary workers

Work permit employment (also Tier 2)

Working Holidaymaker scheme

Overseas domestic workers in private households

Retired persons of independent means

Sole representatives


Civilian personnel in foreign armed forces

Nurses in supervised practice

Postgraduate doctors and dentists

Turkish European Community Association Agreement

UK Ancestry

Offshore workers

Employees of firms under contract to NATO

Seasonal agricultural workers

Sector Based schemes

Entertainers' Concession (incl PFFs)

Sportspersons' Concession

Clinical attachment or dental observer

Film Crew on Location


Prospective students

It is not possible to separately identify the entry clearance for each of these routes without incurring disproportionate cost, as many are currently covered by a single entry clearance process.

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