Entry Clearances

Home Department written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken to process an application was for a (a) Tier 1 (investor), (b) Tier 1 (entrepreneur) and (c) EU Association Agreement business visa for a foreign national whose application to visit the UK on commercial matters was granted in each month of the last three years.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (the North West), Home Office, Minister of State (the North West), HM Treasury, Minister of State (the North West), Regional Affairs

The following table illustrates by month the average time taken to process requested categories of visa applications over the last three years. Tier 1 of the points based system was introduced on 1 July 2008.

Average days to resolve applications
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Issued month Business-EC associate Tier 1 (investor) migrant Tier 1 (entrepreneur) migrant
2007
January - - -
February 0 - -
March - - -
April 1 - -
May - - -
June - - -
July - - -
August - - -
September - - -
October 3 - -
November - - -
December - - -
-
2008 -
January - - -
February - - -
March - - -
April 1 - -
May - - -
June 2 - -
July - 3 4
August - 7 -
September - 11 8
October - 25 2
November - 14 3
December - 5 12
2009
January - 29 13
February - 16 2
March - 10 15
April - 9 16
May - 8 13
June - 9 7
July - 12 2
August - 12 10
September - 10 7
October - 11 5
November - 15 4
Note: Tier 1 introduced 1 July 2008.

Quarterly information about the performance and processing times of each of our visa sections, against our target agreed customers service standards, is published on the following website:

www.ukvisas.gov.uk.

A guide to current processing times is also available on this website.

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