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From:          British High Commission Islamabad

Updated:   23 July 2014

Part of:       Providing visa services in Pakistan

 

The British High Commission Pakistan issues a guide on applying for a student tier-4 visa for the UK.

The guidance is part of an ongoing awareness campaign on the British High Commission’s Facebook and Twitter pages throughout June and July. The campaign aims to share useful information and tips for Pakistanis applying for UK visas.

 

Launching the guide, the British High Commission’s Head of Visas and Immigration, Claire Murray said:

 

Read More: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/british-high-comission-issued-a-guide-for-students-on-applying-for-uk-vis

 

 

From:               Home Office, James Brokenshire MP and UK Visas and Immigration

Published:       10 July 2014

Part of:             Borders and immigration

 

The Home Office places new restrictions on the entrepreneur visa route in response to scams from individuals and organised criminal groups.

 

The entrepreneur route is intended to allow migrants to set up businesses in the UK in order to create jobs and growth. However evidence from tax records shows that people on expiring student visas are transferring to entrepreneur status under the pretence of setting up a business when they are actually working in low skilled jobs.

 

Entrepreneur route targeted after the closure of the post-study work visa route

Visa statistics suggest that individuals and organised criminals began to target the entrepreneur option once the post study work visa, which allowed students to stay on after their studies, was axed in 2012.

 

Read More: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-the-immigration-rules-will-clamp-down-on-visa-abuse

From:          Prime Minister's Office and Home Office

Updated:   29 July 2014

Part of:       Borders and immigration, + others

 

David Cameron and Theresa May have announced changes to universities and colleges seeking sponsor status and European migrants' benefits.

A new crackdown on immigration abuses was announced today by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary as part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain.

 

From November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK. Currently, educational institutions cannot enjoy highly trusted sponsor status if 20% or more of the individuals they have offered places to are refused visas. But that figure will be cut to 10% in November after a 3-month transitional period for colleges and universities to re-examine their admissions procedures before offering individuals places.

Read more:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-tighten-up-the-immigration-system

From:          Home Office and The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Updated:   29 July 2014

Part of:       Securing borders and reducing immigration, Borders and immigration and UK

 

A new crackdown on the abuse of student visas was announced today – as further measures of the Immigration Act came into force.

 

From November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK.

 

Currently, educational institutions can enjoy Highly Trusted Sponsor status if the Home Office rejects 20% or fewer student applications as being invalid.

 

Read More: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-immigration-measures-announced

From:          Foreign & Commonwealth Office and The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

Updated:   19 August 2014

Part of:      Foreign affairs and Pakistan

 

UK supports a democratic Pakistan. We urge all to work together through constitutional means to peacefully resolve political differences.

Following ongoing political protests in Islamabad Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: The UK and Pakistan have deep and extensive ties. We strongly support a democratic Pakistan and the use of democratic institutions to resolve political disputes. I hope that all parties in Pakistan can work together under the Constitution to peacefully resolve current political differences.

 

Read more   https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/british-high-commissioners-message-on-pakistans-independence-day

From:          British High Commission Islamabad

Updated:   13 August 2014

Part of:      Strengthening democracy, security and regional stability in Pakistan and Pakistan

 

On behalf of the British High Commission and the United Kingdom, I would like to extend my congratulations to the people of Pakistan.

The British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr. Philip Barton CMG OBE, has issued a statement marking Pakistan’s Independence Day.

Mr Barton said: “Jashan e Azaadi Mubarak!”.

 

Read more   https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/british-high-commissioners-message-on-pakistans-independence-day

From:          British High Commission Canberra

Updated:   29 August 2014

Part of:      Australia

 

Three Indigenous Australian Scholars will continue their studies at leading UK universities, thanks to the support of the UK Government..

The British High Commissioner to Australia, His Excellency Paul Madden CMG, last night announced the 2014 recipients of the Charlie Perkins Scholarship, a scheme assisting Indigenous Australians to pursue postgraduate study at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

The High Commissioner introduced the three scholars to the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Tony Abbott, at Parliament House in Canberra before hosting a ceremony at his residence in the presence of the Minister for ...

 

Read more   https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/high-commissioner-announces-2014-charlie-perkins-scholars

Education Minister the Hon Christopher Pyne MP (left) and the Charlie Perkins Scholars with High Commissioner HE Paul Madden.

From:          British High Commission New Delhi, Mumbai +others

Updated:   1 September 2014

Part of:       Expanding the prosperity partnership with India and India

 

The programmes provide an invaluable opportunity to Indian professionals to establish their own networks of contacts in the UK.

As you may already be aware we are now accepting applications for a number of Chevening programmes in India. The programmes provide an invaluable opportunity to Indian professionals to establish their own networks of contacts in the UK who would be of direct value to their work and career development in India. We are pleased to offer the following Chevening programmes in India:

Chevening Master’s Programmes

Up to 30 fully funded One Year Master Scholarships in any UK .....

Read more   https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/chevening-india-applications-are-open

From:          British High Commission New Delhi, Mumbai +others

Updated:   10 September 2014

Part of:       Borders and immigration

 

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons by James Brokenshire.

Minister for Security and Immigration (James Brokenshire):

I am today announcing some changes to fees for immigration and nationality applications made to the Home Office. The government reviews these fees on a regular basis and makes appropriate changes as necessary. The amended regulations are for fees set at or below the cost of processing the relevant applications.

We are making some targeted amendments to support the implementation of provisions in the Immigration Act 2014,....

Read more  https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/amendments-to-fees-for-immigration-and-nationality-services

From:          British High Commission Islamabad

Updated:   16 September 2014

Part of:       Supporting development in Pakistan and Pakistan

 

The British High Commission and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Pakistan launched a painting and a writing competition titled ‘Shape the Future’ at the SoS school in Rawalpindi today.

The competition invites students from across Pakistan to share their recommendations – in the form of paintings and pieces of creative writing – on what they think would help improve people’s lives in Pakistan and put the country on the path to sustainable progress. Since their launch in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals have encouraged countries to work towards meeting the needs of the world’s poorest people by 2015......

Read more https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/british-high-commission-launches-shape-the-future-competition

From:          British High Commission Islamabad

Updated:   21 September 2014

Part of:      Strengthening democracy, security and regional stability in Pakistan and Pakistan

 

The British High Commission hosted friendly rugby matches between the Pakistan Rugby Union and an international team of British, Canadian, American and Australian players.

The event marked the start of England’s preparations to host the Rugby World Cup 2015. The British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Philip Barton CMG OBE, hosted the event, along with the Canadian High Commissioner Greg Giokas. After an intense round of separate matches for women’s and men’s teams, .....

Read more https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/british-high-commission-hosts-international-rugby-matches--2

From:          British High Commission Islamabad

Updated:   5 October 2014

Part of:      Strengthening democracy, security and regional stability in Pakistan and Pakistan

 

British High Commissioner wishes Pakistanis Eid Mubarak

On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, Eid Mubarak to you, your friends and families. In his Eid message, the British High Commissioner, Philip Barton CMG OBE said:  

On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, I would like to wish Eid Mubarak to you, your friends and families. As I and my staff share in this very special time, our thoughts will of course turn to those facing hardships due to recent flooding in parts of Pakistan.

During these celebrations, let us also remember the sacrifices being offered by the military personnel involved in the military operation Zarb-e-Azb to tackle terrorism in Pakistan, as well as those displaced from their homes. I wish you all a very happy Eid al-Adha.

Read more      https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/british-high-commissioner-wishes-pakistanis-eid-mubarak--2

From:          British High Commission Islamabad

Updated:   15 October 2014

Part of:      Strengthening democracy, security and regional stability in Pakistan and Pakistan

 

The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) in Pakistan held a discussion with students of SZABIST University on Tuesday on new goals to replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015.

 

Since their launch in 2000, the MDGs have encouraged countries to work towards meeting the needs of the world’s poorest people by 2015. The discussion at SZABIST aimed to involve Pakistan’s young people in the international debate that is shaping the new, post-2015 development goals and to foster active engagement on the UK priority goals: economic growth, education and poverty eradication.

 

Read more     https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/dfid-holds-discussions-on-post-2015-development-agenda-at-szabist-university

From:          Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP

Updated:   10 October 2014

Part of:      Making the higher education system more efficient and diverse, Increasing the UK’s exports and attracting inward investment, Using Industrial Strategy to help the UK economy and business compete and grow, Business and enterprise, Higher education, Trade and investment, UK economy and India

 

Cable visits India to spread the message ‘Britain is open for Business’ and dispel the myth that the UK isn't welcoming to Indian students.

Business Secretary will announce new measures to tackle falling Indian student numbers and encourage business investment in the UK

Indian company Amtek Auto will invest £23 million in a new foundry in Kidderminster creating 500 new UK jobs

Vince Cable is in India today (10 October 2014) on a week-long visit to dispel myths that the UK is not welcoming to Indian students and spread the message that ‘Britain is open for Business’...

Read more    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/noises-off-cable-says-britain-is-open-for-business

From:          British High Commission Islamabad

Updated:   9 October 2014

Part of:      Strengthening democracy, security and regional stability in Pakistan and Pakistan

 

The MBE is a prestigious honour awarded to individuals for significant achievements or exceptional service, which stands out as an example to others.

On 9 October, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, the British High Commissioner presented awards to Mr Asghar Ali and Mrs Tahira Roshani in recognition of their work for the UK’s Department for International Development in Pakistan.

 

Both Mr Ali and Mrs Roshani have been made Honorary Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). The MBE is a prestigious honour awarded to individuals for significant achievements or exceptional service, which stands out as an example to others.

Read more     https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/honorary-awards-her-majesty-the-queen-recognises-pakistani-uk-aid-staff-for-outstanding-service

From:          Home Office, James Brokenshire MP and UK Visas and Immigration

Updated:   16 October 2014

Part of:       Borders and immigration

 

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons by James Brokenshire.

Minister of state for Immigration and Security (James Brokenshire):

Reforms are also being made to strengthen the regime and further enhance security. Technical changes are being implemented across the Immigration Rules to tackle abuse while enhancing the United Kingdom’s status as an excellent place to do business. In particular, the Tier 1 (Investor) route is being reformed following recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee. The minimum investment threshold will be raised from £1m to £2m. The government will also consult further on what sort of investment the route should encourage in order to deliver real economic benefits, and other improvements to the route. A consultation document will be published in due course...

 

Read more  https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/amendments-to-fees-for-immigration-and-nationality-services