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Immigration: Applications

Home Department written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants from (a) the UK and (b) Scotland for (i) Tier 2 visas, (ii) student visas, (iii) indefinite leave to remain and (iv) leave to enter waited longer than four weeks for a decision on their application in each of the last three years.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 31 January 2013

The answer to this question can be found in the following tables:

Table 1: Applications decided in four weeks, 2010 to 2012, UK
  Despatch year
  2010 2011 2012
  0-4 weeks 4+ weeks 0-4 weeks 4+ weeks 0-4 weeks 4+ weeks
PBS Tier 2 (in country) 7,380 14,940 3,075 12,905 1,895 22,315
PBS Tier 4 (in country) 25,540 101,395 27,690 77,075 4,005 80,280
Student leave to remain (in country) 5 2,925 (1) 330 0 70
Indefinite leave to remain (in country) 18,195 63,835 7,840 60,875 1,910 58,185
Leave to enter (out of country) 2,375,740 170,995 2,486,690 126,925 2,474,000 92,425
(1) One or two. Notes: 1. The figures quoted have been derived from management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols. 2. In country figures relate to main applicants only, leave to enter figures relate to main applicants and dependants. 3. In country figures relate to postal applications only. 4. In country figures relate to cases with decision despatched date between 1 January 2010 and 30 September 2012, leave to enter figures relate to cases with decision despatch date between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2012. Both data sets are a subset of published statistics and figures provided in line with publication dates. 5. Processing time for in country cases based on 28 calendar days between application raised (received) and despatch date, and 20 working days between biometric enrolment and despatch date for leave to enter cases. 6. Figures rounded to nearest 5.
Table 2: Applications decided in four weeks, 2010 to 2012, Scotland
  Despatch year
  2010 2011 2012
  0-4 weeks 4+ weeks 0-4 weeks 4+ weeks 0-4 weeks 4+ weeks
PBS Tier 2 (in country) 335 790 140 765 95 1,365
PBS Tier 4 (in country) 960 5,090 675 3,945 105 4,505
Student leave to remain (in country) 0 60 0 5 0 7,970
Indefinite leave to remain (in country) 685 2,055 235 1,935 40 2,100
Notes: 1. The figures quoted have been derived from management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols. 2. Figures relate to main applicants only. 3. Figures relate to postal applications only. 4. Figures relate to cases with decision despatched date between 1 January 2010 and 30 September 2012. 5. Processing time based on 28 calendar days between application raised (received) and despatch date. 6. Data for Scotland based on applicant's postcode. 7. Leave to enter data cannot be disaggregated by postcode. 8. Figures rounded to nearest 5.

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