Immigration: Finance

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd December 2020.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children of (a) families with no recourse to public funds, (b) Zambrano carers, (c) families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and (d) families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office does not record cases by family member status and therefore cannot provide the information on the total number of visa-holding children whose family have no recourse to public funds. In the year ending September 2020, there were 336,925 extensions of stay in the UK granted, the majority of which would have the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) condition imposed. See Exe_01: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/938919/extensions-summary-sep-2020-tables.xlsx

The Home Office does not hold data on how many Zambrano carers or families with a right to remain in the UK under Article 8 of the ECHR that have no recourse to public funds are currently leave holders in the UK. Furthermore, we do not record information on families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989, although such information if provided would be taken into consideration for Change of Circumstances and Fee Waiver applications.

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