Category Archives: Business

Statistiken, Gastarbeiter und Wirtschaft

A week ago the Office for National Statistics published its Migration Statistics Quarterly Report February 2012. The summary included the following points: Estimated total long-term immigration to the UK in the year to June 2011 was 593,000. This compares to 582,000 in … Continue reading

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UKBA raids restaurants

Just as I just predicted yesterday restaurants are going to be tackled quite aggressively by the UKBA post the agency’s revised summary guidance announcement (and of course there’s the infamous immigration cap). Loads more arrests will follow no doubt. But these are … Continue reading

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MAC’s “limits on migration” report

In a legal context having first encountered the acronym “MAC” in an exam where it meant “material adverse change” in a long contractual clause, one finds that the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on the “Limits on Migration” is quite limited … Continue reading

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New UKBA fees

From  Monday 22 November the UKBA will introduce new application fees for applications for entry clearance (0verseas) and further leave to remain (in country)  for work, study or other purposes. The Agency is charging fees by setting them above the cost of … Continue reading

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Immigration cap faces judicial review challenge

The Coalition government introduced the immigration cap on 28 June 2010. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has reported that it will challenge the cap in the High Court by way of JR proceedings. The JCWI’s response to the cap … Continue reading

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Certificate of Approval fees refunds

In Baiai the House of Lords declared that the Certificate of Approval (COA) scheme was incompatible with article 8 of the ECHR as it disproportionately interfered with the fundamental right to marry. From 31 July 2009 applicants granted COAs between 2005 and 2009 … Continue reading

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Tier 1 (General) November limit reached

In July 2010 we witnessed the coalition government’s introduction of a limit on the number of initial applications that the UKBA could issue under Tier 1 (General) of the Points Based System (PBS). The limit will persist until 31 March … Continue reading

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Home Affairs Committee’s report on immigration cap

The chair of the Home Affairs Committee (HAC) the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP has raised a multitude of concerns in his report about the Coalition government’s immigration cap. The terms of reference of the HAC were “to examine the expenditure, administration, … Continue reading

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French and British joint declaration on immigration

The global economic recession’s bite into British and French defence budgets has opened a “new chapter” in bilateral defence cooperation between these historically rival nations. Emphasising that the sovereignty of neither nation would be compromised as a result of the … Continue reading

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Refined criteria and Tier 2 (General) certificate of sponsorship allocations

The stated objective of the Points Based System (PBS) was to simplify the immigration rules by recategorising eighty different immigration routes which were previously open to migrants to enter the UK. However, contrary to the expectation of simplicity, the PBS … Continue reading

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UKBA names Reliance as its new remover

After the continuing saga of Jimmy Mubenga’s death and the UKBA’s subsequent moratorium on forced removals which followed it, has been announced that the Agency’s current contractor G4S will no longer be removing immigration detainees from the UK. The private … Continue reading

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Agency publishes Tier 1 statistics

The International Group of the UKBA published what it called the an “operational assessment” of Tier 1 of the Points Based System (PBS). The Agency’s document can be viewed here. It is very much the objective of the Agency’s document … Continue reading

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Why the best might prefer to leave the UK

While speaking to the Confederation of British Industry in an attempt to allay the immigration fears of the business community Prime Minister David Cameron comfortingly said to his audience: “Let me give you this assurance. As we control our borders … Continue reading

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Agency to introduce biometric permits for Tier 1 and Tier 5

Parliament will, by virtue of changes which have been laid before it,  soon be considering new rules which will require a much greater number of migrants to apply for biometric residence permits if they seek an extension of their leave to … Continue reading

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UKBA October limit for Tier 1 (General) reached

On 19 July 2010 it was announced by the Her Majesty’s Coalition government that it would introduce a limit on entry clearance  applications from overseas applicants under Tier 1 (General) of the PBS until 31 March 2011 when a full … Continue reading

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UKBA downsized by Spending Review

It has been said that securing the border and controlling migration will, notwithstanding the the announcement today of the government’s Spending Review, remain the UKBA’s foremost priority Over the next 4 years the agency’s budget will be reduced by up … Continue reading

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Tiers 1 and 2: postgraduate certificates and diplomas

From 12 October 2010, the UKBA intends to introduce yet another new requirement for applications to work in the UK within the Points Based System (PBS). Subsequent to the changes which are being introduced into Tier 1 (General), Tier 1 … Continue reading

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Visa fees, the budget, and UKBA “products”

Once a “welfare state” – after long years of Thatcherism and New Labour, and a few months of the “coalition government” elected on 6 May 2010 – the UK is a very confused place about whose welfare the state is … Continue reading

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The Coalition Government and Immigration’s New Clothes

It appears from the view taken by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) that the Points Based System introduced by the former Labour government is working. The system has had more success in controlling immigration than its introducing Labour … Continue reading

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Businesses Unhappy with Skilled Migrant Cap

While Prime Minister David Cameron cultivates new ‘special relationships’ and erases others forged by past leaders, a new tempest looms high in the immigration arena. The confrontation might become a very real threat to the rescue of the UK economy. … Continue reading

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