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About ID Cards in the UK and EU
About ID Cards in the UK and EU
ID cards in the UK: an overview of how the ID card scheme will be implemented and the use of ID cards in other EU countries....
Adopting a Child from Abroad
Adopting a Child from Abroad
A guide to adopting a child abroad: the different categories of intercountry adoption and the rules on citizenship for children adopted from abroad....
Applying for Visas for Extended Family
Applying for Visas for Extended Family
A summary of the visa position for members of the extended family of UK residents: family members which may be entitled to settle with their relative in the UK....
British Attitudes to Immigration
British Attitudes to Immigration
An overview of British attitudes to immigration and the history of immigration to the UK. Immigration from the British Commonwealth, refugees and immigrants from new…...
Budget Cuts: How They Affect Life in the UK
Budget Cuts: How They Affect Life in the UK
An overview of the likely long term impact on society and the economy of the UK government’s programme of public spending cuts and budget deficit reduction....
Changing Patterns in Immigration to the UK
Changing Patterns in Immigration to the UK
An overview of changing patterns of immigration to the UK; the impact of the European Union and the economic downturn on immigration....
Claiming a VAT Refund When Leaving the UK
Claiming a VAT Refund When Leaving the UK
Claiming a refund on VAT paid by visitors to the UK: who is entitled to a VAT refund and what is the procedure for obtaining a VAT refund?...
Coming to the UK as an Au Pair
Coming to the UK as an Au Pair
The new immigration rules for foreign nationals who wish to come to the UK as an au pair; the Youth Mobility Scheme of Tier 5 of the points-based immigration system....
Cracking Down on the Abuse of Student Visas
Cracking Down on the Abuse of Student Visas
The efforts which are being taken to combat abuse of the UK’s student visa system - an international approach to an international problem....
Deportation from the UK
Deportation from the UK
An overview of the circumstances in which a foreign national may be liable to deportation from the UK; the family of deportees and administrative removal....
Do I Need a Visa to Come to the UK?
Do I Need a Visa to Come to the UK?
Questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not a visa will be required before you can travel to the UK....
Driving in the UK
Driving in the UK
Rules and regulations for driving in the UK, drivers from other countries and the validity of foreign driving licences on UK roads....
Education in the UK
Education in the UK
An overview of the UK education system: pre-school; education from 5 to 16; the National Curriculum; public examinations; and, further and adult education....
Far Right Political Parties and UK Immigrants
Far Right Political Parties and UK Immigrants
An overview of far-rightwing politics in the UK since the 1930s. A summary of the immigration policies proposed by the main far-right political parties in the UK today....
Healthcare in the UK
Healthcare in the UK
An overview of the provision of healthcare in the UK - the National Health Service, private healthcare, children’s health, and dentists....
Housing in the UK
Housing in the UK
A guide to housing in the UK and what to remember once you move in: different types of housing; the utilities and amenities; and council tax....
Human Rights in the UK
Human Rights in the UK
An overview of human rights law and its application in the UK: the European Convention on Human Rights; the Human Rights Act 1998; and, absolute and non-absolute rights....
Life in the UK
Life in the UK
Aspects of life in the UK: a summary of the rights and responsibilities of UK citizens; socialising in the UK; the importance of the weather in the UK....
Multicultural Britain: What Does it Mean?
Multicultural Britain: What Does it Mean?
Multiculturalism in the UK - its history, its future and what it means for immigrants. A comparison with immigration policies in other countries....
New Policies on Children in UK Detention Centres
New Policies on Children in UK Detention Centres
The UK coalition government’s new policies on ending the detention of children in immigration removal centres; alternatives to child detention for immigration purposes....
Politics in the UK
Politics in the UK
An overview of the political system in the UK: the role of the monarch and the prime minister; the Houses of Parliament; voting; and regional governments....
Religion in the UK
Religion in the UK
Religion in the UK: the state religion and the attitude to others of different faiths. An overview of the numbers practising different faiths in the UK....
The UK's Police Authorities
The UK's Police Authorities
The police in the UK: how the police authorities are structured; reporting to the police for immigration purposes; rights on arrest; and, complaining about the police....
Travelling Within the UK
Travelling Within the UK
A summary of different ways of travelling within the UK - and some tips on how to save money and get the best out of your journey....
UK Detention Centres
UK Detention Centres
An overview of the UK’s 11 detention centres or immigration removal centres. The location, capacity and purpose of the UK’s detention centres....
UK Immigrants and State Benefits
UK Immigrants and State Benefits
The entitlements and rights which immigrants may have to UK benefits and social housing depending on their country of origin and immigration status....
UK Policies on Illegal Immigrants
UK Policies on Illegal Immigrants
UK policies on illegal immigration - the pre-election policies of the two parties who make up the UK’s coalition government and the policies announced by the new…...
UK Universities and Foreign Students
UK Universities and Foreign Students
Life at a UK university as a foreign or overseas student: how to get a student visa, what you will have to pay and what to expect once you get there....
Use of Data Stored on ID Cards
Use of Data Stored on ID Cards
An overview of the use of the data stored on UK ID cards: where and how the data will be stored and who may have access to it....
What Sort of Visa Do I Need?
What Sort of Visa Do I Need?
An overview of some of the different types of visas that may be required by a foreign national who wishes to come to the UK....
Where to go for Help or Advice as an Immigrant
Where to go for Help or Advice as an Immigrant
Where to find help and advice on UK immigration issues whether in the UK or before applying for a visa....
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