HC Deb 18 February 1988 vol 127 cc690-1W
Mr. Andrew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State: for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current average waiting time for the determination of entry clearance applications from fiancées and spouses in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

Mr. Mellor

The average waiting time from submission of an entry clearance application to first interview for fiancé(e)s and spouses in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh is as follows:

Fiancé(e)s Spouses
Time in months
New Delhi 7 3
Bombay 9 6
Islamabad 16 10
Karachi 10 5
Dhaka 8 8

Some applications are determined after first interview. No statistics are available on waiting times in cases where further information is required of applicants or where applications have to be referred to the Home Office.