Monday, May 21, 2018

Immigration Matters: London Tops University Destination For Internation...

Immigration Matters: London Tops University Destination For Internation...: London has been ranked the best city in the world for university students, according to a new international survey. The capit...

London Tops University Destination For International Students

London has been ranked the best city in the world for university students, according to a new international survey.




The capital of the UK replaced year's top city Montreal to rank as number one study destination for the first time in the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2018.

The study, carried out by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, builds the rankings based on a number of factors, such as affordability, desirability and the view of students.


The student survey quizzed 50,000 students about the quality of their experience in their city, and their willingness to remain there after graduating.




London scored highly in the likelihood of students getting a job (or converting a student visa to a graduate work permit and eventually permanent residence in the UK) in the city at the end of their degree study in the UK. The city has a reputation as a multi-national international city with strong levels of tolerance and diversity.

There is also a concentration of world-class universities, such as University College London and Imperial College London, which makes the city attractive to students.

But the city did not score so well on affordability, coming in at 113th in the rankings.





Ben Sowter, research director at QS, said: "The 2018 ranking highlights the enduring quality of the student experience available in London.

"The city benefits from outstanding employment prospects, more world-class universities than any other city, and enviable lifestyle opportunities.

"These factors mean that the capital remains a great place to study despite eye-watering costs."

The Canadian city of Montreal dropped to fourth in the rankings, behind Tokyo in second and Melbourne in third.

Australia, which offers students the possibility of a longer term stay after graduating, also saw Sydney climb to ninth place, while the United States failed to see any of its cities make the top 10.
Paris ranked fifth, after topping the table in 2016.

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How Did Billionaire Chelsea FC Owner And London Resident Abramovich Allow His Investor Visa To Expire?

One of the most astonishing stories I have come across in the last few years is the tale of the billionaire Roman Abramovich visa expiry fiasco reported by the BBC and Sky news this week.



Roman Abramovich

The billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club could not return to the UK to see his team beat Manchester United to win the FA Cup on Saturday because he is waiting for his UK visa to be renewed!

Reports from a source close to Sky News claim that his current visa expired in April, which is remarkable considering the oligarch has lived here for many years, employs staff in the UK and owns a house in one of the most expensive roads in London.

Two questions come to mind:

  • How could he or his lawyers have allowed his visa to run out?
  • Why has he not applied for indefinite leave to remain or permanent residence?

Apparently, an application for his visa renewal has been lodged but the process is taking longer than usual, according to Sky’s the source.

The press are now linking the oversight to the heightened diplomatic tensions between Russia and the UK in the wake of the Salisbury spy poisoning, along with recent British military involvement in Syria.

The Home Office would not be drawn on the circumstances surrounding Mr Abramovich's investor visa application, stressing: "We don't discuss individual cases."

Downing Street said visa applications from Russia are handled "rigorously and properly".
Amid press speculation, the Kremlin has now waded into the argument claiming that Russian businesses "often encounter unfriendly and unscrupulous actions".

Roman Abramovich is worth an estimated £9.3bn, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, and has spent hundreds of millions at Chelsea since taking charge of the London club in 2003.

It was widely expected that Chelsea’s current manager, who took them to the top of premier league last season, would be sacked regardless of the FA Cup result after a disappointed season. Conte should be alright for the time being, as his boss can’t get back to fire him!

He has close links to Vladimir Putin's government in Moscow and, earlier this year, was included for the first time on a US list of Russian officials and oligarchs close to the Kremlin that could serve as a basis for future sanctions.

Moscow accused Britain of unprecedented "anti-Russian mania", warning such an attitude could backfire and scare off foreign investors.



London Property prices hits new highs

Central London property prices have hit new highs in the last few years, partly due to foreign money, which some claim is dirty, pouring into the UK. A short leasehold flat in Kensington can cost tens of millions of pounds, and you don't even own the freehold!

Although prices have dropped in London, there are still investment opportunities in other parts of the UK, the world's 5th largest economy.

The British government rejected claims it is "turning a blind eye" to "dirty money" from Russia, and said it is determined to drive "dirty money and the money launderers" out of Britain.

Every migrant knows that you need to allow time to renew a visa, and that you can usually remain in the UK once your application has been lodged. The press are whipping up a scandal, but show little interest in the stories of thousands of ordinary migrants who face delays.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Immigration Matters: Irish citizens will retain UK free movement rights...

Immigration Matters: Irish citizens will retain UK free movement rights...: Prime Minister Theresa May will give free movement rights to Irish citizens after the UK leaves the European Union, according to the Sunda...

Irish Citizens will retain UK free movement rights after Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May will give free movement rights to Irish citizens after the UK leaves the European Union, according to the Sunday Telegraph.




The paper is calling the offer a “Schengen” style deal between Britain and Ireland, although this would go beyond a border-less travel area. However, we are still awaiting the Government’s formal proposal to the EU on sensitive issue of the Northern Irish border, straddling miles of country roads and farmland.

Although it has barely been mentioned, Britain and Ireland, along with the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, has enjoyed an open border area since 1923, almost 50 years before they joined the Common Market - the free trade area which evolved into the European Union we know today. The Common Travel Area (CTA) allowed Irish citizens to live, work and remain in the UK as settled residents without filling in Indefinite Leave to Remain forms.

Many of my own Irish relatives came to the UK in the 1960’s with no passport and never needed one to travel back and forth between Britain and Ireland. In the 1950's and 1960's, it was the Irish who did the jobs the British workers did not want to do, such as road construction and care.  

I had many childhood holidays in Ireland long before I eventually applied for my first British passport.

There is also talk of CCTV cameras and automated number plate technology to track the movement of goods in vehicles across the Irish border, as part of a lighter customs regime.




With unelected EU officials playing a game of pre-negotiation hardball, it looks like the UK will have little option but leave the single market and customs union in a so-called hard Brexit.

The Brexit negotiations are creating uncertainty in the markets and with EU migrants, even though Theresa May announced that they are welcome to remain in the UK indefinitely.




The number of EU, as well as non-EU nurses applying to work in the UK has fallen dramatically, and thousands of British nurses are taking jobs overseas in countries like Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

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

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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...

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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,...

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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.