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Immigration News Weekly Round up 15 July 2012 | Immigration Matters

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UKBA announce changes on 16 July to the Immigration European Economic Area (EEA) Regulations 2006

On 16 July 2012, the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 will change, the UK Border Agency has announced. The amended regulations will set out the rights of EEA nationals and their family members to enter and reside in the UK and will also confirm the criteria for rights to permanent residence.

Restrictions on international student immigration ‘damaging’ to UK science says Vince Cable

Prime Minister David Cameron’s efforts to slash immigration are risking Britain’s scientific prowess, the Business Secretary has suggested. In outspoken comments, Vince Cable warned that tough new entry requirements for overseas taxpaying students may be “damaging” Britain’s reputation as a good place to study, the Telegraph reports.

UK tourist numbers spend record £18.2bn

New figures from the International Passenger Survey (IPS) show an increased number of inbound tourism, which has delivered record revenue to Britain over the past 12 months. More holiday visitors and UK tourists than ever before visited the country, leading to a 6% increase in spend to £18.2bn for the 12 months to May 2012.

London Heathrow’s immigration desks will be manned during Olympics for easy access for low-risk visitors

Low-risk tourists from trusted countries will be directed to fast-track lanes in a bid to cut queues. Earlier pilot scheme was unsuccessful as UK visitors struggled to identify which queue they ought to be in.

UKBA to bring back checks on overseas students’ ability but will the government remove them from net migration targets?

If the government want to prevent so called bogus students from entering the UK, all they have to do is scrap the Tier 4 system brought in by the previous government and start using people instead computers to issue visas.

Family settlement changes – new VAF4 forms required from 9 July 2012

The UK Border Agency’s announcement on Friday 06 July 2012 reminded applicants that: ‘The changes to the UK Immigration Rules on family settlement will come into affect on 9 July 2012.’

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Overseas students and workers can qualify for a tax refund 

You could qualify for a tax refund if you are an overseas student, work permit holder, Tier 1, Yellow or Blue Card holder – in fact any visa type – even if you are no longer legal or even in the UK!

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  1. Can you help us go back to the UK? My daughter who is 20 yrs old and a nursing student here now has a 3 year old son who has a british passport. The boy was acknowledge by the british boyfriend who came to visit here in the phils. Unfortunately they are no longer in touch for three years now.We live in the UK for five years from 2003 to 2008 december. we came back here due to the expired work permit. We were asked and helped by the immigration to come home. May I know what we can do to go back to UK. Thank you very much.

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