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Immigration News weekly round up 6 November 2011 | Immigration Matters

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UK Border Agency ‘dumped’ missing asylum seeker cases

British MPs have accused the UK Border Agency (UKBA) of losing track of a population of asylum seekers and migrants equivalent to the size of Cambridge, the BBC reports.

UK border force head suspended

The head of the UK border force has been suspended by the Home Office following allegations staff were told to scale down some identity checks, the BBC reports.

‘I’ve done nothing wrong’ says bankrupt Tasmac College director to the 650 students who have lost £7500 in fees

Bust college Director Prashan Dua told angry students at the Tasmac College creditors meeting, held on 3 November at a theatre in Rickmansworth, that he and his fellow Directors had done ‘nothing wrong’. Angry students were told that they were ‘unsecured creditors’ who fell behind secured creditors such as Bank of India and the former staff who are still owed salary payments.

UK Border Agency announce further changes to the student visa system

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has taken ‘tough new enforcement action’ to stop ‘abuse’ of the student visa system by effectively preventing over 450 education providers from sponsoring new international students…Many private college owners have decided that ‘enough is enough’ following stringent new Tier 4 visa rules, implemented on 4 July, which basically means that any new international students studying at a private college (as opposed to a government publicly funded institution) can no longer work or sponsor dependants. The new rules do not affect Bulgarians and Romanians coming to the UK on Yellow Card registration permits to work and study on vocational courses such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care

TASMAC College Creditors Meeting

Bijal Shah, of Licensed Insolvency Practitioner’s RE 10, has announced a further creditors meeting for the bankrupt TASMAC College, to be held at 11am on 3 November at:

UK economy growing faster than expected

Britain’s economy is growing faster than expected, new figures have revealed, a sign that a feared double-dip recession will be averted.

UK University applications drop 9% as higher fees and student visa crackdown takes effect

UK Universities are facing a double whammy of increased fees for resident students and relentless crackdown on Tier 4 student visas for non-EU students.

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Bison UK Immigration Adviser Cynthia Barker is offering free immigration advice consultations for Tasmac and any other students affected by the closure of their college. Her office is open 9 AM to5 PM Monday to Friday. Call 0208 905 1822. 

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