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Posted on Jun 27, 2014 in Migration News |

Former Polish president Lech Walesa criticizes UK anti – immigration attitude

Lech Walesa the former president of Poland has accused UK of irrational approach to its immigration policy. Mr Walesa became a globally famous figure when he led a strike by the Solidarity union at the Gdansk shipyard in 1980. After the fall of communism in eastern Europe, Mr Walesa became the first democratically elected president of Poland in 1990. He lost power in 1995. Mr Walesa gave interview to Polish TV station shortly after Cameron made his comment that the fact that transitional controls were not imposed on Polish citizens in 2004, when Poland together with several other Central European states entered EU, was a huge mistake. At that time the UK government thought that only 13 000 people from those countries will come to UK, but at the end it turned out that more than half million arrived to live and work in Britain. These high levels of immigration caused significant anger in the some parts British Press and led to the rise of far-right nationalistic parties such as UKIP and its leader Nigel Farage. Mr Cameron told journalists at the EU summit that EU countries must ‘slow down access to each other’s labour markets’. Mr Walesa said that the UK should be grateful to Poland for the role that it had played in defeating communism which had, in turn, saved the UK billions of pounds in reduced defence expenditure. According to Walesa UK should now accept Poland because in the battle with the Communism its economy suffered greatly and was almost destroyed, which led hundreds of thousands Polish people to search better opportunities to work abroad. Mr Walesa has written a letter to Cameron in which he has expressed his frustration with the UK’s anti immigration policies. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your UK visa fast and hassle-free today. deyanMore...

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Posted on Jun 26, 2014 in Migration News |

UK will not offer amnesty for illegal immigrants

The Home secretary of United Kingdom Theresa May has ruled out the possibility that the government will offer amnesty for Illegal immigrants in Britain. According to her this will send a wrong message to the foreigners. According to a recent statistical data of the London School of Economics and Political Science, there are more than 1 000 000 people. The exact number is of course unknown.  Most of those people have either entered the country illegally on boats or have been first on temporary visas and then did not leave the country after the visa had expired. Mrs May told The House ‘I think if you have an amnesty, what you are likely to end up with is not a situation which helps with the control of immigration but a situation where more people try to come to the UK illegally because the message you’re giving is that at some stage that’s going to be ok, and that’s the problem with the amnesty’. According to Theresa May, most of the ethnic minorities in UK support the new curbs that are imposed on illegal immigrants. The reason for this is that they feel that the illegal immigrants are destroying the image of the foreigners, who work legally in UK. The idea that amnesty for illegal immigration should be rejected was not without its critics. For example the London Mayor Boris Johnson said that there is already an effective amnesty and he recommended that this is made official so that immigrants who are already living and working in Great Britain start paying social security and taxes. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your UK visa fast and hassle-free today. deyanMore...

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Posted on Jun 25, 2014 in New Zealand |

New Zealand foreign student will benefit from liberalized student visa regime

In order to make New Zealand more attractive for foreign students the education minister Steven Joyce and immigration minister Michael Woodhouse have announced new reform in the country’s student visa program. The new rules will give the foreigners extended right to work in the country while studying. In addition to that there will streamlined visa application process which will make application faster and easier. According to mr Joyce international education is a very important component of the New Zealand economy because it creates more than 28 000 jobs. Due to the increase competition for international students it is necessary that New Zealand takes some measures in order to ensure that it remain attractive for bright young people from around the world. Some critics however fear the fact that student might take some jobs from local citizens. Joyce however claims that this will be far offset by the number of working places that are created due to jobs that are created by the growing education industry. Mr Woodhouse announced that the lowest category of education college –Category 4 colleges, would no longer be allowed to teach overseas students. He said ‘while we want more students to come to our shores to study, our focus has to be on providing them with the highest quality education New Zealand has to offer’. Last but not least the minister will introduce new regulations that will ensure that international students are not ripped off by unscrupulous education and visa agents Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your New Zealand Visa fast and hassle-free today. deyanMore...

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Posted on Jun 24, 2014 in Migration News |

UK immigrants have contributed more than 20 billion pounds to the country’s economy

The analysis of statistical data done by a research team from University College London the immigrants have contributed to the UK economy with more than 25 billion UK pounds in the period 2001 to 2011. In addition to that the research shows that immigrants were less likely to receive benefits or use social housing that UK citizens. The research was carried out by Professor Christian Dustmann and Dr Tommaso Frattini at UCL’s Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration. They found out that while, on average, UK citizens had paid 7% less in taxes than they had received in state spending, immigrants had paid 4% more in taxes than they had received in benefits. The probable reason for this is that most of the immigrants, who come to work in United Kingdom are young and therefore less likely to use health services than the average of all British citizens. According to the report university graduates who are coming to work in UK are expected to contribute most to the local society, because the still have not reached their careers peaks and as they advance in their job they will receive more money and pay more taxes. A further breakdown of the figures shows that immigrants from outside the European Economic Area have made ‘a negative fiscal contribution’. The report states that this is ‘partly explained by their demographic structure –non-EEA immigrants have had more children than natives and we have allocated educational expenditure for children to immigrants’. The report, however have attracted significant criticism as well. Sir Andrew Green of anti-immigration group Migrationwatch UK said that the report was misleading because it takes no account of future costs of immigration such as the costs of pensions and medical treatment as immigrants grow older. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your United Kingdom Visa fast and hassle-free today. deyanMore...

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Posted on Jun 23, 2014 in Migration News |

Cyprus will reduce the cost of its fast-track citizenship program

The Cypriot department of immigration has cut the price of its fast track citizenship program, which is also known as economic citizenship. The main change was introduced to placate Russians who had lost money when the Cypriot government grabbed 40% of all deposits for themselves in two of Cyprus’s largest banks. Now there are several different way in which potential applicants will be able to obtain Cypriot citizenship. There is no need for them to have previously been residents of the country though they still must possess property there. In order to qualify for the fast track citizenship program all applicants must have at least 2 million euro invested in Cypriot shares or bonds or donate half million to the Cypriot science and technology fund.   In addition to that you can qualify by investing at least €5m in . The following types of investments qualify Property (but not undeveloped land) Cypriot businesses or companies Bonds, securities, debentures Investment or participation in public works Last but not least, those who have lost money in the Cypriot bailout program will also be eligible to apply. During March 2013, Cyprus was facing a national bankruptcy and the government took extraordinary measures in order to ensure the budget goals will be met. The most controversial step was that the government took 40% of all deposits worth more than 100 000 EUR. As a result of this many high net worth Russian citizens lost millions of dollars. The Cypriot government has now reduced the amount that must be invested in Cyprus in order to qualify for citizenship. The Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades told a Russian business conference in Limassol that this would ‘mitigate to some extent, the damage’ caused to Russian deposit holders. deyanMore...

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Posted on Jun 20, 2014 in United Kingdom |

UK student visa subject to criminality on massive scale

The UK immigration minister James Brokenshire has announced that the tier 4 student visa system has been targeted by international criminals on a massive scale. According to him there are 29 000 examples of visa fraud discovered so far. In addition to that there are 19 000 suspected fraud cases. Mr Brokenshire said that investigations into other test results are taking place. He said that he expected more cases to be uncovered. He said that there have been several arrests with more likely to follow. After 2011 all of the tier 4 visa applicants are required to prove their level of English by passing a language test before being eligible to receive their student visa. In addition to that the applicants must be interviewed by home office adjudicator either face to face or online. In February 2014 however, undercover BBC journalist showed that the abuse of the student visa system has been commonplace since a lot of years. At one multiple choice exam, for example, the outer doors of the college were locked before the invigilator read the answers out to the whole room. The 200 question-test, which was designed to take two hours was completed in seven minutes. Mr Brokenshire said that English language proficiency is just one of the requirements for people, who want to obtain student visa for UK. In addition to that applicants must ensure that their academic qualifications are sufficient and they need to visit their course regularly. Foreign students that visit privately funded colleges are not allowed to work at all. Nevertheless the at one private college – London School of Business and Finance, there were 219 foreign students who paid tax on earned income in the last year. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your UK visa fast and hassle-free today. deyanMore...

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Posted on Jun 19, 2014 in Australia |

Australian manages to reduce illegal immigration on boats

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot has announced that his government has managed to beat down the illegal smuggling of people. He has pointed out that during the last six months there were not any illegal immigrants arriving on boats in the country. The last successful people smuggling venture to Australia was on 19 December 2013. Over the same six month period in 2012/2013 under the previous government, a total of 190 boats with 12,773 people on board illegally arrived in Australia, more than a boat a day. According to Abbot the crackdown on illegal people smuggling is delivering huge financial benefits to the government. It saved already more than two billion dollars from the Australian taxpayers. It has also led to the closure of more than 10 detention centers. In addition to that the number of children who are living in detention centers has been also reduced with one-third. Abott said that the best way to limit the number of children in the detention centers is to reduce the incoming illegal immigrants at first place. In addition to that he pointed out that the Operation Sovereign Borders in helping the government to provide 20 000 resettlement places under the Special Humanitarian Programme. The places are given to those people waiting offshore and who are in desperate conditions. He also pointed out that under the previous government over 800 boats arrived carrying more than 50,000 people, including more than 8,000 children. This resulted in over 1,000 lives lost at sea and $11 billion in budget blowouts. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Australian visa fast and hassle-free today. deyanMore...

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