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Weekly Immigration News Round up 1 November 09 | Immigration Matters

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Choose visa agents carefully say UK Border Agency

Britain’s visa rules have “not been relaxed” and applicants can apply direct for a UK visa, said UK Border Agency South Asia and Gulf Regional Director Chris Dix, according to a report in the Daily Times today.

In response to a news item “Travel agents tempt students seeking UK visas”, he said the rules had been toughened on October 1 with the introduction of the maintenance rules, requiring funds to be held for 28 days.

NEVER allow an agent to submit false documents on your behalf (you will not be able to hide behind this excuse) as such action will lead to a refusal and a ban from applying to the UK…

English language tests for citizenship will not work

British government proposals to extend legislation requiring applicants for British citizenship and permanent residence in the UK to take an English language test will not work, says the Guardian.

UK announce changes to enhanced package for assisted voluntary return to Zimbabwe

The UK Government has announced changes to the delivery of its ‘enhanced assisted voluntary return’ package for Zimbabwe.

UK Border Agency response to media coverage of operations to prevent human trafficking

The UK Border Agency has published its response to media coverage of operations to prevent human trafficking.

Home Office ‘lose’ 40,000 immigrants

The Home Office is said to have no idea whether 40,000 immigrants who were refused extensions to their visas as far back as 2003 ever left the country, according to Lin Homer, chief executive of the UK Border Agency.

Citizenships granted fall by 35,000 in a year, says The Independent in ‘The truth about immigration’

Contrary to claims that Britain is being ‘swamped’ and the population is exploding, the net number of incomers to the country has dropped sharply, says the Independent on Sunday.

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