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Asylum: Families

Home Office written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications they have received for UK visas for family settlement to reunite with a partner or parent who is in the UK as a refugee or with humanitarian protection in each year since 2010; and of those, how many have been granted.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The available information is given below.

Family reunion applications from dependants of those with refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK (made under Part 11 of the Immigration Rules) are included in the ‘Family: Other’ category within the published Home Office ‘Immigration Statistics’ visa tables, latest edition at, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2018/list-of-tables#visas.

The vast majority of the ‘Family: Other’ category relate to family reunion and hence the published figures provide a good indication of trends for family reunion cases.

The table below provides the latest data:

'Family: Other' entry clearance visa applications and outcomes: 2010 to 2017

Year

Applications

Resolved

Granted

%

Refused

Withdrawn/Lapsed

2010

6,111

6,654

4,887

73%

1,664

103

2011

5,143

5,536

4,306

78%

1,093

137

2012

5,135

5,318

3,710

70%

1,479

129

2013

6,064

6,108

4,211

69%

1,797

100

2014

5,639

6,658

4,596

69%

1,931

131

2015

8,477

8,283

4,887

59%

3,267

129

2016

8,610

9,620

6,098

63%

3,472

50

2017

7,439

7,543

5,237

69%

2,253

53

Notes: Applications made in a given year may be resolved (granted, refused, withdrawn or lapsed) in a later year.

Source: Home Office 'Immigration Statistics, year ending June 2018', Visas data tables volume 1, table vi_01_q.

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