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Migrants: Employment

Question for Home Office

UIN 24387, tabled on 29 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people subject to no recourse to public funds conditions (a) are in work and (b) have previously been in work.

Answered on

6 July 2021

The no recourse to public funds (NRPF) condition applies to millions of people, the vast majority of whom are visitors or other temporary migrants who have no need for public funds during their stay. It also applies to those without status, many of whom may not be in touch with the Home Office. We are therefore not able to accurately measure all those subject to NRPF at any one time.

The Home Office’s Chief Statistician wrote to the Office for Statistics Regulation last July to explain why the Home Office is not able to provide a figure for the total number of people currently in the UK to whom the NRPF condition applies. His letter can be found at: https://osr.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/correspondence/response-from-daniel-shaw-to-ed-humpherson-parliamentary-question-response/.

We do, however, publish quarterly immigration statistics on the number of entry clearance visas granted outside the UK, most of which will have had the NRPF condition applied. The latest figures for the year ending March 2021 can be found here: Entry clearance visa applications and outcomes (publishing.service.gov.uk).

The immigration statistics data for in-country extensions from 2010 to year ending March 2021 can be found here: Extensions (publishing.service.gov.uk).

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