Visas

Home Office written question – answered on 3rd September 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Chair, Work and Pensions Committee, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa extensions were granted to people in the UK in each of the last five years; and how many of those extensions were granted to people subject to the No Recourse to Public Funds condition in each of those years.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Data on the number of extensions granted in the UK are published in table Exe_D01 of the managed migration detailed datasets in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/managed-migration-datasets .

Most migrants visiting, studying, working or joining family in the UK are subject to a No Recourse to Public Fund (NRPF) condition until they have obtained indefinite leave to remain.

Exceptions are made in respect of some migrants, such as families here on the basis of family life/Article 8, where the condition is lifted if the family can provide evidence that they would otherwise be destitute. Migrants with leave under the family and human rights routes can apply to have the NRPF restriction lifted by making a ‘change of conditions’ application if there has been a change in their financial circumstances.

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