Home AffairsLetter from Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, UK Border Agency, to the Chair of the Committee, 22 February 2013

Thank you for your letter of 11 February requesting further information about the Agency’s performance in quarters one, two and three of 2012.

Answers to the Committee’s questions can be found below. Please note that the majority of figures quoted are management information. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols.

As I covered in my last evidence session our priority this financial year is to return the majority of routes to normal business levels by 31 March and subsequently return to meeting service standards.

Rob Whiteman
Chief Executive, UK Border Agency

1. What proportion of in-country immigration applications only for limited leave to remain and permanent leave to remain were processed within the UK Border Agency’s service standard targets between 1 July and 30 September 2012 by (a) points-based system tier and (b) category?

I.Please provide the equivalent information for the periods covering 1 April—30 June 2012 and the 1 January—31 March 2012.

The table below shows the proportion of in-country visa applications that were processed within the Agency’s service standards in quarter one, two and three 2012, broken down by Points Based System tier and category:1

Quarter one 2012

Postal applications in four weeks

Premium applications in 24 hours

Tier 1 Total (target: 90%)

91%

72%

Gateway—HSW

72%

0%

T1 (non-biometric) Dep Child joining person with LTR—LTR

25%

100%

T1 (non-biometric) Dep Partner joining person with LTR—LTR

T1 HS—(Revised) General Migrant—Int

T1 HS—Dep Child Applying With Relatives

T1 HS—Dep Child Joining Relatives—LTR

91%

68%

T1 HS—Dep Over 18 Joining Relatives—LTR

0%

50%

T1 HS—Dep Partner Joining Relatives—LTR

80%

50%

T1 HS—Entrepreneur—LTR

64%

0%

T1 HS—General Migrant—LTR

84%

71%

T1 HS—Graduate Entrepreneur—LTR

T1 HS—HSMP IED Trans

100%

T1 HS—Investor—LTR

82%

0%

T1 HS—Post Study—LTR

93%

74%

Tier 2 total (target: 90%)

85%

52%

Rep BRP card—T2 SW—ICT (Long Term)—LTR

75%

Rep BRP card—T2 SW—ICT (Short Term)—LTR

T2 (Non—Biometric) Dep Child—LTR

100%

T2 SW—Dep Child Applying With Relatives—LTR

T2 SW—Dep Child Joining Relatives—LTR

83%

56%

T2 SW—Dep Over 18 Joining Relatives—LTR

40%

0%

T2 SW—Dep Partner Joining Relatives—LTR

77%

100%

T2 SW—General Migrant—LTR

83%

59%

T2 SW—ICT (Established Staff)—LTR

91%

69%

T2 SW—ICT (Graduate Trainee)—LTR

T2 SW—ICT (Long Term)—LTR

89%

42%

T2 SW—ICT (Short Term)—LTR

87%

65%

T2 SW—ICT (Skills Transfer)—LTR

50%

T2 SW—Int. Com. Tran. Migrant—LTR

100%

35%

T2 SW—Min. of Rel. Migrant—LTR

79%

50%

T2 SW—Sportspeople Migrant—LTR

87%

31%

Tier 4 total (target: 85%)

67%

69%

T4—Child Student—LTR

55%

64%

T4—Dep Child Applying with Relatives—LTR

T4—Dep Child Joining Relatives—LTR

73%

62%

T4—Dep Over 18 Joining Relatives—LTR

46%

50%

T4—Dep Partner Applying With Relatives—LTR

T4—Dep Partner Joining Relatives—LTR

54%

0%

T4—General Student—LTR

66%

70%

T4—Sponsor Change

87%

Tier 5 total (target: 90%)

84%

35%

T5 TW—Charity Migrant—LTR

71%

T5 TW—Cre-Sport Migrant—LTR

83%

40%

T5 TW—Dep Child Joining Relatives—LTR

100%

100%

T5 TW—Dep Partner Joining Relatives—LTR

100%

T5 TW—Govt Auth Ex Migrant—LTR

89%

33%

T5 TW—Int Agree Migrant—LTR

90%

25%

T5 TW—Religious Migrant—LTR

81%

Quarter two 2012

Postal applications in four weeks

Premium applications in 24 hours

Tier 1 Total (target: 90%)

26%

67%

Gateway—HSW

33%

T1 (non-biometric) Dep Child joining person with LTR—LTR

0%

T1 (non-biometric) Dep Partner joining person with LTR—LTR

T1 HS—(Revised) General Migrant—Int

T1 HS—Dep Child Applying With Relatives

0%

T1 HS—Dep Child Joining Relatives—LTR

37%

72%

T1 HS—Dep Over 18 Joining Relatives—LTR

33%

57%

T1 HS—Dep Partner Joining Relatives—LTR

33%

62%

T1 HS—Entrepreneur—LTR

51%

0%

T1 HS—General Migrant—LTR

40%

73%

T1 HS—Graduate Entrepreneur—LTR

T1 HS—HSMP IED Trans

100%

50%

T1 HS—Investor—LTR

75%

0%

T1 HS—Post Study—LTR

13%

23%

Tier 2 total (target: 90%)

33%

62%

Rep BRP card—T2 SW—ICT (Long Term)—LTR

43%

Rep BRP card—T2 SW—ICT (Short Term)—LTR

T2 (Non—Biometric) Dep Child—LTR

0%

T2 SW—Dep Child Applying With Relatives—LTR

100%

T2 SW—Dep Child Joining Relatives—LTR

36%

67%

T2 SW—Dep Over 18 Joining Relatives—LTR

13%

50%

T2 SW—Dep Partner Joining Relatives—LTR

24%

78%

T2 SW—General Migrant—LTR

32%

67%

T2 SW—ICT (Established Staff)—LTR

8%

70%

T2 SW—ICT (Graduate Trainee)—LTR

50%

T2 SW—ICT (Long Term)—LTR

34%

48%

T2 SW—ICT (Short Term)—LTR

37%

53%

T2 SW—ICT (Skills Transfer)—LTR

43%

0%

T2 SW—Int. Com. Tran. Migrant—LTR

38%

66%

T2 SW—Min. of Rel. Migrant—LTR

26%

69%

T2 SW—Sportspeople Migrant—LTR

45%

53%

Tier 4 total (target: 85%)

28%

56%

T4—Child Student—LTR

36%

74%

T4—Dep Child Applying with Relatives—LTR

100%

T4—Dep Child Joining Relatives—LTR

31%

83%

T4—Dep Over 18 Joining Relatives—LTR

21%

50%

T4—Dep Partner Applying With Relatives—LTR

100%

T4—Dep Partner Joining Relatives—LTR

28%

40%

T4—General Student—LTR

26%

55%

T4—Sponsor Change

96%

Tier 5 total (target: 90%)

34%

69%

T5 TW—Charity Migrant—LTR

33%

T5 TW—Cre-Sport Migrant—LTR

45%

20%

T5 TW—Dep Child Joining Relatives—LTR

0%

100%

T5 TW—Dep Partner Joining Relatives—LTR

0%

T5 TW—Govt Auth Ex Migrant—LTR

36%

67%

T5 TW—Int Agree Migrant—LTR

28%

80%

T5 TW—Religious Migrant—LTR

36%

Quarter three 2012

Postal applications in four weeks

Premium applications in 24 hours

Tier 1 Total (target: 90%)

18%

73%

Gateway—HSW

25%

0%

T1 (non-biometric) Dep Child joining person with LTR—LTR

T1 (non-biometric) Dep Partner joining person with LTR—LTR

0%

T1 HS—(Revised) General Migrant—Int

0%

T1 HS—Dep Child Applying With Relatives

0%

T1 HS—Dep Child Joining Relatives—LTR

44%

81%

T1 HS—Dep Over 18 Joining Relatives—LTR

43%

33%

T1 HS—Dep Partner Joining Relatives—LTR

34%

79%

T1 HS—Entrepreneur—LTR

20%

0%

T1 HS—General Migrant—LTR

31%

78%

T1 HS—Graduate Entrepreneur—LTR

0%

T1 HS—HSMP IED Trans

0%

100%

T1 HS—Investor—LTR

4%

3%

T1 HS—Post Study—LTR

16%

0%

Tier 2 total (target: 90%)

79%

72%

Rep BRP card—T2 SW—ICT (Long Term)—LTR

29%

Rep BRP card—T2 SW—ICT (Short Term)—LTR

0%

T2 (Non—Biometric) Dep Child—LTR

0%

T2 SW—Dep Child Applying With Relatives—LTR

T2 SW—Dep Child Joining Relatives—LTR

74%

70%

T2 SW—Dep Over 18 Joining Relatives—LTR

89%

50%

T2 SW—Dep Partner Joining Relatives—LTR

72%

67%

T2 SW—General Migrant—LTR

78%

75%

T2 SW—ICT (Established Staff)—LTR

64%

58%

T2 SW—ICT (Graduate Trainee)—LTR

100%

100%

T2 SW—ICT (Long Term)—LTR

85%

58%

T2 SW—ICT (Short Term)—LTR

84%

31%

T2 SW—ICT (Skills Transfer)—LTR

100%

100%

T2 SW—Int. Com. Tran. Migrant—LTR

85%

81%

T2 SW—Min. of Rel. Migrant—LTR

67%

33%

T2 SW—Sportspeople Migrant—LTR

69%

80%

Tier 4 total (target: 85%)

14%

73%

T4—Child Student—LTR

38%

67%

T4—Dep Child Applying with Relatives—LTR

T4—Dep Child Joining Relatives—LTR

31%

83%

T4—Dep Over 18 Joining Relatives—LTR

0%

0%

T4—Dep Partner Applying With Relatives—LTR

50%

0%

T4—Dep Partner Joining Relatives—LTR

18%

50%

T4—General Student—LTR

12%

73%

T4—Sponsor Change

96%

Tier 5 total (target: 90%)

71%

75%

T5 TW—Charity Migrant—LTR

53%

T5 TW—Cre-Sport Migrant—LTR

70%

100%

T5 TW—Dep Child Joining Relatives—LTR

50%

T5 TW—Dep Partner Joining Relatives—LTR

100%

T5 TW—Govt Auth Ex Migrant—LTR

77%

83%

T5 TW—Int Agree Migrant—LTR

78%

68%

T5 TW—Religious Migrant—LTR

56%

The table below shows the number of in-country visa applications in progress at the end of quarter three 2012 for both temporary and permanent migration broken down by case type:

Category

Work in progress

Family

25,357

Tier 1 (including post study work)

7,315

Tier 2/5

2,989

Tier 4

18,491

Bulgarian and Romanian Caseworking

7,775

European Community Association Agreement

1,507

Sponsor (pre-licence)

420

Sponsor (post-licence)

8,190

Sponsor (highly trusted sponsorship)

546

Sponsor (renewals)

1,607

Temporary—total

74,197

Permanent residence

20,209

European casework

26,848

British citizenship

19,913

Permanent—total

66,970

2. How many applications were there in “work in progress” for temporary and permanent in-country immigration applications by case type at 30 September 2012?

In addition, on 30 September 2012 there were 36,660 temporary migration and 20,228 permanent migration cases awaiting input on to our systems.

Rob Whiteman
Chief Executive
UK Border Agency

February 2013

1 “-” means no cases in that category were processed in that quarter. All figures of “0%” relate to two or fewer cases processed in that quarter.

Prepared 25th March 2013