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Several media sources have this weekend reported that Immigration officials gave out visas to illegal immigrants in exchange for bribes, it is claimed.

Civil servants at the UK Border Agency are accused of opening the door to dozens of Nigerians whose visa applications would otherwise be refused.

It is said they gave them “indefinite leave to remain” in this country, which allows immigrants to work here and eventually acquire British citizenship.

Yesterday, the Home Office said two of its officials had been sacked over the alleged racket.

They face trial for misconduct in a public office.

An agency spokesman said: “Any allegations of corruption and misconduct are thoroughly investigated and we will take action swiftly where we find members of staff who we believe have broken the law.”

The scandal is the latest in a string of controversies to hit the agency, which was set up three years ago to take control of immigration.

Last year its independent chief inspector, John Vine, found “serious failings”.

And a report from him this February listed further concerns regarding visas.

In 2009 an illegal immigrant escaped from the channel port of Folkestone after arriving in the UK by clinging to the bottom of a bus carrying border agency staff back from France.

And in January, an immigration officer who apparently disliked his wife was sacked after he added her name to a security watchlist in the hope that when she travelled to Pakistan she would be barred from returning to Britain.

Nigerian immigrants have previously been linked to organised drugs trafficking, financial fraud, identity theft and immigration crime by British cops.

Each year the British high commission in Nigeria handles about 100,000 visa applications, refusing 46 per cent of entry clearance requests — an average of 126 refusals each day.

The officials charged over the “bribes for visas” scam are Samuel Shoyeju, an agency entry clearance officer whose job was to vet applicants for UK visas, and Violet Savizon, an immigration officer.

Legal sources said both defendants denied the charges. Source: The Sun.

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:

Weekly UK Immigration News Round up 01 May 2011

Germany awaits Polish invasion as EU free movement immigration rules start 1 May

Ageing Western populations and falling birth rates – a demographic time bomb

One thousand people emigrate from Britain every day

Immigration policy ‘flawed’, says CIPD

EU migration policies are ‘mad’ says Lord Digby Jones

Free service launched to help overseas students study at UK Universities

If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need 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

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