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Weekly UK Immigration News Round up 05 March 2011 | Immigration Matters

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Senior Carers to be removed from Shortage Occupations list following MAC recommendation

New recommendations to raise UK shortage occupation list to higher skills level and remove jobs such as Senior Care Worker announced by UK Border Agency 3 March 2011. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended that 8 job titles be removed from the UK shortage occupation list, which in effect means it will not be possible for migrant workers to obtain Tier 2 working visa for those jobs.

MASSIVE TIER 2 SHAKE-UP

This follows MAC’s recommendation last month that 71 occupations be removed from the list of occupations that qualify for Tier 2 of the points-based system in a massive Tier 2 shake-up. This is to meet the government’s objective of raising the skill level of Tier 2 to National Qualifications Framework level 4 and above (NQF4+).

Daily Mail says 100,000 Eastern European migrants free to claim full benefits in UK worth tens of millions of pounds following EU ruling

As many as 100,000 migrants from Eastern Europe will be allowed to claim £250-a-week as Europe forces Britain to abolish its restrictions on benefits, the Daily Mail reports.

UK Border Agency announcement – Interim limit panel arrangements for March and April 2011

Please note that any certificates of sponsorship issued under the interim limit that are not assigned by the sponsor to a migrant prior to 6 April 2011 will be cancelled.

Dominica and St Lucia: Visa Waiver Test Outcome announced by Home Office

The Home Office has made the following announcement on the East Caribbean Visa Waiver Test on visitors…In recognition of the progress made, visitors from Dominica and St Lucia will therefore continue to be able to travel to the UK without the need for a visa

College raided by UKBA and Police, five staff arrested on suspicion of immigration crimes

The UK Border Agency have released information that five senior staff at Castle College have been arrested in Gateshead and Newcastle on suspicion of ‘immigration crimes’ during a series of co-ordinated raids this week.

UK to increase immigration fees from 6 April

The UK Home Office announce yet another immigration fees hike ‘proposed’ to take effect next month. Immigration Minister Damian Green issued a Written Ministerial Statement (PDF 91KB opens in a new window) that proposes to increase immigration and nationality application fees for all those applying to study, visit, work or stay in the UK, the Home Office announced this week. 

For instance, a whacking charge of £2,214, up from £2,050, will be levied on applications made at a public enquiry office for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), on behalf of a dependent relative –for instance an elderly parent.

Ukrainian woman jailed for 5 years over immigration scam

The UK Border reports that a woman who made hundreds of thousands of pounds by employing illegal immigrants has been jailed, following an investigation by the London immigration crime team.

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