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Twenty suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested in raids on Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals last week.

Metropolitan Police and UK Border Agency officers swooped early yesterday and seized workers as they arrived for shifts.

The migrant workers are said to be catering and cleaning staff and officials are investigating claims that employees forged documents allowing them to work in Britain. They are believed to have been hired through the huge Reed employment agency. Most are thought to be of West African origin.

Fifteen people appeared at Tower Bridge, Westminster and Camberwell magistrates’ courts on Friday charged with fraud and immigration offences. Three people were in the custody of the UK Border Agency and are expected to be deported.

A Reed spokesman said: “We performed all checks legally required but were misled by what appears to be sophisticated forged documentation.”

“We are now working with the hospital to fill the vacant positions while these investigations are being conducted,” said a spokeswoman.

Other workers were employed directly by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

A spokesman for the trust told the BBC that the staff concerned “worked predominantly in housekeeping or as food assistants, the majority of them at St Thomas’, and we have made alternative arrangements to cover their work.

“We are clearly disappointed that this problem has arisen as we pride ourselves on carrying out thorough immigration and employment checks on all our staff.”

The workers were detained in a joint operation involving the Metropolitan Police, the UK Border Agency and the NHS Counter Fraud Service. 

See article:

UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website 

See article:

 

UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website

See also:

UK Border Agency to continue crackdown on illegal working

Jailed people trafficking mastermind could be freed within months

BBC’s ‘Face the Facts’ programme investigates abuse of Care Workers

UKBA arrest three in people trafficking seaside brothel

London Mayor’s new attack on UK Immigration Cap

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