September 2008 Emigrate News Archive

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Sheriff wants to deport illegal immigrants in the US

Sheriff wants to deport illegal immigrants in the US
The sheriff of Lake County, Illinois is pressing hard to gain the power to deport illegal immigrants on his own authority.  Sheriff Mark Curran recently released a report regarding the current jail population in the county and nearly a fifth of those in the jail are reported to be illegal immigrants. Sheriff Curran said that "The city of...

Leader of brothel living illegally in the UK for up to 23 years

Leader of brothel living illegally in the UK for up to 23 years
A case involving an illegal immigrant who ran a brothel in the UK is raising fears and drawing controversy regarding immigration policies in the UK.  During his trial it was uncovered that Rajakumar Ravi, the leader of the brothel, may have been hiding out in the UK illegally for nearly 23 years.  The judge ruling over his case wanted to...

Home Office encouraged to reconsider the treatment of asylum seekers in the UK

Home Office encouraged to reconsider the treatment of asylum seekers in the UK
The Council of Europe has announced that Britain's new policies regarding asylum and immigration seekers could be a threat to human rights.   In order to avoid human rights issues the council recommended that the UK should put a maximum time on how long detainees can be held and to limit the number of "administrative detentions." Thomas...

Experts attempt to reduce worries relating to hiring skilled labor from abroad

Experts attempt to reduce worries relating to hiring skilled labor from abroad
After the Home Office release a new short list of skilled labor that would be eligible to work in the UK there was fear that employers would not be able to obtain the workers that they needed.  Industry experts are now saying that this is not the case. The strategic advisor for the Institute for Management of Information Systems, Philip...

Gurkha veterans denied settlement visas in the UK

Gurkha veterans denied settlement visas in the UK
Gurkha soldiers who have served as a part of the British Army for close to two hundred years are being met with rejection by immigration officials when they try to settle in the UK.  Gurkha veterans like Gyanraj Rai, who have successfully managed to settle in the UK will take in fellow veterans will they appeal to the Home...

Controversy over statistics released by the Home Office

Controversy over statistics released by the Home Office
Last week the Office for National Statistics released numerous figures regarding immigration numbers in the UK.  An official working for the Home Office was present during the briefing and passed out a press release that stated that the number of eastern Europeans choosing to immigrate to the UK were at an all time low.  The head of the...

New deportation center aimed at educating young Afghan males

New deportation center aimed at educating young Afghan males
A new deportation center is about to open in Bournemouth.  This new center will target male Afghan asylum seekers in the UK between the ages of 16 and 17.  The new center will be a stopping point before they are officially deported back to their home country.  While at the center they will be given an education that will help to prepare...

UK Border Agency preparing employers for new immigration policies

UK Border Agency preparing employers for new immigration policies
Employers who wish to employee any skilled labor from abroad are being informed that they need to participate in the new immigration program.  The old way of hiring labor from abroad by means of a work permit will no longer be acceptable.  Companies now will need to apply for a license that will allow them sponsor any potential employee...

Canadian immigration records spanning 200 years to be published online

Canadian immigration records spanning 200 years to be published online
For the first time ever the immigration records from Canada will be published online.  The data will cover nearly 200 years worth of records.  UK emigration to Canada was enormous.  It is estimated that around 5.6 million people came to Canada from the UK between 1865 and 1935.  The documents that will be published online show visits...

Bermuda government strict enforcement of immigration laws

Bermuda government strict enforcement of immigration laws
The government in Bermuda is beginning to tighten up its immigration laws.  The government recently said that workers being harbored in Bermuda would "feel the full effects of the law" when they were caught.  They have also threatened to immediately deport anyone without the required work permit. "Consideration will be given to...

New Zealand immigrant awarded prize for promoting diversity

New Zealand immigrant awarded prize for promoting diversity
An Indian woman named Shivangi Pradhan who now lives in Auckland, New Zealand, left behind a career she loved as an architect in order to immigrate to the country.  In Auckland, Pradhan is the multicultural services provider for the Waitakere city library.  Her job is to make the resources of the library accessible to minorities residing in...

England more crowded now than Holland

England more crowded now than Holland
England has finally surpassed Holland as the most crowded major European country.  For each square kilometer England now has an average of 395 people.  The office of National Statistics has said they expect that in over the next two decades that number could grow as 464 people.  Large numbers of immigrants have helped the population...

Immigration becoming topic of US Presidential Election race

Immigration becoming topic of US Presidential Election race
As the US presidential Election Day crawls closer both candidates, Senators McCain and Obama, are making their stances clear on immigration. Senator Obama, who is the Democratic Party nominee, has said that he wants to refine the current system for getting the H-2B visa.  This visa is available to highly skilled immigrants.  The United...

New visa for Indians heading to Bahrain

Posted on September 15, 2008 in General Emigration News Visas US
STORY LINK New visa for Indians heading to Bahrain
New visa for Indians heading to Bahrain
New measures are being put into place that will allow Indians the ability to obtain visas upon entrance into Bahrain.  The new provision is set to go into effect at the end of the year and will be introduced during a two phase roll out plan.  During the first phase only business professionals will be able to take advantage of the new...

Immigration arrests raise questions regarding proper procedure

Immigration arrests raise questions regarding proper procedure
Immigration officers in San Francisco, California are coming under criticism for the way that several arrests related to immigration violations were handled.  Six people including 4 females and 2 males were taken into custody by officials and a seventh person, a 15 year old girl, was questioned at the home where the arrests...

Canadian visa office requested in Mumbai to help increase business between the two countries

Canadian visa office requested in Mumbai to help increase business between the two countries
Indo-Canadians have asked the Canadian government to provide them with a visa office located in Mumbai.  The proposal comes after Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister, has said that a new visa office will be opened in Gujarat.  The new visa office in Mumbai was requested in an attempt to increase the business between the two...

Judge blocks Farmers Branch policy that bans illegal immigrants from renting housing

Judge blocks Farmers Branch policy that bans illegal immigrants from renting housing
The city of Farmers Branch located in Texas has been trying to implement a policy that would ban illegal immigrants from renting housing in the city.  A restraining order was just issued by US District Judge Jane Boyle for the city that prevents them from implanting the new policy.  The policy in question requires that all renters obtain...

Catholic Church pleas for better immigration policies

Catholic Church pleas for better immigration policies
While Pope Benedict XVI has plead for "effective policies of protection and reception of all immigrant peoples, including those who come illegally" with several European governments Bishops in the US also appeal to officials regarding immigration policies. Cardinal Roger Mahoney noted during his speech at the National Migration Conference...

US to allow more Iraqi refugees to enter into the country

US to allow more Iraqi refugees to enter into the country
More than 12,000 refugees from Iraq have already entered the United States over the past year.  Under pressure the government has decided to increase the number of refugees that are allowed into the country to 17,000.  The government was put under pressure because in the year previous the US only allowed 2,000 refugees from Iraq into the...

Iraq war veteran waiting to hear back regarding visa status

Iraq war veteran waiting to hear back regarding visa status
Cadmiel McFee who came to England from St. Vincent in the Caribbean was a member of the Royal horse Artillery for seven years and served two tours in Iraq.  Since leaving the military behind he has filed for a visa that will allow him to stay in the country with his girlfriend and their child. Until the Home Office approves McFee's visa...

Rapid immigration could result in violence according to Lord Carey

Rapid immigration could result in violence according to Lord Carey
Controversy continues to grow regarding the viability of new immigration programs.  Lord Carey who is in favor of a policy that would function on a "one in, one out" basis warns of the potential dangers of immigration.  He notes that large numbers of migrants head to the UK each year with the majority of them ending up in...

New program to help employers in the US very immigration status of employees

New program to help employers in the US very immigration status of employees
Immigration raids have become a common occurrence in the United States which is raising anxiety levels for many employers across the country.  A new program called IMAGE sponsored by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency will help employers verify the status of all of their employees.  While not all employers are eager to have ICE comb...

Visa dispute between Canadian and Eritrean governments

Visa dispute between Canadian and Eritrean governments
A dispute has occurred between Canada and Eritrea.  The foreign minister of Eritrea, Osman Saleh Mohammed, filed an application for a visa to enter Canada.  The visa was rejected by Canada because of his membership with the Eritrean People's Liberation Front for several years. A statement released in Eritrea said "The Government of...

The US and UK are most popular immigration choices

The US and UK are most popular immigration choices
A report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed that the US was number 1 for attracting immigrants.  Number 2 on the list was Britain.  Of the four million immigrants noted in the report, 1.3 million of them choose the US.  Another 343,000 chose to immigrate to Britain. Dominic Grieve commented...

The state of Indiana flooded with illegal immigrants

The state of Indiana flooded with illegal immigrants
The influx of illegal immigrants into Indiana has passed 100,000.  This number grew quickly because of the demand for unskilled labor in the service and the construction industry.  The Pew Hispanic Center noted that Indiana has experienced nearly a 700 per cent increase of Hispanic's in Indiana.  State officials are promising to crackdown...

Immigrants in Israel to enjoy 10 years without taxes

Immigrants in Israel to enjoy 10 years without taxes
New migrants heading to Israel will be greeted with a welcomed bonus.  The Knesset has approved a new bill that will allow immigrants to live in Israel for 10 years before they need to pay taxes.  The bill will also be in effect for expatriates returning to Israel.  To be eligible for the benefits of the bill immigrants must have arrived...

Immigration reform group in the US comes under attack

Immigration reform group in the US comes under attack
An organization in the US that was established a few decades ago has come under attack as being a hate group.  The organization is called The Federation for American Immigration Reform.  Full page advertisements were put in two major newspapers in the Washington DC area by other groups who are pro immigration.  The newspapers are Roll Call...

US Border Patrol raises tensions in small Washington town

US Border Patrol raises tensions in small Washington town
A small town in Washington known as Fork has been invaded by the US Border Patrol.  Fork is located less than 60 miles from a ferry that can be used to access Vancouver Island in Canada.  Agents with the Border Patrol have setup a roadblock to help gain better control of immigration into the country from Canada.  High levels of anxiety can...

List details skilled labor types that can be filled by immigrants

List details skilled labor types that can be filled by immigrants
Another list was just published by the Migration Advisory Committee which is part of the Home Office.  The list details an additional 200 skilled labor types which immigrants in the UK will now be able to fill.  This new list leaves out several labor types that the old work permit would allow. People in the IT industry, social workers and...

Woman facing deportation after a mix-up with her visa

Woman facing deportation after a mix-up with her visa
Jessica Austin who is a citizen of Namibia has been living in the UK since February of 2002.  She is married to a British citizen and they have a young daughter.   After applying for her visa renewal late last year she has been told that her application was rejected and she would have to return to Namibia.  Immigration officials claim the...

Emigrating from Ireland in search of a better life

Emigrating from Ireland in search of a better life
Richard and Suzanne Gernon chose to leave life as they knew it in Ireland behind and immigrated to Australia.  In Australia the couple felt that they had an opportunity for a better life and better place to raise their child...

Points based immigration system continues to draw controversy

Points based immigration system continues to draw controversy
Concerns are being raised about the new UK immigration system known as the points based system.  Some fear that the introduction of this system will prevent highly skilled labor from entering into the UK.  This is because potential employers have to apply for a license in order to sponsor anyone they are considering hiring from abroad.  As...

Law practice Adorno & Yoss introducing a new immigration practice

Law practice Adorno & Yoss introducing a new immigration practice
A minority owned law practice known as Adorno & Yoss is launching an immigration practice aimed at the global level.  The law practice currently has nearly 300 attorneys that are spread out amongst 18 different offices.  The intention of the immigration practice is to help both corporate and individuals in need of immigration...

Shoaib Akhtar back in the UK and ready to play with Surrey

Shoaib Akhtar back in the UK and ready to play with Surrey
Last week Shoaib Akhtar arrived in the UK to play cricket for Surrey.  Due to a mix up in his visa paperwork Shoaib was unable to enter into the UK and was forced to return home.  The visa mix-up has been resolved and Shoaib now as the appropriate visa that will allow him to enter in the UK and play for Surrey now.  He is expected to play...

UK immigration needs to be controlled

UK immigration needs to be controlled
Politicians in the UK are demanding that something more needs be done to regulate the large number of immigrants entering into the country each year.  Politicians are citing the huge increase in immigration numbers over the last decade.  Immigration numbers used to be more in the neighbourhood of 50,000 a year.  In 2004 the UK saw around...

Russian choir denied visas to perform in the UK

Russian choir denied visas to perform in the UK
A Russian choir that was scheduled to travel to the UK for a performance has had to cancel.  Several of the members of the choir had their visa applications denied by officials.  The choir, St. Petersburg Blagovest Ensemble, was scheduled to perform at St. Wilfrid's Church which had already sold several tickets for the event. Reverend...

Debate over Mexican and US immigration policies

Debate over Mexican and US immigration policies
As Mexico repeatedly asks the United States to take it easy on Mexican citizens who try to cross over the United States border some question if Mexico would return the favor to US citizens.   Journalist Michael Waller says that "Mexico has a radical idea for a rational immigration policy that most Americans would love. However, Mexican...

Debate over new points based immigration system among UK officials

Debate over new points based immigration system among UK officials
Several MPs have called for the UK Home Office to institute a policy that would put a cap on the number of immigrants that are allowed into the United Kingdom each year.  Liam Byrne, the Immigration Minister, has said that such a plan would not be as effective at limiting immigrants in the country compared to the new points based system that...

Change made to the new Canadian Experience Class immigration program

Change made to the new Canadian Experience Class immigration program

Back in August the Canadian government had announced plans for a new type of immigration program.  This program called the Canadian Experience Class would allow migrants to become permanent residents of Canada.  A new change has been made to this program which is expected to be available beginning on the 17th of...

Man at UK immigration detention center abused by guards

Man at UK immigration detention center abused by guards
A man from Cameroon named Penda Youdjeu is claiming he was assaulted by seven guards who were working for the UK Border Agency.  Youdjeu came to Britain and wanted to enlist with the Royal Navy in 2005.  After briefly traveling to Sweden Youdjeu returned to Britain where he was arrested for carrying documents that were false and was place...

Immigration raids on businesses in the UK continue

Immigration raids on businesses in the UK continue
Another business in the UK was hit by immigration raids which resulted in the arrests of 6 people who were working in the country illegally.  The raid was conducted in Wembley at the Gazebo Fine Foods Restaurant.  Of the 6 illegal immigrants captured three of them were from India and another two were from Sri Lanka.  The sixth person was...

Four Chinese teenagers vanish from youth program in Vancouver

Four Chinese teenagers vanish from youth program in Vancouver
Four Chinese teenagers participating in a youth program in Vancouver have disappeared without a trace.  The four teenagers range in age from 16 to 19.  Officials fear that some type of immigration ploy is to blame for the disappearance of the four.  Brian Robinson who is the director of studies at the BCC Academy of English where the...

Education and immigration to play key roles in brining the US economy out of recession

Education and immigration to play key roles in brining the US economy out of recession
The United States continues to deal with poor economic conditions and officials predict it might take some time before things begin to return to normal.  Two key issues are being cited as possible ways to spark the economy.   One is education and the other is immigration. The chief executive office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas,...

Protests in Thailand keeping tourists away

Protests in Thailand keeping tourists away
Protests in Thailand over the new government of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej are causing trouble for the countries tourism industry.  This week Sundaravej ordered a state of emergency amidst the protests and travelers are waiting to book their tickets until the region calms down. The president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents,...

UK turns away American artist days before he was to appear in an exhibition in Brighton

UK turns away American artist days before he was to appear in an exhibition in Brighton
American artist John Grider was denied entry into the UK recently days before an art exhibition opened that he was to be a part of in Brighton.  Grider was turned away by UK immigration officials for apparently having the wrong visa and he was lacking a work permit.  The exhibition Grider was set to take part in is called Stencil History X...

US to implement an electronic border system

US to implement an electronic border system
The US government is working on a plan to create an electronic border system that will become a part of the new visa waiver program being offered to countries meeting specific criteria.  The new electronic border, called the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, is expected to be put in place no later than the middle of January of...

Visa delay means Plymouth Raider is stuck in the US

Visa delay means Plymouth Raider is stuck in the US
A visa delay from the US means that the new assistant coach and player for the Plymouth Raiders, DeAntoine Beasley, will miss the first week of training camp.  The Raiders will play their first game this Saturday in a friendly game with the US.  Beasley will not be there for the game.  Beasley applied for his visa nearly one month ago. ...

Australia excludes Solomon Islands from new visa scheme

Australia excludes Solomon Islands from new visa scheme
Australia recently announced plans to introduce a new visa program that would allow seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands to come to the country.  Workers with this new visa will be required to help during the fruit and vegetable harvest.  The Solomon Islands were not included in the list of islands that could participate in the new...

York concerned how new visa laws will affect foreign visitors

York concerned how new visa laws will affect foreign visitors
Officials in the travel industry in York have begun advertising to Russia, India, and China trying to create greater appeal to those countries to come for a holiday in York.  Now concerns are being raised that because of the new visa and entry laws into the UK that people from these countries may not be able to easily visit York.  The new...

Macedonian working to meet European Union visa free requirements

Macedonian working to meet European Union visa free requirements
The Macedonian government is working hard to meet the requirements put into place by the European Union to create visa free travel between the EU and Macedonia.  It has committed itself to completing the necessary reform and hopes to initiate the plan during the year of 2009. A new visa center that will handle the tighter requirements of the...

70 people arrested for falsifying documents for their UK visa applications

70 people arrested for falsifying documents for their UK visa applications
The British embassy announced today that over 70 people from the Philippines were arrested.  They were arrested for creating fake documents that were to be used with their visa applications that would be submitted to the UK.  Documents that were said to be faked by the people were birth certificates, marriage certificates, death...

Refuge seeker set to be deported from the UK back to Uzbekistan

Refuge seeker set to be deported from the UK back to Uzbekistan
A man seeking refuge in the UK is about to be deported back to Uzbekistan.  Alexey Kirienko left the country a year ago to be with his mother that has lived in Coventry for over 5 years.  Repeated attempts to obtain a visa that would allow him to stay in the UK have been rejected by immigration officials.   A few weeks ago he was set to...

Former Gurkha Officer denied visa fee waiver which would allow him to seek medical attention in the UK

Former Gurkha Officer denied visa fee waiver which would allow him to seek medical attention in the UK
A man by the name of Lalit Bahadur Gurung who was previously a Queen's Gurkha officer is struggling to receive medical attention.  Gurung suffered from a stroke which has left him paralyzed.  He currently resides in Nepal where he is unable to afford the medical attention that he needs.  Gurung was awarded the Military Cross in 1964 by...

Visa delays force Eddy Grant to cancel US shows

Visa delays force Eddy Grant to cancel US shows
For the first time in 20 years Eddy Grant has headed out on tour.  Grant, who is a legend in the reggae world, had planned to tour thorough parts of the United States.  Due to an issue with visas he had had to cancel the performances for now. The backup band members for Eddy Grant were dealing with delays of their visas and were just not...

Home Office letter expressing concerns for the potential effects of the credit crunch is leaked

Home Office letter expressing concerns for the potential effects of the credit crunch is leaked
The weakened economy is causing concern for officials in the UK.  They have predicted that because of the credit crunch crime levels will spike.  Concerns were also brought up about border protection from illegal immigrants. The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, said in a letter "There is also a risk of a downturn increasing the appeal of...

Immigration cards in Ireland increase by 50 per cent

Immigration cards in Ireland increase by 50 per cent
Immigration cards in Ireland were substantially increased in price last week.  Before the change in price, an immigration ID card in Ireland cost about €100.  Now after the huge price increase cards costs about €150, a 50 per cent hike in cost.  The reason for the sudden hike in cost is that the Irish government has switched from the...