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Posted on Dec 3, 2013 in United Kingdom |

There is a growing anxiety about a possible immigration influx from Bulgaria and Romania in UK

On 1st January 2014 the transitional controls that forbid citizens of Bulgaria and Romania to work in EU countries will expire. The controls were introduced in 2007 and can be extended to a maximum of  7 years. The UK premier minister is currently feeling a growing pressure to preserve the controls after 2014. Nevertheless the UK immigration minister Mark Harper said that he does not expect a large influx of Bulgarian and Romanian workers in Britain during 2014. In 2004, when Poland, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary and the Czech Republic joined the EU, all western countries except United Kingdom introduced working limitations for citizens of those countries. Mr Harper said that this had meant that most people from the eight new EU countries who had wanted to emigrate to an old EU Country could only move easily to the UK, Sweden or Ireland. Therefore, he said, the numbers coming to the UK were high. It is estimated that over 600,000 people from just one country, Poland, had come to the UK by the end of 2006. He said that Bulgarian and Romanian will rather travel to other EU countries such as Germany and Italia since large communities of Bulgarians and Romanians already live in those countries and they will exert a pull effect on the future immigrants. According to Harper it is impossible to extend the controls beyond 2014 because this will contradict EU agreements which UK has signed. Anxiety about the prospect of immigration influx from Bulgaria and Romania persist among the UK public. Only 25 percent of the UK citizens believe that Bulgarians and Romanias should enjoy the same rights to work in UK as Western European citizens. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for you UK visa fast and hassle free today blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Nov 26, 2013 in United Kingdom |

New poll concludes that most UK citizens support economic-based model of immigration

A new poll that was conducted by the UK non governmental organization YouGov show that the population of Great Britain have comlex views on immigration. Most of the people actually approve of economics-based model of immigration, but disapprove of family immigration. In addition to that many people are in favour of providing the opportunities for wealthy foreign investors to come to UK. Peter Kellner, a co-founder of YouGov, wrote an article for UK newspaper The Guardian on 25th November 2013 in which he set out the figures gathered from two recent YouGov polls. The survey shows that 71% of the population thinks that the government should try to attract wealthy foreign investors to the country. In addition to that 68% of the surveyed people approve of foreign students who come to the country. Around 63% of the people think that it will be advantageous if the number of skilled workers that are given visas is increased. Around one half of the population thinks that more people, who come to UK should be allowed to use the National Health Service. Only 33% of those surveyed thought that the number of people coming to the UK to join relatives already here should be maintained or raised 57% though that the number should be cut. Another interesting fact that came out of the survey is that the UK population distrusts the government on the issue of immigration as on any other major issue. Only 7% believe that the net number of people who come in the country has decreased despite of the fact that official government statistics shows that this is the case. A majority of the people also said that they are in favour of limiting the EU immigration. They think that David Cameron should impose such rules that the number of EU citizens that come to UK is decreased. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your UK visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Nov 25, 2013 in United Kingdom |

UK needs to provide better immigration arrangements for foreign students

The immigration minister of UK Mark Harper have announced in from of a committee of the House of Lords that Great Britain has failed to provide good arrangements for international students, who graduate in UK to stay in the country. Currently international students that graduate in the country are allowed to stay only if they find a job that pays more  than 20 000 Pounds in Brutto salary per year. Mr Harper was speaking to the House of Lords Soft Power and the UK’s Influence Committee which was taking questions from figures involved in the UK’s ‘export education sector’. The Committee was assembled to ‘examine the use of soft power in furthering the United Kingdom’s global influence and interests’. According to Professor Colin Riordan foreign students choose not to come to UK due to high fees and complex bureaucracy that are associated with getting tier 4 visas. The main factor however, he claims is that the post study Tier 1 visa has been abolished which significantly limits their opportunities fro living and working in UK after their graduation.  He claims that the closure of the post study track creates a huge disadvantage for UK in comparison with similar student destinations such as United States and Australia. The Immigration Minister Mark Harper however have said that many people make erroneous claims about immigration that are not backed by sufficient data. He said that the total number of student visas had fallen because UK immigration had closed down 700 further education colleges ‘because there had been significant abuse’ of the student visa. The government according to him has done a very good job in cracking this abuse down. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Working Holiday Visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Nov 15, 2013 in United Kingdom |

Immigration causes growth in UK population

According to the UK office for national statistics (ONS) the population of the country is set to grow with 10% during the next 25 years. Immigration will directly contribute for a large part of this growth. The ONS says that its projections indicate that the UK’s population should reach 68m in 2022, 70m in 2027 and 73.3m in 2037. Part of this rise will be caused by the fact that people are generally living longer. By 2037, one in 12 of the population will be over 80. There will be 111,000 people aged over 100, compared to only 13,000 today. ONS makes its population projections every two years and those are later used by the UK government to set the appropriate policy on immigration. The current expectation of the population increase are based on the projection that the country will experience net immigration of 165 000 people per year. The forecast predicts that the net immigration will increase with 4,6 million people which will constitute 46% of the total expected growth in the population. In addition to that immigration will indirectly contribute to population increase of 17% during the next 25 years. The reason for this is that the birth rate among immigrants is higher and therefore ONS predicts that immigration, and the related increase in birth rate, will actually cause the UK population to grow by 5.8m by 2037; 60% of the total. In 2010, the UK’s net annual immigration figure was 250,000 but the UK’s current Coalition government has been trying to cut immigration and has so far cut it around 165,000 a year. Before the last parliamentary election the current Premier Minister David Cameron has promised to bring the net immigration to less than 100 000 people per year. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to receive your UK visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 23, 2013 in United Kingdom |

UK will relax visa requirements for Chinese citizens

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and a senior minister has said that measures will be taken in order to simplify visa application procedure for Chinese visitors who want to go to UK for touristic or business purposes. The main change will include the fact that Chinese citizens, who have obtained Shengen visa that gives them the right to travel through EU countries will not need to apply for separate UK visa. The right to travel to the UK with a Schengen visa will initially only apply to Chinese tourists though the Treasury says that it intends that the scheme should be expanded to include businesspeople as well. In addition to that there will be super-priority-visa-service procedure introduced so that busy Chinese executives are able to obtain UK visa as fast as possible without loosing too much of their business time. The service will allow visa applicants to have their documents processed within 24 hours. The new changes will came as a result of the fact that many British corporate executives are calling for reduced visa requirements for Chinese nationals.  arlier this month, the chief executive of British Airways, Willie Walsh, warned that the UK’s visa system was deterring Chinese visitors and businesspeople from visiting the UK and was, therefore, damaging Britain’s economy. Mr Walsh says that only 150 000 Chinese people have travelled to UK during the last year in comparison with 1,1 million who have visited Shengen area countries. The current Home Secretary Theresa May however was initially opposed to the proposals for relaxation of the visa regime with China. Nevertheless she issued a statement in which she promised that UK will continue to make improvement wherever is possible. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your UK visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations, United Kingdom |

Haunted Towers and Gloomy Dungeons: Discover London at Halloween

Do you fancy doing something out of the ordinary this Halloween? Ditch trick or treat for London’s gloomy dungeons and haunted towers. London has a dark and blood-soaked history, ripe for exploring at this spooky time of year. Whether you’re after chilling tales and terrifying gore, or something spook-tacular for the kids, London has a lot to offer. See London from a spookier perspective this October with eight of the best attractions for this Halloween: London Dungeons The London Dungeons may be spooky all year round, but at Halloween things get turned up a notch. Discover the horrors of London’s gory history down in the dark dungeons – what could be better at Halloween? Featuring live actors and special effects, the gruesome tales of the capital are brought to life in the grimy light of the dungeons. With Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd for company, you’re in for trick, rather than a treat. The London Dungeons have also rustled up something especially for Halloween, with dungeon brew, trick or treat lollies and a pumpkin-filled production of horrors. Hampton Court Palace This beautiful palace is another attraction brimming with tourists all year round, but beneath the splendour, is a dark past. Many believe the palace to be haunted – by not one, but five ghosts. The two most popular stories involve Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard and ‘skelator’, an eerie presence which stands at the entrance. The ghost of Catherine Howard is rumoured to haunt the gallery, where she was kept under house arrest shortly before her execution. Whether or not it is true, the eerie tale of her shrieking voice echoing through the corridor is a glimpse into the palace’s dark history. ‘Skelator’ is a more recent addition to ghostly inhabitants of the palace. The figure was first spotted on CCTV in 2003 and caused security guards to rush to the spot, only to find no one there. If you’re looking for chilling ghost stories, as well as a glimpse into the beauty and history of London, then Hampton Court Palace would be a spooky day out...

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Posted on Sep 16, 2013 in Guest Posts, Tips and Tricks, United Kingdom |

Online Investigations for Your Travel to London

Before planning a trip abroad, you must always do your homework. From checking visa requirements to flights and booking an accommodation, it important to have, everything planned ahead of time. If you search the web, you will get all information about your travel in detail. I first visited London in 2008, with a lot of planning and homework. While doing my online investigation, I came across few websites that help every traveller coming to the capital. These websites will make your travel smooth and successful. On these sites, you will find details about visa, flights, accommodation, sightseeing, and food in London. Here is a detailed list, where you can investigate online: Visa Enquiry The first step for any holiday is to get your visa. If you are travelling to London, then make sure you contact UK embassy or consulate in your country for visa. If you want to visit London on a holiday, or just want to visit a friend, you must apply as a general visitor. To visit a member from your family, you can apply visa as a family visitor. For further details about how and where you can apply for an UK visa, please visit VisaFirst website. Flight Information No matter from where you travel, it is always important to find an online source to book cheap flight tickets. Skyscanner.netis one such destination, where you can easily book your flight tickets to reach London’s major international airports – Heathrow, City, Gatwick, and Stansted. On this site, you will get cheap deals and offers to book a flight of your choice. Make your bookings in advance and avail special discounts offered here. Airport Transfer Transportation in London is quite easy and comfortable for travellers. I prefer tubes, as they are the most convenient means to travel within the city. For getting around in London from the airports, you can take buses, taxis, local trains, DLR, tubes, or even car rentals. If you visit, you will get detailed information about transportation in London. London Accommodation When I visit London, I usually book my accommodation through, a...

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