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Policy paper: 2010 to 2015 government policy: immigration and borders

This policy paper shows the policy of the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.

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Applicants: Sponsor management system and points calculator will be unavailable from 23 March

22 March 2013

Our sponsor management system and points calculator will be unavailable between 16:00 on Saturday 23 March and 00:01 on Monday 25 March 2013. We will be carrying out essential maintenance work on these services.

During this time users will not be able to access the:

  • sponsorship management system;
  • sponsorship application; and
  • online points calculator.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Employers: Six immigration offenders caught at Kent stores

22 March 2013

Six illegal workers have been caught following UK Border Agency raids at three shops in Kent.

Acting on intelligence received UK Border Agency officers targeted 3 Kent Mart stores on 14 March.

The first visit was to Kent Mart, Leysdown on Sea, Sheerness where officers checked the immigration status of the staff and found 3 men working illegally.

A 28-year-old from Sri Lanka was working in breach of his visa conditions. Two from India and aged 34 and 33, were found not to have left the UK when their visas expired.

Employers: Man jailed for immigration offences in Glasgow

21 March 2013

A 61-year-old man from Pakistan has been handed a 14 month prison sentence after pleading guilty to entering the UK using a passport he obtained by stealing someone else's identity.

Amin Raja was arrested by our officers from the criminal and financial investigation team last November at a flat in Glasgow's Govanhill.

At Glasgow Sheriff court on 19 March, Raja pleaded guilty to possession of an improperly obtained passport, another offence under the Immigration Act and providing a false name.

Raja will be...

Applicants: 'Apply online' service in the UK will be temporarily unavailable from 22 March to 23 March 2013

21 March 2013

Our 'Apply online' service for applicants in the UK will be unavailable between 18:00 on 22 March 2013 and 19:00 23 March 2013 while we carry out essential maintenance.

During this time, applicants in the UK will not be able to:

  • access their customer account;
  • submit applications;
  • book appointments;
  • pay for their applications online; or
  • use our 'application form finder' tool.

If you have started and saved an application online, you will ...

Employers: Codes of practice for skilled workers - update
Employers: Six illegal workers caught in Dorset raids

18 March 2013

Six illegal workers have been arrested in our raids in Bournemouth, Poole and Ferndown.

Acting on information received, our officers went to Cinnamon, Victoria Road, Ferndown on 14 March and questioned staff about their immigration status.

Checks revealed that 3 men from Bangladesh, aged 22, 35 and 38, had overstayed their visas, while a 33-year-old, also from Bangladesh, had entered the UK illegally.

The 4, who had been working as waiters and in the restaurant's kitchen, were arrested.

Employers: Oxford restaurants face illegal worker fines

18 March 2013

Two restaurants in Oxford are facing fines for employing illegal workers following UK our raids.

Acting on intelligence, our officers visited the Malikas Restaurant on Cowley Road at around 14:00 on Thursday 14 March, where we carried out checks on staff to see if they had the right to work in the UK.

Two were found to be working illegally. A 31-year-old man from Bangladesh was found to be working in breach of his visa conditions and was arrested and detained pending his removal from the UK. A 41-year-old, also from Bangl...

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