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UK immigration has 'stopped trying to catch illegal immigrants'

13:51 06/09/2013
The UK's opposition Labour Party has accused the government of presiding over an immigration system in chaos. The shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, told the House of Commons that the government...

UK Border Agency immigration case work system delayed by one year

11:14 19/07/2012
The UK Border Agency's new £385 million Immigration Case Work (ICW) system is one year behind schedule and has exceeded its original budget by £28m, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). In a...

Strict Tier 4 visa rules are costly for UK universities to navigate

13:52 16/05/2012
Universities and colleges told MPs this week that they are being forced to spend millions of pounds to make sure that they comply with the UK 's strict Tier 4 student visa rules. The London School of...

Tighter UK Tier 4 visa rules for Pakistani students

14:04 20/04/2012
Pakistani students wishing to study in the UK will face tough new tests after a pilot scheme found that as many as four in ten applicants should be rejected mostly due to poor English language skills...

Study: UK points based immigration system needs improvement

14:53 16/03/2011
A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) finds that the UK's points based system is not delivering its full "value for money potential". The study also found that, while adaptable, the system...

Non-EU skilled workers win in UK immigration plan

9:25 03/08/2006
Skilled individuals from outside the European Union (EU) were the big winners in last week's new wave of immigration policies announced by Home Secretary John Reid. The Government is keen to...