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More port checks have been placed as more migrants are attempting to reach the UK

More port checks have been placed around the area of Jersey. This comes after reported attempts by migrants to reach the area were foiled. Dave Nurse, Head of Customs, has asked the public and travelers to remain patient and to co-operate with officers to ensure a smooth process. He has said that his staff have been subject to an increased number of complaints and is pleading with locals and passer-bys to comply and provide any information needed by the Customs Officers. Officers have been sent out to the area after receiving specialist training to identify forged identification and have worked as a secondment to the UK Border Force. The increased number of officers is aimed at clamping down on any illegal crossings and to maintain the security of the area. Mr. Nurse added that the "staff will be able to exchange information on a daily basis",  easily with the border agency at France ensuring a smooth and effective process. In an annual report, there was evidence to show that an increased number of migrants are trying to reach Jersey. Due to this a contingency plan has been put in place to manage a substantial number of migrants entering Jersey from the French Coast....

EU’s policy on migrants from North Africa has failed says Caritas group

Caritas, a confederation of Catholic relief organisations and charities, have spoken out against the member countries of the European Union. They have said their actions to clamp down on irregular immigration is, 'failing' and is not solving the issue of thousands willing to risk their lives to reach the other side of the Meditteranean sea. Given in a recent statement by the group who have promoted the more sensible view to solve irregular migration by having member countries sharing the number of migrants coming in and so relieving the already piling strain on countries such as Italy, who have taken in 85,000 migrants in this year alone. Figures show 75% of all migrants that reach land enter Italy and an increased amount of migrants on such countries would lead to an eventual closure of ports to NGO's rescuing the migrants which would lead to devastating consequences for both sides of this crisis. The Director of the Migration Department of Caritas Italy said in a statement, “Europe must stop wasting money. Paying to strengthen borders only makes security companies and criminal traffickers richer. It would be cheaper and wiser to invest in effective integration policies and to set up teams of civil servants that would...

An overview of the indefinite leave to remain (ILR) status

Indefinite leave to remain is desired by many and provides those granted with permanent residence in the UK. It is only given to those who have shown a commitment to the UK on another temporary visa and have also met the requirements. Once receiving ILR you will be able to leave and return to the UK as you please.   You may wish to consider applying if you: Are married and your five years Marriage Visa is coming to an end. Are nearing the end of a five-year Ancestry Visa Have legally spent 10 years in the UK. Have spent 20 years in the UK. Have spent five continuous years in the UK as an investor. Have spent five continuous years in the UK as a writer, composer, or artist. Have spent five continuous years in the UK as a retired person of independent means. Also, the applicant must have a good knowledge of the English language and life in the UK. This would be proven through a life in the UK test and an English language test. Note if you leave the UK for over 2 years or are no longer a habitual resident in the UK you could lose your indefinite...

An amnesty for those surviving Grenfell has been given by the Home Office

An amnesty has been given to those directly affected by the tragic fire at Grenfell. This means the Home Office will allow those who survived the tragedy to stay in the UK for 12 months regardless of their current immigration status. This amnesty also covers those who have valuable information regarding the incident and so this amnesty provides a reassurance that they shall not be deported and are able to provide information at ease. In a written statement given by the Home Office minister, Brandon Lewis, to the Parliament he said "Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the government is there for them at this terrible time and we will continue to provide the support they need to help them through the difficult days, weeks and months to come." He later confirmed that the survivors would be able to stay and so will be able to assist the authorities and provide answers to how near 80 people had lost their lives many of them being from immigrant backgrounds or were migrants themselves. The Labour party were happy with this decision but have suggested a more permanent stay should be given to the affected people. Despite the announced amnesty,...

Boris Johnson pledges to prevent Brits being banned and tackle growing scam in Spain

Many hotels in Spain are reportedly not providing services to those arriving from Britain. This includes cheap travel package deals and offers as the growing sentiment surrounding fraudulent claims from British citizens costing companies thousands of Euros due to compensation fees for 'fake sicknesses'. This sort of action by Spanish tourist services comes as the cash flow to such companies have faced a huge reduction and feel frauds have played a pivotal role in their downfall. A reported increase of 430% of fraudulent claims has been made since 2013 confirming the Spanish travel agencies worries and losing almost £50 million in only 2016 alone. Mr. Johnson has stated that he has raised the issue with the Spanish embassy in Britain as well as mainstream tour operators and several large travel agents about the growing problem. On average payouts won by UK law firms can go up to £9000. Some Spanish resorts have even gone to the extent that they have hired detectives to crack down on fraudulent claims. A spokesman from Thomas Cook has also stated that these actions are done by a "minority and risk affecting the honest majority". This scam is growing increasingly common and if the right...

Detained immigrants paid ‘£1 an hour’ deemed not illegal

  News has just broken out that the Home Office pays a wage of £1 an hour to detained immigrants who perform several manual labor tasks. This in actuality is true and is not, in fact, a breach of the Minimum Wage Act 1998. A minister at the Houses of Parliament that the detained immigrants 'benefit from the £1-an-hour wage at immigration centers. A Liberal Democrat, Baroness Hamwee, has questioned the morality of such a wage and has asked if the £1-an-hour wage scheme was, "something to be proud of". In response to this question, Baroness Williams fired back by stating that the work was voluntary and was intended to, "relieve boredom" while being detained. Baroness Williams has also stated that the scheme is not to take advantage of helpless people and save money but to help meet "recreational and creative" needs. Recent findings have also shown the Home Office is able to save £300,000 per month by acting out this scheme which leads to a total of £3,600,000. Despite these figures Misses Williams remains adamant that immigration removal centers are not designed to provide cheap labor and exploit them. She has said that "this money is not wages as...

Pembrokeshire ex-soldier wins UK visa

An ex-soldier previously refused a UK visa has been granted indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom. A Fijian man, Sam Cataki, who has served over 10 years in the British Army has been granted stay in the UK. In addition to this, he is awaiting the Home Offices response to his wife Seni’s application. Mr. Cataki who was recently discharged from work and told he can no longer work while his application was being considered by the Home Office. He was called on Friday by the Home Office to grant him his indefinite leave to remain and on Sunday received the letter confirming his stay. Mr. Cataki is able to apply for UK citizenship after a years time and is very grateful for those who supported him and his family along the way. Mr. Cataki has received over 34,000 signatures for an online petition battling for his stay. He has also received support from MP Stephen Crabb, his local MP. Mr. Cataki feels his rejection was due to him obtaining 3 points on his driving license and feels as though that was the main factor for the Home Offices rejection. He has returned to his job at the...

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa

  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. Eligibility You are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa if you meet the following requirements provided by the Home Office; Would like to run a business in the UK and live outside the European Economic area (EEA) including Switzerland. You must also meet the additional requirements requested by the Home Office. This includes having funds of at least £50,000 for investment. The funds must also be held in one or more regulated financial institutions. Also, the funds must be free to spend on business in the UK, disposable. The Home Office also requires the applicant to meet the English Language requirement, which could be met through various ways. These include passing an approved test on the English language and having a qualification kin academics taught in the English language. Note that members of certain countries are exempt from a language test and will not have to prove their knowledge of the English language. These countries...

Tuberculosis test for a UK visa: clinics in Kenya

To enter and stay in the UK for over 6 months requires a mandatory tuberculosis test. Residents of Somalia, Eritrea, and South Sudan must also test for the presence of tuberculosis to gain entry into the UK. The test must also be from an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) clinic which has been approved by the Home Office. A tuberculosis certificate from a clinic other than the approved shall not be accepted as stated by the Home Office. You will be exempt from a TB certificate if you: are a diplomatic passport bearer traveling on business or on a posting to the UK fall under a visa exemption category or applying for a certificate of entitlement are a returning resident to the UK You will need to bring:  a valid passport or UNHCR or MHA registration documents 2 recent passport sized photos no older than 6 months prior to the time of examination You can make a booking from the Government visa application center, or by phoning the IOM. For more information and support in this field please do not hesitate to contact the ICS Legal team. We will be more than happy to help and provide the essential support...

The Government to set out New Visa Regime

The UK government are expected to set out a new visa regime for EU migrants due to the continuous lobbying of British businesses. The new regime would allow highly skilled migrants business entrepreneurs entry to the UK without any restrictions after Brexit. The obvious skills gap in the capital has been acknowledged by Business Group, London First, who has proposed a solution; employers must do more to train local people to fill skill shortages. They group has also suggested a 6 year long 'transitional phase' in which the sufficient overseas workers will fill jobs in for industries with a lack of employment including jobs in engineering and in the health services. This has been said prior to the newly announced immigration bill which shall be presented to Parliament and the government's Migration Advisory Committee. The proposal by the Government comes after a growing sentiment and anxiety amongst CEO of a variety of companies. Many fear Britain leaving the EU would draw away valuable workers leading to a great loss in capital. EU nationals make up 15% of London's total workforce and almost a third in the construction sector. A Home Office spokesperson has said, 'We are across government to identify and...