In another row with Europe, the European Commission is taking Britain to court because it says it is denying EU immigrants their right to claim unemployment and family welfare benefits. Bulgarians and Romanians who migrate to the UK find it hard enough to obtain an NI number to study and work, yet alone benefits.
A member of the Cabinet, or executive, has openly criticised his own Government’s immigration policy, warning that public “panic” over immigration is causing economic harm to the UK…
According to the think tank ippr, international students contribute an estimated £8bn to the UK economy every year paying tuition fees to universities and colleges and making a valuable contribution to local economies. The students turned away, refused visa extensions or just scared off from studying in the UK would have been customers for landlords, bars, shops and restaurants, as well as for colleges, at a time when sources of economic growth are desperately needed.
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has recently updated the FLR (O), or further leave to remain ‘Other’, form to include reference to human rights applications on the basis of ‘private life in the UK’ and ‘family life as a parent’.
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) are making changes to the codes of practice for skilled employers, which includes updating the list of skilled occupations to reflect the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2010 system.
Are proxy ‘Skype weddings’, which allow immigrants to gain U.S. citizenship a cause for concern or just a sign of the technological age? Skype weddings are enabling immigrants to legally gain American citizenship after exchanging vows online from opposite ends of the globe, the Daily Mail revealed this week.
During the last 15 years I have seen countless cases where Filipino wives and husbands on dependant visas put up with abuse in their marriage because their UK partner knows they cannot stay in the UK if they are no longer living together. In other words, they are trapped and at their partner’s mercy.
A sham marriage scam run from a Vietnamese nail bar was smashed after a fake bride went on holiday with another man only six days after her wedding to a Vietnamese husband.