Archive for May, 2012

Removing full right of appeal for family visitors

May 17th, 2012 No Comments

A clause in the Crime and Courts Bill, published today, will remove the full right of appeal for those applying to enter the UK as a family visitor. Subject to Parliamentary approval and Royal Assent, this change is expected to come into force by 2014. Refused applicants will still be able to appeal on limited grounds of human rights or race discrimination.

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New rules on overseas students ‘will cost universities billions’

May 17th, 2012 No Comments

Universities stand to lose billions of pounds unless the coalition urgently abandons new rules for overseas students, campuses across the UK have warned. Universities UK, which represents 134 higher education institutions, is writing to the prime minister urging him to rethink recent changes to the student visa system.

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Bad weather was responsible for immigration delays, claims Downing Street

May 3rd, 2012 No Comments

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said that heavy rain last week disrupted flight schedules which in turn led to the Border Force facing additional problems.

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London 2012: a passport to mayhem

May 3rd, 2012 No Comments

There can be few things more irritating than arriving home after a 12-hour flight, laden with children and luggage, only to find the immigration hall at the airport heaving with passengers waiting to get through passport control. When it becomes clear that there are too few border staff manning the desks, irritation can turn to anger. And if it is bad for UK arrivals, imagine the teeth-gnashing frustration felt by non-EU travellers, who are subject to much more rigorous scrutiny.

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Britain faces fine from Brussels over immigration restrictions

May 3rd, 2012 No Comments

The Government has been told it has just two months to comply with all of the Free Movement Directive or it will be taken to court. It is facing claims that it has failed to implement four highly technical aspects of the legislation on the rights of EU citizens to live and work anywhere on the continent.

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