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Home Office / National Statistics - Control of Immigration - 2nd Quarter 2010

Home Office / National Statistics - Control of Immigration - 2nd Quarter 2010

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Report published 4 times annually detailing the current trends in immigration.
Report published 4 times annually detailing the current trends in immigration.

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 26 August 2010CONTROL OF IMMIGRATION: QUARTERLY STATISTICAL SUMMARY,UNITED KINGDOMAPRIL – JUNE 2010MAIN POINTS
BORDER CONTROL
 
Comparing the 12 months (ending 30 June 2010) with the previous 12 months(ending 30 June 2009), the overall number of visas issued increased by 8 per centfrom 1,917,460 to 2,076,925; 1,779,330 were issued to main applicants and279,595 to dependants.
 
The number of Tier 4 Students, pre-Points Based System (PBS) equivalent andstudent visitor visas issued was 362,015, an increase of 35 per cent compared withthe year to 30 June 2009 (268,575).
 
The number of Tier 1 Highly Skilled Workers and pre-PBS equivalent visas issuedwas 28,410, a decrease of 18 per cent compared with the year to 30 June 2009(34,555).
 
The number of Tier 2 Skilled Workers and pre-PBS equivalent visas issued was66,140, a decrease of 9 per cent compared with the year to 30 June 2009 (72,570).
 
The number of temporary employment visas issued was 66,495, a decrease of 17per cent compared with the year to 30 June 2009 (79,890).
ASYLUM
 
The number of applications for asylum, excluding dependants, was 29 per centlower in Q2 2010 (4,365) compared with Q2 2009 (6,110). Two-thirds of thisdecrease was accounted for by the number of applicants from Zimbabwe, whichreduced from 1,560 in Q2 2009 to 405 in Q2 2010.
 
In Q2 2010, 5,220 initial asylum decisions were made, excluding dependants, adecrease of 8 per cent compared with Q2 2009 (5,690). 76 per cent of initialdecisions were refusals, 15 per cent were grants of asylum and 9 per cent weregrants of Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave.
ENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCE
 
In Q2 2010, 14,130 persons were removed or departed voluntarily from the UnitedKingdom, 14 per cent lower than in Q2 2009 (16,345). There was a decrease of 15
 
 
per cent to 2,380 for those leaving who had claimed asylum (including dependants)and a decrease of 13 per cent to 11,750 for non-asylum cases.
MANAGED MIGRATIONAfter-entry applications to vary leave to remain
 
 
Comparing the 12 months ending 30 June 2009 with the 12 months ending 30 June2010, the number of decisions
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on applications to vary conditions of leave, includingdependants, fell by 1 per cent from 399,725 to 395,935.
 
Of the total decisions, 81 per cent (322,170) were grants of an extension, and 19per cent (73,765) were refusals.
 
Of the 322,170 grants, there were 248,665 grants of an extension of leave toremain relating to in-country applications under the PBS.
 
There was a 9 per cent increase in grants of extensions of leave to remain relatingto study
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(up from 123,660 to 134,695).
 
Employment-related grants
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of an extension of leave to remain fell by 27 per centfrom 199,470 to 145,090.
 
 
There was a 5 per cent decrease in grants of extensions of leave to remain relatingto family (down from 24,165 to 22,940).
Settlement decisions
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The number of decisions on applications for settlement in the UK, excluding EEAand Swiss nationals, rose by 38 per cent in the 12 months ending 30 June 2010(238,885) compared with the 12 months ending 30 June 2009 (172,535).
 
Comparing the 12 months ending 30 June 2009 with the 12 months ending 30 June2010, the number of persons granted settlement in the UK rose by 37 per cent from163,660 to 224,390. There were increases in employment-related grants (up 36 per cent to 92,190), family formation and reunion grants (up 12 per cent to 71,875) andother grants, including those on a discretionary
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basis and where the category of grant is unknown (up 99 per cent to 57,505). There was a decrease in asylum-related grants (down 13 per cent to 2,820).
Worker Registration Scheme
 
In total there were 28,645 initial applicants to the Worker Registration Scheme(WRS) in Q2 2010, compared to 28,225 in Q2 2009 and 46,075 in Q2 2008. Thenumber of approved WRS applicants in Q2 2010 was 19,830, compared to 26,510in Q2 2009 and 43,845 in Q2 2008.
 
Approved applicants from Poland fell to 8,540 in Q2 2010 from 13,815 in Q2 2009.However, approved applicants from Lithuania increased to 4,165 in Q2 2010 from3,595 in Q2 2009.
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Excluding settlement and asylum cases.
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Includes grants under Tier 4 of the Points Based System.
 
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Includes grants under Tiers 1, 2 and 5 of the Points Based System.
 
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Data relate to the number of people and include dependants of principal applicants.
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Includes persons granted indefinite leave outside the immigration rules under measures aimed at clearing the backlogof outstanding unresolved cases.
 
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British citizenship
 
The number of persons granted British citizenship in the UK increased by 13 per cent to 197,955 in the 12 months to 30 June 2010 compared to the 12 months to 30June 2009 (175,685). There were increases for grants based on residence (up 8per cent to 95,200), marriage (up 14 per cent to 49,915) and children (up 19 per cent to 47,705).
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