Following the changes to the family migration routes
, the Immigration Rules are being changed from 01 October 2012 to restrict further applications where a migrant has over stayed by more than 28 days.
Currently some categories ‘allow’ further applications where a migrant has overstayed by more than 28 days, which is of particular benefit for those applying under the Points Based System, as well as the following additional categories:
- all working and student routes;
- long residency;
- discharged HM Forces;
- UK ancestry routes.
However, from 01 October 2012 this will no longer be possible and those applying after 28 days of overstaying will be refused and will be expected to leave the UK and reapply from abroad. If there are any migrants who have overstayed and are planning to reapply, they should do so ASAP and no later than 27 September 2012.
Immigration Cap is Risking the Economy
An Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers conference in London warned that the immigration cap is putting the economy at risk.
The conference raised the following points:
- The UK is bucking the trend among countries by placing barrios in the way of businesses;
- The UK will starve itself from the people and skills required to emerge from the recession;
- Delegates from France, Holland and Australia said they needed people to counter ageing populations;
- Countries such as China are offering incentives to persuade expatriates to return.
The vibe was that the UK Government is pursuing an immigration cap based on political motives, regardless of the wider consequences to the economy.
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