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Immigration News Weekly Round up 29 July 2012 | Immigration Matters

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Immigration cap on non-EU workers ‘damaging economy’ say Government report

The Home Office clampdown on non-EU immigration is damaging Britain’s economy, a Government report warned this week. UK Trade and Investment, a Government agency which works to attract foreign companies to Britain, said the policy was making their job harder by putting off potential investors.

UK Border Olympic Games strike called off

UK Immigration staff covering vital border posts at London’s Heathrow airport called off their threatened a 24-hour eve of Olympic Games strike. The industrial action would have caused misery to 130,000 passengers and UK tourists arriving the day before the Olympic opening ceremony in one of the busiests airports in the world.

UK Border Agency to introduce new ‘allegations database’ to handle illegal immigration reports

MP’s on the Home Affairs Committee have welcomed plans by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to create a ‘National Allegations Database’ to manage the huge flow of information and reports from the public on possible immigration violations…

London Metropolitan University Tier 4 student visa licence suspended

A government university has been banned from recruiting overseas after failing to inform the Home Office when overseas students failed to turn up for their courses. In a rare move the London Metropolitan University has become only the second Highly Trusted university to have its licence to recruit international students suspended by the UK Border Agency.

European Commission warning to UK on Free Movement rights and Comprehensive Sickness Insurance remains unanswered

On 26 April 2012 the European Commission gave the United Kingdom two months to comply with European Union rules on the free movement of EU citizens and their families across the EU or face an EU court case…Bulgarian and Romanian students on courses longer than six months are also forced to take out expensive private medical insurance policies (when applying for ‘yellow card’ registration documents) which they do not need…

UKBA immigration case backlog the size of Newcastle MP’s claim

The UK Border Agency has massive backlog of outstanding immigration cases equivalent to the population of Newcastle, MPs warned today. Immigration Adviser Cynthia Barker of Bison Management said she has seen an ‘upsurge in long delays, refusals and visa appeal cases’.

Overseas students should be excluded from UK net migration figures, say MPs

Another report confirms fears that the government’s student visa clampdown is having a detrimental effect on the higher education sector and the UK economy.

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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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