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Immigration News Weekly Round up 04 March 2012 | Immigration Matters

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Changes to employing private servants in diplomatic households

The UK Border Agency has announced important changes, effective 6 April 2012, to the procedure for sponsoring a private servant (e.g. domestic worker) in a diplomatic household under Tier 5 of the points-based system.

Filipino student jailed for bigamous sham marriage

A Filipino student who committed bigamy in an attempt to breach the UK’s immigration laws has been sentenced 27 February, the UK Border Agency has announced. Van Dexter Fuentespina, 23, of Marlborough Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, admitted that he had already had a wife and two children in the Philippines at the time of his marriage to a French woman at Watford Register Office on 5 September last year.

UKBA revise terms and conditions for Customer Accounts and ‘Apply Online’ appointment service

At present it is almost impossible to book appointments, for instance for Bulgarians and Romanians submitting BR1 forms for Yellow Card applications, using the online system.

FLR(BID) form withdrawn from 29 February 2012

From 29 February, the application form, FLR(BID) will no longer be available, the UK Border Agency has announced.

UK will abolish automatic UK residency for migrant workers

The UK Immigration Minister Damian Green has today published the government’s response to last year’s consultation looking at reforms to automatic ‘employment-related settlement’, which is to abolish it.

Cap on skilled worker permits to remain unchanged Migration Advisory Committee recommends

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) have recommended the annual limit on skilled workers from outside of the European Economic Area should remain unchanged for the next financial year, the UK Border Agency announced today.

Three times more Intra-Company migrants coming to UK than skilled worker Tier 2 visas

Three times as many migrant workers came to the UK on companies’ transfers schemes than on general visas for skilled workers, official figures show.

UK Biometric Residence Permits system will be compulsory for 400,000 migrants a year

The UK government is to expand its system of Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) in a fresh effort to tackle immigration abuse and illegal working…At present there is still confusion over the rights of foreign students, some of whom can work 20 hours per week and some who cannot work at all, dependants of students and Romanians and Bulgarians.

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