Immigration Controls

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

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office), Shadow Attorney General

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

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary

The provision to grant indefinite leave to remain (ILR) on the basis of long-term residence was introduced into the immigration rules in April 2003. Prior to this, a person could be granted ILR on a discretionary basis under the Long Residence concession.

Statistics on persons granted ILR under the Long Residency concession/immigration rules, in each of the years 2003 to 2007, are provided in the following table.

Grants of indefinite leave to remain under the Long Residency concession/immigration rules, excluding EEA nationals and Switzerland( 1) , 2003 to 2007, United Kingdom
Number of persons
Category of grant 2003 2004( 2) 2005 2006 2007( 3, 4)
Long Residency(5, 6, 7) 9,215 3,005 2,925 4,020 3,155
(1) Data from 2003 exclude dependants of EEA and Swiss nationals in confirmed relationships granted permanent residence.

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

(3) Excludes nationals from Bulgaria and Romania from 1 January 2007.

(4) Provisional.

(5) 10/14 years continuous residence.

(6) Includes persons granted settlement following application under the regularisation scheme for overstayers.

(7) Excludes dependants granted settlement in-line.


Data rounded to the nearest five.

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