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Entry Clearances: Domestic Service

Home Department written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Shadow Minister (Housing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the migrant domestic workers who were granted settlement in 2009 originally entered the UK on a (a) domestic worker (visitor), (b) domestic worker (other) and (c) domestic worker (diplomat) visa.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

We are unable to specify the visa categories that individuals granted Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) originally entered the UK on, as this information is not held centrally by the UK Border Agency.

In 2009, 791(1) individuals were granted ILR as Overseas Domestic Workers in a Private Household.

In June 2011, the Government launched a consultation into, “Employment-Related Settlement, Tier 5 and Overseas Domestic Workers” This consultation document proposes changes to the settlement rights of those coming to the UK to work as well as changes to Tier 5 of the points-based system and the rules for overseas domestic workers.

Analysis to support the consultation outcome is due to be published in the near future.

(1) Figure taken from published Immigration Statistics April-June 2011

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