Smaller EU nations have relaxed immigration controls in order to attract cash-rich investors or entrepreneurs who are prepared to start a business in return for resident ‘blue card’ permits for them and their family and or business partners. The amounts needed to obtain a visa are far lower than the UK and there are no IELTS tests to pass.
Despite a major overhaul of existing UK Immigration Rues over the last two years, the Home Office are to introduce more new laws to crack down on immigration, as announced by the Queen at the state opening of Parliament. Free access to the NHS will be restricted, illegal migrants will be prevented from obtaining driving licences and landlords will be forced to check the immigration status of their tenants.
Drivers from outside the European Union will no longer exchange their foreign drivers licenses for UK versions thanks to the government clamping down on regulation loopholes.
Business for New Europe (BNE) said there was “a massive credibility gap” with the public over politicians’ assurances that EU immigrants could not access benefits and public services too readily – in English this means the public don’t believe the politicians. Home Office ministers are expected to propose tightening of eligibility for housing, welfare and health benefits in the Queen’s speech, but everyone knows that EU regulations will make it impossible for the UK Government to discriminate against one or two countries, e.g. Bulgarian and Romania.
Immigration News Weekly Round up 05 May 2013
Home Secretary Theresa May will announce in the Queen’s Speech this week yet another immigration crackdown, this time aimed at human rights appeals by foreign criminals’, which prevent deportation by the Home Office.
Sham or bogus marriages or civil partnerships occur when a non-European national marries someone from the European Economic Area (EEA) for the purpose of gaining long-term residency (ILR) and the right to work and claim benefits in the UK.
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage wants to stop EU immigration to UK and warns of ‘Romanian criminals’ in London
Romanians have come under fierce attack since joining the EU in 2007, despite being restricted by the Home Office from working in the UK without a work permit or yellow card permit. Many people mistakenly assume that Romanians are ‘Roma’ Gypsies, which paints a false picture of migrants from Romania.
Last month on 8 April 2013, the Home Office published a ‘statement of intent’ outlining planned changes to the requirements for those applying for indefinite leave to remain to settle in the UK or become naturalised as a British citizen.
The Home Office has lost another high profile appeal after an Immigration Judge allowed a convicted drug dealer, who abandoned his children, the right to stay in Britain on “human rights” family life grounds. Contrary to the protestations of the popular press, not all human rights, article 8 or family life refusals are overturned on appeal at the First Tier Tribunal.