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News Update 9 December 2017

Hello and welcome to’s video news for 9 December 2017. I’m Sanwar Ali

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Prince Harry’s fiancé Meghan Markle needs UK visa and faces £1,000 immigration charge

Following her engagement to the UK Royal Family’s Prince Harry, US-born actress Meghan Markle needs a UK visa to live in Britain. The Suits star as an US citizen faces a potential £1,000 UK visa bill and must meet the minimum family visa income requirement of £18,600 per year. Meanwhile, Markle will not be allowed to work in Britain while engaged to Prince Harry.

In accordance with UK immigration rules, Markle – who is currently living in Canada where Suits is filmed – is required to apply for a UK visa. However, rumours are circulating that any visa fees are likely to be waived, but the Home Office has not confirmed this.

UK Visa tries to entice Indian talent on Tier 2 Visas with new visa hub in Bengaluru

A spike in the number of tier 2 visa applications for those sponsored by UK employers with Tier 2 Sponsorship Licences in Bengaluru, India has prompted the UK government to open a new Visa Application Centre (VAC) in the city. Earlier in November, UK immigration minister Brandon Lewis officially opened the new UK visa hub, located at the Brigade IRV Centre in Nallurhalli, Whitefield.

The UK government’s decision to base the VAC in the centre of the city has been viewed as a tactical attempt to attract highly skilled workers based in India’s IT capital. The government hopes that the VAC will benefit some of India’s largest IT firms, including Tata Corporate Services (TCS) and Infosys, by giving the country’s best talent easy access to UK tier 2 visas.

US E2 visa Trump fears by Grenada that access to scheme may end after New York terror attacks

In the aftermath of the New York terror attack of a couple months ago, in which eight people were killed a few blocks away from the World Trade Center, Grenada fears losing access to the US E2 visa scheme. It has been reported that Uzbeck national Sayfullo Saipov drove into pedestrians that resulted in the deaths. Following the attack, Trump has once again turned his attention to visa entry into America.

Grenada is the only English-speaking, eastern Caribbean territory whose citizens can apply for the coveted E2 visa. Grenada has been described as a ‘backdoor’ route into the United States.

UK visa plan by Migration Watch UK to allow Polish and Romanian skilled workers to remain in UK for two years

A post-Brexit immigration study argues that Polish and Romanian tradespeople should only be allowed a UK visa for two to three years, in a bid to reduce UK immigration numbers. Meanwhile, anti-migrant think-tank Migration Watch UK is urging the UK government to introduce a UK ‘barista visa’ for lower-skilled workers aged 18 to 30.

The so-called barista visa should be issued to foreign workers seeking to enter the UK to work in fast-food outlets, hotels and restaurants, according to the anti immigration Migration Watch UK. Meanwhile, the think-tank is demanding the resurrection of a seasonal visa scheme for those arriving in the UK to pick fruit and vegetables. This visa should be valid for 12 months.

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