Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Weekly Immigration News Round up 20 June 2010 from www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

US Green cards face fee hikes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will raise fees an average 10% to help close a projected $200-million budget deficit. The cost of citizenship applications will not increase.

UK Border Agency foils sham marriage

A bogus groom has been jailed at Leeds Crown Court last week for 12 months after plotting to stage a sham marriage, the UK Border Agency said.

Justice Secretary defends government over Refugee and Migrant Justice collapse

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has defended a decision not to prevent the collapse of the UK’s largest immigration law practice, the BBC reports.

Rapper Snoop Dogg granted UK Visa

Rapper Snoop Dogg Granted UK Visa by UK Border Agency and will play Glastonbury.

Revised forms and guidance for the Tier 4 Highly Trusted sponsor licence

The UK Border Agency has announced that revised versions of the application form and guidance for the Highly Trusted sponsors licence (under Tier 4 of the points-based system) have been published today.

Foreign Secretary Hague praises UK Filipino workers

Despite the United Kingdom’s strict migration policies and plans for a cap on non-EU migrants, new British Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the presence of the 250,000 UK based Filipinos and praised their “considerable” contribution to the country’s economy and health.

Overseas Filipino Workers investing more from remittances

The number of families of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) that set aside a portion of their monthly allotment as investments is growing, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.

Threat from bogus students and visa fraud is low according to new evidence

As the US, UK and Australia compete for international students, fears of bogus applicants abusing visa systems persist, but recent research suggests fraud risk levels could be low, the Guardian reports.

Immigrants’ contribution to entrepreneurialism revealed

New study shows that restricting UK visas to key professions would stifle economic growth.

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