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Immigration News Weekly Round up 15 May 2011 | Immigration Matters

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X-Factor Gamu’s right to stay in UK ‘may be appealed’ by Home Office

The Home Office has said it may challenge a court decision to allow former X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu and her family to stay in the UK.

UK Border Agency criticised over intelligence-led approach

Failings in the way the UK Border Agency uses intelligence to tackle illegal immigration has been criticised in a report by its independent chief inspector the BBC says.

Glasgow Caledonian University gets Tier 4 sponsorship licence back within weeks of suspension

Scottish University’s Filipino Students safe as their sponsor’s Tier 4 status has been restored by the UK Border Agency just weeks after their licence to recruit overseas students was suspended.
An insider at the university who wished to remain anonymous told Balita Pinoy that ‘the UKBA’s original suspension decision had been disproportionate…’.

Albert Einstein’s 1933 UK immigration landing card found, but would he have been allowed entry in 2011?

One wonders how Albert Einstein would have been treated had he landed at Dover as a foreigner today (there was no EU/EEA in 1933) with very little paperwork?
Would he have been granted asylum or fast tracked back to a ‘safe’ Germany or Switzerland?

Rules for European workers in the UK

The immigration rules for European or EU citizens wishing to work in the UK are not as straightforward as you would expect considering we are all supposed to be part of the happy ‘one market’ European family.

Free movement of labour conditions have varied from country to country since the EU expansion of 2004 and still discriminate against Bulgarians and Romanians who do not enjoy the right to freely work in the UK.

Government rejects ‘university places for rich’ plan

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected suggestions the government is considering allowing wealthy students to pay for extra university places.

Why do international students choose to study in the UK?

According to a recent Student Survey… it’s a question of quality…

Apprentice contestant Melody Hossaini is used to mingling with the rich and famous

Melody, who was born in Iran before she moved to Walsall, says on her website that she can speak five languages, including Swedish and German. But she also reveals in her audition tape for the show how she was fired upon and kidnapped while living in war-torn Iran.

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Free service launched to help overseas students study at UK Universities

UKUS is a free University and College Admissions and Advice Service based in London, UK. Students interested in studying abroad can complete the Online UKUS Registration Form for more details.

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