New Immigration Cap Under Coalition Consulation

Coalition Government

The new immigration cap is currently undergoing consultation between the UK Coalition Government and the public to look at how it should work in practice. This will mainly effect Tier 1 and Tier 2 Visa applications.

Concerns have arisen in the UK that there have been unconstrained levels of immigration that has consequently put pressure on public services, schools and housing. Although UK immigration wish to attract the brightest and best people to the UK they do not wish to have uncontrolled migration.

Problems have already been caused for businesses in the UK by the temporary immigration cap. Businesses have had to significantly reduce the number of people they can employ under the Tier 2 visa scheme, some businesses even threatening to leave the UK. In the next financial year, businesses will not be able to employ anyone new under the Tier 2 visa because they have been given a zero allocation of certificates of sponsorship.

The consultation will look at how to attract high net worth migrants as investors. Lowering UK tax rates could help to attract wealthy individuals from abroad, this could also result in fewer high net worth individuals leaving the UK.

The new immigration cap is also currently undergoing consultation by the Migration Advisory Committee which is due to end on 7 September 2010. The permanent restrictions on non-EU economic immigration will be put in place on 1 April 2010.

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COA to be Abolished

British Flag

British Flag

The ‘certificate of approval’ for UK Immigration is due to be abolished within the next 6 months. As the matter stands, if you are an immigrant wishing to marry or register civil partnership in the UK you will initially need to apply for a certificate of approval. The exception of this matter is if you aspire to marry in an Anglican church.

The decision to abolish the ‘certificate of approval’ is since it has been put forward by the UK courts that it is in breach of Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Article states:

The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.

The UK government has also commented on the issue stating that due to certain court rulings it has “…weakened the scheme, and it is no longer an effective method of preventing sham marriage”.

You will, however still need to apply for permission to marry or register a civil partnership until the certificate of approval has been brought to an end. Depending on the decision of the UK parliament, it is likely to be abolished towards the end of 2010 or early 2011.

On 31st July 2010 the option of applying for repayment of the certificate of approval fee ended. This covered certificate of approval fees paid between 2005 and 2009.

Notice of your plan to marry or register civil partnership will have to be given to a designated register office after the certificate of approval has been abolished. This will benefit many people a year because they will be able to remain more easily with their partner in the UK.

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British Embassy in Jeddah to Issue Travel Documents for British Citizens

Logo of the British Embassy

Logo of the British Embassy

The British Embassy in Jeddah can issue emergency travel documents for British citizens who have damaged or lost their passport.
Emergency travel documents can be issued by the British Embassy in Jeddah for British citizens who have lost their passport and need to return to the UK, although the documents that will be issues
are only valid for a specific journey within a short period of time.
“These new documents mean that British citizens who need to return to the UK will always be able to do so even if their passports have been damaged or have gone missing,” Nick Heath, a spokesman for the British Embassy said.
The British Embassy is there for travellers to help with passports, travel advice for British citizens and advice for living in Saudi Arabia, as well as assistance when British nationals experience difficulties overseas.
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Europe’s Largest Immigration Removal Centre Unveiled

Harmondsworth Detention Centre

Harmondsworth Detention Centre

The opening of two new wings at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre (IRC) will make it Europe’s largest, Immigration Minister Damian Greenannounced today.

The unveiling of additional detention space comes as the UK Border Agency is intensifying enforcement activity across the country to crackdown on illegal working, sham marriages, bogus colleges and organised immigration crime.
The new high security accommodation is ready for use, and at full capacity it will house 364 of the UK Border Agency’s most difficult detainees, significantly enhancing the new government’s ability to remove foreign criminals from the UK. The first detainees were accepted earlier this month, and the current plan is that it will take approximately seven to eight weeks to have the new accommodation fully occupied. Already under the new government, there have been more than 1900 failed asylum seekers and more than 990 foreign national prisoners removed from the UK.
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Strictly Come Dancing Star Forced to Leave UK

Artem Chigvintsev

Artem Chigvintsev

Artem, who was discovered by the BBC after performing in the West End Musical, Burn the Floor. He decided to keep the existing role as well as taking on the new role offered to him by the BBC. However, both roles would’ve required him to work a total of 38 hours per week, whereas his visa terms allowed him to work only 20 hours per week.
He has now flown to the United States on the orders of the BBC to reapply for a UK work visa. The broadcaster is now desperately on the hunt for a replacement for the opening of this years show.
The BBC, embarrassed by the event, could potentially be on the brink of a legal action by the creator of Burn the Floor, according to a source, Harry Medcalf is considering legal action, after stating, “They have been arrogant and tried to bully us.”
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New English Requirement for Partners

English BooksStarting from 29th November 2010, any migrant who wants to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of a British citizen or a person settled in the UK will need to show that they can speak and understand English. You will need to meet the requirement if You are a national of a country outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland; and You are in a relationship with a British citizen or a person settled here; and You want to apply to enter or remain in the UK as that person’s husband, wife, civil partner, fiance(e), proposed civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner.

What will you need to do If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country (see below), you will need to pass an acceptable English language test with one of the UK Border Agency’s approved test providers. In the test, you will need to demonstrate a basic command of English (speaking and listening) at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

This is a basic level, which is judged to require 40 to 50 hours’ tuition for most learners. Someone assessed at level A1 can understand and use simple, everyday expressions and very basic phrases. What is a majority English-speaking country If you are a national of a majority English-speaking country, you will meet the English language requirement automatically. You will not need to take a test. The following countries are considered majority English-speaking countries Antigua and Barbuda Australia the Bahamas Barbados Belize Canada Dominica Grenada Guyana Jamaica New Zealand St Kitts and Nevis St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines Trinidad and Tobago the United States of America

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Yousuf Not Called Up Despite Rush UK Visa

Cricket Batsman

Batting for Pakistan

Pakistani cricketer Muhammad Yousuf did not play in the second Test against England on Friday despite travelling to the UK on alast-minute UK work visa for the match.

The decision by the team not to play the batsman has angered Pakistan fans. Former Test captain Zaheer Abbas stated, “In the first place, I don’t understand what Yousuf is doing in England. If the need was so urgent that they rushed him to England at short notice then he should have played in whatever condition he was in.”
Yousuf announced his retirement in March, but the Pakistani cricket board called on him on last minute arrangements, in advance of the second Test last week.
However, the board then made the decision not to include him in the final team despite him having applied for the UK visa to allow him to rush out to the game.
Abbas added, “It is a laughable situation calling a batsman out of retirement and who technically is still banned. What message did it convey to the young players in the touring squad that the board and management does not have confidence in them.”
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UK Immigration leads to biggest population growth in Europe

UK Population GrowthRecent figures show the growth in population for the UK has reached to levels higher than any other European country.

The European Unions’s Eurostat figures that were released yesterday show that the population growth measured in the UK last year accounted for almost a third of the growth measured for the 27 EU nations cumulatively. The number of people living in the European Union increased by 1.4 million last year, with the UK population grew by 412,000.Most of the growth was linked to the number of people immigrating to the UK from overseas, another attribute was the rise in increasing numbers of births within families who have recently settled in the UK.The British population grew by 6 for every 1,000 people last year. This was compared to 5.4 for every 1,000 living in France and 4.9 for every 1,000 living in Italy.A statement by Sir Andrew Green from Migrationwatch was issued in direct response to the figures: “This is further confirmation that the population of the UK is rising extremely fast, mainly due to immigration, which accounts for two thirds of the projected population growth of the next 25 years.”

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High court announces end to UK Fast-track deportation

A high court judge has ruled Fast-track deportation of individuals refused stay in the UK to be unlawful. The judge also said the home office gave “little or no notice” of removal and the individuals were deprived of access to justice. The policy was challenged by Medical Justice, which provides medical and legal advice to people facing removal. The Home Office said it was “disappointed” and would appeal.
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Interim period for all Tier 1 visas closes Monday

By Monday of next week the interim period set by the UK government for all Tier 1 visas will change. From the 19th of July those affected by the Tier 1 (General) points-based system will see new caps to application numbers as well as passmark / points increase from 95 points to 100, seeing fewer people qualify for a UK visa! Contact an immigration advisor for more information and to see whether you qualify for a Tier 1 visa under the immigration laws.

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