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Immigration News weekly round up 11 September 2011 | Immigration Matters

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Crimes by EU citizens treble figures reveal

In highlighting Bulgarians and Romanians, it should also be noted that they are being treated like second class European Citizens in the UK as well as other EU member countries. Unlike workers from A8 accession countries such as Poland, who enjoy full ‘free movement of Labour’ rights to work in the UK, Bulgarians and Romanians do not have the same rights to work in the UK.

New Tier 4 sponsor guidance published for Highly Trusted Sponsorship – will your private college qualify?

The UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) proposed criteria to become a Highly Trusted Sponsor under Tier 4, announced on 19 July, invited comments and feedback from the education sector.

Following that feedback the UKBA has published new Tier 4 sponsorship guidance covering:

Last chance to take part in UK Government public consultation on settlement and Domestic Workers

To date just 10,000 people have responded which, considering that hundreds of thousands will be affected by the ‘proposed’ changes, is pathetic. If you would like to take part in the consultation, and have your views considered see the Consultations section of the UKBA website.

UK Border Agency uncover immigration and benefit scam in London

A £1m benefit and immigration scam involving illegal immigrants has been exposed by a UK Border Agency-led operation in London’s East End.

Cambridge retains number one spot in world university league table

A spokesman for UK University Services (UKUS), the free student placement service said:
‘This is fantastic news for Britain’s world class academic reputation, however, the vast majority of international students Tier 4 student visas opt for less expensive middle ranking universities or private institutions, which tend to offer better value.’

UK Border Agency launch new website

The UK Border Agency has updated and revamped its website with an improved homepage and structure, it has been announced. Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover.

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…To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website.

Majestic College are offering vocational courses and special packages for EU students. See or call Joanna on 0208 207 1020, email or call in to the college Monday to Friday for a free consultation. 

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