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Weekly UK Immigration News Round up 03 April 2011 | Immigration Matters

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Billionaire Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green’s cleaner arrested in immigration raid

A cleaner in the private offices of Topshop boss Sir Philip Green was arrested during a UK Border Agency raid targeting illegal immigrants, the Daily Mirror reports today.

UKBA publish Statement of Intent and Transitional Measures for Student Visas

The UK Border Agency has published its ‘Statement of Intent and Transitional Measures’ for the student visa changes announced by the Home Secretary on 22 March. The document outlines details of the new guidance, effective 21 April 2011, and dates of implementation of other measures, including the new rules on student working hours.

Student visa changes now Law after being laid before Parliament today

The UK Border Agency has confirmed that Tier 4 student visa changes announced by Home Secretary Theresa May on 22 March have been incorporated into the Immigration Rules.

Points based system criticised during Public Accounts Committee hearing in UK Parliament

The running of the points based system of immigration was criticised by Immigration Lawyers during a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee on 28 March 2011, the BBC reports.

Sham wedding couple arrested at Leeds Town Hall

An entire wedding party including the bride, groom and five guests have been arrested in Leeds allegedly taking part in a sham marriage ceremony…

Yes, “Established Presence” and Court Actions affect your Student Visa Extension

An increasing number of students who consulted me recently have jumped from college to college without ever completing a course, and have left behind unpaid fees which their college may seek to recover by suing the students in the county courts.

Tier 4 student visa changes: Game Set and Match to Universities?

As UK Home Secretary Theresa May announced sweeping plans to slash the number of student visas by up to 80,000 this Month, University Chancellors must be feeling relieved that whilst the government’s measures may not have served up the ‘match’ and delivered all they were lobbying for, they definitely have ‘advantage’ over their privately owned rivals.

If you would like more information on the University of Bedfordshire email joanna or call 0208 905 1822.

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