Monthly Archives: August 2011

Improved services for online UK appointments booking

The online booking service has been brought together with interactive UK application forms and online payments, providing a single convenient process for applicants in the UK. To use the improved service, you need to create your own online account. You can then book and reschedule your appointments online without needing to phone the UKBA. You […]

Bride and groom arrested following sham marriage

Muhammad Naeem Aslam, a 22-year-old Pakistan national, appeared before Armagh Magistrates Court on Tuesday 2 August charged with seeking to obtain leave to remain in the UK by deception. The bride, 21-year-old Latvian national Jolantea Juska, and her sister, 26-year-old Jana Juska, who acted as witness to the marriage, also appeared at Armagh Magistrates today […]

Online booking of UK appointments will be unavailable on 4-7 August

The service will be available again from Monday 8 August, including a number of improvements. You will be able to create your own online account, and book and reschedule your appointments online without needing to phone. The improved service will bring the appointments process together with interactive application forms and online payments for UK applicants. […]

Agency operation seizes four tonnes of cannabis

Four men appeared before Brighton Magistrates to face charges with the importation of controlled drugs and were remanded in custody. David Smith, UK Border Agency regional deputy director, said: The UK Border Agency\’s fleet of cutters play a vital role in securing the border. They are on constant alert around the UK coastline to keep […]

Government proposes tougher English language test for family migration

Under rules implemented in 1997 spouses must demonstrate that they can ‘understand everyday English’ before they are allowed to apply for permanent settlement. This is tested through a computer-based ‘Life in the UK’ test which the government claims corresponds to the level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). CEFR provides a basis […]

New Payment Method For Premium Appointments in Glasgow and Cardiff

From July 25th the UK Boarder Agency (UKBA) are changing payment arrangements for customers using their premium same-day at Glasgow and Cardiff public enquiry offices. No longer will there be cashiers to receive in those locations. If you are attending an appointment in Glasgow or Cardiff, there will be 3 ways that you can pay […]

UK opens its doors for exceptional talent

Aiming to remain a competitive force around the world the government has decided to encourage exceptionally talented leaders from science, humanities, engineering and the arts fields to come to the UK in order to maintain excellence. A new Tier 1 category- Exceptional Talent- will open on 9 August 2011 available to those who have been […]

UK Board Agency appoints new CEO

Rob Whiteman has lead the local Government\’s response to central Government\’s agenda for greater self-regulation and improvement. Working across Whitehall, he has supported policy discussions between the new coalition Government and local Government. The appointment has been approved by the Prime Minster and Home Secretary where Mr Whiteman will succeed Jonathan Sedgwick, the interim CEO […]