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Students to the UK

Following on from my earlier blog on net migration, the UK Government’s policy of reducing net migration from “hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands” is not only having a knock on effect on businesses but also on students. Students form the largest group of visa applications and therefore a significant reduction in their numbers will aid the aim of achieving the “tens of thousands” figure promoted as Conservative policy. But at what cost?


Net Migration

At the moment, net migration seems to be the driver behind much of the Government’s policy on immigration.  The Conservative Party’s manifesto before it came into power in May 2010 was to reduce “net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands” by 2015. Most pundits do not think this is possible and that it was a foolish promise to make to the electorate. The net migration figure rose to 250,000 in the early years of the coalition.  Current net migration figures released in August by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) indicated that net migration had risen to 176,000 – up from 153,000 in the year end to September 2012.


Changes to the Immigration Rules

On 6 September 2013, the UK laid before Parliament a written statement which outlined a series of changes to the UK Immigration Rules.  I have set out below a few of the changes for your information.


Hello I am Tom Redfern, senior partner of Redfern Legal LLP. We used to be called F&L Legal and went about a brand and office location change at the end of July 2013. We are very much the same people though.

With the introduction of this new website, we have decided to start up a blog. I am doing the first blogs and they are on the subject of immigration. In the future, I and my colleagues will be covering other topics.

I am on the West coast of the USA this week for work. Why is it that 8 hours time difference is so much more difficult to handle when you get back to the UK than 5 hours on the East coast side? What is the quickest way to re-assimilate to UK time?  I guess it makes sense to change my watch to be on West coast time, but a part of me wants to keep it on UK time so I think I am one step ahead for when I get back.