New provisions designed to help strike a better balance between helping faith communities find suitably qualified religious workers while maintaining robust immigration controls were announced today by the Home Office.
The Home Office and the education sector as represented on the Joint Education Taskforce are agreed that international students make a major contribution to the UK’s economy, reputation and prosperity and are therefore critically important customers for the immigration system.
All adults who want to become a British citizen will need to demonstrate their knowledge of life in the UK by successfully completing the new Life in the UK nationality (citizenship) test from tomorrow.
The Civil Partnership Act 2004 will come into force on 5 December 2005. Civil partnerships are now a new legal relationship which can be registered by two people of the same sex and give the couples legal recognition for their relationship.
Mongolia, Ghana and Nigeria are to be added to the list of designated countries as part of the Government’s continuing drive to prevent failed asylum seekers using the appeals process to frustrate their removal from the UK.
When were all 18-year-olds given the right to vote in the UK? In which order in the calendar do the four UK national saints’ days fall? Now dozens of immigrants keen to make the UK their permanent home will have to answer questions like these to prove they are suitable citizens.
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) is anxious to inform affected agencies and individuals about the changes to immigration appeals in the latest immigration legislation, the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill 2005, which is currently being considered by Parliament.
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