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We've run several stories recently relating to US visa and UK visa news. The UK Visas and Immigration department recently threatened a Japanese mother of one with prison and removal from the UK despite her living in the UK legally. A cross party report in the UK has found Theresa May's government responsible for fueling toxic anti-UK visa and immigration rhetoric. L1 US visa employers are facing increased site visits from officials. And the UK Home Office stand accused of profiteering by firstly denying UK visa applications on technicalities and then making people apply for a visa again and pay the Government fee again.
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UK visa department threatened Japanese woman with prison despite her being in the UK legally
The UK Visas and Immigration department told a Japanese woman, photographer Haruko Tomioka, that she has 7 days to leave the UK or face a possible prison sentence, despite her being in the UK legally with her Polish husband. Under EU law nationals of any EU member state can live and work in any other member state, and can bring their spouses and children with them.
After a 2 year ordeal the Home Office has since confirmed that Mrs Tomioka is in the UK legally.
Other UK visa options difficult
If the Home Office hadn't eventually recognised their mistake Mrs Tomioka may have had to apply for another UK visa. Popular UK visa options include the Tier 2 visa to work for a specific employer. This is difficult to obtain and allows skilled workers to work for a UK employer with a tier 2 sponsorship licence, and eventually gain legal permanent residence.
Toxic anti-UK visa and immigration rhetoric fuelled by government says report
A new report has slammed the government for fuelling public concerns over UK visa and immigration numbers. The report, compiled by a cross-party of MPs, accuses the government of unnecessarily stoking anxiety over immigration rather than diffusing public fears.
The report alleges that the government is ‘encouraging the growth of populist anti-immigrant sentiment.’ The accusations come following news that ministers have been ‘over exaggerating’ the number of students remaining in Britain, once their UK visa expires, for years.
Tier 2 visa also popular for Indians
While 72 Indian millionaires have used the Tier 1 visa, many more Indians enter the UK on the UK’s tier 2 visa (General) visa, which allows skilled workers to work for a UK employer with a tier 2 sponsorship licence, and eventually gain legal permanent residence.
L1 US visa employers now face increased unannounced site visits in anti-fraud operation
Reports have surfaced that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is ‘quietly expanding’ its site visit program. The program involves USCIS agents conducting unannounced visits at the work sites of immigrants on certain types of US work visa to check compliance with US visa rules.
The USCIS last ‘publicly’ announced plans to expand its site visit program in 2014, which included check-ups on workers with an R-1 religious worker visa and L1A visas for managers and executives. When the site visit program expansion was announced in 2014, the USCIS made it clear that site visits were exclusive to employers using the L1A visa for managers and executives.
UK visa application excessive fees leads to huge increase in Home Office profits
The Home Office has been accused of rejecting UK visa applications on technicalities in order to increase profits. The UK visa applicants then have to submit a second visa application and then pay the extremely high visa fees again.
The UK may have the highest Government visa fees in the World. According to a report published by The Guardian, the Home Office is pocketing an 800% profit from some UK visa applications.
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