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Weekly UK Immigration News Round up 5 December 2010

European Union propose more control over UK law system, report says

EEA nationals for the most part enjoy far more favourable conditions for partners, children and other relatives which in many cases would not be allowed in to Britain under UK immigration law.

Ex-Immigration Minister Phil Woolas gives up legal fight

Former Labour MP and Shadow Immigration Minister Phil Woolas has thrown in the towel in his battle to overturn a court ruling which stripped him of his Commons seat.

Government commission research on the ‘value UK overseas trade and investment in higher and further education and research’

The Government has commissioned research to establish the value of UK overseas trade and investment in higher and further education and research.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has written to Tier 4 Sponsors to encourage organisations to take part in a new survey “Estimating the value to the UK of overseas trade and investment in higher [...]

UKBA publish new application form and guidance for UK naturalisation

The UK Border Agency has published a new version of Form AN this month, which is used to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen.

English Language Tests in force today – Press Release by JCWI

Press Release by JCWI
Today new English language requirements come into force for non- EEA spouses and partners of British or settled citizens or who are applying for leave to enter or remain in the UK.

Bulgarian couple arrested in France for people smuggling

The UK Border Agency reports that a Bulgarian couple from London have been arrested by the French Border Police for attempting to smuggle a wheelchair-bound Iraqi man into the UK in their car.

Canada’s new test for immigrants

Canadian immigrants pass current testing with a rate of 97% because of widespread access to the tests on the Internet and an underground market selling the (only) 5 standard tests to would-be citizens, according to a report by Canadian Content.

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European Union propose more control over UK law system, report says

The Daily Express claimed today that European Union bureaucrats are planning to take ‘unprecedented control’ over Britain’s immigration and criminal justice systems, according to a report this week by Open Europe. But the article fails to mention that migrants are already exercising rights to stay (or bring in extended family) in the UK under EEA law.

In a paper to mark the first anniversary of the controversial EU Lisbon Treaty, the article continues, experts warned that “democratic control” over policing, law courts and other home affairs was in danger of being further undermined by Brussels.

The paper, by the Eurosceptic think-tank Open Europe, claims that this could mean Britain being forced to accept thousands more asylum seekers and sweeping new powers for foreign police officers to snoop on UK citizens.

Proposals being discussed in Brussels include moves by the European Commission to set up a “Common European Asylum System” that could lead to Britain being forced to accept a new quota of asylum seekers.

And the Commission is to publish a report on “enhanced EU solidarity in asylum”, calling for changes in the way the burden of accepting asylum seekers is spread across Europe.

Another initiative being discussed in Brussels is a European Criminal Records Information System planned from 2012 that will link up national police databases. The Government is in talks with the EU about giving European police forces powers to put UK citizens under surveillance with access to DNA records.

Under the Lisbon Treaty, Britain has the right to “opt out” of many EU justice and immigration decisions. But the Open Europe report warned that ministers were able to sign up to EU justice measures without any vote by MPs. 

Stephen Booth, a policy analyst at Open Europe, said: “The EU’s growing ambitions in justice and home affairs deserve Parliament’s undivided attention.”

Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley and a leading member of the Better Off Out group in Parliament, said: “Any attempt to tackle immigration and asylum or maintain the independence of our justice system is spitting in the wind while Britain remains a member of the EU.” Source: Daily Express.

European laws already override many of our UK laws, even when it comes to the controversial area of immigration.

Qualified migrants and their extended family dependents have for some time been exercising rights to stay (or bring in extended family) in the UK under EEA law.

EEA nationals for the most part enjoy far more favourable conditions for partners, children and other relatives which in many cases would not be allowed in to Britain under UK immigration law.

European ‘freedom of movement’ rules are far less restrictive than UK immigration law for family members. For instance immediate family members such as, spouses, civil partners, children, parents and even grandparents would be allowed to join an EEA member in the UK applying under EEA law. Extended family such as a relative requiring care for a serious illness would also be allowed in under EEA applications.

Even a UK national exercising European ‘Treaty’ rights of freedom of movement within the EEA would benefit from Treaty law rules and make use of much more beneficial provisions for his or her non-EU family members.

See also:

UKBA publish new application form and guidance for UK naturalisation

UKBA release new versions of immigration application forms and fees

English Language Tests in force today – Press Release by JCWI

UK Border Agency Video on English language tests for migrant partners

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: 

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk


UKBA publish new application form and guidance for UK naturalisation

The UK Border Agency has published a new version of Form AN this month, which is used to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen.

Also, following a review, the agency has divided the existing naturalisation guidance into 2 separate documents:

  • Guide AN – this simply explains how to complete the form; and
  • Booklet AN – this gives more detail about the requirements for naturalisation and the way that the Secretary of State exercises his discretion.

Applicants should now use the new versions of the form and guidance documents (dated ‘September 2010′) when applying for naturalisation under section 6 of the British Nationality Act 1981. You can download them from the How do I apply for naturalisation as a British citizen? Page on the UK Border Agency website.

This month, the agency also brought out new versions of FLR and SET application forms for many temporary and permanent migration routes under the points based system.

And yesterday new English language requirements come into force for non- EEA spouses and partners of British or settled citizens or who are applying for leave to enter or remain in the UK.

See also:

UKBA release new versions of immigration application forms and fees

English Language Tests in force today – Press Release by JCWI

UK Border Agency Video on English language tests for migrant partners

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: 

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk


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