Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed Mark Harper, MP for Forest of Dean as the new Minister for Immigration, taking over from Damian Green.
The news that UK universities are now being checked, after their licences were gifted to them, will be worrying for the sector.
Universities are used to doing things their way and will not enjoy the interference of UKBA officers crawling all over their files.
London Met has announced that it will be taking legal action to prevent the revocation of its Tier 4 licence, which should give students a ’stay of execution’ from deportation.
A bogus immigration adviser submitted hundreds of fraudulent visa applications has been jailed for 4 years and 9 months, following an investigation by the UK Border Agency. Cynthia Barker of Immigration Advisers Bison Management warns that migrants seeking immigration advice should only consult an OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) registered immigration adviser or qualified lawyer who deals with immigration cases.
Net migration to the UK is falling although it remains at more than double the government’s target of fewer than 100,000 a year. The Office for National Statistics said that estimated net migration in the year to December 2011 was 216,000 – down from 252,000 the previous year.
French employers will no longer have to pay extra taxes to the government when hiring Romanian and Bulgarian nationals, following an announcement last month. The tax can be as high as €1,800 (£1,420) per worker, restricting access for Romanians and Bulgarians to the French labour market.
The High Court could have the final say in a bitter dispute between immigration officials and a London university which has left 2,500 foreign students in fear of being deported, the Independent reports. Legal experts are predicting that London Metropolitan University, which had its licence to sponsor non-EU students revoked by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), will have no choice but to fight the Government through the courts. Unlike private providers, government colleges and universities were handed Tier 4 sponsors licences and Highly Trusted Status on a plate. They did not have to jump through the many hoops to earn their licences, which is why many are now at risk of having them snatched back.
A university lecturer injured in the 7/7 bombings faces being expelled from the UK even though he was born to British parents in a British colony, the Telegraph reports.
In the frightening days after 7/7, John Tulloch was the face of Britain’s resistance to terror: bloodied, dazed, clothes in shreds, his picture appeared on newspaper front…
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