Home AffairsLetter from Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, UK Border Agency, to the Chair of the Committee, 12 March 2013

Thank you for your letter of 28 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.

I will brief the Committee at my next appearance on work to return these applications to processing within service standards.

Rob Whiteman
Chief Executive, UK Border Agency

Questions

1. The number of in-country immigration applications only for limited leave to remain and permanent leave to remain which were:

(a)processed within the UK Border Agency’s service standard targets between 1 July and 30 September 2012 (broken down by points-based system tier).

(b)not processed within the UK Border Agency’s service standard targets between 1 July and 30 September 2012 (broken down by points-based system tier).

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

I would also be grateful if you clarify whether the 2,100 FLTR applications on basis of marriage or civil partnership found to be pending initial decision by John Vine in his latest report are part of the figures requested or if they relate to a historical cohort.

Answers

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

PBS Tier

Number of cases processed
within service standard

Number of cases processed
outside service standard

Quarter 1, January to March 2012

Tier 1

17,305

1,579

Tier 2

4,242

726

Tier 4

14,646

8,414

Tier 5

127

24

Quarter 2, April to June 2012

Tier 1

3,701

8,381

Tier 2

2,145

4,058

Tier 4

3,612

10,536

Tier 5

62

120

Quarter 3, July to September 2012

Tier 1

3,905

14,564

Tier 2

5,184

1,304

Tier 4

1,606

12,630

Tier 5

147

60

2. The 2,100 pending further leave to remain applications referred to in the John Vine report are not part of the PBS figures shown above and relate to a historical cohort of Family cases transferred to Temporary Migration in Sheffield from Croydon. All 2,100 cases had been cleared prior to publication of the Independent Chief Inspector’s report.

Rob Whiteman
Chief Executive
UK Border Agency

March 2013

1 All figures quoted have been derived from management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols.
Figures relate to main applicants only.
Figures relate to combined points based system limited leave to remain and indefinite leave to remain cases dispatched between 1 January and 30 September 2012.
Figures relate to postal applications only.
Limited leave to remain cases are within service standard if the number of working days between biometric enrolment and dispatch date (or case creation and dispatch date if not enrolled) is less than 21 days.
Indefinite leave to remain cases are within service standard if the number of calendar days between biometric enrolment and despatch date (or case creation and despatch date if not enrolled) is less than 183 days.

Prepared 25th March 2013