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Immigration News Weekly Round up 05 July 2012 | Immigration Matters

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Illegal workers arrested at London 2012 Olympics for immigration offences

Olympic security staff due to work at a venue in the North of the country were arrested last week on suspicion of immigration offences. Employers, who can be fined up to £10,000 for employing illegal workers, should note that UK work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals were recently extended until the end of 2013.

Romanian and Bulgarian students say yellow card permit delays put degrees at risk

Study work plans in ‘tatters’, say Romanian students, who need permits to work while they study in the UK. The media is finally waking up to the huge problems experienced by Romanian and Bulgarian EU students, who do not have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other European Union citizens, as reported by Immigration Matters over the last year.

Abu Qatada loses appeal

Abu Qatada, the radical preacher fighting against detention, has lost his latest UK appeal for freedom.

Six deported after UKBA raid in West London

The UKBA reports that six illegal immigrants from Nepal have been removed from the UK after an agency raid on a house in Isleworth.

Is the EU’s ‘Free Movement’ dream over?

With Spain demanding proof from anyone from the EU who wants to live there for more than three months that they will not become a burden on the state, Immigration Matters questions whether the EU’s Free Movement policy is falling apart. And what of the fate of the ‘second class’ EU citizens of Bulgaria and Romania who are still restricted from working in many European countries? Will they gain their free movement of labour rights in 2014, or will the restrictions be extended?

UKBA spends £9 million deporting illegal immigrants in some cases on empty planes

The Mail reports that the agency spent £9million this year chartering 37 flights, equating to £250,000 per plane. Some flights are leaving nearly empty after last-minute appeals from those facing deportation. The above figures do not include the costs of appeals against refusals and deportations, which run into millions.

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Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email

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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