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Immigration News weekly round up 16 October 2011 | Immigration Matters

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650 Tasmac students stranded as University of Wales accredited college closes

Tasmac London School of Business, which offered degrees validated by the The University of Wales (UoW), ceased trading on Friday leaving hundreds of international students stranded. Bison UK Immigration Adviser Cynthia Barker was saddened by the news and said she is offering free immigration consultations for any students affected by the closure of their college.

Student allowed by Immigration Judge to remain in UK despite buying a fake English certificate

A bogus international student who lied that he could speak English and admitted buying a fake language proficiency certificate can stay in Britain, immigration appeal judges have ruled

Immigration Rule change for Tier 2 working visa migrants – proof of income required for ILR Indefinite Leave to Remain

Cynthia Barker, of Immigration Advisers Bison UK, warns that this ‘minor’ rule change should be of major concern to work permit and Tier 2 visa holders who are not being paid the correct salaries – i.e. as stated on their work permits.

Court overturns UK Government’s non-EU under 21 spouses ban

The British Government’s ban on non-EU foreign spouses under the age of 21 coming to the UK has been ruled unlawful by top judges following a challenge backed by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).

‘Health tourists’ debtors will face UK ban

Health tourist visitors who do not pay their debts for NHS treatment will soon be denied permission to enter or stay in the UK

Report illegal immigrants Prime Minister urges in new immigration crackdown

Prime Minister David Cameron has urged the British public to report illegal immigrants…but many will ask what the authorities do when they receive a report?

National Minimum Wage rates rise this month but are you being paid the correct rate?

The National Minimum Wage rises to £6.08 per hour from 1 October 2011, but not all workers receive it…Non-EU illegal workers are in an even worse position being unable to complain for fear of losing their jobs. At least Bulgarians and Romanians have other options such as a study work yellow card and a vocational course which allows full time hours.

Bogus ‘Glastonbury university’ website taken down following UKBA investigation

‘The most obvious check is to make sure your university or college is accredited and on the Tier 4 Sponsors Register, which applies to non-EU students, or in the case of Bulgarian and Romanian students the DIUS register.’

UK Government may force employers to disclose how many foreigners they employ in new migrant crackdown

Whilst voters will welcome efforts to control legal and illegal immigration, the fact is businesses need migrant workers, whether it be Tier 2 working visa holders, Tier 4 students or EU workers from Poland, Bulgaria and Romania. And it’s not just the health care workers and catering staff doing the jobs that locals, frankly, do not want to do. Industry also needs skilled migrant workers in the City, IT sector, Engineering and medical fields to fill skills gaps which will always exist in a thriving service based economy.

‘Pet cat Human Rights Appeal’ overstaying student was a shoplifter

The illegal immigrant, who is the subject of a ministerial bust up between the Home Secretary and Ken Clarke, allowed to stay in the UK partly because he owned a cat was given a police caution for shoplifting, The Daily Telegraph has revealed.

Crackdown on immigration fraud – banks and UKBA to share information on debtors

A pilot scheme to help UK banks and credit providers identify fraudulent applications by immigration offenders has been launched by the Audit Commission…Hundreds of international students are currently being sued by their former colleges or universities for unpaid fees according to debt collection agencies…A CCJ or Default will stay on your credit file and history for six years or more and will have to be declared on immigration forms.

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance now required for Bulgarian and Romanian study work yellow cards

The UK Border Agency has started compelling Bulgarians and Romanians to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover when applying for yellow card registration as a working student. The insurance is a new requirement introduced as part of changes to the BR1 Yellow Card form in June…Full story…

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: 

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students and FREE support with Yellow Cards and work placements. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email info@majesticcollege.org 

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