visas and immigration

New Biometric Controls and how they affect YOU!

Americans planning to travel to the UK over the summer holidays should be aware of changing laws and new biometric controls being put in place.

UK-Yankees Protest Unfair Visa & Citizenship Fee Increase

19 March 2007 UK-Yankee is protesting what it sees as unfair and disproportionate increases to immigration and nationality fees.

New UK Visa & Citizenship Fees Destroy Family Values

The cost of visa and naturalization fees will increase on 1 April 2007, and UK-Yankees say their disproportionate, above-inflation increases will hurt new British families.

UK Yankee© Issues Advisory to Americans with Indefinite Leave to Remain

UK Yankee© advises all Americans who have been issued Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK to take note of the rules surrounding this visa.

UK immigration provision for MBA graduates

The UK Government is launching in April 2005 its new provision for graduates of the top 50 business schools (below) to work in the UK for up to 12 months upon completion of their MBAs. This provision is part of the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP), although the government has not yet clarified how the HSMP and the MBA provision are related.

Investigation in to allegations about the Croydon PEO

On 3 January 2006, The Sun published allegations of corruption at the Public Enquiry Office (PEO) in Croydon. The newspaper’s central claim was that officials were demanding “sex for visas”.

Lisa's told to leave the country

An American woman married to a Croydon teacher for nearly four years has been told to leave the UK because her marriage is not authentic.

US visitor is sent home over her diary admission

An American woman visiting Britain on a tourist visa has been sent home after immigration officials at Heathrow read in her diary that she had wanted to find work on a previous visit, her English boyf

Immigration Minister explains UK citizenship tests

For many of us, being able to call ourselves a British citizen is something that we take for granted.

You can stay but we're sending your 18-year-old daughter back

She is an unworldy, vulnerable teenager who cannot cook or drive and admits that she is "still a child".


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