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It is not possible to separately identify the entry clearance for each of these routes without incurring disproportionate cost, as many are currently covered by a single entry clearance process.

Entry Clearances: Working Holidays

Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many entry clearances were granted under the working holidaymakers scheme in each of the last five years; and how many were granted to applicants from each of the top 10 source countries in those years. [212855]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 20 June 2008]: The total number of entry clearances issued globally under the Working Holidaymaker (WHM) Scheme in each of the last four financial years (2004-08) is shown in the table. The number of such entry clearances issued in the top 10 WHM source countries in each of these years is also shown.

In FY 2003-04, a total of 59,822 WHM visas were issued globally. However, we are unable to provide accurate figures for the numbers issued in individual countries in this or previous financial years.

The data shown in the following tables are unpublished and should therefore be treated as provisional.

Working holidaymaker visas issued: FY 2004—FY 2008

Country FY 2004-05 issued

1

Australia

23,257

2

South Africa

21,781

3

Canada

5,258

4

New Zealand

4,833

5

Ghana

3,224

6

India

2,033

7

Malaysia

1,470

8

Namibia

1,101

9

United States

674

10

Sri Lanka

639

Total (top 10)

64,270

Total (all countries)

69,132



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Country FY 2005-06 issued

1

Australia

19,197

2

South Africa

16,773

3

Canada

4,508

4

New Zealand

4,408

5

Ghana

2,231

6

India

1,550

7

United States

479

8

Trinidad and Tobago

461

9

Singapore

315

10

Irish Republic

248

Total (top 10)

50,170

Total (all countries)

52,598


Country FY 2006-07 issued

1

Australia

20,588

2

South Africa

8,946

3

New Zealand

4,664

4

Canada

3,852

5

India

2,302

6

Ghana

1,406

7

Bangladesh

548

8

United States

362

9

Malaysia

313

10

Trinidad and Tobago

301

Total (top 10)

43,282

Total (all countries)

46,048


Country FY 2007-08 issued

1

Australia

14,948

2

South Africa

6,374

3

New Zealand

3,306

4

Canada

3,060

5

India

2,686

6

Malaysia

1,016

7

Ghana

855

8

Bangladesh

602

9

Trinidad and Tobago

285

10

United States

260

Total (top 10)

33,392

Total (all countries)

35,641

Note:
Date range— 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2008.
Source:
CRS (30 July 2008)

Immigration Controls

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average number of employees per sponsor likely to be applied for under tier 2 of the points-based system. [218909]

Mr. Byrne: We do not yet have projected figures for the average number of migrant employees per sponsor.

Our analysis of historic work permit data shows that an average annual figure for migrant employees per employer is not indicative of employer/migrant activity overall. It is skewed towards a very low average, and therefore we believe it is of limited use for planning or reporting purposes.


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However, historical data relating to work permits show 81.6 per cent. of organisations over a four year period used less than five work permits each.

Immigration: Appeals

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the target processing time has been in relation to appeals to asylum and immigration tribunals in each of the last five years. [224107]

Mr. Wills: I have been asked to reply.

The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) (prior to April 2005 the Immigration Appellate Authority) has joint target processing times with the Home Office and information covering each of the last five years is shown in the following table.


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