Thursday, June 29, 2017

Immigration Matters: NMC to lower IELTS English language score for 7.00...

Immigration Matters: NMC to lower IELTS English language score for 7.00...: My sources tell me that the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are about to reduce the IELTS English language score from an overall band s...

NMC to lower IELTS English language score from 7.00 to 6.5 for international Nurses to work in the UK

My sources tell me that the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are about to reduce the IELTS English language score from an overall band score of 7.00 back down to 6.5 for international overseas trained nurses applying for registration to work in the UK.




The stringent IELTS requirement has been a stumbling block for many overseas trained nurses who want to apply for a Tier 2 working visa (work permit) to work in the UK as a Nurse (RGN). Even nurses with a UK degree have failed the test a number of times and had to leave the UK as they had run out of time with the Home Office.




Before 2007, nurses had to achieve a score of 6.5 in all four elements - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. This was increased following consultations during a time when the government was trying to put the brakes on non-EU immigration.





The move follows news that NMC (the body which regulates and registers nurses) registrations by EU and non-EU trained nurses have reached worryingly low levels. In December 2016, just 100 EU nurses applied to join the register, compared with 1300 just six months earlier. Earlier this year, we reported that the number of EU nurses registering to working the UK had plummeted by 90%, which NMC head, Jackie Smith blamed on the Brexit effect.

The Nursing Times reported in May that the regulator was 'taking stock' of the English controversial language testing system requirement,which is actually more like an IQ test, after some NHS Trust chief nurses and nursing agencies warned that the exam was blocking overseas nurse recruitment.

There are thousands of nursing job vacancies in the UK in NHS hospitals and nursing homes. If you would like to migrate to the UK on a working visa as a nurse you should visit the NMC website. Most employers will expect you to have at least registered and preferably, where applicable, taken the online test and passed the IELTS exam.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

EU migrants welcome to remain in UK indefinitely as Prime Minister outlines special settled status deal

Prime Minister Theresa May announced today plans to allow EU citizens living in the UK to remain here as residents following Brexit designed to put their "anxiety to rest".


Prime Minister Theresa May

Briefing MP’s in the parliament on the outcome of Friday’s EU summit, Mrs May confirmed that all EU nationals lawfully resident for at least five years will be able to apply for "settled status" and to bring spouses and children, the BBC reports.

EU migrants who arrived after a date yet to be agreed will have two years to "regularise their status" but will not enjoy the same rights.

The government has published a document summarising the UK's offer to EU citizens, which you can read here.

May said she wanted to give reassurance and certainty to the 3.2 million EU citizens living in the UK - in addition to citizens of the three EEA countries and Switzerland – as they are an "integral part of the economic and cultural fabric" of the UK.

However, she wants any deal on their future legal status and rights to be reciprocal and also give certainty to the 1.2 million British expats living on the continent after the UK leaves the EU - expected to be on 29 March 2019.




This promise could prove difficult to keep, as EU countries, such as France and Spain, already have less advantageous conditions for British expats than offered to EU citizens living and working in the UK. 

For instance, retired Brits are now facing the bleak prospect of paying for expensive health insurance or jumping on an Easyjet flight home every time they need treatment. This option could become closed to them if they are no longer resident in the UK.

The main points of the UK's proposal to EU citizens are:

  • EU migrants granted settled status will be able to live, work, study and claim benefits as they can now
  • The important cut-off date for eligibility will be no earlier than 29 March 2017 and no later than 29 March 2019
  • EU family members of EU citizens living abroad will be allowed to return and apply for settled status
  • Those EU nationals in the UK for less than five years at the specified date will be allowed to continue living and working in the UK and once resident for five years, they can apply for settled status
  • Migrants arriving after the cut-off point will be able to stay temporarily, however, they should have "no expectation" that they will be granted permanent residence
  • A period of "blanket residence permission" with less of the onerous requirements may apply to give officials time to process applications to stay in the UK
  • The Home Office will no longer request evidence that EU citizens who weren't working held "comprehensive sickness insurance"

Those granted settled status, which is the same as ‘indefinite leave to remain’ (ILR) or permanent residence, will be "treated as if they were UK citizens for healthcare, benefits and pensions".

Mrs May added that the process of application – currently an 85-page form - would be simplified and a "light touch" approach applied to EU citizens, although she did say that criminal record checks will still be carried out when pressed by opposition MP's. 

Non-EU citizens will continue to endure the ever-changing lengthy Home Office forms and increasing high fees in order to gain indefinite leave to remain in the UK.  

"Under these plans, no EU citizen currently in the UK lawfully will be asked to leave at the point the UK leaves the EU," Mrs May said.

The widely expected plan should be good news for migrants worried about their post-Brexit status in the UK. Since Britons voted to leave the EU last year there has been a sharp increase in applications for ILR and UK citizenship. It has been suggested that those who have already obtained ILR may still have to apply for settled status.

Croatian citizens are currently subject to a 7 year restriction - similar to those imposed on previous EU entrants Bulgaria and Romania - on working from the date Croatia joined the EU.

Despite fears that hundreds of thousands or European citizens living here would return home, most seem to have remained as they have already made their life in the UK either running businesses or holding down good jobs.

UK property prices have started to fall slightly following the Brexit vote and recent general election which saw the Conservatives lose their overall majority.

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Immigration Matters: EU migrants welcome to remain in UK indefinitely a...

Immigration Matters: EU migrants welcome to remain in UK indefinitely a...: Prime Minister Theresa May announced today plans to allow EU citizens living in the UK to remain here as residents following Brexit design...

EU migrants welcome to remain in UK indefinitely as Prime Minister outlines special settled status deal

Prime Minister Theresa May announced today plans to allow EU citizens living in the UK to remain here as residents following Brexit designed to put their "anxiety to rest".




Briefing MP’s in the parliament on the outcome of Friday’s EU summit, Mrs May confirmed that all EU nationals lawfully resident for at least five years will be able to apply for "settled status" and to bring spouses and children, the BBC reports.

EU migrants who arrived after a date yet to be agreed will have two years to "regularise their status" but will not enjoy the same rights.

The government has published a document summarising the UK's offer to EU citizens, which you can read here.

May said she wanted to give reassurance and certainty to the 3.2 million EU citizens living in the UK - in addition to citizens of the three EEA countries and Switzerland – as they are an "integral part of the economic and cultural fabric" of the UK.

However, she wants any deal on their future legal status and rights to be reciprocal and also give certainty to the 1.2 million British expats living on the continent after the UK leaves the EU - expected to be on 29 March 2019.




This promise could prove difficult to keep, as EU countries, such as France and Spain, already have less advantageous conditions for British expats than offered to EU citizens living and working in the UK. 

For instance, retired Brits are now facing the bleak prospect of paying for expensive health insurance or jumping on an Easyjet flight home every time they need treatment. This option could become closed to them if they are no longer resident in the UK.

The main points of the UK's proposal to EU citizens are:

  • EU migrants granted settled status will be able to live, work, study and claim benefits as they can now
  • The important cut-off date for eligibility will be no earlier than 29 March 2017 and no later than 29 March 2019
  • EU family members of EU citizens living abroad will be allowed to return and apply for settled status
  • Those EU nationals in the UK for less than five years at the specified date will be allowed to continue living and working in the UK and once resident for five years, they can apply for settled status
  • Migrants arriving after the cut-off point will be able to stay temporarily, however, they should have "no expectation" that they will be granted permanent residence
  • A period of "blanket residence permission" with less of the onerous requirements may apply to give officials time to process applications to stay in the UK
  • The Home Office will no longer request evidence that EU citizens who weren't working held "comprehensive sickness insurance"

Those granted settled status, which is the same as ‘indefinite leave to remain’ (ILR) or permanent residence, will be "treated as if they were UK citizens for healthcare, benefits and pensions".

Mrs May added that the process of application – currently an 85-page form - would be simplified and a "light touch" approach applied to EU citizens, although she did say that criminal record checks will still be carried out when pressed by opposition MP's. 

Non-EU citizens will continue to endure the ever-changing lengthy Home Office forms and increasing high fees in order to gain indefinite leave to remain in the UK.  

"Under these plans, no EU citizen currently in the UK lawfully will be asked to leave at the point the UK leaves the EU," Mrs May said.

The widely expected plan should be good news for migrants worried about their post-Brexit status in the UK. Since Britons voted to leave the EU last year there has been a sharp increase in applications for ILR and UK citizenship. It has been suggested that those who have already obtained ILR may still have to apply for settled status.

Croatian citizens are currently subject to a 7 year restriction - similar to those imposed on previous EU entrants Bulgaria and Romania - on working from the date Croatia joined the EU.

Despite fears that hundreds of thousands or European citizens living here would return home, most seem to have remained as they have already made their life in the UK either running businesses or holding down good jobs.

UK property prices have started to fall slightly following the Brexit vote and recent general election which saw the Conservatives lose their overall majority.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Immigration Matters: UK election splits the country and calls for a sof...

Immigration Matters: UK election splits the country and calls for a sof...: The UK General Election is finally over resulting in a hung parliament, with Theresa May's Conservative party winning 318 seats - eigh...

UK election splits the country and calls for a softer Brexit approach

The UK General Election is finally over resulting in a hung parliament, with Theresa May's Conservative party winning 318 seats - eight short of an outright majority.



Mrs May won more seats than any other party and can still form a government, courtesy of ten DUP MP's in Northern Ireland. However, she did not obtain the desired "mandate" to negotiate a hard Brexit with EU leaders and ‘remainers’ in her own party could push to stay in the single market, while others could seek to derail the whole project. 

If either of the above scenarios came true the whole nation-dividing EU referendum and Brexit dream will have been for nothing, as nothing much will have changed – other than the UK losing its seat at the European table. 

Free movement will have to stay as part of any single market deal, which effectively throws any net migration targets out of the window. 

Remain campaigners and repentant EU leavers could be forgiven for sighing a breath of relief, although May has vowed to keep moving forward with ‘business as usual’ style negotiations starting this month.  



The election result shows that country has spoken. The people do not want a hard "no deal is better than a bad deal" exit from the EU, as illustrated by the collapse in UKIP vote and young voters turning to Labour. If a second ‘in/out’ referendum were to take place now, what do you think the result would be?

In the meantime, life goes on as usual for most us (not, unfortunately for those MP in office) and we have to carry on making our own 'economy' and driving the vehicle towards our passion and goals.  

The UK is still a popular destination for working and wealthy migrants seeking a safe country with a strong economy and rule of law.

Europe is the most sought after region in terms of high net worth immigration, accounting for over half of the total number of global citizenship applications, with the Caribbean in second place, followed by North America in third. Recent studies conducted by global immigration experts, ranked the Cyprus Citizenship by Investment Program among the “top ten best in the world”.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Immigration Matters: Manchester suicide bombing terror attack kills 22,...

Immigration Matters: Manchester suicide bombing terror attack kills 22,...: A young heath and social care student from Lancashire has been named as the first victim of the Manchester suicide bomb attack at Manchest...

Manchester suicide bombing terror attack kills 22, first victim named as health and social care student

A young heath and social care student from Lancashire has been named as the first victim of the Manchester suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena last night.



Georgina Callander with Ariana Grande


Georgina Callander, 18, pictured here with Ariana Grande a couple of years ago, was one of 22 people who died after the explosion on Monday at the end of a concert by the US singer, who tweeted that she was "broken" by the tragic events.

News is coming through that the youngest victim was an eight year old girl killed in the blast. The girl, Saffie Roussos, 8, was a pupil at Tarleton Primary School, in Lancashire

The suspect, as yet unnamed by the police, is said to have been a lone attacker  who detonated a homemade bomb in the packed foyer at 22:33 BST on Monday, in what Prime Minister Theresa May called an "appalling, sickening" terrorist act.

Armed police have arrested a 23-year-old man in Chorlton, south Manchester, in connection with the attack, the BBC has reported.

In a statement by Runshaw College in Leyland made with "enormous sadness", they confirmed that Georgina was on the second year of a health and social care course.

"Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina's family, friends, and all of those affected by this loss," the college said.

"We are offering all available support possible at this tragic time, including counselling with our dedicated student support team."

Georgina was studying for qualifications to enable her to give service to others and our thoughts and prayers go to her and all the victims and families.

Relatives are using social media to hunt for missing loved ones, and an emergency number, 0161 856 9400, has been set up.

The UK is an open country where people can visit and stand close to government buildings. They can roam freely in city centres and airports. Will this have to change in order to guarantee the safety of its citizens and visitors?

I have been to many countries where people are scanned with metal detectors and have their bags searched before entering public buildings, shopping malls, airports and railway stations. After the initial surprise, you eventually learn to live with it and feel safer for it. Sadly, this increased level of security could become a part of our life in the UK.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Immigration Matters: Prime Minister May sticks to election pledge to re...

Immigration Matters: Prime Minister May sticks to election pledge to re...: With a surprise general election set for 9 June, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed the Conservative pledge of slashing net migratio...

Prime Minister May sticks to election pledge to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands

With a surprise general election set for 9 June, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed the Conservative pledge of slashing net migration to the "tens of thousands", or what she described as "sustainable levels".

Mrs May, who is currently twenty points ahead of her nearest rival, Labour leader  Jeremy Corbyn, in the UK election polls, said it was important to reach net migration targets to reduce pressure on public services and the lower paid workers.

Theresa May

She said: "I think it is important that we continue, and we will continue, to say that we do want to bring net migration down to sustainable levels.

"We believe that is the tens of thousands, and of course once we leave the European Union we will have the opportunity to ensure that we have control of our borders here in the UK, because we'll be able to establish our rules for people coming from the European Union into the UK."

Referring to Brexit, May continued: "That's a part of the picture that we haven't been able to control before and we will be able to control it.

"Leaving the EU means that we won't have free movement as it has been in the past."
Party sources had earlier revealed to the press that the commitment would appear in the party's 
General Election manifesto.

Amber Rudd

On Sunday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed she wanted to "continue to bring immigration down", which under her watch have started to fall.

Who will make our coffee and croissant?

Miss Rudd, who took control of the Home Office from Theresa May added:

"I did hear that Pret a Manger had come out and said, 'It's absolutely essential for us to have European workers because if we don't we're going to have to make more of an effort to recruit in the UK'. 

"Well, good. I'd like them to make more of an effort to recruit in the UK. So we will be trying to push them as well to do more in the UK.

"Them and all business – so that we make sure we look after people who are otherwise unemployed in the UK better".

Pret's director of human resources claimed it would struggle to staff its outlets after Brexit because so few British people apply for jobs. Andrea Wareham said the industry was not seen as sufficiently desirable to attract a significant number of British jobseekers. 

The coffee chain employs people from 110 countries, but in London you are more likely to find European workers running the show. With millions of able bodied British people claiming benefits, it is hardly surprising that Amber Rudd refuses to pander to those worried about who will make their coffee or warm up their croissant in the stores that seem occupy almost every other shopfront in London. How did we all manage before Starbucks started our obsession with coffee? 

None of the main parties has said that EU migrants living here would not be able to continue to live and work in the UK.

Recent immigration figures reveal that net migration fell to 273,000 in the year to September, which is the first time in two years that the balance of people arriving and leaving the UK slid below 300,000.

The number of international students coming to study in Britain dropped to their lowest level since 2002, which contributed to the overall net migration figures.

Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would introduce a "fair" and managed immigration system that "works for all", while pointing out many immigrants have made a "massive contribution" to the NHS, education, industry and public transport services.

The previous Blair Labour government opened the doors to millions of migrants across all sectors from care workers and nurses to international students. At the same time the EU expansion took place adding at least 2 million migrants from former Soviet Bloc countries such as Poland and Romania.

Since coming to power in 2010, the Conservatives have reversed the spiralling immigration trend with tough new measures - such as scrapping the Post Study Work Visa, reforming the visa appeal system and introducing fines to landlords housing illegal immigrants - even if former Prime Minister David Cameron’s original targets have not yet been reached.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Immigration Matters: Fines issued to property landlords under right to ...

Immigration Matters: Fines issued to property landlords under right to ...: Fines for immigration breaches were imposed on 62 property landlords between February and Sept last year under Home Office ‘right-to-rent’...

Fines issued to property landlords under right to rent rules

Fines for immigration breaches were imposed on 62 property landlords between February and Sept last year under Home Office ‘right-to-rent’ rules, the Press Association has revealed.

The Right to Rent rules requires landlords or householders to obtain evidence that tenants or lodgers have a right to be in the country by taking copies of official documents such as passports or identity cards. Failure to do so can lead to fines of up to £3000.

The data on Home Office civil penalties levied for letting to tenants or lodgers without the right to rent were reveled following a Freedom of Information request.

The level of fines i ranged from £80 to £3,000, with most relating to one or two tenants, with three cases involving three tenants.




Despite the reports of 62 fines, it should be remembered that there are around 2 million buy-to-let landlords in the UK who provide accommodation for the private and public sector, for instance through private sector leasing or accommodation for homeless families.

Some investment experts (like stockbrokers and bankers who sell shares) claim that the stock market offers the best returns, but where else can you use 80% leverage or loans to purchase investments which gives a healthy yield and capital growth over the longer term? 

Put another way, will your bank lend you £80,000 to buy shares or even their own managed unit trusts and pension funds? To save you time and embarrassment from being laughed out of the bank, I'll give you the answer: "NO"! Why? Because it's too "risky" they will say. Try asking them.

Too risky for them to lend on, but not for their financial advisers to sell you to save for your retirement! They will lend on property on a buy-to-let investment at rates starting at LESS than 2%. 

You pay one fifth of the price of a property, the bank lend your four fifths and the tenant pays off 100% of the loan.

The UK is an attractive place to work, start a business or buy property - even with no money down, with no restrictions on foreign buyers and a vibrant mortgage market with record low interest rates. Leading economists predict that, despite Brexit, house prices will continue rising due to shortages of stock and strong demand in the rental sector.

If you would like to learn more about investing in UK property, I have a limited number of complimentary tickets to a LIVE EVENT  - Beginners Property Course (held in the UK), which will give you the basic knowledge and techniques to get started. If you are interest, email me your full name and telephone number to euukimmigration@gmail.com.

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Immigration Matters: Fast-track asylum appeal system to be reintroduced...

Immigration Matters: Fast-track asylum appeal system to be reintroduced...: The Justice Secretary will reintroduce time limits for the appeals of detained asylum seekers and foreign criminals against removal from t...

Fast-track asylum appeal system to be reintroduced to speed up removals

The Justice Secretary will reintroduce time limits for the appeals of detained asylum seekers and foreign criminals against removal from the UK, as part of proposals to bring back a fast-track appeal system.

Judges said the previous fast-track appeal rules were unlawful in 2015, but the government will implement safeguards and a case management system, which will be considered by the independent Tribunal Procedure Committee.

The new rules, if implemented, will affect detainees (including foreign offenders and failed asylum seekers) appeal against a Home Office removal (deportation) decision to remove them from the UK.

The previous fast-track appeal system, meant that cases before the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) were governed to time limits, and could be decided in as little as 12 working days of an initial decision. Appeals heard by the Upper Tribunal were given more time under the system eventually ruled unlawful by judges.

Under the government's proposals, the time between an initial decision and conclusion of an appeal to the tribunal would be capped at between 25 and 28 working days.

The Justice Secretary Liz Truss said: "It is vital that foreign nationals who have no right to remain in the country should be removed as quickly as possible.

"We must ensure that foreign criminals and failed asylum seekers are not exploiting the justice system by attempting to stay in the UK after their claims have been rejected.

"Our proposals are also better for detainees as it will see their detention time cut."

The Home Office said the new procedure will expedite 2,000 cases a year saving the taxpayer an estimated £2.7 million. State legal aid has funded appeals to the tune tens of millions of pounds in the past, which excludes the costs of running the courts and tribunals, and paying immigration judges over £100,000 per year taking into account pensions and benefits.

The Law Society, which represents the legal profession, claims the fast-track system puts speed before justice.

The have been a number of changes to the Immigration Rules this month. To find out how you may be affected by the April immigration changes click here.


UK Prime Minister, Theresa May


The previous Home Secretary, Theresa May, slashed the number of appeals available in order to help clear the backlog of thousands of cases clogging up the courts for years.

Now Prime Minister, Mrs May has announced a surprise June general election this week and has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to reduce net migration to “sustainable numbers” below 100,000 per year.

The Conservatives want to increase their majority in Parliament and strengthen their hand in the Brexit negotiations following the triggering of Article 50 on 29 March 2017, which will take the UK out of the European Union.

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Monday, April 17, 2017