Immigration News

Proposed increase in residency requirements for UK citizenship

August 17, 2009

UK Immigration minister Phil Woolas has made a statement in anticipation of a new Borders, Citizenship and Immigration bill which is expected to introduce an increase in the period of residence required to qualify for citizenship in the UK. The …

Potential pathway to fair immigration reform in the US

August 15, 2009

The long-running issue of immigration reform in the US has taken a positive turn. President Obama spoke at a press conference on August 10th and gave his clearest indication yet that the first draft of a reform is planned by …

Proposed new path to citizenship in the UK gains momentum

August 14, 2009

August 2009 has seen the proposed introduction of a new points-based test for UK citizenship. Rather like the current Australian scheme, the UK Border Agency is looking at ways to increase the ‘earned citizenship’ which is at the heart of …

New fees and health screening changes to New Zealand visa applications

August 10, 2009

Two important changes to the New Zealand partner visa application process have come into effect since the beginning of August 2009. The first change relates to the fees for family class applications, including marriage visa and de facto partner visa …

Dedicated full-service public enquiry office opens in Belfast

August 3, 2009

The UK Border Agency’s latest focus on making local immigration services more visible and accessible to the communities they serve is highlighted by the new ‘one stop shop’ provision opened in Northern Ireland. The Belfast-based office will be one of …

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