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Immigration News weekly round up 28 August 2011 | Immigration Matters

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As if international students have not got enough to worry about, many are now being hit by the new hurdle: the ‘3 year rule’. The UK Border Agency’s Guideline Points-based system (Part 6A) dated July 2011 reads:

Can family dependants of Tier 4 Students work while studying in the UK?

The answer might not be a straightforward as you think.
The have been several changes to the points based system this year which affects international students changing or renewing their visas.

Legal Adviser jailed for masterminding immigration scam

An immigration law advisor from Hayes was jailed last week for four-and-a-half years for masterminding a major immigration scam…but with so many legal ways to live, work or study in the UK it is surprising that people will pay thousands of pounds to crooks.

UK firms plan to recruit more EU migrants to fill job vacancies

In the health care sector employers are increasingly turning to EU workers from A8 countries and A2 Bulgaria and Romania to fill hundreds of vacancies.

UK University places filling up faster than last year

‘Whilst the UK University’s shortage of places do not directly affect international students who want to study in the UK, the reduced number of places may leave fewer options.’

Foreign born worker employment soars by 300,000 in second quarter but while UK born workers lose 50,000 jobs

UK Immigration figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that the number of foreign born workers with jobs in the UK was 4.08 Million in the three months to June this year, a rise of 278,000 from last year. Employers are increasingly turning to EU workers from Bulgaria and Romania to fill hundreds of vacancies sectors such as the care industry.

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…To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website.

Majestic College are offering vocational courses and special packages for EU students. See or call Joanna on 0208 207 1020, email or call in to the college Monday to Friday for a free consultation. 

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