Asylum

Home Office written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Heidi Allen Heidi Allen Conservative, South Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people seeking family reunion with extended family members in the UK have (a) applied for and (b) been granted asylum in exceptional circumstances in each of the last three years.

Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office does not record information in such a way to be able to report on the number of people seeking family reunion with extended family members in the UK and an individual cannot apply to be considered for family reunion under the exceptional circumstance arrangements. Instead, they would apply for Family Reunion under the Immigration Rules but, if they are refused under the Rules, the Home Office would then go on to consider whether there are exceptional circumstances.

As such, the figures for applications and visas issued under the Rules and under the exceptional circumstances arrangements are as follows:

Total number of Family Reunion applications – age at the date of application -under 18

Total number of Family Reunion applications – age at date of application - over 18

Total number of Family Reunion visas issued (‘Family Other’ category)

Total number of Family Reunion visas issued under exceptional circumstances arrangements

2015

4,980

3,220

4,887

21

2016

4,811

3,701

6,098

49

2017 (up to 30 September 2017)

2,625

2,821

3,801

49

All those issued a family reunion visa are granted leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom, not asylum. The family reunion application process does not require an assessment of the applicant’s international protection needs. It is the family member in the UK that is required to have been granted refugee status or Humanitarian Protection.

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