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Immigration News Round-Up 9 February 2013

9 Feb 2013

Asylum seeker claims he was assaulted during deportation from UK

Elderly woman died after care agency closed by UKBA, 2 Filipinos connected with agency arrested

International university student applications rise

Bulgarians and Romanians should be denied benefits says MP

UK ‘open for business’ for Chinese visitors, say UKBA

British MPs vote for gay marriage

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Asylum seeker claims he was assaulted during deportation from UK

An asylum seeker has alleged that he was seriously assaulted by private security staff on a plane at Heathrow Airport during an aborted deportation, during which passengers were spat at, the BBC reports today.

Some people being held in detention strongly resist attempts by security staff to remove them by putting up a last minute fight before boarding a plane.

If you have overstayed your visa, but think you may have a human rights claim to remain in the UK, you should take advice on how to regularise or legalise your stay in the UK, before you get arrested and removed.

Immigration Matters has teamed up with a network of immigration law practitioners to offer bail and appeal services for those who find themselves locked in detention centres. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY.

Elderly woman died after care agency closed by UKBA

A bedridden elderly pensioner was left at home without medication, food, or water for nine days after the UK Border Agency (UKBA) raided and closed down the agency which provided care. Four people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to assist foreign nationals. A Filipino man and woman were arrested on suspicion of the same offences on 14 January at a separate address in south London.


International university student applications rise

Immigration Minister Mark Harper announced last week that despite Tier 4 visa changes and the abolition of the post study work visa last year, international student numbers have gone up.

Bulgarians and Romanians should be denied benefits says MP

A British Member of Parliament (MP) says child benefit should be withheld from those who are not resident in the UK and there should be changes to tax credits for immigrants. The negative campaign will further upset the thousands of educated hardworking Romanians and Bulgarians who come to the UK to improve their lives by working legally with a yellow or blue card, not to claim benefits.

UK ‘open for business’ for Chinese visitors, say UKBA

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) said the United Kingdom is ‘open’ for business and tourism and China is one of the UK’s priority markets.

British MPs vote for gay marriage

UK Members of Parliament (MP’s) tonight overwhelming endorsed historic legislation that will give gay couples the equal right to marry. The UK already has ‘Civil Partnerships’ for same sex couples which are recognised in the Immigration Rules, as are long term relationships when sponsoring a partner.

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Have you been detained? If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules, overstaying your visa or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed down, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an Appeal against a refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email: or visit for free immigration news updates.

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

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