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Brexit polls show Brits prioritise economy over immigration

In a recent Brexit poll it seems the public now favour the economy over full control of immigration.  Figures show that 49% preferred to stay in the single market rather than have full control of immigration. In comparison, 41% said they would prioritise immigration over the economy. These new findings show a shift of opinion as in January  44% prioritise the single market and 42% immigration control. Despite this immigration is still seen as “very important” or “essential” by more than six in 10 people. London seems to have a clear majority on prioritising access to the single market. But among Britons, working-class people and those without qualifications, immigration is key. Also, 29% of people believe that Jeremy Corbyn could get a good deal in Brexit talks, the survey revealed and 67% cent think he would fail. Polls also show 36% believe Theresa May will provide a good deal while 60% think she will fail. The poll suggests there would be support for Brexit Secretary David Davis if he can secure a trade deal that avoids a hard Brexit which he intends to do. He is also a favourite to replace Theresa May and become the next Prime minister.

Scotland and Wales call for expansion in resettlement programme through a joint letter

Since the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme began in 2015 almost a quarter of those helped are moved to the North of the UK. This is a reported 1,800 people out of 7,055 people over a 2-year span. These figures come in as both the Welsh and Scottish Governments call for the increase in the number of lone children resettled. Both Governments sent a joint letter to the UK Government expressing their frustration about the way the resettlement programme has been introduced and is running. The letter was signed by Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance and Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant. They also backed calls to expand the criteria and not exclude those of a different age and nationality. SNP MSP Ben Macpherson said: “It's excellent that Scotland has welcomed over a quarter of those Syrian refugees who have arrived in the UK, under the resettlement programme, since 2015. But more needs to be done - in what is an off-the-scale humanitarian crisis that’s difficult to comprehend here at home. A recent all-party inquiry revealed that the UK public would not tolerate the UK Government turning away from this humanitarian crisis if they were...

Policies on migration are being made ‘in the dark’ warns committee

The Lords Economic Affairs Committee has warned Whitehall that it will continue to struggle to cope with the influx of migrants if does not improve the accuracy of the data on which it bases its policies on. The committee chairman Lord Forsyth of Drumlean said in a recent statement ‘The Government must have reliable statistics on migration before it formulates a new policy, otherwise, it will be making crucial decisions of vital importance to the country's businesses in the dark,’. The Committee's report on the International Passenger Survey (IPS) which calculates the number of migrants entering and leaving the country describes their findings as 'unreliable' and the Government should invest in producing accurate data on the movement of people. The current method the IPS use to produce their data is by collecting data via interviews of passengers at 19 major and regional airports. It also includes 8 ports and the rail link at the Channel link. The Committee claims this method is not representative of all groups as the sample size is too small and has a distinctly large margin of error. It calls for drastic changes such as the Government using information surrounding economic activity for example taxes or claiming...

Changes to immigration rules on 20th July 2017

The Supreme Court judgment in MM (Lebanon) & Others confirm the lawfulness under Article 8* of the European Convention on Human Rights of the minimum income requirement for entry clearance or leave to remain as a partner or child under the family Immigration Rules in Appendix FM* and of the basis on which that requirement must generally be met. However if there are other reliable sources of  finance above those currently allowed should be taken into account in situations in which refusal of the application could otherwise breach Article 8 and that Appendix FM did not give direct effect to the Secretary of State’s duty under Section 55*  to have regarded as a primal consideration to suit a child’s best interests in an immigration decision affecting them and their livelihood. The alterations provided in this statement are to give effect to those findings. They put in new basic provisions in Appendix FM. The specific circumstances are the minimum income requirement has not been met and it is clear from the data provided by the applicant that there are exceptional situations in which could alter denial of the application which would be a breach of Article 8 because it could lead...

Former European Parliament President warns Anti-Migrant countries

The Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany has threatened countries refusing to take in migrants with less funding and penalize them. These countries include Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic who have refused to take in refugees from fellow EU members Italy and Greece. In a post on social media platform Facebook Mr. Schulz said, "There are those countries that say yes to Europe when they get something. And they say no when they are supposed to do something, like for example accepting refugees. This must end. As chancellor, I will veto any EU budget that is not based on the principle of solidarity," Around the time of June, the EU Commission began legal action Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary for not upholding migration burden-sharing deal reached in 2015. Former Italian premier Matteo Renzi also made similar comments about the other Eastern EU members. He accused such members of selfishness and retaliation with a cut in EU funds to these nations. In a written statement he said, "If you don't show solidarity on migration, I think it is absolutely legitimate for bigger countries to not show solidarity on [EU budget] contributions," Such comments by MR. Schulz comes as he is aiming...

Bristol Airport opens new expanded immigration hall including new interview rooms and drugs lab

Bristol Airport has now announced the completion of its new immigration hall. The hall features 10 e-passport gates which are aimed at providing a faster route for travelers at Border control. In addition to this, the hall has been redesigned to aid Border Force Officers with a more clearer view of travelers. The number of interviews rooms has also gone up from 2 to 4. Also, a drug lab has been set up to ensure an efficient and yet secure process for those arriving at Bristol Airport. Immigration Minister, Brandon Lewis, has visited the new hall and has said: “This refurbishment is an excellent example of how effectively Border Force works with airport operators to provide an efficient and secure service for tourists, business visitors and Britons returning home.” The airport’s chief executive Robert Sinclair said: “This new facility will help Border Force carry out this vital work in a modern, professional environment with support from the latest available technology.” All in all this new refurbishment seems to be the right step for UK airports and other Airports should follow by example. The ever increasing threats faced in Airports today are minimized by such accomplishments and so the Government should look to...

The Home Office to pay out £1.8 million to those unlawfully detained

The Home Office has come under fire again as it is now having to pay £1.8 million as compensation. This payment is among many which the Home Office must pay for due to a reported 6,015 legal claims made against the Home Office. The reported total due to pay for the 2016-2017 year is £40.3 million. This figure is allegedly on presenting the damages and so the true sum is believed of a large figure. Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary says the large sum is the result shows the brutality of the immigration detention system. She said to the Left Foot Forward that, “It is not surprising that this many claims for compensation have been won in what is a broken detention system. This government has facilitated an incoherent and inhumane process riddled with delays. With the huge backlog of immigration cases currently at the Home Office, who knows how much more have a legitimate claim.” Many of the claims made by former detainees are actually related to the Detained fast track process which was deemed unlawful by the high court last year. There have also been reports that detainees suffering from mental and physical who have received sufficient attention which...

An overview on the UK Ancestry visa

How much does it cost? A Uk ancestry application will cost you £496. You may also be subject to pay the health care surcharge. How long can you stay on this visa? You can stay for up to 5 years on this visa. After that, you can extend your visa for another 5 years. Note that after the first 5 years you are able to apply for permanent settlement in the UK. Who can apply? You can apply for such a visa if: You are a Commonwealth citizen You are applying from outside the UK You have a grandparent that was born in the UK You are able to and plan to work when in the UK Other eligibility requirements include being over the age of 17. You also must prove that you are able to finance your stay in the UK without support from public funds and also sufficient funds for any dependants you may have How can I prove my ancestry? You can prove your ancestry by proving that your grandparent has been born in one of the following circumstances: They were born in the UK which includes the Channel Islands and Islan of Man They were born before 1922...

Everything you need to know about the Tier 1(Entrepreneur) visa including common questions

A Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa is a necessary visa for anyone wishing to set up a business in the UK. Below is the necessary information for those thinking of applying for such a visa and entering the UK in such circumstances. Below are some common questions frequently asked by our clients. How much does such an application cost? The cost of such an application providing this information is determined where you are applying from, outside the UK is £982 and in the UK is £1,228. Who is eligible? If you would like to run a business in the UK and live outside the European Economic area (EEA) including countries like Switzerland. If you have funds of at least £50,000 or £200,000 for investment depending on your route (Venture Capitalist Firm, Seed Funding Competition or UK Government Department) and also is free to spend on business in the UK. Have a good understanding of the English language which should be proven via a test if you are not from a certain list of countries including the US and Barbados. See our website for the full list. What documents are needed? A valid passport is required or any other travel identification A...

NHS will now charge foreign patients for care due to new UK law

Those seeking aid from the NHS and are not from the UK will now have to pay for care due to the new law passed this year. This comes as figures have shown a new breed of tourism has appeared, Health tourism, which costs the NHS a reported £1.8 billion or 0.3% of its budget. This also includes UK citizens who live abroad and return to the UK for treatment. A pilot scheme has also been running in several Hospital including Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. There, patients are told to bring a passport or birth certificate as well as proof of residence, such as utility bills or bank statements, to new appointments. The chief executive, Stephen Graves, said: “There has not been any impact on the number of non-UK residents coming through the system for treatment but we do now identify non-eligible patients sooner and at a higher volume than previously.” The Government also plans to save £500 million to recoup the costs from the past years and feels charging foreign nationals is a necessary cause. Despite the Governments justified reason there still seems to be an opposition who feel the measure is tough and could have dangerous repercussions. One person from...