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Immigration

Home Department written question – answered on 4th March 2013.

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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 applications for elderly dependent relatives from non-EEA countries to obtain leave to stay in the UK UK Border Agency have (a) received, (b) granted, (c) refused and (d) not processed since July 2012.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 25 February 2012

The immigration rules governing the settlement (indefinite leave) of adult dependent relatives changed in July 2012. This route is now only accessible to applicants applying from outside the UK.

The latest published figures for July to December 2012 on applications from outside the UK, and grants issued and refusals outside the UK, of entry clearance visas providing settlement (indefinite leave) to dependants (other than children or partners, of those who were settled in the UK or British citizens), are given in the following table. Published statistics do not separately identify entry clearance visas not processed.

Entry clearance visa applications from outside the UK, and resolutions, providing settlement (indefinite leave) to dependants (other than children or partners, of those who were settled in the UK or British citizens)
          Of which:  
Quarter Applications Resolved Issued Percentage Refused Percentage Withdrawn or lapsed
2012 Q3 (July to September) 650 760 402 53 345 45 13
2012 Q4 (October to December) 456 699 277 40 421 60 1
Note: Decisions (resolutions) may relate to applications made in earlier quarters, and may include decisions based on rules in place before July 2012. Source: Table be.0l.q,Family route: Other (for settlement), “Immigration Statistics October-December 2012”.

The published statistics do not separately identify how many of these applications and decisions outside the UK on entry clearance visas providing indefinite leave to dependants (other than children or partners, of those who were settled in the UK or British citizens), relate to elderly dependent relatives.

Information on applications from outside the UK and grants issued and refusals outside the UK, for entry clearance visas by category, is published, as part of the Home Office's quarterly Immigration Statistics, which is available from the Library of the House and on the Home Office Science website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/science-research/research-statistics/migration/migration-statistics1/

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