The Home Office has announced proposed new rules for migrants following Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s ‘immigration speech’ on Thursday.
Migrants entering the United Kingdom will require ‘permission’ to stay under new draft proposals published in Parliament this week.
Under measures in the draft Immigration Bill, the five current application categories available to migrants will be replaced by one clear concept – ‘permission’ to be in the United Kingdom.
With this new approach, migrants will either be granted permission or refused, making the rules easier for applicants and staff. Any migrant in the UK must gain permission or face removal for breaking the law.
The proposals are the next step in the Government efforts to tighten up Britain’s border controls following the introduction of the points based system. Full story…
From 5 October 2009, all new Tier 4 students’ visas, or “permission to stay”, are ‘tied’ to the education provider that is sponsoring them. This brings Tier 4 in line with other tiers of the points-based system.
The Prime Minister’s immigration speech actually contained very little that has not already been published by the Home Office.
The UK Border Agency were aware that students already in the United Kingdom would not have needed to show maintenance funds before, so are allowing a longer transitional period for all Tier 4 applications made within the United Kingdom until February 2010.
UK Borders and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas and the Scottish Government’s External Affairs Minister Michael Russell met in London this week to discuss how the points-based immigration system can be used to support Scotland’s population growth target.
The Watford Observer reports that two illegal immigrants, including a Filipino woman, face deportation from Britain following their arrest during a UK Border Agency raid in Watford, Hertfordshire.
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