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expressing each as a percentage of GDP.
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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): We have today laid a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules which implements the European Union Common Visa List. With effect from 4th April, nationals of Bahrain, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Guyana, Kuwait, the Maldives, Mauritius, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Surinam, United Arab Emirates and Zambia will require visas to visit the United Kingdom in addition to those countries of whose nationals visas are currently required.
All law enforcement offices representing foreign governments working in the United Kingdom must observe guidance issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. A copy of the guidance, known as the "Whitehall Guidelines", is in the Library.
Baroness Blatch: Under the previous social security regulations, asylum seekers ceased to be eligible for benefit when their case had been finally determined. We have no evidence that loss of benefit entitlement under those regulations had any significant impact on the number of people sleeping rough in central London. The regulations were however an open invitation to people from abroad to evade benefit restrictions by making abusive claims.
Under the amendments which came into effect on 5th February, asylum seekers will still be eligible for benefit during the initial consideration of their case, if they declare themselves on arrival or if their country has undergone an upheaval after their arrival. Those who gain entry on the basis that they will support themselves without recourse to public funds should be held to that requirement, whether or not they claim asylum.
|All nationalities||Of which|
|Spouses and fiance(e)s||Bangladesh||India||Pakistan|
|Refused entry clearance overseas on primary purpose grounds:(3)|
|Solely for this reason(4)||n/a||150||300||510|
|Partly for this reason(4)||n/a||220||130||1,140|
|Refused an extension of stay in the UK on primary purpose grounds:|
|Solely for this reason||50||Nil||--*||10|
|Partly for this reason||30||--*||10||--*|
--* 5 or fewer.
(2) Rounded to nearest 10.
(3) After taking account of successful appeals. Data relate to country of application not nationality.
(4) Data on entry clearance applications refused on primary purpose grounds are available only for countries of the Indian sub-continent.