2013-01-30 17:57:03 -
Entrepreneur Visa Scams: UKBA Move Fast To Change Rules
UKBA move quickly to close loopholes in Entrepreneur Visa rules
Tier 1 visa scam expose forces Home Office to tighten up on applications with emergency rule changes
The United Kingdom Borders Agency (UKBA) today have written to many immigration advisors/lawyers in the UK informing them that they are laying before the House of Commons a Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules that will bring about urgent changes to tackle abuse in the Entrepreneur migration route while protecting genuine entrepreneurs.
This is in obvious response to the expose in Balita Pinoy and the BBC Radio 4 "You & Yours" program last week which blew the whistle on the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa scam (Arrests made
in Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa scam).
They [The UKBA] say that in .April 2011 we made some changes to the Investor and Entrepreneur routes to encourage greater uptake. These changes have successfully brought about a steady increase in applications from overseas."
"However, it is clear that, following our tightening of other migration routes, the Entrepreneur route is now being targeted by applicants seeking to abuse the immigration rules."
In the light of these abuses they are introducing a 'genuine entrepreneur' test which will give the UKBA caseworkers .the ability to test the credibility of suspicious applicants. We are also making a further change to require the necessary minimum funds to be held, or invested in the business, on an ongoing basis rather than solely at the time of the application."
They continued saying:
"These are technical but important changes to improve the effectiveness of the current rules. We will protect genuine entrepreneurs and continue to encourage them to invest in the UK where they will be made welcome."
For the full story and precis of the rule changes, click the link below: