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Weekly Immigration News Round up 11 October 09 | Immigration Matters

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‘Amnesty’ for thousands of asylum seekers

A leaked secret memo reveals Home Office officials changed guidelines in order to grant indefinite leave to remain to 40,000 people because it is going to be too difficult to remove them, the Daily Telegraph reports.

They are among the backlog of 450,000 historic ‘legacy’ asylum cases which ministers have pledged to clear by 2011, even though many of the individuals would have eventually been removed.

It is alleged that some of the claimants have been in the country for as little as four years and will be allowed to stay because of the delays in processing claims.

Migrants on working visas must wait five years before being granted indefinite leave or residency. They also face stringent checks and must pass a Life in the UK test.

Many Senior Carers have been refused ILR because they have a gap in their work history – a gap caused by the UK Border Agency’s change in policy on Senior Carer Work Permits and subsequent transitional arrangements, which eventually led to a further change in the rules allowing the workers to renew their permits and visas. Thousands were caught out by earlier changes in the qualification period required for ILR from 4 to 5 years. 

Thousands of working migrants will be affected by the new rules on ‘Earned Citizenship’ and the transitional arrangements announced this year, which will result in many waiting up to eight years to earn the right to stay permanently in the UK.

Home Office announcement on Pakistan visa service

The Home Office has made an announcement following the Home Secretary’s visit to Pakistan.

Government has “no idea of flow of immigrants” says CBI

CBI director general Richard Lambert said that when he was a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, which sets UK interest rates, “we had no idea about the flow of immigrants into our country and what was happening to inflation as a result. Not a clue”.

Tories will keep points system but cap numbers

The BBC reports that if a Conservative Government were elected, as is widely expected, they would launch a drive to get more highly qualified migrants to come to the UK, but keep the points system.

£50 to jump immigration queue for Brits and EU Nationals

Well heeled passengers will soon be able to pay up to £50 to jump the immigration queue under a new fast-track system.

American Preacher refused entry into UK

American Christian preacher Benny Hinn has been refused entry into Britain, leaving thousands of people stranded at an evangelical rally in London at the weekend.

Phase 3 of Tier 4 Sponsorship Management System (SMS) implemented today

The UK Border Agency has today successfully implemented Phase 3 of Tier 4 of the Points Based System.

Rotary Shelter Box responds to Typhoon Ondoy, Earthquake and Tsunami

Rotary International has immediately responded to natural disasters through its ShelterBox deployments in South East Asia and Pacific areas.

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