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Weekly UK Immigration News Round up 19 September 2010

Vince Cable says immigration cap is damaging British industry

This week a cabinet minister, UK Business Secretary Vince Cable, unusually spoke out against official government policy.

Labour trafficking suspects arrested

The UK Border Agency reports that three Indian men have been arrested by immigration officers, in conjunction with Northamptonshire Police, in Kettering as part of an investigation into suspected labour trafficking.

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Britain

Pope Benedict XVI arrived this morning in Edinburgh at the start of the first papal visit to the UK for 28 years.

Lord Bingham ‘the greatest judge of our time’ dies aged 76

Britain lost one of its greatest judges this week when Lord Bingham past away.

Sham marriage fixer guilty

A Portuguese man admitted acting as a ‘fixer’ in a sham marriage at a Bristol church, The UK Border Agency reports.

Former Immigration Minister Phil Woolas campaign ‘to make white folk angry’

The BBC reports that the former immigration minister Phil Woolas set out to “make the white folk angry” in his election campaign, a specially convened court heard.

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Former Immigration Minister Phil Woolas campaign ‘to make white folk angry’

The BBC reports that the former immigration minister Phil Woolas set out to “make the white folk angry” in his election campaign, a specially convened court heard.

His defeated Lib Dem rival, Elwyn Watkins, is challenging his re-election as Oldham East and Saddleworth MP.

Mr Watkins claims the vote was swayed by Labour leaflets containing false claims, in the first case of its kind for 99 years.

Mr Woolas, who won with a majority of just 103 votes, denies the allegations.

He says he will “robustly defend” himself.

The court heard on Monday that diary entries kept by Labour MP Mr Woolas during the election campaign show he was “pretty convinced” he was going to lose.

Counsel for Mr Watkins Helen Mountfield QC said Mr Woolas was concerned about the effects of an anti-Labour swing nationally, the expenses scandal and decisions taken by him as immigration minister, adding: “Mr Woolas and his team were playing for high stakes and came up with a strategy to deal with the perceived Liberal Democrat threat which they themselves described as ‘risky’.”

“They set out to attack Mr Watkins personally and say whatever it took to turn the electorate against him.”

The court was told that false statements were made in three publications on behalf of Mr Woolas in the run-up to the election.

The BBC’s political editor for the North West Arif Ansari said Mr Woolas’s team would argue that the statements they made were true. Mr Woolas is due to take the stand later in the week.

Two High Court judges will rule on whether there should be a re-run of the Oldham East election, in a case brought under the rarely-used section 106 of the Representation of the People Act (1983).

Under the act, anyone involved in an election who “makes or publishes any false statement of fact in relation to the candidate’s personal character or conduct” is guilty of an illegal practice – unless they can show “reasonable grounds for believing, and did believe, that statement to be true”.

Saddleworth Civic Hall, where Parish Council meetings are often held, is temporarily becoming an election court – in the first case of its kind in 99 years – for the hearing, which is scheduled to last five days.

Legally, the onus is on Mr Watkins to prove his case if he is to win.

If found guilty, Mr Woolas could be fined and barred from public office, with a fresh election triggered. Source BBC.

Whilst in office the former Labour minister presided over the biggest overhaul of the immigration regime for 60 years, including the introduction of much of the points based system and Tier 4 for students.

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Weekly UK Immigration News Round up 12 September 2010

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Weekly UK Immigration News Round up 12 September 2010

London Mayor Boris Johnson demands immigration cap is scrapped

Conservative London Mayor Boris Johnson has broken party ranks over immigration, warning that plans to limit the number of migrants to Britain will damage the economy.

UK Border Agency announce new fee increase for immigration and nationality applications

The UK Border Agency has announced plans to increase immigration and nationality application fees for all those applying to visit, study, work or stay in the UK from autumn 2010.

Immigration Minister outlines evidence for UK immigration policy change

Immigration Minister Damian Green said the government will ensure that the UK maximises the benefits of immigration.

Government MAC adviser says dependant visas must be cut as part of immigration cap

A leading UK government adviser says ministers may need to stop workers bringing in families, on dependent visas, to meet immigration cap targets.

Sham marriage vicar jailed for four years

The Church of England vicar involved in carrying out hundreds of fake marriages to bypass immigration law has been jailed for four years.

Smarter immigration controls needed says Minister Damian Green

Speaking to the Royal Commonwealth Society this evening, the UK Immigration Minister, Damian Green, will confirm that the government will look at all routes into the UK and set new rules, the Home Office announced today.

Minister to announce crackdown on student visa numbers today

The number of foreign, non-EU students currently being let into the UK is “unsustainable”, Immigration Minister Damian Green will announce today the BBC has reported.

Weekly UK Immigration News Round up 05 September 2010

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Weekly UK Immigration News Round up 05 September 2010

Illegal immigrants working in the House of Commons

A firm called ‘KGB Cleaners’ employing illegal workers in the House of Commons. You couldn’t make it up!

Migrating to Canada: eligibility criteria for federal skilled worker applications

Want to migrate to Canada under the federal skilled worker scheme? Check out the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, which outlines the following changes to the elligibility critieria effective 26 June 2010

Domestic Worker OFW jumps to her death from 7th floor condo with umbrella

Filipino migrant rights group is urging the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia to investigate the death of an unidentified overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who supposedly jumped out of the window of her employer’s condominium unit on the 7th floor of a building using an umbrella as a parachute to escape

Migrant millionaire entrepreneur Vijay Patel honoured by De Montfort University

Indian-origin entrepreneur Vijay Patel, who came to Britain from Kenya 40 years ago with only five pounds in his pocket but went on to find riches in the pharmaceuticals industry, has been honoured by his old university.

POEA opens Regional offices for returning OFWs

Returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), or “balikmanggagawa,” from Pangasinan and Ilocos Norte can now process their overseas employment certificates (OECs) without going to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) head office in Mandaluyong City.

Net immigration figure pose a problem for UK Prime Minister Cameron

Last week’s figures showing a sharp rise in immigration into the UK is sure to add to the pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron to say how his proposed cap on annual immigration will work and at what level it will be set, the Financial Times reports.

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Posted on Sep 5, 2010 - Last updated on Sep 5, 2010

Illegal immigrants working in the House of Commons

A firm called ‘KGB Cleaners’ employing illegal workers in the House of Commons. You couldn’t make it up!

Illegal immigrants have been discovered working as cleaners at the House of Commons – an embarrassing security breach at the supposedly tightly guarded building, the Daily Mail reports.

All staff at the Palace of Westminster are required to undergo stringent background checks by police and the security services before being issued passes to the heart of Britain’s Government.

But this did not stop around ten  illegal immigrants getting jobs with KGB Cleaners, the outsourcing firm with the contract to clean lavatories, sweep corridors and polish floors in the Palace of Westminster.

The breach is all the more astounding as the cleaners would have enjoyed unchecked access to the offices of MPs and senior Government Ministers, including Prime Minister David Cameron.

Last week the Home Office refused to say how many illegal immigrants had been discovered working at the Palace and for how long.

The group was rounded up after inquiries by the UK Borders Agency, and officials refused to give more details citing ‘on-going inquiries’.

But the Metropolitan Police were called in to arrest at least one of the immigrants, a 44-year-old Nigerian man, who was held at work at the Palace of Westminster on August 12 before being handed over to immigration officials.

It is understood he is now being held in a secure immigration holding centre awaiting removal from the UK.

The other individuals are understood to have been detained by UK Borders staff elsewhere and are also believed to have told they will be removed from Britain.

Last night a spokeswoman for the Palace of Westminster confirmed a number of people working as cleaners had been detained for immigration offences.

She said the group of ‘less than ten’ individuals had all been vetted when they first began working at the Houses of Parliament and had all been cleared by security officials.

However, she said, it was believed the immigration status of the individuals had changed and that they had failed to notify their employers or the Palace authorities.

She said it is thought several of the individuals were asylum seekers who had exhausted all avenues of appeal and had been told to leave Britain.

Others, she said, were understood to be over-stayers whose work visas or leave to remain in Britain had expired.

The latest blunder comes after a series of similarly embarrassing security breaches during the Labour Government’s years in office including the discovery that illegal immigrants were employed as cleaners in the Home Office department responsible for kicking them out of the country.

The five Nigerians were caught as they turned up for work at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate office in London. It is also not the first time KGB Cleaners, which employs 120 staff at the Commons, has been at the centre of controversy.

Last year cleaners at the House of Commons threatened strike action after being denied a 45p pay rise.

KGB took over cleaning services at the House of Commons in September 2008, giving existing staff a 60p rise to £7 an hour in line with the London Living Wage – a minimum pay level calculated to reflect the capital’s cost of living.

When the London Living Wage rose to £7.45 the company at first refused to raise wages accordingly.

The firm – named after the initials of its founders Kevan and Gina Brown – was set up in 1994 to, according to its website, ‘create an innovative environment where the expectations of both clientele and staff will be consistently met’.

The company has an annual turnover of £26 million.

Employers discovered using illegal immigrants are normally issued with a notification of potential liability and face a fine of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker.

Bosses also have a duty to check that employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom. Source: Daily Mail.

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Posted on Sep 4, 2010 - Last updated on Sep 3, 2010

Domestic Worker OFW jumps to her death from 7th floor condo with umbrella

A Filipino migrant rights group is urging the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia to investigate the death of an unidentified overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who supposedly jumped out of the window of her employer’s condominium unit on the 7th floor of a building using an umbrella as a parachute to escape.

John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator, cited a report posted on the Saudi Gazette website last Wednesday September 1.

The news item said the incident transpired Tuesday on Sultana Street in Madina, Saudi Arabia.

Witnesses said the umbrella used by the domestic worker “failed to open at the right moment and the maid came crashing down on the pavement to die instantly.”

Eyewitnesses added that the domestic worker first tossed out a bag containing her clothes and jumped with the umbrella in her hand.

Her employer, the news report said, who is known only by his initials M.O., said the building’s guard told him about the incident and said he found the umbrella hanging on the balcony. A knife used by the maid to open the tightly closed window was also found, he said.

At the request of the maid’s family, the employer said, she was buried at Baqe’e Al-Gargad in the Prophet’s City.

“Concerned fellow OFWs have called me last week and informed us about the death of a domestic worker who reportedly jumped to her death from the window of her employer’s flat on a higher floor of a building,” Monterona said.

However, Monterona pointed out the informants failed to identify the nationality and name of the victim upon his further query.

“Until we have read the news report from a local news website which we suspect is about the unconfirmed reports of what we have been receiving as the circumstances of her death are the same as what have been told to me last week by concerned fellow OFWs,” Monterona said.

“It is of particular interest and concern to us because of the unclear circumstances leading to the migrant worker’s death, aside from the need to establish the victim’s identity; what forced the worker to jump out of the building that led to her unfortunate death must be investigated and primarily established,” he said.

Monterona said Migrante-ME welfare case officers have handled cases of the same nature in the past involving abused and maltreated OFWs jumping from the building in their vain attempt to escape from abusive employers only to discover later from relative’s complaining that there was foul play involved. Source: Roy C. Mabasa, MB.com.ph

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Posted on Sep 3, 2010 - Last updated on Sep 2, 2010

Migrant millionaire entrepreneur Vijay Patel honoured by De Montfort University

Indian-origin entrepreneur Vijay Patel, who came to Britain from Kenya 40 years ago with only five pounds in his pocket but went on to find riches in the pharmaceuticals industry, has been honoured by his old university.

Patel, 60, is today one of the richest men in Britain and ranks 141st in the Sunday Times Rich List. He was awarded an honorary degree by the De Montfort University, Leicester.

Now a pharmaceuticals tycoon, Patel studied pharmacy at University and graduated in 1973. He heads the globally successful company, Waymade Healthcare.

He and his older brother Bhiku head the company. They started with a single chemist’s shop in Essex, and now own a global company, marketing and distributing drugs to 110 countries.

Patel, who was awarded an honorary degree in business administration, said, “I had a dream to start my business when I was just 10 years old but I never dared to tell anyone. I never imagined this would happen, though, and I am so deeply humbled to be honoured by the university in this way.”

Patel grew up in difficult circumstances in Kenya. His father died when he was five, leaving his mother to bring up her children in an impoverished country.

He said, “My mother taught me a very important lesson – get the best education you possibly can. But I had no way of funding myself through it, so I picked myself up and headed to the UK with little more to my name than a bag full of ambition.”

Senior lecturer in business at De Montfort, Dr Robert Webber, said, “This is in honour of Dr Patel’s many achievements in business, nationally and internationally. It is a great pleasure to be honouring him in this way.” Source: Chai Samosa.

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Weekly Immigration News Round up 29 August 2010

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Posted on Sep 2, 2010 - Last updated on Sep 1, 2010

Care Home Nurse who slept on night duty suspended by NMC

A registered nurse who was recorded snoring when she should have been looking after residents at an East Yorkshire care home has been suspended for a year.

Carole Spencer, 55, also allowed staff at Bessingby Hall Residential Nursing Home in Bridlington to doze off, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

A care assistant photographed her sleeping and recorded her snoring.

The council said Spencer regularly slept on duty and this could have had “serious consequences” for patients.
Winsome Levy, chairman of the council’s conduct and competence committee panel, said: “She was in charge of night shifts in a care home, with up to 51 elderly, vulnerable patients.

“Some of them were terminally ill, two were unconscious, and they all needed constant care.”

Spencer, who had worked at the home since October 2006, would “usually” get her head down in the early hours and would often be joined by other nurses and care assistants.

On one occasion, the night of 18 January 2008, every member of staff took a nap at the same time.

After being reported to managers, Spencer complained that she was being “singled out” and claimed “they all do it”.

In a letter to the council, Spencer said she had “no cares” about the case and denounced the accusations as “lies”.

“She has consistently denied the allegations, and has shown no insight, regret or remorse,” said the panel chairman.

“She continues to seek to blame others.

“Her misconduct put her patients at risk and would undermine public confidence in the profession.”

Spencer could return to work only if she “changed her attitude, showed insight, and remedied her practice”, she added.

Spencer, from Bridlington, was found guilty of misconduct by sleeping on duty between September 2007 and February 2008, and by allowing staff to sleep between 4 October 2006 and 20 February 2008.

She did not attend the hearing in London. Source: Guide2Care.co.uk

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Weekly Immigration News Round up 29 August 2010

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Posted on Aug 31, 2010 - Last updated on Aug 31, 2010

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