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Seems the UKBA has a backlog of over 275,000 cases of illegal immigrants that require processing back to their own countries, and presumably that's just the one's they know about. Time to bring the Army back from Afghanistan and let them take over, as they taken over from G4S? :angry:

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A Parliamentary Committee scrutinising the UKBA, has discovered ("a Bermuda triangle") - a 275,000 backlog of cases pending extradition, that the UKBA havn't dealt with. Pls keep up with current affairs Kije, and you'd know what's going on around you! :wink:

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A Parliamentary Committee scrutinising the UKBA, has discovered ("a Bermuda triangle") - a 275,000 backlog of cases pending extradition, that the UKBA havn't dealt with. Pls keep up with current affairs Kije, and you'd know what's going on around you! :wink:

Add these to the above figure obs:-

 

 

Published: 12:46am, 24th July 2012

 

More than 60,000 bogus students could have entered the UK last year, a pressure group has claimed.

 

There is clear evidence of abuse on a major scale, with Government figures suggesting more than 44% of the 141,700 overseas students who came to the UK last year could be bogus, said a report by Migration Watch UK.

 

Sir Andrew Green, the campaign group's chairman, said: "Bogus students come here to work illegally and thus take jobs from British workers. We now have clear evidence of abuse on a major scale."

 

Home Secretary Theresa May is bringing in risk-based interviews of up to one in 20 potential international students from the end of the month after a three-month pilot scheme.

 

It found 32% of almost 2,000 students from outside the EU who were interviewed and granted a UK visa would have been denied one if UK Border Agency (UKBA) officials had the power to refuse visas because they suspected the applicant was not a genuine student.

 

Using the refusal rate for each country in the pilot scheme and applying it to applications made in 2011, Migration Watch found 63,069 applications could have been refused last year. Among the countries in the pilot scheme where abuse appeared the most prolific, Burma had a refusal rate of 62%, India, Bangladesh and Nigeria all had refusal rates of 59%, and the Philippines 53%.

 

Migration Watch also claimed the Government "bottled out on bogus students" by failing to include questions over whether the applicant intends to return home after their studies in the new interview scheme.

 

The Home Office insisted potential students would be asked "searching questions" to determine whether their applications were credible, but would not fail the test if they had "sensible plans to extend their stay or work under the current rules".

 

Sir Andrew said: "These half measures simply will not do. The Government have bottled out on bogus students. If they are serious about immigration they must face down the self-interested demands of the higher education sector and pursue the public interest." He added: "If it is clear from the circumstances that a student is unlikely to go home, the visa should not be granted in the first place. After all, many of the advantages claimed for foreign students depend on their going home after their studies."

 

But immigration minister Damian Green said: "We have radically reformed the student visa system precisely to weed out abuse and protect the UK from those looking to play the system. This includes interviewing applicants and giving officers the power to refuse visas if they are not satisfied the applicant is genuine. Applicants will be asked a variety of questions designed to assess their intentions and determine whether they are credible. We will keep the assessment criteria under review."

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Presume all visas are issued by a British Embassy in the Country of origin? If so, this would mean, anyone arriving into the UK without a visa, could be immediatly detained, and imo placed on the NEXT plane back to where they've come from (unless of course, your an 11yr old traveling to Rome!). The next question would then refer to the type of questions/interviews required at the visa application - the main ones being: a requirement to speak English, to have a job in a specific area of skills shortage; to have a bona-fide place at a respectable University and the visa limited to the duration of the course; a requirement to report movements within the UK at regular intervals (change of address etc). Failiures to comply with visa restrictions should result in immediate deportation back to country of origin. Nothing particularly difficult in all that - we just need a Government and it's Departments to get a grip. :angry:

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