Visas

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...

Are International Students Still Welcomed to Britain?

Andy Burrows | Posted 20.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Andy Burrows

Over the last six months there have been several incidents that from the outside could suggest international students are no longer welcome in the UK.

The Future of International Students in the UK

Andy Burrows | Posted 28.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Andy Burrows

The landscape of the UK higher education system has gone through a huge process of change over the past year and the effects this change will bring are still largely unknown. One group of students who face increasing uncertainty over their position in the system are foreign students.

PM To Launch Immigration Crackdown

PA | Posted 09.12.2011 | UK Politics

David Cameron is to launch a major crackdown on abuse of the immigration system , including plans for tougher visa rules to weed out sham marriages. ...

Playing In The USA: Why UK Musicians Are Finding It Hard

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 29.10.2011 | UK Entertainment
Kerry McCarthy

The Anglo-American creative axis is the backbone of 21st century pop culture. It's one of the fundamental ties in the 'special relationship'. Both countries have helped to nurture and influence each other's great music. But the relationship is currently being stifled.