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Mar
18
2014

Not discrimination where the reason for mistreatment was immigration status
#Immigration

The Claimants in the cases of Owu v Akwiwu; Taiwo v Olaigbe were both Nigerian nationals who came to the UK after being granted visas to work as migrant domestic workers for two separate families. Both were subsequently badly treated and exploited by their employers, through long working hours, underpayment, restrictive living conditions and physical and verbal abuse. The Claimant`s were success...

Feb
25
2014

Illegal worker succeeds in sexual harassment claim against employer
#Immigration #Inward Investment

In the case of Wijesundera v Heathrow 3PL Logistics Ltd the EAT held that a Sri Lankan national who was working without a work permit was able to bring a claim of sexual harassment. On applying for work with the Respondent, the employee informed them that she required a visa to lawfully work in the UK. In the months before she started work she visited the Respondent`s offices to discuss work and...

Feb
14
2014

Controversy over student visas and fraudulent English test providers
#Immigration

UK immigration continues to be a controversial issue. The BBC`s Panorama programme has recently highlighted alleged abuses of the student visa system, including cheating in English tests and falsifying documents in order to provide illegal entry to the UK. Footage shows "fake sitters" with perfect English taking speaking and listening exams in the place of candidates, as well as the invigilator r...

Nov
22
2013

Government Immigration Fees consultation - seeking justification for increases yet again?
#Immigration

The Government is currently consulting upon the current charging structure for immigration fees and visas required by individuals who want to visit, live and work in the UK. The consultation which is open until 3 December 2013, seeks views upon how the Government can ensure that those individuals who benefit directly from the immigration system and border control contribute appropriately to its r...

Nov
20
2013

Immigration fees
#Immigration

You may deal with immigration issues in your business. The Government has announced that a consultation process will be undertaken about immigration fees and charges. The consultation started on 12 November and will last for 3 weeks. The government has announced a consultation looking at charging principles which begins on 12 November and will last for 3 weeks, its purpose is to ensure that thos...

Nov
08
2013

European plans to improve rights for non-EU seasonal workers
#Immigration

The EU Commission estimates that over 100,000 third-country seasonal workers come to the EU every year. A new Directive aims to end exploitation as well as ensuring that temporary stays do not become permanent. If approved at a plenary vote which is due to take place in January 2014, member states will have two and a half years to bring it into effect. It is proposed that any application to ente...

Oct
29
2013

Preventing illegal working: updated guidance
#Immigration

The Home Office has published a new, updated version of its `Full guide for employers on preventing illegal working in the UK`. This version replaces the previous one published in May 2012. The substantive content remains the same but the main changes in the updated guidance are: Highlighting that the current restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals being will come to an end on 31 De...

Sep
13
2013

Proposals for ‘London Visa`
#Immigration

Boris Johnson has plans for a fast-track visa to attract the world`s "best and brightest" technology experts and fashion designers to London in proposals that he has submitted to the Home Office. The aim is to make it easier for exceptional applicants in these fields to get jobs in the capital. Supporting the proposal Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse emphasised that individual talent is essential to th...

Aug
13
2013

Preventing illegal working - let the UKBA know what you think!
#Immigration

The Government has published a consultation on proposals to strengthen and simplify the current civil penalty scheme, which is aimed at preventing migrants from working in the UK illegally....

Aug
02
2013

Select Committee report highlights migration statistics not accurate
#Immigration

The House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee report on migration statistics was published on 29 July 2013. The report makes the following findings "Migration statistics produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Home Office are blunt instruments for measuring, managing, and understanding migration to and from the UK".  They are not detailed enough to measure t...

Aug
02
2013

Vince Cable says illegal immigrant adverts "stupid and offensive"
#Immigration

The "go home or face arrest" campaign has been widely criticised.  The Home Office was forced to defend the week long £10,000 campaign in six London boroughs which we commented on last week....

Jul
26
2013

In the UK illegally? Asks adverts on vans
#Immigration

Following the announcement in May for tougher rules to be introduced to tackle immigration the government continues with its policy to reduce the overall numbers. To this end, the Home Office this week launched a novel one-week pilot scheme to encourage illegal migrants to leave the UK voluntarily. Vans were driving around Hounslow, Barking & Dagenham, Ealing, Barnet, Brent and Redbridge displa...

Dec
31
2012

Nobel prize winning scientist attacks UK`s immigration rules
#Immigration

Sir Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the Nobel prize for physics in 2010 after they developed the material graphene at the University of Manchester. According to the University of Manchester`s website: "Graphene is a two dimensional material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb or chicken wire structure. It is the thinnest material known and yet is...

Dec
28
2012

George Osborne denies claims that overseas scientists are not welcome by the UK
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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....

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