Entry Clearances

Home Department written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Party Chair, Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average waiting time for processing visa applications under (a) the highly skilled migrants programme and (b) tier 2 of the points-based system was in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Borders and Immigration);), Home Office, Minister of State (Borders and Immigration);), HM Treasury

The highly skilled migrant programme was replaced by tier 1 of the points based system (PBS) on 30 June 2008. During July, the most recent period for which figures are available, the average processing time for visa applications under PBS tier 1 was 11.8 days. This does not include the time taken for applications to be couriered between visa application centres and decision-making posts. PBS tier 2 has not yet been implemented.

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