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Immigration News Weekly Round up 18 March 2012 | Immigration Matters

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10 arrested in UKBA immigration raid

UK Border Agency officers arrest 10 illegal immigrants during raid in Leicester.

UKBA announce deadline for Immigration Advisory Service clients to claim their files

If you were represented by the bankrupt Immigration Advisory Service (IAS), you have until 28 May 2012 to ask to have your documents returned.

Immigration Rules change today

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced that on Thursday 15 March 2012, a written ministerial statement has been laid in Parliament outlining a number of important changes to the Immigration Rules, which will affect thousands of migrant workers on Tier 2 and international students on Tier 4 visas.

Bogus bride and groom walk down aisle in handcuffs

Polish citizen Helena Puchalska, 20, was dramatically arrested by unexpected ‘guests’ in her wedding dress as she said her vows to Pakistani Asif Ali, 31.

Private Tier 4 sponsoring colleges sacrificed in immigration cull

Geoffrey Alderman writing for the Guardian says high fees plus the prohibition of any part-time working by international students at private colleges have ensured the dramatic contraction of the multi-billion pound industry. If 100 private colleges shut up shop and each college employs 20 people, that’s 2000 jobs lost at a time when the UK desperately needs more employment. If those 100 closed colleges had an average of just 300 students, that means 30,000 students are no longer paying fees which amounts to £150,000,000.

How Romanians and Bulgarians working illegally without Yellow Card or papers can legalise their status in the UK

If you are one of the many Bulgarian or Romanian citizens working in the UK ‘without papers’, read on. Bulgarians and Romanians may freely travel to the UK to exercise their rights under Article 39 and apply for a Yellow Card registration card to work and study full time whilst studying for a vocational qualification, such as NVQ or QCF in Customer Service or Health and Social Care. Importantly, this right can also apply to you, even if you are here working illegally or have broken the rules in the past.

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: or visit

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!

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