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Immigration News Weekly Round up 02 December 2012 | Immigration Matters

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UK migration drops 25% as student visa crackdown start to bite

The UK Government’s tough stance on immigration and relentless crackdowns on overseas students has resulted in a 25% fall in net migration levels in the past year, official figures show. International students have faced a torrid time in the UK over the past two years, with multiple Immigration Rule changes and the sudden withdrawal of the post study work visa (PSW).  

UKBA backlog of 150,000 Tier 4 student notifications of changes allowed thousands to overstay visas says Chief Inspector of Immigration

John Vine, the Chief Inspector of immigration, admits that the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has a backlog of 150,000 ‘notifications about changes in Tier 4 students circumstances’ sent to them by colleges and universities, which means they do not know who has left the country and who has overstayed their visas.

JCWI to focus on fighting unfair family migration Rules

Speaking at the JCWI’s AGM in London last night, Mr Rahman said the Immigration Rule changes, in particular the minimum £18,600 income requirement to bring in a non-EU spouse or partner, introduced by the UK Border Agency in July were dividing families and hitting British.

Mr Rahman also referred to an article in yesterday’s Evening Standard “Tough New Visa Rules put Foreign Students off London”, where an unlikely ally Conservative London Mayor Boris Johnson called on Prime Minister David Cameron to remove students from net migration targets. Click here for full story

Immigration smuggling gang smashed 18 arrested in Europe-wide operation

Seven immigration criminals have been arrested in London raids targeting a gang suspected of trafficking Iranian asylum seekers into the UK using budget airlines such as Ryanair. Investigators believe that they paid the gangs up to £14,000 each to get to Britain. With that sort of money they could have come to the UK legally on a student visa!

What to do if your UK student visa is expiring

Foreign students in the UK who are not nationals of the European Economic Area must contend with one of the toughest immigration systems in the world and an ever-changing set of rules. This article gives an overview of the options available when your UK adult student visa is expiring.

Suspected sham civil partnerships cases rise say UKBA

UK Immigration authorities have received reports from registrars of suspected sham civil partnerships in the past two years…Had his intended partner been an EEA national he could have avoided removal and extended his leave in the UK, even if he had overstayed or was here illegally, on article 8 human rights grounds.

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Overseas students and workers can qualify for a tax refund

You could qualify for a tax refund if you are an overseas student, work permit holder, Tier 1, Yellow or Blue Card holder – in fact any visa type – even if you are no longer legal or even in the UK!

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