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Immigration News Round-Up 20 February 2013

20 Feb 2013

UKBA  help abused Filipina gain ILR in spite of British husband's efforts to force her to reurn to PHL 

In a recent ‘domestic violence’ case, involving an abusive British husband punishing his Filipino wife and son by refusing to sign their form for permanent residence (Indefinite Leave to Remain/ILR), the UKBA not only approved her subsequent application, but made the decision in just four weeks. The UK Border Agency (UKBA) frequently receives massive criticism when it gets something wrong or fails to do make an immigration decision in a timely fashion. 

But little credit is given when the Home Office or UKBA does something right, as in the case of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban who is now recovering in Birmingham after skull reconstruction treatment in Britain. 

The Malala story was worldwide news, but many other less publicised humanitarian cases are handled by the UK Border Agency on a daily basis.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY.

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The Thames Barrier which protects London against flooding.

Photo Credit: Roger W Haworth - click image to enlarge  

UK cannot stop Romanians and Bulgarians say EU Justice Commissioner

The European Commission’s vice-president said it will not be possible for Britain to restrict the freedom of movement of Bulgarians and Romanians when UK work restrictions expire next year.

Indian students ‘welcome’ says Prime Minister David Cameron, but nobody told the UKBA

UK Prime Minister David Cameron will next week visit India to tell prospective students that Britain will be “incredibly welcoming” to them if they come to this country to study and work…But perhaps should pass the message on to the UK Border Agency and the Entry Clearance Officers (ECO’s) who are refusing student visas in India left, right and centre, and rejecting visa extensions in the UK for the slightest reason.

UK Prime Minister wants to overhaul benefits system for immigrants

At present, only Romanian and Bulgarian students are forced, in any large numbers, to take out medical or ‘comprehensive sickness insurance’ cover before being granted a yellow card permit to work and study in the UK.

Work restrictions on migrant workers from Romania ‘leads them to stay longer in UK and bring families’, survey reveals

New research carried out for the British Embassy suggests that the UK Government’s restrictions on Romanians working in the UK are encouraging them to stay and bring their families…

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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.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting or email:

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