Immigration Controls

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Morrow Lord Morrow DUP

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 20 November (HL2506), how many people were permitted to enter the United Kingdom after declaring previous convictions in each of the last four years; and what specific offences or penalties result in an automatic bar to entry.

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

To obtain the number of people who were permitted to enter the UK after declaring a previous conviction, could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

A non-EEA national who is sentenced to a period of imprisonment of 4 years or more in the UK or overseas will automatically be refused entry indefinitely. Those sentenced to less than 4 years will be refused entry for a period of 5 or 10 years, depending on the length of their sentence. There are also discretionary grounds for refusal for anyone who is considered to be non-conducive to the public good based on character, conduct or associations, persistent offenders or those who have committed offences causing serious harm.

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