Category Archives: Economy

War On Students: It’s Not Cricket

Call him what you will (some people call him plain crazy), but on student immigration London’s cricket bat wielding/football kicking mayor Boris Johnson has got things dead right: “Against illegals, yes. Against talent, no. In football as in the economy … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Law Society’s views on the immigration cap

One would have to be quite stubborn and ill advised not to take gravely seriously the opinion of the Law Society of England and Wales (the society) in a legal matter. Yet the government seems determined to do just that. … 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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Home secretary signals end of settlement for skilled workers and students

Speaking on future action in relation to immigration policies while addressing the Conservative party conference the home secretary, Theresa May, intimated the government’s intentions to stop the right to permanent settlement for more than 100,000 skilled workers and 320,000 overseas students … 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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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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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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