There is a fear amongst Universities and Colleges that their Highly Trusted Sponsor status may be threatened as London Metropolitan University's has been. This is manifested in panic stricken measures which are having an adverse impact on students and the institutions they study at.
Guest post by Daniel Stevens. Daniel is the NUS International Students' Officer.
Guest Post. Yana is suffering from the family immigration rule changes introduced in July this year. We asked her for her story...
We have a wide and varied circle of international friends here in Edinburgh. There is Patrick from Ireland married to Jing from China, Andy a Scot married to Katarina from Poland, Jose from Spain married to Lisa from Argentina and Mike from Netherlands married to Olga from Russia. Then there is me and John, both British citizens.
Each year, when JCWI holds it's Annual General Meeting, we make an evening of it, with a seminar to highlight and develop our work, and a reception afterwards. It's constitutional business, an education and a networking opportunity par excellence rolled into one.
This year's AGM will take place on Monday 26 November from 6pm, and is once again being hosted at Garden Court Chambers in the heart of London's legal district, Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest tube is Holborn or Temple)
For the second consecutive year, we are concentrating our efforts on the Family Immigration Rules and have organised a real treat of speakers platform to address the issue of The Plight of Divided Families:
Another protest at the doors of the Home Office. This time the London Metropolitan students and their supporters show their outrage at the treatment of the overseas students at the University. There were more than 300 people at the protest, and were addressed by many speakers, including Habib Rahman, Chief Exec of JCWI.
The encouraging thing about the family immigration Rule changes introduced in July this year is the reaction. Aside from the indignation and anger, there is a determined core of people affected who are looking for every avenue to exploit to pressurise legislators and let everyone know their feelings and the actual effects ofthe rules.
Today (Thursday) sees the debate in the House of Commons provoked by a successful petition organised by Migration Watch, the rabidly anti-immigration ‘think’-tank. It has to be said that getting 140,000 signatures on any petition is a real achievement, even if they did do so with the active support of The Sun and The Daily Mail.
The Unison and UCU branches at London Met University have called for a protest outside the Home Office on Wednesday 5 September at 1pm. Please make every effort to join us there.
Guest post by Des Freedman. Des is secretary of Goldsmiths University and College Union (UCU), writing in a personal capacity. He set up the petition mentioned in the article, it now has over 5000 signatories. this article originally appeared at Counterfire.
This is a guest post by Brett, a British citizen from Australia living and working in the UK.
Consider someone in the following scenario: British citizen, higher-rate tax payer, not claimed a penny in benefits, lives in own house, worked for HMG for several years, active member in community. No family in UK. Father - aged 63 - living alone in Australia, dependent on his British child. Yet, this British citizen cannot have his father join him in the UK.
Monday 9 July was a good day and a bad day. Bad, because the family Immigration Rule changes were introduced. Take a look at our dossier of case studies and analysis for a detailed look at the changes and how they will affect people. It was a good day because we witnessed the start of a vibrant campaign against these draconian measures.
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