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Immigration News Weekly Round up 10 March 2013 | Immigration Matters

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Cheeky Girls defend Romanian immigrants who are not benefit seekers

The ‘Cheeky Girls’, Monica and Gabriela Irimia, appeared as guests on BBC’s ‘This Week’ political talk show on Thursday to give their views on EU immigration from Romania and Bulgaria. The beautiful twins, from Cluj-Napoca in Transylvania, Romania, were joined host Andrew Neil and regular commentators Alan Johnson and Michael Portillo on the couch to discuss British fears of an invasion of benefit-seekers from their homeland.

Abu Qatada arrested over ‘bail condition breach’ days before appeal case

Whilst Qatada’s case have dragged on through the appeal courts for over 10 years, visa overstayers, fee paying international students and people in genuine relationships are removed from the UK, normally within 72 hours of being detained, every day of the week.

Are immigration restrictions damaging Britain’s economy?

Management Today asks if the government is risking damaging the economy by restricting entry routes to the UK. We should be encouraging more people to come over here, says Josephine Goube.

Student visitor visas are not the immigration issue

The vast majority of students want to come to the UK for degree courses, where they will spend up to £60,000 during their stay, and it is these students who are being put off by the current policies under which they are being treated as long term immigrants. Labour are jumping on the anti-immigration bandwagon instead of defending their policies on students which brought billions of pounds into the UK economy.

UKBA changes to restricted certificates of sponsorship (RCoS) application process from 6 March 2013

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) are making changes to the codes of practice for skilled employers, which includes updating the list of skilled occupations to reflect the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2010 system.

Proxy Skype weddings allow immigrants to gain U.S. citizenship

Are proxy ‘Skype weddings’, which allow immigrants to gain U.S. citizenship a cause for concern or just a sign of the technological age? Skype weddings are enabling immigrants to legally gain American citizenship after exchanging vows online from opposite ends of the globe, the Daily Mail revealed this week.


During the last 15 years I have seen countless cases where Filipino wives and husbands on dependant visas put up with abuse in their marriage because their UK partner knows they cannot stay in the UK if they are no longer living together. In other words, they are trapped and at their partner’s mercy

Temporary concession in the Immigration Rules for Syrians

From 28 February 2013, the temporary concession for Syrian nationals will be renewed for a further year, until 28 February 2014. Syrian nationals with temporary permission to stay in the UK will continue to have more ways to extend their stay in the UK.

Vietnamese nail bar sham marriage racket busted

A sham marriage scam run from a Vietnamese nail bar was smashed after a fake bride went on holiday with another man only six days after her wedding to a Vietnamese husband.

Romanian Foreign Minister Accuses Britain Of Political Point-Scoring Over Immigration

The Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean has accused British MP’s of political point-scoring over fears that a large number of migrant workers from Romania and Bulgaria will arrive when restrictions are relaxed. He said that he had met Romanians in the UK and far from taking from the UK, they have worked hard, paid taxes and contributed to the economy.

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