Home AffairsSupplementary written evidence submitted by the UK Border Agency (UKBA Q3 05)

STUDENT VISA APPLICATIONS: CHRISTMAS 2012

All urgent requests received before Christmas for passports to be returned were turned around within 72 hours or, where necessary and possible, within 24 hours. A total of 79 requests for passports to be returned were received in December. All these cases had their passports returned by 24 December.

Some people also requested expedition of their application where possible. The Agency received about 200 requests for expedition of applications and we successfully processed almost 90% of these before Christmas, prioritising these requests and contacting applicants where necessary to attend a biometric appointment in order that we could consider the application.

The UK Border Agency would be happy to look further into the circumstances of cases where Mr Vaz has been notified that the individual did not receive their passport, after submitting their request.

UK Border Agency
January 2013

Prepared 25th March 2013