UK Border Agency officers swooped on Hatfield Register Office this week, minutes before a marriage ceremony between a Spanish woman and a Pakistani man was due to take place.
The 14 year ‘long stay’ rule, which allows illegal overstayers to apply for indefinite leave to remain after 14 years in the UK was also inherited by the coalition government.
The UK Border Agency has announced the official opening of a new immigration removal centre, Morton Hall, by the Immigration Minister Damian Green this week, increasing capacity in the detention estate as the government intensifies enforcement activity across the country.
Widespread abuse secretly filmed by the BBC at a Bristol residential hospital has been condemned as “shocking” by the government. Following the introduction of the cap on immigration, which effectively started last year, care industry employers are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit trained staff. Social Care Workers no longer qualify under Tier 2 of the points based system, as the bar has been raised to NVQ/QCF level 4 management positions.
An EU immigration agency could one day be established to police our borders – putting an end to the UK Border Agency, the Mail reports this week.
Immigration from Poland and other Eastern European countries remains strong, even from Bulgaria and Romania despite restrictions on working in the UK.
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