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Question for Home Office

UIN HL3549, tabled on 11 November 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) parents of a minor, (2) siblings of a minor, and (3) other persons, were granted, on the basis of exceptional compelling, compassionate circumstances outside the Immigration Rules, a family reunion visa for reunion with a family member in the UK with refugee leave or humanitarian protection, in each year from 2011 to date; and from which countries those persons have come.

Answered on

25 November 2015

Family reunion applications are considered within the scope of the Immigration Rules. Under these Rules, only pre-existing families are eligible for family reunion i.e. spouse, civil partner, unmarried/same sex partner and minor children who formed part of the family unit at the time the sponsor (the person granted protection in the UK) fled to seek asylum.

Family reunion visas are available to help families that become fragmented. Family reunion is intended to allow family members who formed part of the family unit before the refugee fled their country of origin, to reunite in the UK.

The number of Family reunion visas issued and the country of application from 2011 to date can be found in the table below. It is not possible to break down the data to the applicant’s relationship with the individual that has already gained asylum in the UK.

To note: ‘*’ appears where there are less than three applications.


Applications issued

Country of application

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015
(Jan-Jun)

Albania

*

*

*

5

-

Algeria

-

-

*

-

5

Bahrain

*

15

10

5

5

Bangladesh

-

10

5

10

10

Belarus

*

5

-

5

-

Belgium

-

5

5

-

5

Burma

20

25

5

5

5

Cameroon

60

40

30

55

15

Canada

*

*

*

-

*

China

25

15

20

20

10

Congo (Dem. Rep.)

80

55

70

45

15

Cuba

-

*

-

5

-

Denmark

-

*

5

-

5

Egypt

20

50

145

135

120

Ethiopia

685

475

450

295

85

France

5

-

5

*

-

Gambia

40

40

40

80

50

Georgia

-

5

5

*

-

Germany

*

-

5

-

-

Ghana

15

25

25

30

10

Greece

*

5

5

10

5

India

45

30

30

25

15

Iran

190

55

*

-

-

Iraq

-

-

*

35

30

Irish Republic

*

5

-

-

-

Israel

5

*

10

15

-

Italy

5

5

5

5

*

Ivory Coast

-

-

-

10

*

Jamaica

5

-

-

*

-

Jordan

20

40

95

385

60

Kazakhstan

*

*

-

-

-

Kenya

160

160

105

80

20

Kuwait

25

25

30

40

40

Lebanon

10

110

280

405

260

Libya

*

*

5

5

*

Morocco

-

-

*

10

5

Mozambique

*

*

-

-

-

Namibia

*

*

*

*

-

Nepal

10

-

10

15

5

Netherlands

*

*

5

5

-

New Zealand

*

-

-

-

-

Nigeria

5

10

10

10

5

No biometrics

775

595

740

630

80

Pakistan

345

305

360

525

300

Portugal

-

-

5

-

-

Qatar

-

*

5

*

5

Romania

-

-

5

-

-

Russian Federation

5

5

*

10

-

Rwanda

5

5

5

5

-

Saudi Arabia

5

10

10

25

40

Senegal

5

5

5

5

5

Sierra Leone

35

10

15

20

5

South Africa

55

25

20

25

10

Sri Lanka

305

250

305

220

105

Sudan

215

380

360

355

230

Sweden

-

5

5

*

*

Switzerland

-

-

5

-

*

Syria

235

105

5

-

-

Tanzania

15

5

10

10

5

Trinidad and Tobago

-

-

-

*

5

Tunisia

5

5

-

*

-

Turkey

55

215

330

550

215

Uganda

85

135

225

195

45

Ukraine

*

5

*

*

-

United Arab Emirates

25

100

120

75

70

United States

*

-

5

5

5

Uzbekistan

10

5

5

*

-

Vietnam

5

-

-

5

*

Zambia

10

*

-

10

*

Zimbabwe

640

265

145

110

25

Grand Total

4305

3670

4120

4540

1940



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