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Asylum Seekers

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 10 July (WA 44), whether they have any plans to review the restrictions on (1) active review applicants, (2) failed asylum seekers and (3) their dependants, applying for jobs on the shortage occupation list; whether they have conducted any research on whether asylum applicants or failed asylum seekers obtain jobs on the list after being granted permission to seek work; and, if so, what were the results of that research.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

There are no plans to review the restrictions on failed asylum seekers or their dependants applying for jobs on the Shortage Occupation List. Failed asylum seekers are only eligible to apply for permission to work if they have waited over twelve months for a decision on a further submissions application. Only main applicants are granted permission to work.

No research of the type described has been conducted.

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