Archive for the 'visas' Category

Uxbridge legal adviser is jailed over immigration fraud – UK Border Agency

“”An immigration advisor has been jailed for 6 years for helping submit fraudulent visa applications, following an investigation by the UK Border Agency’s West London immigration crime team.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 31st March 2011

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Government outlines overhaul of student visas – UK Border Agency

“Tougher entrance criteria, limits on work entitlements and the closure of the post-study work route are among the changes to the student visa system announced today by Home Secretary Theresa May.”

Full story

UK Border Agency, 22nd March 2011

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Government faces calls to overhaul visa rules for foreign performers – The Guardian

“The case of an American cellist, Kristin Ostling, who was sent back to Chicago by British immigration officials when she came to the UK to take part in an unpaid recital, has fuelled demands for an overhaul of the visa system for visiting artists and musicians.”

Full story

The Guardian, 21st March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government unveils new immigration rules – Law Society’s Gazette

“The government unveiled new immigration rules today that will give wealthy entrepreneurs a ‘fast-track’ route to settling in the UK.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 16th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government sets out proposals for major reform of the student visa system – UK Border Agency

“Tougher entrance criteria, limits on work and an end to students staying in the UK to look for a job are just some of the changes proposed by Immigration Minister Damian Green today as part of a shake-up of the student visa system.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency,7th December 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Border Agency may be discriminating against Pakistanis, says inspector – The Guardian

“The UK Border Agency has been warned it may be discriminating unlawfully against Pakistanis applying for British visas and in favour of applicants from Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Dubai.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ten years in jail for immigration fraudster – Home Office

“A Hounslow man was today jailed following a UK Border Agency investigation which revealed he set up bogus companies to allow immigrants to extend their visas.”

Full press release

Home Office, 14th September 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

English language schools win court battle over tightening of visa rules – The Guardian

“English language schools have won their high court battle against tighter visa regulations for foreign students, which they had warned would result in the loss of thousands of jobs and millions of pounds a year in foreign earnings.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home secretary Theresa May bans radical preacher Zakir Naik from entering UK – Daily Telegraph

“A radical preacher who claimed that ‘every Muslim should be a terrorist’ has been banned from coming to Britain, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 18th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

English rules tightened for immigrant partners – BBC News

“Ministers are bringing forward to the autumn measures requiring many immigrants marrying UK citizens to prove they have a command of English.”

Full story

BBC News, 9th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (Boahen) v Secretary of State for the Home Office – WLR Daily

Regina (Boahen) v Secretary of State for the Home Office [2010] EWCA Civ 585; [2010] WLR (D) 143

“An immigration officer at the port of entry had discretionary power to cancel a visa granted overseas on the ground that the purpose of the visit was not same as stated in the visa granted and to refuse leave to enter the UK.”

WLR Daily, 3rd June 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Lady Scotland’s former cleaner convicted of fraud – The Guardian

“Loloahi Tapui, who had overstayed visa by four years, found guilty of conning attorney general into hiring her.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attorney general’s illegal cleaner ‘was paid £95,000 for her story’ – The Guardian

“An illegal immigrant accused of tricking the attorney general into employing her as a housekeeper was paid £95,000 for her story by a newspaper, a court heard yesterday.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Changes to the Immigration Rules – minimum age for armed forces marriage visas – UK Border Agency

“Today the Immigration Rules relating to marriage visas have changed for serving members of the armed forces.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 6th April 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Snoop Dogg: US rapper wins £100,000 legal fight to visit Britain – Daily Telegraph

“The controversial American rapper, Snoop Dogg, has won an expensive legal battle against the British government, after it tried to ban him from visiting the country.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 9th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Foreign student visas to be slashed, Alan Johnson announces – Daily Telegraph

“Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, is bringing in tougher rules, including demanding that applicants be able to speak passable English and banning those enrolling for short courses from bringing dependants.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Alleged abuse of student visa system – government response – UK Border Agency

“The government has responded to allegations in The Sunday Telegraph that Tier 4 of the UK’s points-based system for immigration is being widely abused by foreign nationals posing as students.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 8th December 2009

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Crusaders face £60,000 visa fine over Australian six – BBC News

“The Crusaders could be fined £60,000 over the visa irregularities that led to the UK Borders Agency deporting six of their Australia-born players.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th November

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Attorney General Baroness Scotland fined £5,000 over illegal immigrant housekeeper – Daily Telegraph

“Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, has been fined £5,000 for employing an illegal immigrant as her housekeeper.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Attorney General ‘likely to be fined for employing illegal immigrant’ – Daily Telegraph

“Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, is likely to be fined for employing an illegal immigrant as her housekeeper, it has been claimed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Attorney general sacks maid alleged to be working illegally – The Guardian

“The attorney general sacked her housekeeper last night amid claims the woman had overstayed on a visa and was no longer legally entitled to work in the UK.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Married woman faces deportation – BBC News

“A married Canadian woman is due to fly out of Heathrow later under imminent threat of deportation from the UK.”

Full story

BBC News, 9th September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Gang jailed over multi-million pound visa scam – UK Border Agency

“Three people have today been jailed for a total of 19 years following the largest ever immigration crime investigation by the UK Border Agency and police.”

Full press release

UK  Border Agency, 3rd June 2009

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Indian immigrants earned millions from visa fraud factory – The Times

“Two illegal immigrants from India earned millions of pounds from a visa fraud ‘factory”’that helped an estimated 4,000 bogus students to cheat Britain’s “shambolic” border controls.”

Full story

The Times, 4th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

300,000 UK visas ‘wrongly issued’ – BBC News

“An estimated 300,000 visas giving foreigners the right to come to Britain may have been wrongly approved every year, a committee of MPs has been told.”

Full story

BBC News, 18th November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Home Office bars Thaksin Shinawatra from returning to Britain – The Times

“Thaksin Shinawatra, the deposed Thai Prime Minister and former owner of Manchester City Football Club, has had his visa revoked by the British Government, two years after he fled to exile in London following a military coup.”

Full story

The Times, 10th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Marriage visa age to rise later this month – UK Border Agency

“The age at which someone can apply for a marriage visa will increase from 18 to 21 from the end of this month, the Government announced today.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 4th November 2008

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk


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