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Immigration Bill receives Royal Assent

The Immigration Bill has received Royal Assent, introducing a series of reforms to further crack down on illegal migration. It will ensure that the immigration system supports the best interests of the UK and those who play by the rules. The Immigration Act 2016 will further strengthen the immigration system and make it harder than ever for people who have no right to be in the UK to live here. The new measures will crack down on the exploitation of low-skilled workers by making it an offence to employ illegal migrants, ensure that only people living lawfully in the UK can have access to services such as UK bank accounts and rental accommodation and increase powers to make it easier to remove people who have no right to be in the UK. Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said: The message is clear - if you are here illegally, you shouldn’t be entitled to receive the everyday benefits and services available to hard-working UK families and people who have come to this country legitimately to contribute. Whether it is working, renting a flat, having a bank account or driving a car, the new immigration act will help us to take tougher action...

Immigration Law Policies Enforcement

The future for UK immigration policy – regulation, enforcement and the Immigration Bill 3 March 2016 The focus: The future of Government’s immigration strategy. Context: Comes at a time of wide-ranging reform and policy development, including: The current Immigration Bill – which seeks to strengthen immigration law enforcement, introduce new sanctions on illegal immigration, and tackle exploitation of low-skilled workers; The Constitution Committee’s newly published report, which raises questions about the impact of the Bill on vulnerable asylum-seekers; The Home Affairs Committee Immigration: skills shortages report, with concerns about the working of the Tier 2 cap and its impact on net migration and economic aims; The Migration Advisory Committee’s forthcoming report into Government strategy to reduce non-EEA work migration; Measures set out in the Spending Review, including provisions to make passport applications digital, streamline the visa process and better identify those in the UK illegally; and The Office of National Statistics’ Quarterly Report, indicating a continued rise in net migration to the UK. Includes keynote contributions from Glyn Williams, Director, Immigration and Border Policy, Home Office and Dana Spinant, Head of Unit, Irregular Migration and Return Policy, DG HOME, EU Commission. Key discussion points: Illegal immigration and enforcement – challenges...

UK Regulated Visas Fraud, tricks, and scams

UK Regulated Visas Fraud, tricks, and scams It's the time of the season where a lot of people fall victims to fraud and scams. This page helps you to understand especially when it comes to UK Visas, what to look for, and the use of the Home Office names. The UK Home Office knows that criminals around the world are trying to use the Home Office name to steal money from people. They use a number of tricks, often known as ‘scams’. This page tells you about the tricks we know about and gives you advice on protecting yourself. If you receive an unexpected email, telephone call or letter from someone who claims to be from the Home Office, it may be a scam. Home Office will never contact you to ask for money or your personal details. 1.How the fraudsters may contact you Home Office know that criminals are: telephoning people in the UK and other countries; using websites to offer fake services; using email addresses that look official but are not. 2.Tricks they use The criminals try to make you believe that they can offer you something very easily, such as a visa for the UK, or that there...

Statement of changes announced on the 29th October 2015

Statement of changes announced on the 29th October 2015, has now been in force since 19th November 2015. These changes are on top of the full implementation of the Immigration Act 2014. As most people are aware now, one of the main changes was the removal of the right of appeal and appeal rights are limited. Applications that are refused by the Home Office can only be challenged through an administrative review. In our experience, administrative review do not, in our view, a right way to challenge the decision, as sometimes the decision can be biased. It is not independent, so how can the system be fair? Therefore, there has been, unsurprisingly, an increase to decisions being challenged through the "judicial review" process. Judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body. In other words, judicial reviews are a challenge to the way in which a decision has been made, rather than the rights and wrongs of the conclusion reached. It is not really concerned with the conclusions of that process and whether those were ‘right’, as long as the right procedures have been followed. The court will...

Tier 4 Student Visa Requirements | ICS Legal

UK Tier 4 Student Visa  Requirements | ICS Legal UK Student Visa (Tier 4) Requirements International students from outside the UK or EU must apply for a student visa. You can only apply for a student visa if you intend to study a full-time degree course in the UK. Student visas are not issued for part-time courses. Your eligibility is calculated using a points-based rules system called a Tier 4 Student Visa. Your course You can do a course that’s one of the following: full-time leading to a qualification that’s at least level 6 on the Ofqual register; an overseas course of degree level study that’s equal to a UK higher education course and is being run by an overseas higher education institution; full-time, with at least 15 hours per week of organised daytime study, leading to a qualification which is at least level 3 on the Ofqual register; a recognised foundation programme as a postgraduate doctor or dentist. Postgraduate doctors and dentists You can apply for this visa if you’re sponsored to do a recognised foundation programme and you’ve: finished a recognised UK degree in medicine or dentistry; received that degree from a registered Tier 4 sponsor; spent your final...

Tier 4 visas: Immigration Rules changes

The government announced changes to the Immigration Rules on 13 July. Many of these affect Tier 4 of the points-based system. The main changes will: stop new students at publicly funded colleges from working, bringing them in line with those at private colleges (from August) allow university students to study a new course at the same level but only where there’s a link to their previous course or the university confirms that this supports their career aspirations. There will be credibility interviews and sanctions against universities who abuse this rule (from August) ban college students from extending their Tier 4 visas in the UK unless they are studying at an ‘embedded college’, one which has a formal, direct link to a university that is recognised by the Home Office. This will require them to leave and apply for a new visa from outside the UK if they wish to study another course (from November) ban college students from being able to switch visas to Tiers 2 or 5 in the UK, and require them to apply from outside the UK (from November) reduce the time limit for study at further education level from 3 years to 2 years. This brings the maximum period...

Migration Advisory Committee publishes initial results of Tier 2 review

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) yesterday released a comprehensive 182-page review of Tier 2 visa salary thresholds. Tier 2 mainly consists of non-EU work migration. The MAC was commissioned in June to carry out the review, and it will report in two stages - firstly, yesterday's early advice on Tier 2 salary thresholds, and secondly, a wider review which will be delivered to government at the end of the year. The MAC urged the government to be cautious over any early decision to raise the minimum salary requirements for skilled migrant workers, pending the completion of the wider review. Yesterday's review stated: "Our focus in this report is on analysis rather than recommendations. We examine the evidence concerning the possibility that migrants undercut British residents. We set out the impact on the number of migrants excluded as the pay thresholds are raised (assuming firms do not raise their pay offer). We urge caution over thresholds because such decisions interact with the second tranche of our work, particularly the skills levy. In any event a modest rise in the minimum thresholds would have minimal impact on Tier 2 (General) because currently the prioritisation system with the limit is yielding required pay above £30,000...

Germany suspends Dublin Regulation procedures for asylum seekers from Syria

The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) (a project of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles) reported yesterday that Germany has suspended deporting asylum seekers from Syria under the Dublin Regulation. The EU's Dublin Regulation (No 604/2013) determines which EU Member State is responsible for examining an asylum application and allows deportation if an asylum seeker tries to apply in another Member State. According to AIDA, the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) issued internal instructions on 21 August 2015 suspending Dublin Regulation procedures in respect of Syrian nationals. The Telegraph reported that an official German source confirmed the suspension. AIDA says that Dublin procedures already initiated in relation to Syrians are to be cancelled, and newly applying Syrian asylum seekers will be channelled into the regular asylum procedure and will not be given the usual Dublin questionnaires. According to the Telegraph, Germany has long complained that the Dublin system is failing and that the rules are abused by other Member States to avoid taking asylum seekers. The Telegraph noted that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande held emergency talks in Berlin yesterday on the refugee and migrant crisis facing Europe and called for an overhaul of the EU's asylum system. According...

Illegal working punishable by up to six months in prison and an unlimited fine under new Immigration Bill

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said yesterday that the forthcoming Immigration Bill will introduce a new offence of illegal working punishable by up to six months in prison and an unlimited fine in England and Wales. The Immigration Bill is set to be introduced this autumn. A Gov.uk news release reported that the Bill will also make it easier to prosecute employers who know, or reasonably suspect, that persons they employ do no have legal permission to work in the UK. Businesses such as pubs, off-licences or takeaways who evade sanctions or offend repeatedly face losing their licence to operate. Brokenshire was quoted as saying: "Anyone who thinks the UK is a soft touch should be in no doubt — if you are here illegally, we will take action to stop you from working, renting a flat, opening a bank account or driving a car." "As a one nation government we will continue to crack down on abuse and build an immigration system that works in the best interests of the British people and those who play by the rules." "Through our new Immigration Bill, illegal workers will face the prospect of a prison term and rogue employers could have their businesses closed,...

Net migration to the UK reaches record high

The latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that net migration to the UK for the year ending March 2015 reached an all-time record high of 330,000, beating the previous record of 320,000 in the year ending June 2005. The ONS Migration Statistics Quarterly Report, August 2015 is available here. The key points of the report are: • Net long-term international migration = +330,000 (up 94,000 from YE March 2014), in the year ending (YE) March 2015. • Immigration = 636,000 (up 84,000), in the year ending (YE) March 2015. • Emigration = 307,000 (down 9,000), in the year ending (YE) March 2015. • The net migration figure was a statistically significant increase from 236,000 in YE March 2014 and is the highest net migration on record. • Net migration of EU citizens showed a statistically significant increase to 183,000 (up 53,000 from YE March 2014). The increase in non-EU net migration to 196,000 (up 39,000) was also statistically significant and is a result of an increase in immigration (not statistically significant) and a decrease in emigration (statistically significant). • The increase in long-term international immigration included a statistically significant increase for EU citizens to 269,000 (up 56,000), the highest...