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Tuesday 20 February 2024

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Thousands of migrant care workers believed to be abusing UK visa rules

An immigration official has revealed a quarter of foreign care workers are reportedly abusing UK visa rules by illegally working in other industries'.

The chief inspector of borders and immigration, David Neal, has released a series of shocking findings from his inspection into the Home Office's handling of the social care visa route since it was introduced in 2022. The visa was designed to plug a labour shortage in the care sector.

However, Neal says he found the Home Office had issued 275 visas to a care home that did not exist. And another 1,234 were given to a company that stated it only had four workers when it was given its licence to operate.This means over 1,500 migrants from two instances alone were allowed to move to the UK under the guise of having a job in care, reports The Times.

Neal is understood to have issued a report to the Home Office earlier this month. However it is said to be one of 13 waiting to be released.

While the reports are independent, the decision on whether or not to publish them rests with the Home Office.

Neal was appointed in 2021 but will leave his role next month after Downing Street stepped in to block his reappointment. The decision breaks a convention set by his predecessors who were all given two three-year terms.

The Times sources say a successor is unlikely to be appointed in the next six to nine months, meaning there will be no independent oversight for the implementation of the Rwanda plan.

As part of his inspection, Neal said his team encountered migrants with care visas working in other fields. This he says was a feature in two out of eight enforcement checks between August and October 2023.

Neal says this is representative of the portion of migrants on care visas working in other fields in the UK. This would mean around 25,000 of the 101,316 people granted a social care visa in the year up to September 2023 were working in other sectors.

Part of the conditions of a care visa is that an individual is allowed to work an additional 20 hours in a non-care job if it is on the shortage occupation list.

Neal said his Home Office inspection found its management of the social care visa system had "echoes of previous inspections", which highlighted the consequences of its failure to accurately forecast things, such as small boat arrivals.


Sunday 18 February 2024

Saturday 17 February 2024

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Friday 16 February 2024

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115k overseas students apply for UK universities despite tougher rules to slash migration

The number of foreign students applying for places at UK universities has risen on last year, despite political pressure to bring numbers down amid soaring immigration statistics. According to new data, 115,730 people applied to come to UK universities, up from last year's 114,910.

The increase comes despite a Government crackdown on the number of family members - 'dependents' - overseas students are allowed to bring to the country when moving here to study.

The figures also come shortly after Universities UK were forced to launch a review of overseas students admissions, after revelations universities are offering foreigners significantly lower entry grades in a scrabble to rake in higher tuition fees.

In January, The Sunday Times revealed that course demanding A or A* A-level grades for British students are allowing overseas students in with just C grades at GCSE.

Foreign students pay up to £38,000 a year, compared to the mere £9,250 for UK students.

Today's statistics show a record-high number of applications from non-EU countries.

Chinese applications are up by 3.3 percent, however Turkey (37 percent) and Nigeria (45.7 percent) stand out as some of the largest increases.

In November last year, it was reported that Rishi Sunak wanted to restrict the actual number of foreign students coming to Britain and taking "low quality" degrees.

However eventually the changes merely restricted the number of dependents foreign students could bring to the UK, amid concerns such a crackdown could bankrupt universities.

The Russell Group of universities has claimed that the Government's refusal to increase UK student fees in line with inflation, and cuts to teaching grants, means universities are actually losing around £2,500 per domestic undergraduate.

Vivienne Stern, chief executive of Universities UK, has criticised the "ongoing negative rhetoric" around foreign students, and said it poses a problem for universities.

She argued: "Income from international students is no longer providing an additionality that allows us to invest over and above what we would be able to do with just domestic sources of income".

Monday 12 February 2024

UK-based Nigerian doctor claims £12,000 in housing benefits scam for non-existent flat

A UK-based Nigerian doctor, Olubunmi Adeagbo-Sheikh, is reported to have perpetrated a housing benefits scam by creating a fake landlord and forging a tenancy agreement to claim nearly £12,000.

Adeagbo-Sheikh made the fraudulent claim during his medical training in the United Kingdom between September 2018 and September 2019, according to the Daily Mail.

He was said to have provided false information, claiming to pay £900 per month in rent to a non-existent landlord named Paul Baker for an apartment in Gipsy Hill, London. However, investigations revealed that the address he provided did not exist.

The fraud involved Adeagbo-Sheikh receiving monthly payments of £1,217.82 from the Department for Work and Pensions, which included a housing benefit.

The deceit came to light when authorities conducted an investigation, leading to the discovery that the doctor lived with his mother in Swanley, Kent, and not at the claimed London address.

Prosecutors revealed that the doctor’s application for Universal Credit contained false details, and he was subsequently arrested in October 2019.

The police search uncovered additional evidence, including a copy of the fraudulent application and fake tenancy agreements related to the non-existent address.

WhatsApp conversations discussing false claims for universal credit were also discovered during the search.

Adeagbo-Sheikh admitted to dishonestly making a false statement to obtain benefits and was sentenced to a 12-month community order. Additionally, he was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

The judge acknowledged that a substantial custodial sentence could impact Adeagbo-Sheikh’s medical career, considering his role as a registered doctor since 2020.

Adeagbo-Sheikh’s actions were deemed a reckless attempt to exploit the system for financial gain during a challenging period, with the judge emphasizing the need for accountability and the impact of such behavior on society.

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