UK work visas for foreign graduates to be extended to two years
The Guardian – 10 September
The government has reversed Theresa May’s graduate student policy and will be offering two-year work visas to international students who graduate from a British university. Current graduates are only allowed four months to look for permanent work, a move that has been blamed for a drop in international student enrolments.
EU children in custody to be stripped of rights as Home Office prevents them from applying for settled status
The Independent – 10 September
The Home Office is refusing to allow EU children in custody to apply for settled status, in a move legal experts are calling a ‘double punishment’. Children who do not apply for settled status in time face being deported, and the length of residency would be broken due to imprisonment.
Scrap NHS charges for pregnant illegal immigrants, says Royal College of Midwives
The Telegraph – 9 September
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has argued that all women should be eligible for free maternity care, regardless of their immigration status. Currently, pregnancy charges for overseas visitors and those not eligible for the NHS start at £7,000.
No-deal Brexit plan: EU nationals could stay three years
BBC News – 4 September
The government has reversed its initial plans to completely end free movement in the event of a no-deal Brexit and have now decided on a temporary Leave to Remain scheme. EU nationals who arrive in the UK before 1st January 2021, will be allowed to stay for up to three years.
Home Office refused thousands of LGBT asylum claims, figures reveal
The Guardian – 2 September
Data from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association has revealed that at least 3,100 asylum claims from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) nationals from countries where same-sex acts are criminalised, have been refused by the Home Office. Many of those seeking asylum face prison sentences and threats of violence from their countries of origin.