Category Archives: Post Study Work

April changes to points-based system

The Immigration Rules are changed all the time. No part of the rules has been varied as much as the points-based system (PBS). The purpose of the PBS was to harmonise the old rules which brought about its creation. Yet, … Continue reading

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Points-based system news

As of 6 April 2011 no sponsored migrant under Tier 2 (General) can be paid in cash. Moreover, restricted CoS can be applied for 3 months in advance (the earliest possible date). In paragraph 206 of the Sponsor Guidance, the … Continue reading

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Case Comment: FW v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 264

Lies and false statements in immigration applications are a common problem. Many a “clever” foreigner, often meritorious enough to qualify for the coveted Post Study Work visa, has fallen foul of the deception rules. It really isn’t a great idea … Continue reading

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Dirty cash we need you

Statement of changes HC 863 to the immigration rules was published by the government on 16 March 2011 and will come into force on 6 April 2011. It is a substantial document which makes various amendments. In sum, through the … Continue reading

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Economics of the Post Study Work visa

British educational institutions such as the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) are resisting the government’s plans to delete the PSW visa category from the immigration rules. It has been acknowledged by the Immigration Minister Mr Damian Green that … Continue reading

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Immigration Minister’s speech

The Immigration Minister Mr Damian Green has made a rather long-winded speech on the government’s plans to reform the immigration rules in order to achieve a “sustainable” immigration policy for Britain. The full text of the minister’s speech is available … Continue reading

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Post Study Work category to end next year

On the day that British students will march against the increases in home students’ fees, Mrs Theresa May has announced her government’s plans to close the PSW route for foreign graduates. It has been reported that last year the route … Continue reading

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New Pankina announcement

In Pankina – or AP (Russia) – Sedley LJ asked the SSHD and the UKBA to refrain from using policy guidance to modify the immigration rules because the policy guidance had not been approved by Parliament. While the UKBA is trying … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Pre-23 June Overseas Applications, the Pankina Judgment, and Judicial Review

The Pankina Policy: Reliefs and Exclusions Subsequent to the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Secretary of State for the Home Department v Pankina [2010] EWCA Civ 719, the Points Based System Maintenance (Funds): Policy Document produced by the UKBA selectively … Continue reading

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