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Immigration News weekly round up 09 October 2011 | Immigration Matters

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‘Pet cat Human Rights Appeal’ overstaying student was a shoplifter

The illegal immigrant, who is the subject of a ministerial bust up between the Home Secretary and Ken Clarke, allowed to stay in the UK partly because he owned a cat was given a police caution for shoplifting, The Daily Telegraph has revealed.

Crackdown on immigration fraud – banks and UKBA to share information on debtors

A pilot scheme to help UK banks and credit providers identify fraudulent applications by immigration offenders has been launched by the Audit Commission…Hundreds of international students are currently being sued by their former colleges or universities for unpaid fees according to debt collection agencies…A CCJ or Default will stay on your credit file and history for six years or more and will have to be declared on immigration forms.

New format for UKBA Tier 4 sponsors guidance

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has published their Tier 4 Guidance for sponsors of non-EU students on visas in a new format.

University of Wales cease validating degrees at colleges and other institutions

The University of Wales is to stop validating courses at all other institutions in the UK and abroad following a BBC investigation.

UK Home Office to close off route to citizenship

Under the latest plans by the Conservative led coalition, the Home Office plan to abolish a rule that gives foreign workers the right to live permanently in Britain after working here for five years. Officials will also restrict the right of their family members to join them. Hardly a week goes by without an announcement of yet another ‘crackdown on immigration’. More often than not, it’s the same re-hashed crackdown! The ‘route to citizenship’ closure has been banded about for the last couple of years. In reality it will be difficult and unfair to deny residency rights to people already living in the UK for a number of years, especially those with ties such as children born in the UK.

UK Universities and Colleges report thousands of Tier 4 students to UK Border Agency over visa suspicions

The BBC reports that UK University academics are reporting more than 1,500 foreign students a month to immigration officials over suspicions about their student visa status, figures show.

European Commission order to let EU migrants claim benefits as soon as they enter the UK blasted

A European Commission ruling that Britain is acting illegally and should allow all European citizens to claim benefits has been widely criticised. If the European Commission thinks Britain is acting illegally over benefits, it would be interesting to see what it has to say about the UK Border Agency’s decision to require Bulgarians and Romanians to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover when applying for yellow card registration as a working student.

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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