New citizenship proposals outlined in the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration ACT, which became law on 21 July, will make it harder to settle in the UK.
The UK government is radically changing the route to British citizenship under a new system of ‘earned citizenship’. Until now migrants have largely taken for granted that they would gain a British passport or permanent residence by virtue of the amount of time spent in the UK.
But this is all about to change as the UK Border Agency introduces the radical new concept of earning citizenship as part of the biggest immigration shake-up for sixty years.
The UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson has admitted for the first time that the government has made mistakes in handling immigration, the BBC reported yesterday.
The UK Border Agency has responded to allegations that the points-based system is failing to stop migrants from entering the UK illegally under the pretence of being students.
UK Immigration officers have told bosses that new rules designed to stop bogus students entering the UK are not working, the BBC reports. However, claims by Immigration Officers that they are “powerless” to challenge suspect students will come as a surprise to the many students who are detained on a daily basis, as well as the Immigration Advisers and Lawyers employed to get them released.
The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) has launched a consultation on revising its guidance on competence.
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