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UK Immigration News

November 8, 2011

Bust college Director Prashan Dua told angry students at the Tasmac College creditors meeting, held on 3 November at a theatre in Rickmansworth, that he and his fellow Directors had done ?nothing wrong'.

Angry students were told that they were ?unsecured creditors' who fell behind secured creditors such as Bank of India and the former staff who are still owed salary payments...Full story


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UK Border Agency announce further changes to the student visa system

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has taken ?tough new enforcement action' to stop ?abuse' of the student visa system by effectively preventing over 450 education providers from sponsoring new international students...Many private college owners have decided that ?enough is enough' following stringent new Tier 4 visa rules, implemented on 4 July, which basically means that any new international students studying at a private college (as opposed to a government publicly funded institution) can no longer work or sponsor dependants.

The new rules do not affect Bulgarians and Romanians coming to the UK on Yellow Card?registration permits to?work and study on vocational courses such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care.?

UK border force head suspended

The head of the UK border force has been suspended by the Home Office following allegations staff were told to scale down some identity checks, the BBC reports.

UK Border Agency ?dumped' missing asylum seeker cases

British MPs have accused the UK Border Agency (UKBA) of losing track of a population of asylum seekers and migrants equivalent to the size of Cambridge, the BBC reports.

Thousands of foreign criminals escape deportation from UK on Human Rights grounds says report - has the UK lost the plot?

Immigration Matters reports that over 5000 criminals avoid deportation mainly on Article 8 Family life appeals, but has the UK ?lost the plot' or are judges merely upholding the law?

TASMAC College Creditors Meeting

Bijal Shah, of Licensed Insolvency Practitioner's RE 10, has announced a further creditors meeting for the bankrupt TASMAC College, to be held at 11am on 3 November at:

UK economy growing faster than expected

Britain's economy is growing faster than expected, new figures have revealed, a sign that a feared double-dip recession will be averted.

UK University applications drop 9% as higher fees and student visa crackdown takes effect

UK Universities are facing a double whammy of increased fees for resident students and relentless crackdown on Tier 4 student visas for non-EU students.

UK Apprenticeship training schemes take off

As funding for ?train to gain' NVQ's dried up in the last 18 months, apprenticeship take-up's have been slow. However, as employers start to see the benefits of taking on an apprentice at subsidised pay rates from as little as ?2.60 per hour the scheme has started to take off. Funded health and social care apprenticeships in the London M25 area are available through Majestic College, which has extensive links with care sector employers.

The UK Border Agency has announced the creation of a new initial list of international banks and financial institutions which will be accepted or disallowed when considering points under a Tier 4 student visa application.

A huge blacklist - including institutions from India, Pakistan and 500 savings banks in the Philippines - will be used when verifying maintenance funds under Tier 4 of the points-based system.

A student visa applicant will receive no points for maintenance if they submit documents showing that the funds are held in a financial institution on the list - and could face a 10 year ban from the UK.

Thousands of international students have arrived in the UK with little or no money, despite presenting ?proof' of funds to entry clearance officers at their local British Embassy. Many have failed to pay fees on arrival or keep up with monthly payment plans.

Some colleges have to resort to legal action through the county courts to recover debts owed by non-paying students. Tier 4 General application forms now ask a lot more questions about criminal and civil offences, good character, benefit claims...Full story.

UK population forecasters predict '70 million by 2027? much of it due to immigration

The care industry already desperately short of qualified care workers and with government curbs on Tier 2 working visas and Tier 4 student visas managers are increasing turning to EU migrants, especially from keen new EU workers from Bulgaria and Romania. Although Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not enjoy full free movement rights to work in the UK they can obtain Yellow Card permits to work full time as part of a vocational study programme such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care.

Banned preacher Raed Salah to be deported for ?fostering hatred'

Radical preacher Raed Salah could be deported within days after an immigration court ruled he had no right to be in Britain.

Points Based System appeals ?new evidence' Upper Tribunal ruling

The Upper Tribunal has reported a decision on the effect of the new section 85A of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002: Alam (s 85A - commencement - Article 8 Bangladesh [2011] UKUT 00424 (IAC). The official headnote reads as follows...

Convicted drug dealer avoids deportation twice

Foreign drug dealer who avoided deportation because of his "right to family life" went on to reoffend - and to win a second legal battle to stay in Britain.

UK rioters came from 44 countries and 1 in 7 jailed after summer of violence was a foreign national

Foreign looters and rioters from 44 countries have been locked up over the riots which scarred the UK in August, the Mail reports.

What is ?Comprehensive Sickness Insurance' and why do Bulgarian and Romanian student yellow card applicants need it to work in the UK?

Since 20 June 2011 the UK Border Agency introduced new guidance which makes it mandatory for Bulgarians and Romanians to take out a ?Comprehensive Sickness Insurance' policy when applying for yellow card registration as a working student. But finding out what is actually meant by ?comprehensive sickness insurance' is proving more difficult than you would expect?

If you need any immigration advice?or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa?or an appeal against a refusal please email:?

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Majestic College offer special packages for EU students - NVQ or QCF Vocational courses which allow students to effectively work full time?because they are?taking a vocational course. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to?offer jobs to?Bulgarians and Romanians.

Majestic College also offer free support with BR1 or Yellow Card applications.

For more information and a free consultation call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email

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