UK Visa's

Immigration, Marriage, And The True Cost Of Love In The United Kingdom

Liam Withnail | Posted 06.08.2017 | UK
Liam Withnail

Can you imagine that? Getting married to the person you love, and then not seeing them for eight months? Birthdays, good news, hospital trips, all on the other side of the world. This means that in the first eight months of marriage I was only able to make love to my wife a handful of times. (Although having spoken to other married couples, apparently this is very normal). Brexiters take note, my wife left the single market and her position in Europe was not sustainable.

Devious Manipulations, Dishonest Politics, Border Security And Theresa May

Chris Hobbs | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
Chris Hobbs

Issues around border controls linked to terrorism, 'traditional' criminality, migration, immigration, national security and even queueing times should, as far as is possible, be in the public domain especially around election time. Delaying or redacting reports other than in extreme circumstance where there is a real risk to national security, is cheating the electorate. It's as simple as that.

Navigating The Minefield Of US Travel Bans

Frank Brehany | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Frank Brehany

The news that President Trump is about to sign yet another Executive Order, which will apparently reinstate the Muslim Travel Ban into the United Stat...

Do International Students Want To Visit A Trump-Led America?

Dan Baker, StudentUniverse | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Baker, StudentUniverse

12 days. As I write this article, President Trump has been in office for 12 days. In this time, he has already affected the landscape for internationa...

US Visa Rules Jeopardise Good Works in Kurdistan

Gary Kent | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Orthopaedic and trauma surgeon Professor Deiary Kader has recruited many scrubs, nurses, physiotherapists, and surgeons into the Newcastle-Gateshead Medical Volunteers.

Kurdish Visa Rejections Soar as British Groups Urge Reform

Gary Kent | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

A dramatic increase in Kurds refused visas for the UK has been revealed in a parliamentary answer. Between April and September last year 1,165 of 1,790, or two-thirds of all applications made in Erbil were turned down.

Why Immigration Rules Have Forced Me Out of My Own Country

James Kelly | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
James Kelly

When I first set out with the British Council almost ten years ago, I believed the country I was representing to be fair and progressive, a country which, if you were honest, worked hard and paid your taxes, would see you alright. Those are still values I hold. However, as I watch obstacle pile on top of obstacle to coming home, it is not the country I recognise today.

Looks Like Ai Weiwei Will Be Able To Stay In The UK After All

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK

The Home Office has been left red-faced after it was forced to apologise for wrongly denying a visa to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The activist, famo...

Open for Business, but Not for Study

Nigel Carrington | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK
Nigel Carrington

The marketization of higher education is an uncomfortable topic for many in the UK education sector. My own view is that higher education is both a market benefit and indisputably a public good, and a mixed approach is required.

UK Visa Changes for Chinese Visitors Are a Welcome Step

Alison Couper | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
Alison Couper

The idea is that Chinese tourists applying online to visit the UK will be able to generate a partially completed Schengen form automatically, at the same time as completing their UK application. This helps to align the process of applying for a UK visa with the Schengen visa process...

60 Universities And Colleges Banned From Taking International Students

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Sixty universities and private colleges have been banned from sponsoring any new international students to enrol and study following an unprecedented ...

Chinese Tourists: What's All the Fuss About?

Christopher Rodrigues | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christopher Rodrigues

Chinese tourists love Britain. They love our heritage, our museums, our quaint country villages and, of course, our shops. Many of them will also happily admit they have a slight obsessions with Downton Abbey and Sherlock Holmes.

Soft Power and the UK

Gary Kent | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Soft power can influence others to want the same things as the UK "by building positive international relationships and coalitions which defend our interests and security, uphold our national reputation and promote our trade and prosperity." The report also says it should be carefully combined with hard power, essentially military force, to form "smart power."

Is May's Plan To Hike Visa Fees 'Unacceptable'?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics

Theresa May's plan to dramatically increase visa fees to plug a £50 million gap in the Home Office's budget has been branded "unacceptable" by busine...

International Students Sue University Over Visas

The Huffington Post UK | Edith Hancock | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

International students are suing a UK university after they were told they would no longer qualify for visa sponsorship. Solicitors are due to appe...

Visas and Cultivating UK Links With the Kurdistan Region?

Gary Kent | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

One of the most persistent points made by government officials, business people and others we have met on our parliamentary delegations to Kurdistan in the last six years has been the British visa system.

Rich People To Get Their Own Special Visa System

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics

Wealthy foreigners will be offered their own "bespoke" service to help them get a visa in order to attract them to Britain, Home Secretary Theresa May...

The London Visa - A New Immigration Alternative?

Katrina Cooper | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Katrina Cooper

Fresh from the success of London Fashion Week and with the Tech Entrepreneurs week also off to a flying start, you have to ask yourself whether or not the proposed 'London Visa' by Boris Johnson is necessary or warranted.

Thinking of Working in Australia? You May Have to Think Again...

Alex Malley | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Malley

Australia has a skills gap that is holding back the delivery of projects vital to its future prosperity, so it is in the national interest that we utilise skilled labour from other countries to plug those gaps. Blockading Australia from skilled workers, the majority of which will contribute to our knowledge economy and international competitiveness, is an obvious and huge mistake.

Labour To Call For End To Student Visa Loopholes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Labour is to call for an end to loopholes in student visas, arguing their abuse means international students are being blocked from studying in the Un...

Illegal Workers At Celebrity Pub Arrested

PA | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK

Three people have been arrested for working illegally at a pub popular with celebrities including Kate Moss and Pete Doherty. Two Mongolian men and...

Working in Japan Without a Degree - It Is Possible!

Alana MacPherson | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alana MacPherson

It's no wonder people want to live there and see what it's like. Unfortunately those without a degree are very much restricted when it comes to obtaining employment in Japan due to entry requirements, meaning that funding life over there would be difficult. There is an opportunity to overcome this however, by applying for a Working Holiday Visa.

Treatment of London Met's Students a Dangerous Precedent?

Andy Burrows | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Andy Burrows

Surely, it cannot be beyond the realms of possibility that if UKBA feels a university is breaking the rules it can build a case against them to the point where it cannot be challenged.

University Opens Helpline For Distressed International Students After UKBA Threat

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

UPDATE: London Met Uni has had its highly trusted sponsor status withdrawn by the UKBA A university has opened a hotline to offer reassurance to co...

Pregnant Woman Flies From Nigeria To Use NHS Hospital

PA | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK

Ministers have warned they will not tolerate abuse of the NHS by foreign visitors after a woman reportedly flew from Nigeria so that she could have he...