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Entry Clearances: Shipping

Home Department written question – answered on 2nd February 2011.

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Photo of Duncan Hames Duncan Hames Liberal Democrat, Chippenham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many seafarers holding documents issued by nations who have ratified International Labour Organization Convention 185 were required to apply for entry clearance to the UK from ships at port in each of the last three years.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

Most seafarers do not require entry clearance to enter the UK. Under Section 8(1) of the Immigration Act 1971 a person arriving as a member of the crew of a ship under engagement to leave the UK as a member of its crew may, subject to certain exceptions, enter without leave and remain until the departure of the ship. This applies regardless of whether the crew member holds a seafarer's identity issued under International Labour Organization Convention 185 (ILO 185) or not.

We do not record, of those who are required to obtain leave on arrival or entry clearance from abroad, how many hold ILO 185 documents.

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