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Immigration News Weekly Round up 25 November 2012 | Immigration Matters

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UK Immigration Rule changes announced by Government

The UK Border Agency has announced that a written ministerial statement has been ‘laid in Parliament’ on 22 November 2012 bringing into Law a number of changes to the Immigration Rules, which will come in to force next month on 13 December 2012. Most of the changes are said to be minor amendments to the Immigration Rules, however, the decision to restrict international student graduates from switching  into the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa looks a little more than a “minor” change.

UK Border Agency misled Parliament over asylum case backlog

UK Border Agency (UKBA) officials have allegedly supplied inaccurate and misleading information to Parliament about the huge backlog of asylum cases, a report has revealed. One adviser told Immigration Matters that he had just received a returned application, sent to the UKBA in 2007, with a letter stating that it was being rejected because one box had been incorrectly completed. He plans to lodge an immediate appeal.

Visa overstayers arrested in UKBA raids in Crawley

Nine visa overstayers in Crawley were arrested in UK Border Agency (UKBA) raids earlier this month. Cynthia Barker of immigration advisers Bison UK is worried that people who are detained are often intimidated by the experience and feel rushed into leaving voluntarily or are scared to seek legal advice.

Spain to offer ‘residency for cash’ to non-EU property buyers

Spain is set open a back door into Europe by offering residency to foreigners who buy houses priced at more than 160,000 Euros, assuming they can find any properties worth that much! Spain’s ‘buy one take one’ residency offer undercuts bailed-out EU countries such as Ireland and Portugal, where residency is offered to foreigners buying houses worth more than €400,000 and €500,000, respectively. But Latvia already offers the bargain basement deal, where property buyers are eligible for residency permits if they purchase real estate in the capital Riga worth €140,000 or €70,000 in the countryside.  

UKBA arrest 17 in EEA national sham marriage raids

UK Border Agency officers have arrested 17 people this week as part of a nationwide operation targeting suspected sham marriages – bogus weddings between non-EU migrants and EU citizens designed to gain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK.

Cynthia Barker of immigration advisers Bison UK pointed out that the major advantages of marrying EEA citizens are creating a demand for sham marriages.

“EU or EEA (European Economic Area) nationals are highly sought after by non-EU partners, as EEA regulations provide an easier route to residency than applying under UK Immigration Rules. For instance, there is no minimum £18,600 income requirement for EEA nationals, as there is where a UK citizen is applying for a visa for a non-EU husband, wife or unmarried partner.

“Even overstayers can avoid removal if they have an EEA partner, as was the case last week when we managed to pull one of our overstaying student clients off a deportation flight ten minutes before take off because he was in a genuine relationship, and therefore a human right to a family life under article 8, with his Eastern European girlfriend.” CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY

Canada to create skilled worker immigration pool to meet regional labour shortage demand

The Canadian Government, in agreement with provincial Immigration Ministers, will establish a pool of skilled-worker candidates by the end of 2014 from which employers will be able to select potential immigrants to Canada to fill regional labour shortages.

British racehorse trainers ‘too fat’ say stables, but appeals to UKBA to change Immigration Rules are a ‘non-starter’

British racehorse trainers in the multi-million pound racing industry who depend on overseas stable workers have been ordered to “wean themselves off their addiction to immigration” by the UK Border Agency.

Joan Rivers questioned UK Border Agency officers

American comedian Joan Rivers was questioned by a squad of UK Border Agency officers in balaclavas who suspected she could be an illegal immigrant.

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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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