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Immigration News weekly round up 13 November 2011 | Immigration Matters

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Official statement by Rob Whiteman, UK Border Agency chief executive on the Brodie Clark border control affair

The UK Border Agency has published its response to Brodie Clark’s statement of 8 November.

Tackle visa abuse, but not at the cost of genuine students say Universities UK

In a blog for the Guardian this week, Nicola Dandridge of Universities UK warns that tough talk on immigration will frighten away the talent our colleges need.

Student visa crackdown damaging our reputation abroad, Universities UK warns

As the Home Office reveals 11,000 drop in the number of overseas students since tougher measures introduced, UK Universities warns that not only is the government’s action damaging Britain’s reputation, but was also responsible for 400 private colleges effectively opting out of the new Tier 4 sponsoring system. The new rules do not affect Bulgarians and Romanians coming to the UK on Yellow Card registration permits to work and study on vocational courses such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care

English UK seeks apology from Home Office over ‘bogus colleges’ claim

English UK, the association for 450 language colleges, seeks apology saying remark implied institutions were fronts for illegal immigration.
The Home Office has been threatened with legal action amid claims it mistakenly implied that 22 colleges were bogus or sub-standard.

UK Border Force Chief Brodie Clark quits claiming constructive dismissal against Home Secretary

The head of the UK Border Force has dramatically resigned after being blamed for letting thousands of foreigners into the country without proper checks, the BBC reports.

Restrictions on Romanian workers in the UK labour market are ‘discriminatory’, says Keith Vaz MP

On 22 October 2011 at the London Embassy of Romania, the fourth annual Conference of Romanian Students, Professors and Researchers living in the UK, was held. Speaking at the meeting Mr Keith Vaz MP underlined that restrictions imposed on Romanian workers in the British labour market are discriminatory.

UK Border Agency issues new policy guidance on age 21 marriage visas following Quila and Bibi judgement

Changes to the Immigration Rules have been laid in Parliament today to reinstate a minimum age of 18 for a spouse, civil partner, fiancé(e), proposed civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner and for their sponsor in order to qualify for entry clearance, leave to enter, leave to remain or a variation of leave on that basis. These rules will come into effect on 28 November 2011.

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