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Guidance: Visitors and visiting procedures for detainees

Updated: Updated guidance.

UK Visas and Immigration detention service order about its visitors and visiting procedures for detainees.

Guidance: Integration loans policy guidance: process

Updated: Updated guidance.

UK Visas and Immigration asylum policy instructions about how it makes decisions on an integration loan as part of its asylum support.

Applicants: Tottenham cannabis smuggler jailed

01 March 2012

A woman from South Tottenham has been jailed for attempting to smuggle cannabis into the UK by Heathrow airport.

23 year old Senima Allen, of Newton Road N15, was arrested by our officers after stepping off a flight from Montego Bay in Jamaica at Terminal 3 on 1 December 2010.

Four tape wrapped packages containing a total of 8 kg of cannabis were found in her suitcase. The drugs had a value of approximately £24,000.

She claimed she had no idea how the drugs got into her bag, but text messages found following analysis...

Applicants: More immigration and settlement routes require biometric residence permit

29 February 2012

The UK Border Agency has today completed the rollout of biometric residence permits in the UK. This significantly increases the number of biometric residence permits issued by the agency. From 29 February 2012, all applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) applying to stay in the UK for more than 6 months will have to register their fingerprints and digital facial image. Successful applicants will be issued a biometric residence permit as evidence of immigration status and entitlements in the UK. This includes refugees and thos...

Applicants: Automatic settlement for skilled workers to end

29 February 2012

As part of the government's commitment to reviewing the immigration system, last summer a consultation was launched proposing reforms to employment-related settlement, Tier 5 and overseas domestic worker routes.

Immigration Minister Damian Green has today announced the government's response to this consultation. The proposed changes will mean that skilled migrant workers coming to the UK under Tier 2 of the points-based system will no longer be able to settle in the UK simply based on the amount of time they have spent in the UK.

Employers: Private servants in diplomatic households: changes affecting diplomatic missions
Applicants: Telephone service for biometrics appointment open until 8pm on Monday 27 February 2012
Applicants: Application form FLR(BID) will be withdrawn from 29 February 2012

27 February 2012

From 29 February, application form, FLR(BID) will be withdrawn. This will affect those applying as:

  • an academic visitor;
  • domestic worker in a private household;
  • UK ancestor;
  • visitor for private medical care; and
  • a dependent of a person with limited leave.

Applicants applying in these categories should use form FLR(O) from 29 February. From 29 February appointments at public enquiry offices for these case types, should be booked under the FLR(O) category.

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