Monday, July 26, 2010

London to review nixed visa pleas

London: The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced that it will review applications of migrants whose pleas were rejected solely because they had failed to meet the financial requirements for maintenance.
The review, under all tiers of the points-based system, is limited to those who unsuccessfully applied for entry from outside Britain between June 23 and July 22 this year.
The review will include cases of those seeking extension from Britain, provided they have the lawful immigrant status.
The review was announced after a court ruling in an immigration case which argued that maintenancefunds assessment must be in line with immigration rules.
Immigration rules only specify that the migrant must hold the required level of funds on the day the application is made. The immigration case, called the Pankina case, drew the court’s attention to the time period for which an applicant should show adequate funds for self and any dependants.
Cameron wants ‘special relationship’ with India

London: Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, comes to India this week seeking a “new special relationship” with one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Cameron, accompanied by his most senior ministers and bosses of some of Britain’s biggest companies, hopes to settle a string of lucrative trade and partnering deals during the visit.

After taking power in May, Cameron said that he wanted British foreign policy to focus more on business. Britain’s economy is emerging from recession and faces deep budget cuts designed to combat a record debt. “I want to refashion British foreign policy, the foreign office, to make us much more focused on the commercial aspects... making sure we are demonstrating Britain is open for business,” Cameron said last week.

His coalition government has singled out India as a key partner, saying it wants the two countries to forge a “new special relationship”, and has backed India in its quest for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. Cameron’s finance minister, George Osborne, who is joining the trip, wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that this would be the “strongest British delegation to visit India in modern times”.

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