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Immigration News Weekly Round up 05 February 2012 | Immigration Matters

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UK university setting up a memorial scholarship in memory of murdered Indian student

Lancaster University is to set up a scholarship in memory of Anuj Bidve the Indian student whose unprovoked murder in Manchester evoked widespread sympathy and outrage.

How will the new ‘minimum salary for residency’ proposals affect you?

Following yesterday’s announcement by the UK Immigration Minister, Damian Green, that under new proposals migrants seeking permanent settlement, or Indefinite Leave to Remain, will be required to earn between £31,000 and £49,000 per annum, Immigration Matters has been inundated with questions from worried work permit holders such as Senior Care Workers, Nurses and Domestic Workers.

Human rights decisions led to ‘ridiculous and damaging’ situation, says UK Immigration Minister

The UK Immigration Minister Damien Green has warned that the way courts interpret the human right to family life has led to a “ridiculous and damaging situation” and risks a “dangerous” stand off between parliament and judges.

Settlement in UK to be linked to a minimum salary of £31,000 says Immigration Minister

The UK is set introduce a minimum earnings figure of £31,000 in order to qualify for permanent settlement or Indefinite Leave to Remain, the Immigration Minister announced. If applied to existing migrants, the minimum threshold would affect nurses, senior carers, chefs, care managers and many other occupations where the basic pay rate is less than £31,000.

UK University applicants drops 8.7% but non-EU students increase, UCAS figures reveal

The number of UK University applicants has dropped by 8.7% compared with last year, official figures show. With student agents in Asia reporting that students are now more attracted to study in Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the US, UK Universities may have to do more to attract overseas non-EU students to fill places – or start closing campuses and making redundancies.

UKBA Postal biometric appointments and residence permit reporting change to online service

As announced last month the UK Border Agency has now closed their telephone booking line for postal applicants in the UK who want to make appointments to enrol their biometric information.

Romanian workers offered UK jobs while 2.7 million claim benefits

British employers are offering thousands of jobs to Romanian workers as UK unemployment soars to a record high, the Daily Star claims. A recruitment agency in Bucharest is advertising 2,434 vacancies for British jobs according to the report. The news that employers are recruiting in Romania will surprise many as, despite being members of the European Union, Romanians cannot work in the UK as employees without permission.

Sham marriage vicar John Magumba jailed

Another Church of England vicar has been jailed for carrying out sham marriages to allow immigrants to gain residency rights to remain in the UK, the BBC reports

Britain will limit settlement to ‘brightest and best’ migrants under new plans

Britain is set to change the rules in order to give priority to the “brightest and the best” immigrants who can ‘contribute’ under new plans to cut the number of foreigners settling in the UK, the Immigration Minister has said.

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