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House of Lords written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) visa applications to enter the United Kingdom, and (2) applications for permanent residency, were made last year by Algerian and Nigerian nationals; and how many, and what percentage, were refused.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Minister of State, Home Department

In 2011, a total of 15,241 applications for entry clearance visas were made by Algerian nationals. Of the 15,448 decisions made in 2011 on such applications, there were 3,813 (25%) refusals. Correspondingly in 2011 Nigerian nationals made 191,261 applications for entry clearance visas, and of the 188,993 decisions, there were 50,368 (27%) refusals.

In 2010 there were, respectively, 1,527 and 10,031 grants of settlement, for Algerian and Nigerian nationals. Data for 2011 will be published in August. Figures on applications for settlement are not published.

Data relating to entry clearance visa applications by country of nationality are published in table "be.02" of the quarterly Home Office statistical release "Immigration Statistics".

A copy of the latest release, Immigration Statistics January-March 2012, is available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science, research and statistics web pages at: uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/immigration-asylum-research/immigration-q1-2012/.

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