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Immigration News Weekly Round up 15 January 2012 | Immigration Matters

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New fees for immigration and asylum appeals

On 19 December 2011 the UK government’s Ministry of Justice brought in new charges for some asylum, immigration and visa appeals and introduced new procedures for submitting appeals against refusals. Fees of £80 for a ‘paper consideration’, a decision made by an Immigration Judge on papers without a hearing, and £140 for a full oral hearing at a tribunal will be applied to appeals against decisions taken on or after 19 December 2011.

East London sham marriage couple jailed

A London ‘couple’ who flew in European brides as part of an immigration scam enabling Bangladeshi men obtain indefinite leave to remain in the UK illegally have been jailed for a total of 6 years, the UK Border Agency has confirmed.

Important UK Border Agency update for Tier 4 sponsors – educational oversight and other changes

The UK Border Agency has made the following announcement aimed at Tier 4 sponsors.

UKBA announce technical problems with online appointment booking service

The UK Border Agency has announced that there are still technical problems with the online booking service.

British unemployment not caused by immigration new study reveals

Following this week’s claim by Migrationwatch UK, a study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research published by the Independent strongly refutes claim that foreign nationals are depriving British-born workers of jobs.

British youth unemployment link to immigration rise pressure group claims

There is ‘probably’ a link between rising youth unemployment in Britain and an increase in migration from eastern Europe, a report from an anti-immigration pressure group claims today.

Asylum family win compensation for being detained after eight years with a little help from Colin Firth and Harry Potter author JK Rowling

A Kurdish family of asylum seekers has won a six-figure out of court payout from the Home Office after being held in detention for more than a year when they were children, The Telegraph reports. In another high profile case in Scotland last year, former X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu and her family won their immigration appeal and right to remain in the UK after a public campaign with the backing of Simon Cowell despite breaking immigration rules.

7 tips for completing a Yellow Card BR1 application to work and study in the UK

With Yellow Card student applications for Bulgarians and Romanians taking 3 to 6 months to process, getting it right first time is vital. Bulgarians and Romanians exercising treaty rights as students under Yellow Card registration certificates are reporting that their applications are taking between three and six months to be processed and approved by the UK Border Agency Full story…

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