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Entry Clearances: Standards

Home Department written question – answered on 9th March 2009.

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow Shadow Chief Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Hansard, column 152W, on entry clearances, what the reasons are for the relatively low performance against public service agreement targets in Sri Lanka; in which three countries there was the lowest performance against the public service agreement targets for processing visa applications in 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (also in the Home Office), Home Office, Minister of State (also in the Home Office), HM Treasury

In the financial year 2007-08 the number of visa applications in Colombo exceeded the ability of the visa section to process them.

In that financial year, our posts in the following countries had the lowest performance against public service agreement targets for visa processing times (rating 1 = lowest):

1 Sudan Algeria Morocco
2 Seychelles Mongolia Sri Lanka
3 Mongolia Slovakia Ethiopia

These data are unpublished and should be treated as provisional.

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