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UK Border Agency responds to alleged abuse of Tier 4 student visa system

The British Government has published its response to allegations in the media that Tier 4 of the UK’s points-based system for immigration is being widely abused by foreign nationals posing as students. What do you think?

ID cards for foreign nationals extended to Tier 2 skilled workers from January

The UK Border Agency has published the following announcement on ID cards for foreign skilled workers under Tier 2 of PBS, which will start from January.

Border and Immigration Minister responds to Home Affairs Committee report

‘The UK Border Agency is continuing to make progress in dealing with the legacy backlog of older asylum cases, and has already concluded more than 220,000 cases. We are now looking at whether we can clear the backlog earlier than summer 2011, said Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas

Immigration staff bonuses row continues

The Times reports that Britain’s Immigration Minister provoked outrage this week by claiming that immigration officers were “putting their lives on the line” for the country.

UK Border Agency response to media reports about UK education providers

The UK Border Agency publish respone to claims in the media that some education providers may be prevented from enrolling foreign students.

MAC endorse Tier 1 immigration routes for highly skilled migrants

The independent Migration Advisory Committee has completed its review of Tier 1 of the government’s points-based system.

MAC Chairman Prof Metcalf criticises UK student immigration policy

Professor David Metcalf, Chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), said he was “stunned” that 770 universities and colleges offer courses that provide a route for non EU graduates to remain here for two years looking for work.

Two thirds of Britons think UK has immigration problem, says survey

The Guardian reports that the British are the only people in Western Europe who want immigration controls at the national rather than the European level, whilst at the same time having little confidence in the UK authorities’ handling of the issue, according to a survey of eight countries.

What’s your view on immigration in the UK?

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