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Immigration News weekly round up 02 October 2011 | Immigration Matters

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Filipino migrants ‘taken to the cleaners’ in Canada by fake visa adviser

The reports on a Filipino dry cleaner who is literally taking migrants ‘to the cleaners’ charging $5000 a time for a Canadian visa.

UK Border Agency ‘family migration’ consultation one week left to have your say

The 12 week UK government public consultation on reforms to family migration closes Thursday 6 October 2011.

Labour government got it right on EU immigration and Free Movement of Labour says Jonathan Portes

Following this week’s admission by party leader Ed Miliband that the Labour Government’s ‘open-door’ immigration policy drove down wages and living standards in Britain, Jonathan Portes, Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, puts forward an alternative view.

EctHR Judgment Bah v UK

Bah v UK (App. no 56328/07) [2011] ECHR 1448
Husenatu Bah, is a Sierra Leonean national who was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK in 2005 following an application for asylum in 2000. Her young son was granted leave to enter and remain in the UK on the basis that there was to be no recourse to public funds.


Students assume that if they are registered with a ‘Highly Trusted’ institution, they will be treated equally. NOT TRUE. Tier 4 students are also utterly confused by further set of rule changes. In the last few weeks I have received an increasing number of calls and emails from panic stricken students reporting that their college had ‘closed down’…

Labour admit EU immigration mistakes

Migrants from the Bulgaria and Romania were, the report also said, more likely to have four or more children than those coming to Britain from elsewhere, placing a significant strain on the education system.

Kick Start Your Career with a Vocational Qualification at Majestic College

Vocational qualifications such as NVQ’s (National Vocational Qualifications) and QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) are work-related, competence-based qualifications introduced to train people in a work based environment – from beginner apprentice to senior management. They reflect the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and show that a candidate is competent in the area of work the NVQ/QCF represents. Majestic College ( is a Borehamwood based OCR accredited NVQ/QCF Training Centre which has helped hundreds of students gain vocational qualifications.


NVQ’s or National Vocational Qualifications are work-related, competence-based qualifications introduced to train people in the workplace. They reflect the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and show that a candidate is competent in the area of work the NVQ represents.

Meeting of the Migration Advisory Committee with representatives of Romanian professional associations in the UK

Romanian Embassy in London – On September 16th 2011, in the presence of HE Dr Ion Jinga, Ambassador of Romania in London, took place a meeting of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) with representatives of several Romanian professional associations. It was for the first time that the Migration Advisory Committee was participating in a meeting of such nature, organized by an embassy.

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…

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