The number of EU citizens applying for British citizenship is booming as people from a diverse range of locations and backgrounds attempt to address the uncertainty caused by Britain’s Brexit vote. It has without doubt been an anxious period for the 2.9 million people from other EU countries who are living in Britain. Similarly, around […]
Home Office Minister James Brokenshire has admitted UK-born citizens who want to bring their spouses into the UK from outside the EU are getting a raw deal. Since 2012, only those who earn at least £18,600 a year can sponsor their non-European spouse’s visa to ease the cost to taxpayers of migration. But the rule does not apply to citizens of other EU countries who have settled in the UK.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has promised vigorously and repeatedly that his Government would reduce annual net immigration into the UK to the “tens of thousands” by the time of the General Election in May. Politicians seem to have a Special Hobby of not fulfilling their promises, and this was no exception.
Foreign students should be excluded from government plans to cut net immigration to the UK, former cabinet minister Lord Heseltine has said. The ex-deputy prime minister said non-EU students should be left out of official immigration figures to avoid the risk of damaging UK universities.
The UK’s prime minister, David Cameron, has announced changes to the UK’s immigration system which, he says, are ‘a vital part’ of his ‘long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain’.
James Brokenshire, the UK’s immigration minister, has announced two improvements to the UK’s visa system in China. Mr Brokenshire says that the changes should make it easier for Chinese applicants to apply for and obtain UK visas.
Nick Clegg to call for tighter controls on immigration from new EU states. The Liberal Democrats leader’s intervention means all the major parties will be competing to prove they would reduce immigration from EU.
The entrepreneur route is intended to allow migrants to set up businesses in the UK in order to create jobs and growth. However evidence from tax records shows that people on expiring student visas are transferring to entrepreneur status under the pretence of setting up a business when they are actually working in low skilled jobs.