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Saturday, 23 May 2009

Tier 1 (General) success story Tier1-0007

This story is based on one of the applicant of Tier 1 (General)

Apply Method: Post
Nationality: India
Applied From: United Kingdom
Application Filed: 02 Mar 2009
Application Received at Visa Office: 03 Mar 2009
Points Claimed: 100
Application Status: approved
Approval/Denial Date: 29 Apr 2009
Paperwork Received: 30 Apr 2009
Total Processing Time: 58 days

Details
1 applicant + 3 dependents
> 16April-Under consideration
> 17April-Awaiting consideration
> 23April-Awaiting consideration
>24April-Call to Employer,Verification of Employment
>27April-Awaiting further consideration
>30April-Received alldocuments. Approved

Note: A person from the HR called and informed that there was a query from HO.

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Highly skilled workers, Tier 1 (General) application refusal story Tier1-0005/0006

Recently, I saw some Tier 1 – High Skill Migration sad case where both high skill migrant’s applicant have waited for more than a year, but got denied by the UK home office.

Case 1
Nationality: Pakistan
Applied From: United Kingdom
Application Filed: 21 May 2008
Application Received at Visa Office: 22 May 2008
Points Claimed: 80
Application Status: denied
Approval/Denial Date: 15 May 2009
Total Processing Time: 359 days
Reason: Rejected that they couldn’t verify previous earning (from back home) gave the right to appeal.


Case 2
Nationality: Pakistan
Applied From: United Kingdom
Application Filed: 18 Jan 2008
Application Received at Visa Office: 18 Jan 2008
Points Claimed: 80
Application Status: denied
Approval/Denial Date: 14 May 2009
Total Processing Time: 483 Days:
Notes: Review has been refused as well, this time awarded 0 points.

I got no idea why Home office need some long time to check the case :(

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Friday, 22 May 2009

UK Birthdays Administration Places 2,100 Jobs at Risk

Clinton Cards Plc, the U.K.’s biggest greeting-cards retailer, said its unprofitable Birthdays chain collapsed into administration, putting 2,100 jobs at risk.

The company made the “difficult decision” to end funding of the 332-store chain, which was making annual losses of about 7 million pounds ($11 million), Loughton, U.K.-based Clinton Cards said in a statement today. Three partners of corporate advisory firm Zolfo Cooper were appointed as administrators.

Clinton Cards soared 37 percent in London trading after the company said the elimination of the unit’s loss would boost profit. Birthdays joins U.K. retailers Woolworths Group Plc, Zavvi Group and Adams Childrenswear Ltd. that have sought protection from creditors as the slowing economy saps sales.

“It is sad that we have reached this position, but this action will be earnings enhancing for Clintons,” Chairman Don Lewin said in the statement. A “significant element” of the Birthdays business is likely to have a “profitable and sustainable future,” he said.

The retailer expects to incur a non-cash writedown of about 44 million pounds. Clinton Cards posted a loss in its previous fiscal year after writing down the value of Birthdays by 30 million pounds. The purchase of the chain in December 2004 led to an increase in costs at the same time that competition intensified as food retailers and stationers expanded their ranges of greeting cards.

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Birthdays’ Irish unit and the main Clinton Cards chain aren’t affected by the action, the retailer said today.

Clinton Cards shares climbed 6.25 pence to 23 pence, the biggest percentage gain since at least May 1989.

“Forecasts will increase as the Birthdays loss is eliminated,” Altium Securities analyst David Stoddart said in a note. He increased his price estimate on the shares to 32 pence from 8 pence and raised his rating to “buy” from “sell.”

Clinton Cards also said today that sales at stores open at least a year were unchanged in the 13 weeks ended May 3, comprising a 0.6 percent decline at the main Clinton brand and a 2.3 percent increase at Birthdays.

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Thursday, 21 May 2009

Indefinite leave to remain waiting for decision story ILR-0009

This story is based on one of the applicant of Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
He has been waiting for 8 months... Still waiting...

'Dear all,

I've been getting some flak from my employer over the unreasonable waiting times the UKBA is taking to process my ILR application, submitted in October 2008.

I have not been able to get through to them at all on their 08706067766 number despite calling them several times a day for the past few weeks. Calling them on the number JD suggested (01142072966) has the operator referring me to the 0870 number and suggesting that I try to call them after 2pm. I am not sure the line is even manned.

My work requires me to leave the country regularly (on average people in my division go abroad once a fortnight) and being unable to travel abroad since October has made my employer irate. Being unable to give him a timeframe of when my ILR application would be approved has only made things worse and he hinted that if I can't do the job then he will find someone else who can. Obviously this is very distressing for me.

As such I have been thinking about withdrawing my application and losing the £750 fee. There is no point in me staying in the country if my employer gives me the sack so one bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.

Can I ask what documents would be required to withdraw my application and how long I can expect to wait from writing in that I am withdrawing my application to getting my passports back?

Will all the original documents I sent be returned to me or just my passports?

Will withdrawing my application affect my future ability to apply for ILR?

Thanks.
X'

Note: He intend to cancel my ILR application due to urgent personal matters. He had already tried contacting my MP to speed things up but MP does not consider my case to have sufficient compassionate grounds. He have waited for ILR since October 2008.

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Brake Gurkhas who fought for Britiain are finally allowed to settle in the UK

All former Gurkhas who have served in the British Army for at least four years will now be eligible for settlement in the United Kingdom, the Home Secretary announced in Parliament today.

Under the new policy, those Gurkhas who retired before 1 July 1997 and completed four years' service can apply to settle in the United Kingdom with their spouses and dependent children.

The policy introduced today refers specifically to those Gurkhas who retired before 1 July 1997, and who will now be granted settlement rights under the new scheme. Those who retired after 1 July 1997 are already eligible to apply for settlement under the current immigration rules.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said:

'Generations of Gurkhas have served the United Kingdom with great courage, sacrifice and distinction, and they continue to make a vital and valued contribution to our operations around the world.

'We respect the will of the House of Commons on this issue, and that is why I have now announced a new policy, the basis of which we have worked on with the Home Affairs Select Committee and Gurkha representatives.

'This means we can now welcome any Gurkha who has served for four years or more to settle in the United Kingdom.'

In 2004 the Government granted the first Gurkhas the right of settlement in Britain if they served on or after 1 July 1997 - the point at which the Brigade's base moved to the United Kingdom. Since then, over 6,000 Gurkhas and their families have been given the right to live in the United Kingdom.

The new policy announced will allow settlement rights to be granted to all those who retired from the Brigade of Gurkhas prior to 1 July 1997 with four or more years' service. The new policy reflects the fresh advice of the Home Affairs Select Committee around the number of Gurkhas and their families who are likely to apply under the new rules.

The British Army's Brigade of Gurkhas is currently around 3,800 strong. It provides around three per cent of the Army's strength and eight per cent of the Infantry.

Kevan Jones, Minister for Veterans, said:

'The British Army and the Ministry of Defence are determined to do all that we can to uphold our ongoing commitment to the welfare of former Gurkhas, whether in Nepal or the United Kingdom. We value greatly the bravery, commitment and dedication which they have shown over many years and continue to demonstrate on operations today.'

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Highly skilled workers, Tier 1 (General) application refusal story Tier1-0004

This story is based on one of the applicant of Tier 1 (General) - Highly skilled workers

'I HAVE JUST RECEIVED MY HSMP REFUSAL LETTER TODAY
I THINK I HAVE GOT THE RIGHT TO APPEAL

IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME IN FINDING THE RIGHT WAY TO APPEAL

I WRITE DOWN THE DETAILS WHAT DOCUMENTS I HAVE SUBMITTED TO THEM AND ON WHAT BASIS THEY REFUSED MY APPLICATION.

I POSTED MY APPLICATION ON 27TH OF MARCH
THEY RECEIVED IT ON 30TH OF MARCH
HOMEOFFICE FEES DEDUCTION ON 1ST OF APRIL
REFUSAL LETTER RECEIVED ON 20TH MAY 2009.


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EVERYTHING WENT GOOD AND I HAVE GAINED POINTS WHERE I WAS EXPECTING.
EXCEPT MY EARNINGS

WHAT HAPPENED ACTUALLY IS, I HAVE SHOWN MY EARNINGS IN TWO SEGMENTS

- FIRST THE SALARIED PART WHERE I EARNED 8421 GBP
-SECOND PART WAS MY SELF EMPLOYMENT PART WHERE I HAVE MANAGED TO SHOW THEM THAT I HAVE EARNED 21,000 AND TAKEN OUT 15,000GBP AS A DIVIDENT AS I AM THE ONLY DIRECTOR (100% SHAREHOLDER) OF MY COMPANY.

SO THAT SHOULD MAKE ALTOGETHER 23,421 GBP. WHICH WAS MORE THAN THE DESIRED 23,000 BAND I WAS WISHING TO SHOW TO THE HOME OFFICE.


NOW THE WAY THEY CALCULATED IS FOLLOWING

THEY WERE AGREED ON THE PAYMENTS I RECEIVED WITH SALARIED EMPLOYMENT. THAT WAS 8421.00GBP
NOW QUESTION ARISES WHAT THEY HAVE DONE WITH MY SELF EMPLOYMENT.

THEY CALCULATED 14,476.00GBP AS MY DIVIDEND OUT OF 21K FROM MY ACCOUNTANTS REPORT AND ADDED THEM IN 8421 TO MAKE IT ALTOGETHER 22897.00GBP WHICH WAS ACTUALLY 103 POUNDS LESS THAN MY DESIRED EARNING BAND OF 23K.

ON THAT BASIS THEY GRANTED ME 15 POINTS AS MY EARNINGS.AND I WANTED ATLEAST 20 POINTS SCORING TO GET TO THE 75 MARK.

SO, THATS WHY I GOT MY REFUSAL.'

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Highly skilled workers, Tier 1 (General) application refusal story Tier1-0003

This story is based on one of the applicant of Tier 1 (General)

'Hi there,

I have got my documents back today saying my Tier-1 application has been refused. I dont have a right to appeal since my leave to remain is still valid.

Reason for refusal is given as follows:

Payslips appear to be copies , are on the plain paper and have not been stamped and signed. No points have been awarded for this area inline with published guidance.


I had submitted my proof of earnings as P60 form signed by the employer and a covering letter for the same. The payslips were an additional evidence to co relate with the bank statement entries. And i was claiming earning points for the full tax year ie. April 2008 - March 2009 and the P60 covers the entire period claimed. I cannot make a reapplication since i dont hv enough points for new requirements.

What options do i have now ? Any guidance in this regard would be appreciated.

regards

PS '

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Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Indefinite leave to remain success story postal application ILR-0008 (Work Permit - 5 Years)

This story is based on one of the applicant of Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
-By Post

Details:
postal application: 5 yr WP + one dependent
Ack. letter: 01/04/2009
Fee payment: 02/04/2009
ILR stamped: 14/05/2009
Documents received: 19/05/2009
Received our ILR on 19/05/2009.

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Sample Employer Letter To Confirm Employment And Continuity Of Employment For Indefinite leave to remain (ILR-Letter-001 Format)

A letter in the below format would suffice.

'This is to certify that Mr......... has been employed as a ........... [exact designation as given in the Work Permit or in your contract] by this organisation/firm/company since ......... [date]. He has been in continuous employment with us & his services will continue to be required in future.

You may contact me if you need any further clarification.


With regards,

..................
[Signed by someone with authority in your organisation/company- usually from the HR dept].'

If you had other employers prior to the present one, you will need letters from them to say that you have worked with them for the specified period because sometime the case worker asks letter from the previous employer also.

It is upto the case worker and it is very rare asking letter from previous employer.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Tier 5 - Youth mobility scheme reaches 2009 limit for Japanese nationals

Entry to the United Kingdom under the points-based system youth mobility scheme is based on a quota system for participating countries, which rotates annually. Currently the countries participating in the scheme are Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand.

Home office has now reached the issuing level for Japanese nationals for the period ending 31 December 2009 and with immediate effect we will no longer be accepting new applications for this year. Japanese applicants may next apply from 1 January 2010.

Nationals of Australia, Canada and New Zealand may continue to apply throughout 2009 unless we announce otherwise.

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Indefinite leave to remain refused story ILR-0007

This story is based on one of the applicant of Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)

Apply Method: Croydon PEO Interview
Apply Date: ? 2009
Previous Visa: Work Permit (nurse)

Date of arrival in UK : 2004

'hi all,

My friend works as a nurse here on work permit and went to the croydon office to apply for ILR. The officer saw all her papers and said one of the employer with whom she worked on a particular year doesnt prove right and so she would need a letter from that employer. My friend justified her case and showed her p60 and other pay slips . But the officer was not convinced and asked her to get letter from ex- employer.

So she went back because the officer was quite rude and last week again came back with all papers. This time another reason was give. It seems one of the employer with whom she worked when her visa was still under consideration for a month. This meant that she worked without a visa for one month illegally. It was not her fault since her visa was given for processing. She justified this but bluntly they refused and she was asked to go and see the manager at the croydon office. She asked both the officer and manager what the next steps were but both refused to give her an answer. What can she do now. How can she prove she genuinely worked with the employer. She provided 5 yrs payslips,tax papers and everything but still they refused
'
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Homeoffice Implementation Of Hsmp 5 To 4 Now

You are covered by the judgment if you joined Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) under the arrangements in place until the programme was suspended on 7 November 2006. If you joined the HSMP under the arrangements in place from 5 December 2006 you are not covered by the information in this section.

Migrants covered by the judgment fall into a number of groups, depending on their circumstances. We currently have arrangements in place for:
Migrants who currently hold HSMP leave and have either applied for an extension of stay or will need to do so in the future

You fall into this group if you currently hold HSMP leave and have either applied for an extension of stay or will need to do so in the future. The requirements for an extension of stay will be those that were in place before 7 November 2006.

Migrants who were refused an extension of stay and are in the process of making an appeal
You fall into this group if you have been refused an extension of stay under the HSMP arrangements in place after 5 December 2006 and have an appeal or judicial review outstanding against that refusal. We will withdraw the decision that led to the appeal or judicial review claim and will reconsider your case and decide whether you meet the HSMP extension of stay requirements in place before 7 November 2006.

Migrants who were refused an extension of stay and switched to a different immigration category You fall into this group if you have been refused an extension of leave under the HSMP arrangements in place after 5 December 2006 and subsequently switched to another immigration category in which you currently hold valid leave. You can ask us to review your original refusal under the arrangements that were in place before 7 November 2006.

Migrants who did not apply for an extension of stay and switched into another immigration category
You fall into this group if you did not apply for an extension of stay under the HSMP arrangements in place after 5 December 2006 and switched your leave into another immigration category. You can apply for Tier 1 (General) even if you have switched into an immigration category that is not normally permitted to switch back into Tier 1 (General). If you do not meet the requirements for Tier 1 (General), we will consider your application under the HSMP extension of stay requirements in place before 7 November 2006

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British National Party has launched an anti-immigration campaign

The British National Party has launched an anti-immigration campaign harking back to the Battle of Britain, but it features a Polish Spitfire.

The poster, part of the European elections campaign, was unveiled last night, with a Spitfire and the words "Battle for Britain".

The party is campaigning against allowing Europeans into Britain

But historians noted that the fighter was acutally part of the RAF 303 squadron, which was made up of expatriate Poles.

In the Battle of Britain Poles shot down 203 Luftwaffe aircraft which stood for 12 per cent of total German losses in the battle.

A Royal Air Force museum spokesman said told the Daily Mail: "The Spitfire in the poster can be identified as belonging to 303 Squadron of the Polish Air Force by the code letters RF painted in front of the RAF roundel."

The BNP insisted they knew all along about the plane's background.

BNP spokesman Simon Darby said: "The 2009 election campaign poster features a spitfire plane and represents the Battle of Britain.

"It doesn't matter if it's a Polish squadron plane at all. It's a symbol of Britain's struggle at the moment.

"Using that plane doesn't go against our policies.

"It's not a question of disliking the Polish people – it's just a question of economics."

Note:

'The British National Party (BNP) is a far-right and whites-only political party in the United Kingdom. The party is not represented in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. In the 2005 UK general election, the BNP received 0.7% of the popular vote, giving it the eighth largest share of the vote, although it was fifth overall among English seats.

In the 2007 Welsh Assembly Election, it came fifth in terms of votes for the regional lists with 4.3% of the vote, winning no seats.

The BNP also finished fifth in the 2008 London mayoral election with 5.23% of the popular vote, as well as electing Mayoral candidate Richard Barnbrook to the London Assembly.
According to its constitution, the BNP is "committed to stemming and reversing the tide of non-white immigration and to restoring, by legal changes, negotiation and consent the overwhelmingly white makeup of the British population that existed in Britain prior to 1948."

The BNP also proposes "firm but voluntary incentives for immigrants and their descendants to return home."
It advocates the repeal of all anti-discrimination legislation, and restricts party membership to "indigenous British ethnic groups deriving from the class of ‘Indigenous Caucasian’". The BNP also accepts white immigrants that are assimilated into one of those ethnicities.'

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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Indefinite leave to remain success story ILR-0006 (Work Permit - 5 Years)

This story is based on one of the applicant of Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)

Apply Method: Croydon PEO Interview
Apply Date: 14th of May 2009
Previous Visa: 5 years work permit

Date of arrival in UK : May/June 2004
Number of absences : 196 days

'Thank God, I got my ILR at Croydon PEO last week as 5yr Work Permit Holder with two dependants.

My experiences are as follows;
Appointment was for 1300hrs, arrived at 12.30pm and went through the airport style security checks and then had to wait 15minutes to be attended at the documents check desk.
He asked for my application and passports and then letter from my current employer, then he asked me whether I had my P45 as I had changed employer during the past 5yrs and I had forgotten to bring it and he then said I would need it as that was the only way they could determine if there was any gaps in my employment. I told him I did not bring it with me but I also had a letter form my previous employer stating the dates I worked for them. He requested to see that and was satisfied. He went through the remaining documents like LifeintheUK test sheets and bank statements.
Before handing me the sheets and directing me to the 1st floor to pay.
I got to the first floor at about 1300hrs. While wating for the next free cashier, my reference number was called so I went off to the relevant desk and the guy behind the screen asked if i had paid and i said l was waiting to pay when he called, so he said he would wait while i went and paid, so I went back and paid and got back to the booth at about 13.15hrs.

He requested my application form, passports. Took his time with the pasports and forms and the only relevant part of the interview came when he checked my absences from the uk as I had 196days in the last 5yrs all on annual leave. His comments were that Wow I travelled alot and i said yes, then he said that I was over the limit of 180days and he would have to check the dates and by discounting weekends the number of absences reduced to 150ish days. He said that was alright and would not have to refer my appilication upward for approval as you could get refused if you had even 2 days over the limit (His words not mine).

He ask for current employer letter, payslips and banks statments for the last three months, P45 (I gave him my previous employers letter) checked and then took all the documents and went off for around 5-10mins and came back and said congratulations my application for ILR had been granted and I should come back in an hour for the passports. The time was 13.50hrs. I came back at 14.50hrs but did not get the passports until 16.00hrs and found out they had spelt my dependant name wrongly so I had to wait again and only got the corrected passport ant 16.24hrs.

Apart from the waiting the worst part of the day was driving back to west london, stuck in traffic for over a hour and a half!!! But I am not complaining.!!!'

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