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Immigration News Weekly Round up 16 September 2012 | Immigration Matters

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Bulgarian family of nine target UK and get council house and benefits in 3 weeks, but is this the norm?

The news that a Bulgarian family of nine targeted Britain’s welfare system and were given a council house just three weeks after arriving here will alarm many people. But is this the norm for EU migrants?  After 12 months of continuous legal work they can apply for residence under a so called ‘Blue Card’ registration, which effectively gives them the EEA national ‘full free movement rights‘ rights to reside, work or study in the UK.

Overseas students could be separated from net migration figures

The warning that including international students in the net migration targets is damaging the £40 billion education sector and the British economy appears to be getting through to Ministers as the UK government announces that it wants to publish more detailed figures on overseas students that “disaggregate” them from totals on net migration

Stowaway immigrant plunges from plane’s undercarriage 10 miles from London Heathrow

British Police talk to African officials over a desperate stowaway man who plunged 1000s of feet onto residential street just 10 miles from Heathrow airport. Detectives were today liaising with their counterparts in North Africa to solve the mystery of a stowaway UK bound immigrant who plunged to his death from the undercarriage of a holiday jet.

Student immigration clampdowns putting millions ‘at risk’ says University head

A West Country university head warned that the UK Government’s relentless clampdown on immigration could see the region losing out on millions of pounds from foreign students. Sir Steve Smith, vice-chancellor of the University of Exeter, said that the growing market in international students was being jeopardised because the Government would not exempt students from net migration targets.

Leicester City Council to thank Indian immigrants

Leicester council, which once took out advertisements to discourage Indian immigrants to come to the city, is planning to publicly thank them for transforming it and the region after facing racism and other hurdles as they rebuilt their lives over the last 40 years, reports. In one of the most remarkable stories of the Indian Diaspora, the East Midlands town of Leicester is marking the 40th anniversary of Indians and Asians being expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin, and their arrival in a town that was then struggling economically.

New Immigration Minister is Mark Harper MP following reshuffle

Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed Mark Harper, MP for Forest of Dean as the new Minister for Immigration, taking over from Damian Green.

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Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email

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!


It doesn’t matter where you come from – UK, Europe or anywhere else in the world, it is important to ensure that your qualifications are recognised. In the UK there is a national agency that carries out this service, they are called UK NARIC.

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