Entry Clearances: Foreign Workers

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

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many businesses had applied for licences to sponsor migrants as at 30 September 2008.

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

The number of businesses which have applied for licences to sponsor foreign migrants under the points based system is 3,340—this figure is rounded to the nearest five. A proportion of these applications are still awaiting payment and supporting documentation as businesses have up to 28 days to provide this information from the date of submission.

The figures quoted are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

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