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Immigration News weekly round up 23 October 2011 | Immigration Matters

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What is ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ and why do Bulgarian and Romanian student yellow card applicants need it to work in the UK?

Since 20 June 2011 the UK Border Agency introduced new guidance which makes it mandatory for Bulgarians and Romanians to take out a ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ policy when applying for yellow card registration as a working student. But finding out what is actually meant by ‘comprehensive sickness insurance’ is proving more difficult than you would expect?

EU free movement rules put ‘patients at risk’ Lords say

According to Peers in the House of Lords, patients are being put at “unacceptable risk” because of EU rules governing the free movement of health workers. As members of the European Union, Bulgarians and Romanians have visa-free access to the UK, however, they do not enjoy the same rights to work as the earlier A8 Eastern European EU accession countries such as Poland.

Shortage occupations list for Tier 2 gets shorter

As the official shortage occupations shrinks by a further 40,000 jobs, employers are increasingly recruiting European workers, for instance from Bulgaria and Romania, to fill vacancies for jobs not taken by the resident labour force.

Britain opts out of EU asylum directive

The UK has decided not to implement two asylum directives of the European Union as part of its moves to be tough on immigration and asylum seekers…

Immigration survey reveals fears

The UK has a standing ban on unskilled workers from outside the EU, introduced by the previous Labour government, but cannot restrict the movement of EU citizens. Britain has imposed working restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens. Despite the fact that they are EU members, when it comes to employment Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans, for instance from Poland, Slovakia or other A8 Accession countries.

650 Tasmac students stranded as University of Wales accredited college closes

Tasmac London School of Business, which offered degrees validated by the The University of Wales (UoW), ceased trading on Friday leaving hundreds of international students stranded. Bison UK Immigration Adviser Cynthia Barker was saddened by the news and said she is offering free immigration consultations for any students affected by the closure of their college.

Immigration Rule change for Tier 2 working visa migrants – proof of income required for ILR Indefinite Leave to Remain

Cynthia Barker, of Immigration Advisers Bison UK, warns that this minor change should be of major concern to work permit and Tier 2 visa holders who are not being paid the correct salaries – i.e. as stated on their work permits.

Student allowed by Immigration Judge to remain in UK despite buying a fake English certificate

A bogus international student who lied that he could speak English and admitted buying a fake language proficiency certificate can stay in Britain, immigration appeal judges have ruled.

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: 

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Majestic College offer special packages for EU students and FREE support with Yellow Cards and work placements. 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 info@majesticcollege.org 

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