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Immigration News weekly round up 25 September 2011 | Immigration Matters

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Fake visa factory raided

Police raid Bangladesh plant printing fake UK entry clearance documents.
Thousands of illegal immigrants may have entered Britain using fake papers printed in a “visa factory”.

Bulgaria and Romania Schengen visa bid blocked by Netherlands and Finland

The European Union this week gave its two newest members, Romania and Bulgaria, a ’slap in the face’ denying the right to join the Schengen bloc’s passport-free travel zone.

Students in the UK on temporary Tier 4 visas are not ‘migrants’

According to a recent report on Student Visas by a Home Affairs Select Committee, ‘The international student market, estimated to be worth £40 billion to the UK economy is a significant growth market and the UK is the second most popular destination in the world for international students.’ So, in these much-lamented days of recession and austerity, we have an industry bringing a whopping £40 billion into the UK economy. It is, by any account a fantastic commercial success story – and yet the current Government (in line with the previous) seems hell-bent on bringing this industry to its knees, by employing legislation that the Committee report says will have ‘a calamitous impact’ on business. Within the industry itself, the situation is widely understood to…

UK Border Agency’s response on Zambrano judgement on carers of British Citizens

The UK Border Agency has issued a statement following the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruling on Ruiz Zambrano…

JCWI and ILPA update on Zambrano case

The JCWI has released the following update on the Zambrano judgement…

Illegal workers arrested at building site – agency fined £40000

The agency employing the construction site workers will be issued with a civil penalty notice for employing illegal workers. If they are unable to prove they conducted the correct pre-employment checks on staff they may be liable for a fine of up to £10,000 per worker – a total of £40,000. Some workers are exploited by agencies or employers who use the fact that they are illegal to control them and deny them basic employment rights.

Immigration Minister says ‘reforming family migration will promote better integration’

Immigration Minister Damian Green confirmed the importance of ‘tackling abuse of the family migration route’, and promoting better community integration for those who come to live permanently in the UK, the UK Border Agency reports. The Immigration Minister has outlined the proposals on a YouTube question and answer video.
You can email him on or tweet your questions @ukhomeoffice

Foreign Doctor and Romanian Nurse row continues

The EU law also covers nurses, prompting Lord Winston, the IVF pioneer and broadcaster, to speak out twice in the past week about the threat posed by the poor communication skills of nurses recruited from EU countries such as Romania.

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance now required for Bulgarian and Romanian study work yellow cards

The UK Border Agency has started compelling Bulgarians and Romanians to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover when applying for yellow card registration as a working student. The insurance is a new requirement introduced as part of changes to the BR1 Yellow Card form in June…Full story…

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