Monday, 30 November 2009

UKBA cracks down on illegal workers

30 November 2008- The UKBA is actively seeking out illegal immigrants and fake employers in the UK as can be seen when on Friday 20th November UKBA officers checked the immigration status of all workers at a number of restaurants in Lincolnshire in the UK.

17 Illegal workers have been caught so far and the UKBA is looking to send these illegal immigrants to their home countries.

The tough new penalty system was introduced last year to give a fast and effective way of penalizing employers who do not carry out thorough checks on workers from outside Europe.

These raids on illegal workers coincide with a big advertising campaign informing employers of the fines involved with employing illegal foreign workers.

Tips for choosing an Immigration Consultant/Firm.

Due to the complex nature of Immigration Laws, it is vital that you choose the correct consultant/firm/lawyer to represent you when making any application to the United Kingdom Border Agency. There are many Immigration Agents listed on the Internet and virtually wherever you are in the world it is possible to locate them and assess their ability and legitimacy, finding the correct representation could be the difference between a successful application and the nightmare of being refused. each country issue visas for a variety of different purposes and it is important to know that your representative is capable of fulfilling their commitment ot obtaining the correct visa for you. There are visas for students, visitors and people looking for work in a variety of capacities.

Please take into account a common misunderstanding when it comes to immigration law, just because a lawyer claims to be a Immigration Lawyer does not mean that they have specialized or even practiced in Immigration law, there are a number of cases of qualified "lawyers" that are advertising as Immigration Law Specialists but in truth have never specialized or even practiced any immigration law at all. In some countries there are regulatory bodies that can verify any immigration office/company registration and it is always a good idea to confirm with the authorities that your chosen representative is dully qualified and more importantly has no adverse case history with them.

While choosing the representative it is important that you feel comfortable to speak and relay any concerns to the agent.You may choose to meet with a number of options first on the phone and generally you should get a good feel for what they are offering and assess their payment structures carefully. Always take the time to ask as many relevant questions as possible and always ask for successful previous clients contact details as a referral. It is important that you feel okay to ask any questions you may have and you need to feel totally at ease with your consultant/company.

Immigration Statistics Released

26 November 2009- Statistics from July till September 2009 have been released by the Home Office. The report covers asylum cases, forced removals of illegal immigrants and migration from Eastern Europe.

Findings show that asylum cases have dropped by about 24% in comparison with Q3 of 2008.
Outcomes on Asylum cases have been raised by about 38% compared to 2008 with the approval/grant rate falling to 12 %. The UKBA did meet their targets of 60% of cases decided within 6 months.

Eastern European applications to work in the UK have stabilized and figures released demonstrate that net migration fell to the lowest level since the eight accession countries joined the EU in 2004.

Another interesting finding is that 14% of those coming to the United Kingdom in 2008 were British Citizens returning to live in the UK, more than any other nationality.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Manchester International Border Control implements facial recognition

27 November 2009- People landing at Manchester Airport can save time by using facial recognition systems at the airport.

These high tech systems were recently launched at Terminal 2 after a successful installation at Terminal 1 in the previous year. These facial recognition systems allow travelers with an automated secure route through the UK border.

Over 300,000 people have already used them at the airport. Any UK or EU passenger aged 18 or older who has an electronically chipped biometric passport, issued since 2006 can opt for the self service gates instead of the regular manned queuing border control.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Fingerprint checks at the border introduced

From the 30 November 2009 the UKBA will commence fingerprint checks at the border for travelers with Biometric Visas. When arriving in the UK people with biometric visas will have the fingerprints scanned at border control. The passenger's right hand thumb and first finger will usually be scanned and checked against the scans given in visa application process.

The reason for this process is to verify that the person entering the UK is the same person who applied for the Visa.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Tier 2 Changes give British Workers Better Chance to apply for Jobs

24 November 2009- The UK resident labour test of the Tier 2 (Sponsored Skilled Work) will be extended to four weeks for all jobs. The reason is to support British Workers searching for jobs during the current economic circumstances. This is another clear example of how the UKBA and UK in general is trying to minimize immigration numbers to the UK.

These changes will apply to all jobs that commence on or after 14 December 2009, any advertising already undertaken will not need to re advertise.

The four weeks will not need to run continuously, employers will be able to advertise skilled jobs for shorter durations initially, this will allow resident workers a chance to first apply and where there are no resident workers the labor test should be tested for a further 2 weeks. This makes the entire process up to four weeks before a UK employer can employ a migrant worker.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Identity Cards for foreign nationals

2 Nov 2009 The UKBA has issued more than 100,000 identity cards for foreign nationals, majority of which are to migrants extending their stay as students or spouses.

If regulations laid down this week are approved by the Govt then migrants from outside the EEA will be issued with cards when they extend their permissions to stay for more than six months under Tier 2 of the Points Based System. This means they will need to have their biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) as part of their application to stay.