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Immigration News Weekly Round up 26 August 2012 | Immigration Matters

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Brixton anger over UK Border Agency raids

Residents, academics and lawyers have spoken out against a series of immigration raids carried out in Brixton this week, according to the Brixton Blog.
They have accused the UK Border Agency (UKBA) of heavy-handedness during the arrests, and say that they have been posting pictures of the detentions to social media to “score political points”.

Are Romanians and Eastern European migrants victims of racism in the UK?

Figures suggest that since 2004, around 1.9 million Eastern Europeans have migrated to the UK, and the numbers could be higher as many do not register with any authority. UK work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals, were extended until the end of 2013, which means they still need permission to work. Bulgarians and Romanians can enter the UK and stay for up to 90 days, but cannot work without a registration card commonly known as yellow or purple cards.

UKBA announce new computer database to track down 150,000 illegal immigrants

An immigration computer database is being set up to track down the 150,000 people who are overstaying or remaining in UK illegally, it was revealed this week. The UK Border Agency recently announced important changes to the way applications from visa overstayers will be treated…Immigration Advisers Bison Management has dealt with many cases of migrants who have overstayed their visa period.

Tesco employing illegal foreign workers and could be fined £200,000

Tesco, the UK’s largest private employer, faces a £200,000 fine after foreign students at one of its warehouses were found to be working illegally…As the UK Border Agency steps up its campaign to target employers who employ migrant workers illegally, even multi-national companies are not immune to civil penalties or prosecution for immigration offences…Employers better watch out, UKBA officers are out and about looking for illegal workers!

Illegal workers caught in Midlands factory raid

The UK Border Agency nabbed another 11 illegal immigrants in raids on 2 factories in the Midlands last week. Bison UK Immigration Adviser Cynthia Barker said: ‘My advice is to call in a professional to do a complete audit on all staff files before the UKBA walks in and does it for you.’

Home Office blocks Chinese visa plans over crime fears

The UK Home Secretary is blocking plans by her cabinet colleagues to make it easier for Chinese tourists to get visas amid fears it will lead to a rise in organised crime, according to a leaked letter published by the Telegraph.

UK Universities block British students, but offer courses to non-EU candidates for £20,000 a year tuition fees

Leading UK Universities are closing courses to British students while offering places to overseas students who pay tuition fees of up to £20,000 a year, the Mail reports this week.

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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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