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Immigration News Weekly Round up 14 April 2013 | Immigration Matters

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UK falling behind in global race to recruit talent workers

Britain is falling behind other countries in the global race to recruit talented, innovative workers from overseas, according to research from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).


The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has recently updated the FLR (O), or further leave to remain ‘Other’, form to include reference to human rights applications on the basis of ‘private life in the UK’ and ‘family life as a parent’.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg calls for US immigration reform

Multi-billionaire founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has launched a new initiative to push for immigration reform, describing America’s current system as “unfit for today’s world.”…The so-called ‘visa retrogression’ backlog makes the UK Border Agency look super efficient, where migrants complain if they are kept waiting for longer than six months.

Immigration Appeals where UKBA withdraws original decision may not always be good news for appellant

Bison Management has seen examples, for instance on an application by a Romanian applying for a ‘yellow card’ permit to work and study in the UK, where the ‘withdrawn decision’ was later refused for a different reason than the one against which the appeal was earlier lodged.

Former UK Border boss blames Labour Government for immigration control fiasco

It’s all very well criticising his paymasters now that he has retired, but what was he doing about the mess while he was running UK Border Force? After all, much of this happened under his watch. He gets a CBE and the former UKBA boss gets another £180,000 a year job running HMRC.

New UK Immigration application forms – 6 April 2013

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has published new versions of the following application forms, as well as new immigration forms, for use on or after 6 April 2013.

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