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UK Sends More Border Force Boats Despite Migrant ‘Magnet’ Warnings

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UK Sends More Border Force Boats Despite Migrant ‘Magnet’ WarningsOn Monday, Mr. Sajid Javid, the home secretary, announced that HMC Searcher would be joined by two cutters which were currently deployed in the Mediterranean. This was so they could patrol the English channels after 139 migrants were apprehended in the UK territorial waters over the Christmas break.

This decision was made following the pressure from Tory MPs and warnings indicating that the presence of the UK authorities in the waters may attract migrants.

Mr. Javid said that in as much as he is responsible for the UK border, he is also responsible for human lives as well.

Mr. Charlie Elphicke, Tory MP was glad about the decision. He said the best way to stop the migrants and traffickers from entering the country is by not giving them hope of finding a refuge in the country. This can be done by safely returning the migrants to France.

The migrants who were picked up in the British Channel will be taken to the UK, so that their asylum claims will be heard, confirmed Mr. Sajid Javid.

He further added that he would find ways to make sure that asylum is denied the illegal migrants from safe places like France. He promised to work with the French authorities to stop the crossings.

Counter View

David wood, the former director of immigration enforcement at the Home office, said if more cutters were sent to the channel, it would attract more migrants to cross over as they would be assured of being rescued. As such, there will be no positive results, unless these migrants are sent to France – with an agreement with the French government, of course.

He said some of the migrants may likely be economic migrants who want the best for their relatives and themselves. It is likely they are paid to make the crossing. He also said that the crime groups might advise the migrants on how to respond to questions to avoid being deported.

Majority of the people that are crossing are male who also claim to be Iranians. It may be true because the Iranians are considered wealthier than the Eritrean or Afghan migrants who wait in France, looking for a chance to enter Britain.

Also, it may be as a result of the visa program in Serbia which was closed recently. This has permitted them to illegally enter the Western European Union states nearby, with the intention of moving to the wealthier European Union nations to seek asylum.

Be it as it may, Mr. Wood also warns that most of the immigrants may not be Iranians as they claim. As such, they may be lying to lower their chances of being ejected from the country.

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British Authorities Advised to Stop English Channel Migrant Crossings

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UK to Stop Channel Migrant CrossingsWith all the crossings over the English channels recently, the British government authorities have been advised to put a stop to the possible trafficking behind the crossings.

Recently, there have been numerous accounts of migrants crossing, involving people who claim to be Iranians, Afghans, Iraqis, etc. Dover MP, Mr. Charlie Elphicke said that such crossings are very dangerous ones during this winter period and as such, the situation should be well handled by the UK National Crime Agency and Home Office. But it appears the reverse is the case, as the government is not explaining the actions that have been taken to stop the crossings which may lead to possible people trafficking.

Mr. Charlie Elphicke said the French and British government authorities should stop the traffickers behind these crossings before a tragedy occurs in the channel.

Home Office Responds

A spokeswoman from the Home Office, in response, said that the Border force officials had intercepted and rescued three men on a small boat who presented themselves as Iranians. They were taken to the UK authorities for interviewing.

The National Crime Agency and Home Office also reported, on Tuesday afternoon, that many boats containing migrants were also intercepted and rescued by Border force while trying to cross the channel overnight and that these incidents will be dealt with appropriately.

According to them, there may be a criminal gang activity behind these illegal migrations by boats through the English channels, as such the UK authorities are working in connection with the law enforcement agencies and French officials to capture these gangsters who are putting lives at risk.

Meanwhile, the authorities have been advised by the campaigners to help the migrants if they wish to claim asylum so that they would not risk their lives by going the busy shipping lanes.

According to the spokeswoman from Kent Refugee Action Network, Bridget Chapman, there has to be a way for these people to travel safely rather than being forced to embark o a hazardous journey which would risk them being exploited or falling I to the hands of human traffickers.

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Visa procedure for Malaysian travelers hastened by UK

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Visa procedure for Malaysian travelers hastened by UKUK Home Office declared that Malaysians heading to the UK will now be able to make an application for the Registered Traveler Service of the United Kingdom. The Rakyat Post quotes that British High Commission has declared that  the travelers from Malaysia are now permitted to use the service to get a hastened clearance via the UK immigration.

Approved citizens will get a faster entry at the British border via  the ePassport gates (for those holding an ePassport) or the United Kingdom /European Union passport lane so additional landing card is not required for them.

The British high commissioner, Vicki Treadell said to Malaysia, that 176,000 visitors from Malaysia entered the UK in 2015 which is a rise of 12 percent from the previous year. Southeast Asian country’s citizens will now savor all the treats Britain offers due to the hastened entry at the UK border.

The Registered Traveler Service gives hastened clearance via the UK border only to the sanctioned members whose advanced security procedure has taken place. This service will be made available from 21 November to Malaysian travelers.

Robert Goodwill, who is the migration minister of the United Kingdom is glad that their country welcomes new  business and also expressed his excitement  to share the benefits with Malaysian travelers. Adding that the scheme was also available to many other countries, he said that he was happy to welcome Malaysia to the community of Registered Traveler.

Eligible for this scheme are those Malaysian travelers, who have a valid passport, either possess a visa or entry clearance or have travelled to Britain a minimum of 4-time in last two years. The applicant  will receive a provisional letter of acceptance after the application is approved by the authorities followed by the important and detailed background checks.

The membership is confirmed and certified only if the applicants present themselves to the designated officer when they  land in the UK where their membership procedure would be finalized.

UK changes visa rules for non EU citizens

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UK changes visa rules for non EU citizensThe British government has declared few changes in visa rules for citizens of non-European countries which were effective from 24 November. The new rules and regulations are expected to affect a lot of Indians and workers working in the field of technology. The UK Home Office quoted that the first two revisions to Tier 2 in March after a review by the Migration Advisory Committee will impact applications made from 24 November onwards.

The latest rules announced by the UK Home Office, expects applicants of Tier2 ICT (intra-company transfer) category to have a salary of at least £30,000 per year which is an increase from the earlier income requirement of £20,800 per year. The Indian technological companies in the United Kingdom often refers to the ICT and according to the findings of Migration Advisory Committee of United Kingdom in early 2016, nearly 90 percent of Information technology workers from India made up to visas issued under this category.

Additionally , the Tier 2 (General) salary threshold has hiked for experienced workers to £25,000.Also the Tier 2 (ICT) graduate trainee earning salary threshold has been fallen to £23,000 and the number of places has raised to 20 per company every year.The skills transfer sub-category of Tier 2 (ICT)  has been closed.

Reportedly the non-EU nationals including the Indians will also be affected by the latest rule announced by the UK government. Owing to the new English language requirements when the applicant applies for the settlement as a family following two and a half years of stay in Britain on a five year path to residential  settlement in the country. The new rule would be applicable to both partners and parents of applicants whose current leave to remain in Britain under the family immigration rules will be expiring from 1 May 2017 onward. The applicants are expected to follow the latest rules to apply for visa.

 

Tier 2 visa opportunities for students in UK

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Tier 2 visa opportunities for students in UKUK immigration has unveiled an all-new tier four visa pilot program for a duration of 2 years recently. This program will pave the way for non-European scholars who are pursuing Masters degree program for thirteen months or less from 4 best universities in the United Kingdom to stay back in the nation. They can stay for a maximum of 6 months once they have successfully completed the master’s degree. This would let them to get hold of good job opportunities in the United Kingdom through the visa scheme. The government has put forth this plan for the best 4 universities in the United Kingdom as the visa refusal level is too low for these universities. It is expected that this scheme if successfully implemented could speed up the process of applying for tier 4 visa.

The students from the following universities alone can be part of this scheme – Imperial college, London University of Bath, University of California and University of Cambridge.

A spokesperson from the Home Office stated that: “Individuals who wish to learn at the finest educational organizations in the United Kingdom have the most favorable opportunities now. This prudently envisaged visa program will make sure that the universities are reliably competitive and capable to entice the smartest and finest scholars across the globe.” She further states that all of the scholars who are partaking in this program has to meet all the standards as per the immigration rules established by the United Kingdom Home Office. All of the scholars need to meet suitable security and identity checks. Any request that doesn’t meet these immigration rules would be declined.

It is expected that the Home Office will carefully scrutinize this visa pilot program during 2- year period. The government would also perform an official assessment of the Tier four program once it gets to its conclusion. This would help to make any tweaks in the program if needed.

UK Mulls Changes To Permanent Residency For Immigrants

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The UK is planning to overhaul residency policy and may terminate automatic residency for migrant workers

The immigration minister of UK Mr. Damian Green recently published that the government is all set to pushing the latest reforms regarding automatic settlement in terms of the employment which is required to be terminated.

According to the UK immigration news, as until now, the migrants on the work permit or the domestic worker’s visa expected that they could go for applying for permanent residency after the 5 years and for the British Citizenship, a year later.

According to the UK immigration news the radical changes includes the new minimum pay thresholds means that candidates with their best working experience are the ones who will be able to apply for the desired residency. As per the new rules, the government intends to do the following:

  • The government will continue to monitor and seek changes to the immigration policy and may even make additional changes to permanent residency policy.
  • Those who run their own business, along with talented migrants will fall under Tier 1 category.
  • As per the UK immigration news, the government will continue to assist and enable settlement for those who fall under Tier 2 plus provided they meet the minimum wage requirement of £35,000.
  • PH-D level scientist and other researchers will qualify the settlement without having the minimum salary criteria.
  • The government will also consider all workers to be exempted in terms of the minimum settlement salary in case of shortage occupations jobs which may include the nurses, social workers, teachers and much more.
  • The candidates who fall under the Tier 2 can  extend the temporary visa in order to stay in UK up to 6 years along with a cooling-off period of about a year.
  • The government plans to make it possible for overseas domestic workers to apply and work privately, in UK for a period of up to six months, but they would be required to stay employed by the same company for this entire duration.
  • The UK government also makes it possible for overseas visitors to undertake short term assignments, for periods not extending one to two months, with no requirements of sponsorship by anyone.
  • Tier 5 category workers, are those who are employed by various diplomatic households, and as such, are allowed to stay and work in UK for a period of up to five years.

The proposed changes, some of which are already in effect, are designed to limit immigration as per criterion set by the government.

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