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UK citizenship test may include knowledge of British history

Prime Minister, David Cameron, said “there’s a whole chapter in the citizenship handbook on British history. But, incredibly, there are no questions on British history in the test. Instead you’ll find questions on the roles and powers of the main institutions of Europe and the benefits system within the UK. So we are going to revise the whole test and put British history and culture at the heart of it.”

The UK is attempting to reduce net migration into the country to the “tens of thousands”. Changes that have already been introduced include a recent cap on skilled migration and new requirements for people immigrating to Britain as family members. There are tougher English language requirements and there may be tougher financial requirements. Families who want to sponsor overseas relatives may have to post a large financial bond worth thousands of pounds.  “We will make migrants wait longer, to show they really are in a genuine relationship before they can get settlement,” Cameron said.

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specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme)
visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that
either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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Misleading UK immigration claims results in a clash between politicians

In justifying the proposal, May used the example of a Bolivian man who avoided deportation based on the fact that he had a pet cat in the country. The Home Secretary cited the case of an “illegal immigrant who cannot be deported because – and I am not making this up – he had pet cat”.

Kenneth Clarke later expressed his scepticism about the claim, commenting: “I’ll have a small bet with her that nobody has ever been refused deportation on the grounds of the ownership as a cat”. Clarke was proved right when the judiciary revealed the cat had no bearing on the man’s case, and was only mentioned to show evidence of a long-term relationship with his girlfriend.

Despite the gaffe, Theresa May will push ahead with her proposals to make it easier for the UK to deport migrants by changing the interpretation of the ECHR. The proposals would see the law disregard any family connections in the UK if the migrant has been in the country illegally, thus making it far more difficult for people to remain in Britain based on the ECHR’s guarantee of a right to ‘private and family life’.

Last month the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said he would block any move by the UK to bypass the ECHR. “Let me say something really clear about the Human Rights Act. In fact, I will do it in words of one syllable – it is here to stay.”

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Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies
who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2
Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled
International professional and you would like to work in the UK
Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners
specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme)
visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that
either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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Migration Advisory Committee Proposes Cuts to Shortage Occupation List

The Shortage Occupation List is a roster of jobs for which there is an endemic shortage of suitably skilled resident workers. If a job appears on the list, an employer can fill it with a non-European Union national without having to complete a resident labour market test. Applications to fill shortage occupations also get priority access to the monthly cap on restricted certificates of sponsorships.

Further recommendations from MAC include adding some occupations to the list, nevertheless its proposal would result in a net reduction in occupations as a percentage of the UK’s overall workforce. Industries affected by the recommendations include: electrical energy production, natural resources, nuclear power, aerospace engineering and computer gaming.

The MAC’s recommendations are now being considered by the Home Office. While not binding, the MAC report will likely carry significant influence in any upcoming changes to the Shortage Occupation List. In the past, the Home Office has acted on MAC recommendations in one to three months.

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who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2
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International professional and you would like to work in the UK
Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners
specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme)
visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that
either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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Family migration reform to promote better integration

During a speech at the Centre for Policy Studies, the Minister highlighted research that supports the government\’s proposals on family migration. The proposals which are currently being consulted on will prevent the family route being used to bypass immigration laws, while welcoming those who want to make a life here with their family and contribute to their local community.

Reports on family migration to the UK show:
•    Two-thirds of a sample of those granted a marriage visa in 2009 had never visited the UK before deciding to move here permanently;
•    The proportion of people entering on family visas who settle here permanently varies hugely by nationality – of the family migrants granted a visa in 2004, 8 out of 10 from Bangladesh and Pakistan had settled here permanently within 5 years, compared with just 10 per cent of Australians;
•    20 per cent of a sample of sponsors of marriage visa applicants were either unemployed or had an income below the national minimum wage;
•    37 per cent of sponsors from the sample were living with family members or friends; and
•    In 2009-10, the Department for Work and Pensions spent £2.6 million on telephone interpreting services and nearly £400,000 on document translation.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said:

“These are sensitive issues which have been ignored for far too long but ones we are determined to tackle. We want a system that lets everyone know where they stand and what their responsibilities are. If your marriage is not genuine, if you have no interest in this country and its way of life, if you are coming here to live off benefits, don\’t come in the first place. That is why our focus is on delivering better family migration – better for migrants, for communities and for the UK as a whole.”

Plans to reform family migration are outlined in an ongoing consultation which includes proposals to:
•    Define more clearly what constitutes a genuine marriage for the purposes of the immigration rules to help identify sham and forced marriages;
•    Introduce a minimum income threshold for those sponsoring family migrants to ensure they are supported at a level that helps integration;
•    Extend the probationary period before spouses and partners can apply for settlement in the UK from 2 years to 5 years to test the genuineness of relationships and to encourage integration into British life before settlement is granted; and
•    Require spouses, partners and adult dependants aged under 65 applying for settlement to be able to demonstrate that they can understand everyday English.

In 2010, family migration accounted for around 18 per cent of all non-EU immigration to the UK. In 2010, 48,900 visas were granted to spouses, partners and dependants of British citizens and those with permanent residence in the UK.

Early findings from the consultation launched in July 2011 show broad public support for many of the changes the government has proposed. The great majority back the proposed requirement that spouses and partners must have to understand everyday English before being allowed to settle here permanently.

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Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies
who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2
Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled
International professional and you would like to work in the UK
Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners
specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme)
visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that
either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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Immigration cap poses risk to UK economy

The popular Tier 1 (General) category no longer exists. There is a new Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)category; however, hardly anyone meets the requirements for this visa category. Moreover, Tier 2 skilled immigration for applicants with a job offer from a UK employer was capped at approximately 21,000 visas per year and, for many people, made a lot more difficult. The government’s report suggested that non-EU Tier 1 and Tier 2 migrants, at present levels have a small positive impact on GDP per head and contribute positively to net public finances and play an important part in the provision of education, health and social services.

The report stated that cutbacks to immigration would not be evenly spread and could have a severe impact on certain sectors. \”It would be remiss not to point out that there is widespread concern among employers regarding the impact that limits on migration could have,\” the report stated. UK Businesses and industry groups are concerned about the recent immigration restrictions.  Neil Carberry, employment affairs director at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), told The Independent that the \”ability to base highly skilled foreign staff in the UK helps to attract investment that also supports British jobs.\”

\”With numbers in the employer-sponsored work permit system already relatively low, there is little evidence that this part of the system should be the government\’s key priority on controlling migration,\” he added. \”We should want to attract these people to come and retaining a route to settlement is a key part of that, although businesses don\’t object to having a more formal points test for the right to settle.\”

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Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies
who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2
Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled
International professional and you would like to work in the UK
Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners
specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme)
visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that
either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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EU executive to stop countries bringing back border controls

The free travel regime, known as the Schengen system- was questioned earlier this year when Silvio Berlusconi and Nicolas Sarkozy, feuded over a small influx of immigrants from Tunisia. France reintroduced border controls to stop the immigrants arriving from Italy. Denmark then unilaterally decided to re-erect border and customs checks on its borders with Germany and Sweden. Under the reformed law being proposed by the commissioner for home affairs, Cecilia Malmström, Italy, France, and Denmark would be unable to act without approval from the commission.

A spokesperson for the commissioner said that Schengen “is one of the most important achievements and the commission is determined to defend it. At the moment an area of common interest is governed by individual decisions. This has to be changed.” Under Malmström\’s proposals, to be unveiled within a fortnight, the commission in Brussels would have the last word and an effective veto over the decisions of EU national governments. The draft law would also give the European parliament more of a say in how Schengen operates.

Viewed as the EU\’s signature achievements, Schengen enables some 400 million Europeans to travel without passports from the Turkish border to the Arctic circle and from Portugal to Russia\’s frontier. Participating countries will be allowed to briefly reintroduce border controls in the event of ‘foreseeable’ or ‘unforeseeable’ events. Foreseeable scenarios include national security grounds, such as hosting major international summits or sports events. In the unforeseeable scenario, for example a major terrorist attack or an epidemic, a country could act unilaterally to re-erect border controls, but only for five days. After that it would need the permission of the commission and the EU-qualified majority.

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who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2
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International professional and you would like to work in the UK
Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners
specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme)
visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that
either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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UK Boarder Agency raids shut down brothel

On August 3rd Immigration crime team officers from the agency, supported by West Midlands and Warwickshire Police officers, paid another visit ,two Chinese women were encountered. Officers informed the women that they were going to be using evidence gathered at the scene to apply for a closure order via the courts. The women denied working as prostitutes stating that they were on holiday. They left the property of their own accord.  Officers secured the property before leaving. The brothel closure order denies entry to the property to anyone other than the leaseholder for an initial three months. Access even for the leaseholder is only granted by prior arrangement with the UK Border Agency or the police. On 12 August Nuneaton Magistrates\’ Court granted the closure order in accordance with the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Cindy Stephenson, from the UK Border Agency\’s immigration crime team, said: \”We know the negative impact establishments like this have on local communities and are committed to shutting them down and catching the organised gangs that profit from prostitution. These closure order powers allow us to shut down brothels and to keep them closed, providing local people with a lasting solution to the problem.\” Immigration checks on the two Chinese woman encountered on 3 August showed that both had the right to remain in the UK. Commonwealth Contractors At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled International professional and you would like to work in the UK Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa. For more Information call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you. Please see other areas of the Commonwealth Contractors site for interesting articles on tax, immigration and contracting.

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Man with three wives jailed

Delroy Bryan, 46, of Reigate Road in Bromley was arrested by officers from the UK Border Agency in May 2010, after information was received suggesting he was involved in bigamous marriages to aid immigration applications.

Bryan married Jamaican national Inez Downs at Islington Registry office in November 2000. She went on to claim British nationality. However, he failed to inform the registrar that he was already married at the time. Two years later he married wife number three, another Jamaican woman, Alphina Brown at Merton Register Office. She also went on to claim British citizenship. It\’s thought he was paid just a few hundred pounds for each wedding.

Bryan admitted two counts of bigamy and two counts of assisting illegal immigration during a hearing at Croydon Crown Court, and was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

Inez Downs, 53, of Woodward in Crawley was found guilty of obtaining leave to remain by deception on Thursday 4 August. She was jailed for a year. She stood trial alongside her son, Mark Bernard, 34, of the same address, who had helped process her immigration applications. He was also found guilty of two counts of assisting illegal immigration, and was sentenced to a year in prison.

Alphina Brown, 38, of London Road in Mitcham, has admitted three counts of obtaining leave to remain in the UK by deception and will be sentenced on August19.

Alex Ttaris, head of the UK Border Agency\’s criminal and financial investigation team in south London, said: \’Bryan was a conman and a liar. His motivation for getting involved with these marriages was money, but it is clear he knew the purpose was to help these women get round immigration laws. Downs and Brown both knew these marriages were a fraud, but were willing to cheat the system. We now have specialist teams of investigators cracking down on marriage abuse and other forms of immigration crime.\’

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At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private
Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies
who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2
Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled
International professional and you would like to work in the UK
Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners
specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme)
visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that
either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

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UK immigration law challenged by three couples

Rashida Chapti, 54, is a British citizen who has been married to Vali Chapti, 57, for 37 years and has six children. For the past 15 years, Mrs Chapti has travelled between England and India in order to spend time with her husband, but now she wishes Mr Chapti to live with her in Leicester. Mr Chapti cannot speak, read or write English, but will have work in England as a machinist, with his wife, who says he is too old now to start learning English. Mrs Chapti said: \”I just want to be with my husband. I miss him. I believe he has every right to be with me.\”

Manjit Gill, QC, representing the Chaptis said: \”Someone who is settled here, someone who is a British citizen, is ordinarily entitled to have their spouse living with them, providing it is a genuine marriage, providing there is no recourse to public funds.\” But he claims that the new law infringes on the human right that entitles people to marry and live in a family unit and is \”blatantly, admittedly, racially discriminatory\”.

Mr Gill said: \”The rule is designed, putting it crudely, to keep out persons who tend to marry within their communities, who tend to have arranged marriages, who tend to be from the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East in particular.\”

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UK Boarder Agency to improve employer checking service for migrant workers

ECS is a developing service run by the UKBA. ECS will assist employers in checking the validity of application registration cards and certificates of UK migrant worker\’s application. The service requires immigrant workers to submit required evidence to provide their legal working status in the UK. Employers must check these documents before the UK immigrants start their jobs. In addition, the employers must keep a copy of the checked documents, which will provide them with a statutory excuse if they are found to be employing an illegal worker.

The service will be made available for use by other government departments and agencies. According to the UKBA, they will anticipate a \”period of technological and service development\” before service is offered to the public.

The period of technological and service development will require optional, future services enabling remote checks, which may include biometric chip-reading technology for downloading and biometric chip reading hardware. The web-based high availability interface should include data gathering, data staging, and the secure transfer of data to and from the authority in near real time. It should also comprise the display of return data, check history management, and maintain data in flight and in storage in a secure fashion.

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