Overseas applications for UK visas

A recent report in The Independent newspaper states that the Home Office has increased its profit on UK visa applications by millions of pounds a week since outsourcing visa operations to a Dubai-based firm that has been the subject of many complaints. VFS, which has its headquarters in the UAE but is owned through holding companies in Jersey, the Cayman Islands and Luxembourg, faces claims of “gross maladministration” and “aggressive” selling of optional services since taking the UK government contract…

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The New Home Secretary

The new home secretary, Priti Patel, received a rapturous reception at the Conservative Party conference in October when she triumphantly announced Tory plans to end free movement of people. She declared that, as a daughter of immigrants, she needed no lectures from the "north London metropolitan liberal elite" to say otherwise. Yet she has bought into, and now sells on, two great lies. Patel buys into and sells the idea that freedom of movement of people is something to be…

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Priti Patel and the “Vindaloo” visa

A very basic change to the Immigration Rules, which normally would receive little attention in the Media, received a bit more coverage than usual when home secretary Priti Patel announced the introduction of “vindaloo visas” to save the nation’s curry houses. From 6th October 2019, restaurants which provide takeaway services will be allowed to recruit non-EEA (European Economic Area) chefs under a Tier 2 visa. Chefs join architects, engineers and nurses on the shortage occupation list. The plight of Indian…

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