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A hotelier who has had his jail term for harbouring illegal immigrants overturned has spoken of his ordeal.

Helalul Islam, 47, was jailed for providing accommodation, food and money to non-European citizens while running the Merrick Hotel in Castle Douglas.

The Court of Criminal Appeal has now ruled he could be admonished.

He said his family had gone through “hell” but had always been convinced his appeal against his jail term would be successful.

The Merrick Hotel was raided in January last year and checks revealed two waiters and a kitchen hand had over-stayed their permission to be in the country.

Mr Islam later appeared at Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court and admitted breaching the 1971 Immigration Act.

He was jailed for 16 months but that decision was overturned this week.

Mr Islam had served 33 days of his jail term before he was released to await the outcome of the appeal.

He said he was overjoyed with the decision of the appeal judges.

“I was thrilled to bits and excited,” he said.

“People who are good will always work for good causes and the truth will always win.”

Meanwhile, Dumfries and Galloway Council has confirmed Mr Islam is clear to reapply for his drinks licence.

He surrendered it earlier this year prior to a meeting where Chief Constable Patrick Shearer had asked the local licensing board to revoke it.

A council spokesman said he could make a fresh bid for a licence.

“The application would be considered by the appropriate local licensing board,” he said.

Source BBC

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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

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4 Responses to “Immigration hotelier speaks of ordeal”
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  1. we want vesa free to germani becose i am pure man becose here hordly

  2. philip dustin says :

    this is a stupid justice system how can keeping illigal immigrants here be a good thing?mr islam and his lawyers should have their brains checked,if any one intentionally keeps an illigal immigrant here they are the same as human smugglers,come on this is common
    sense,people should be here ligally,pay their tax,have their names in the right places so that the law enforcement can trace them when they do some thing wrong,that mr islam should be kicked out of the country him self he has been given a british passport and now thinks he can keep others here.

  3. NO ONE IS PERFECT

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