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Dec
28
2012

George Osborne denies claims that overseas scientists are not welcome by the UK
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Chancellor George Osborne, speaking on the Today programme, explained that the UK does still welcome the brightest and best to the UK. Mr Osborne argued that if there is a perception that they are not welcome, those perceptions must be tackled. He referred in particular to the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category as a way to fast track world leading scientists to the UK....

Dec
18
2012

An alternative immigration route for high achievers and industry leaders
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The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category of the Points Based System is a visa for people from outside Europe who are internationally recognised as world leaders in science, humanities, engineering and the arts who want work in the UK.   While the threshold or standard of criteria to be met to qualify under this category may be high, the benefit is that applicants who can show genuine expertise i...

Dec
06
2012

10 members of staff at Leeds Professional College arrested on suspicion of immigration offences
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According to the Yorkshire Post, 10 members of staff at Leeds Professional College were arrested on 4th December 2012 on suspicion of immigration offences. Adrian Watkins of the UK Border Agency`s (UKBA) financial and criminal investigation unit told the Yorkshire Post that the arrests related to students failing to attend classes, working illegally or disappearing. Leeds Professional College w...

Dec
03
2012

UKBA failed to follow up on 153,000 reports made against overseas students
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John Vine, Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration published his report on 29th November 2012 on Tier 4 of the UK Border Agency`s (UKBA) Points Based System....

Nov
29
2012

Indian University plans to open a campus in London
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A private Indian university has announced plans to open a campus for 15,000 foreign students in London. According to the Independent today, Amity University has said it hopes to attract the brightest students and academics from around the world to its new residential campus in the UK. It is understood that if the proposals go ahead the campus could cost up to £100 million. The plans have receive...

Nov
12
2012

Abandoning the net migration target
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Amid growing pressures within the Government, David Cameron met with the Home Secretary Theresa May in late October to see if the net migration target could gracefully be abandoned....

Nov
01
2012

Jobs in shortage in the UK
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The list of jobs which cannot be filled by domestic workers because of a lack of sufficient skill (a.k.a. the shortage occupation list) is now contained in Appendix K of the Immigration Rules to give the shortage list legal effect following the Supreme Court decision in Alvi....

Oct
24
2012

A perfect storm for the postgraduate education sector forecasted by the Higher Education Commission
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An independent inquiry by the Higher Education Commission predicts that the combination of increasing fees, banks less willing to fund post graduate study, and students less willing to take on further debt for post graduate study will significantly reduce the demand for postgraduate education....

Oct
16
2012

Immigration helps to support the UK`s ageing population
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Economists and demographers commented following the 2011 census data that the increasing life expectancy of the UK population and the declining number of births means that there will be fewer workers to shoulder the burden of supporting the elderly. In order to maintain current population levels, an average fertility rate of 2.1 is required. However, the current fertility rate excluding female i...

Oct
03
2012

Students do "all nighter" at police stations in immigration log jam
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Some overseas students have been queuing all night in order to comply with a requirement on their student visa to register with the police with 7 days. Failure to do so is a breach of their immigration conditions and could result in their removal from the UK. Due to the large number of students commencing studies at this time of the year, the police are struggling to cope with the demand....

Sep
27
2012

David Cameron struggles with Citizenship test questions
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David Cameron appeared on the Late Show with Letterman last night to promote British business following the Olympics. The Prime Minister soon became unsettled when Letterman asked him questions from the Citizenship test that migrants to the UK are required to sit. Having answered a few questions incorrectly, the Prime Minister is quoted as saying "...You have found me out", "...That is bad" and "...

Sep
14
2012

Government to set up a hardship fund for London Metropolitan University students
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The universities minister, David Willetts, has announced at the universities conference that the Government will set up a £2m hardship fund to help "legitimate overseas students" at London Metropolitan University, following the university`s sponsorship licence being revoked last month....

Aug
30
2012

UKBA revokes London Metropolitan University`s sponsorship licence
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London Metropolitan University has had its sponsorship licence revoked by the UK Border Agency, meaning it is now unable to sponsor and teach new and existing international students from outside the EU. The UKBA has apparently said it had "failed to address serious and systemic failings" and the latest audit revealed problems with 61% of files. The UKBA suspended the university`s Highly Trusted S...

Aug
23
2012

What hours do your summer students work? Tesco face £200,000 fine in visa breach
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On 21st July 2012, the UK Border Agency identified a number of students working illegally in a Tesco warehouse. The students now face being removed from the UK. Overseas nationals who come to the UK on a student visa are permitted to work for up to 20 hours a week during term time. The number of hours the students are allowed to work depends on the level of course which the student has come to u...

Aug
07
2012

Fall in global migration - does the UK need more migrant workers?
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According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, international migration into OECD countries declined during 2008 and 2009, with a further dip in 2010....

Jun
19
2012

Globetrotters - senior personnel to spearhead development in new markets
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As more businesses look to transact business abroad and enter lucrative new markets, inevitably senior personnel with knowledge and understanding of those markets will be recruited from overseas to work in the UK to spearhead development....

Jun
11
2012

Illegal working fines of £2.9 million issued in three months
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In a three month period between 1st July 2011 to 30th September 2011, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) issued civil penalties to employers amounting to £2,934,500. The total amount of fines may reduce if employers bring successful appeals or challenges to the fines imposed....

May
15
2012

Heathrow Queues
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The British Airport Authority`s (BAA) announcement that in April the UK Border Force failed to meet its target at Heathrow Airport for processing passengers from outside the European Economic Area though immigration....

May
15
2012

Immigration: Chaos in Croydon
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The UK Border Agency had to turn hundreds of people away from their appointments at the Croydon Public Enquiry Office (PEO) at the start of May, after the foreign national identify card computer system crashed. The system records those legally living in the UK meaning some applicants attending a premium service appointment were unable to provide their biometric information (fingerprints and facia...

May
10
2012

Boris on immigration: learn from Premier League football
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Boris Johnson, in an article in The Telegraph this week suggests that immigration improves the UK labour market using the unusual analogy of English national football only as Boris Johnson could: What football teaches us about creating a thriving jobs market....

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