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Before you book your test, please make sure that you are ready for it! During the past 8 years, we have seen so many people failing, some people fail by 1 or 2 points 🙁

A great way to make sure that you pass with minimal time and effort is at

With the availability of online test booking, Now You can select a Life in UK Test Centre during the booking process. For example if you lived in Birmingham and wanted to find the life in the UK test centres in Birmingham, then you can just put your postcode into the Box below which says “Enter Your Post Code or Address”. It will then find all places in your area and list them below the map. So you can see the location on the map and also you can get all the details of the centre like the Name, Distance to the place, Address, and also directions to the examination centre. Then select a place from that list and click on that so that you can view it on the map. Now you can see the Address, phone number, opening times, and directions of the test centre.

Below is a list of test centres in Birmingham that you can get from this tool

East Birmingham Community Forum Ltd
1.5 miles
The Jet Shop
Saltley, Birmingham B8 1LY
Exchange Group Wolverhampton
11.9 miles
c/o Wolverhampton Central Library
Garrick Street, Wolverhampton WV1 3AX
Numidia Education & Training Ltd
16.7 miles
Coventry Central Library
17 Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1FY
Skills for Enterprise learndirect centre
33.7 miles
2-4 Colton Street
Leicester LE1 1QA

If for some reason you are not sure about your postcode, or you prefer to search by the name of the area, then you can use the name of the city. For example if you wanted to find out places in London where you can do the test, then just enter London in to the box.

For more information on how to book the British Citizenship Test online, Please visit Book Life in the UK Test Online

Enter Your Post Code or Address Above.

When you book the Life in the UK test, please make sure that you follow the instructions highlighted in that article.  Because if for example you don’t use a valid ID when booking, you will NOT be allowed to take the test at the test centre on the day of you test 🙁 ! So it really is critical, because I have seen so many people getting this wrong and end up being unable to do the test, even though they have fully paid for it. Also if you have any difficulties at the test centre, like computer failure, unfriendly/ nasty staff at the centre, there are way to complaint.

VERY Critical information!!! Just be VERY VERY careful with this!!!!

Please make sure that the centre you book is close to where you live. For example if you live in London, don’t book a test at a centre in Glasgow because it would look suspicious (They will think that it’s unnatural for you to travel so far, so they will assume someone else is sitting the test on your behalf! which is illegal!). If it is far from where you are then you will not be allowed to take the test at the test centre!!!!
also you will NOT get a refund!!!.

They will give you your 5 closest test centres, then you need to choose one from those.

Please take proof of address that is within 3 months of the day of your test. (that has your name and post code on it) to present to the test centre staff!
This can be in the form of a
1. Utility bill – gas, electricity or water bill
2. Council Tax bill
3. letter from the Home Office with your name and address on it
4. UK photocard driving licence
5. bank or credit card statement – just make sure that these are originals, not what you printed off from online banking. Best option is to visit the bank and ask them to print the statements and MOST IMPORTANTLY ask them to  stamped  the statements officially!!! if they refuse that is usually because they are not aware that they can do that, just ask to speak to the manager or the supervisor ;). So ALWAYS select the closest test centre and then read the below and follow the instructions to make sure that it is still there!!!

Make sure that the test centre is still there!

Another VERY important factor is contacting the test centre BEFORE your test to make sure that the test centre is still there. I have received emails from a lot of students saying that they paid and registered for the test at a test centre, but when they went there on the day of there test, there was no test centre. This is common there days because so many test centres have closed down due to financial reasons or they are not allowed to operate any more because of fraudulent activities!

So always make sure that the test centre is there by, calling or by actually visiting the test centre at least 7 days before your test.

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How to save £1320 when Making a Premium Appointment for ILR – Unmarried Partner Visa


ILR Appointment for premium service – Online Appointment and ILR Form

ILR Appointment for premium service Angel of the North NewcastleHi guys, I am writing this blog after some time. As my unmarried Partner Visa is nearly expiring and now I am ready to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in few weeks time. Therefore this information can be useful for those applicants who are making their application for ILR in near future.


With my current experience of making this application, I must say that as compared to two years earlier (When I applied for unmarried Partner visa), things have radically changed at home office. For example now you need bio metrics and ID Cards with your unmarried Partner visa. However it is important to note that you don’t need bio metrics or ID card for ILR application.


There are two options for your application,

  1. applying in person (Same day premium application) or
  2. applying through post (14 weeks to 6 months processing time !)


With the new rules, you must book your premium appointment either

  1. online at
  2. by calling home office on 0870 606 7766.


I tried both, first called home office and realised that it is becoming impossible to get through to an operator. With different experiments (calling on so many different times) at last I got my call in the early hours of one morning. That means if you want to talk to an operator, call 8:59 or exactly 9:00 o’clock in the morning. However operator told me that there are no available appointments for Corydon for the next two months. However, she asked me to try and check for Sheffield or Glasgow.


I was quite confused at that point as living in between Ipswich and London, I felt difficult to make an appointment for Glasgow. With my current job commitments, even going to Corydon was a huge task. So I refused to take any appointment other than Corydon. She advised me to check and apply online. Same day in the evening.


I checked online booking system for appointments. I first made an account for me and then for my partner (as I was thinking to take him with me). After fifteen minutes, we both received two reference and Transaction IDs. At this point I logged in to my account and start searching for a convenient date. However, unfortunately system was showing all dates booked for all centres (even including Sheffield or Glasgow).


ILR Appointment for premium service – Legal representatives and Same day service

ILR Form England Football ShirtOn that point I was really worried, thinking I could have taken at least those appointments which were available over the phone for Glasgow or Sheffield. Anyway I talked to one of my friends and he suggested “Legal representatives’ same-day service”. It is important to note that with new immigration rules, it is now possible for an immigration firm or solicitors to have some definite number of appointments every week. That means if you have no other option for premium application, you can contact any immigration firm providing this facility. At last I called one of them and they were happy to help, however with an extra fee of£1320 pounds. That means it is a total bill of £2340  !!! (including home office premium appointment fee 1,020).

so if you are going through an agent

Total cost (£2340) = Legal representatives’  Fee (£1320) + home office premium appointment Fee (£1020)


It was quite a big shock as I was thinking that it must be 500 to 600 pounds maximum. Anyway after this eye opening reality I started checking the online system again and again. However there was no luck. At the end I was tired and very worried, thinking about posting my application anyway. Remember a postal application takes from 14 weeks minimum to a 6 months maximum even in a simple case.

One night when I was checking the online booking system, I opened my booking login on Internet Explorer (I mostly use Firefox). I also tried to book firstly myself one only myself and suddenly from nowhere I was able to see a day in my required week of appointment. I didn’t believe on my eyes. I logged out and logged in again to check the system. I realized that when I am including my partners details (as family member), I was unable to see that appointments. Anyway I booked my appointment and than logged in for my partner and also booked a separate appointment for him.

If you are booking, please check all these tricks.

  1. Use Internet explorer, and
  2. When making an appointment, don’t include any person of your family over 18 years old.
  3. I also heard that use one email for all initial registrations and you will be able to include your dependents easily (however I have no experience about it).
  4. Try booking online around midnight (12:00 AM), best if you try on a Saturday !

With luck, now I have booking for me and for my partner and I have saved 1320 pounds. Please feel free to use these tricks and tips to get your required appointment on time.
Good Luck

If you have any questions please leave a comment below, I will try my best to answer.


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This is an article about applying for the British Citizenship. This page is NOT the official Life in the UK Test (Hopefully this fact is fairly evident).

Every effort has been made to make this (ILR Appointment for premium service) Free information on this site as complete and as accurate as possible, so that your experience will be thoroughly enjoyable, but NO warranty or fitness is implied.

If you haven’t completed the Citizenship test yet,
Please visit Life in the UK Test Questions for FREE practice Questions.

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The IP address of the user is also recorded, whereby this is shortened and only in exceptional cases is transferred in full to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. The aforementioned information may also be combined on the part of Google with such information from other sources. If the user subsequently visits other websites, he may be shown ads tailored to his interests based on his user profile.


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We have integrated the consent management tool “GDPR Cookie Consent” from Mozilor Limited trading as WebToffee, on our website in order to request consent for data processing or the use of cookies or comparable functions. With the help of “GDPR Cookie Consent” you have the possibility to give or refuse your consent for certain functionalities of our website, e.g., for the purpose of integrating external elements, integrating streaming content, statistical analysis, coverage measurement and personalised advertising. You can use “GDPR Cookie Consent” to give or refuse your consent for all functions or to give your consent for individual purposes or individual functions. The settings you have made can also be changed by you afterwards. The purpose of integrating “GDPR Cookie Consent” is to allow the users of our website to decide on the aforementioned matters and, in the course of further use of our website, to offer them the opportunity to change settings they have already made. In the course of using “GDPR Cookie Consent”, personal data as well as information of the end devices used, such as the IP address, are processed.


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Does this policy change?

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Privacy Policy

In the following we inform you about the collection of personal data when using our website Personal data is all data that can be related to you personally, e.g., name, address, e-mail addresses, user behaviour.


Data Controller 

The person responsible pursuant to Art. 4 (7) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK`s Data Protection Act 2018 is


Life in the UK Test




Contact us

When you contact us, the data you provide (your e-mail address, name and telephone number, if applicable) will be stored by us in order to answer your questions. We delete the data accruing in this context after the storage is no longer necessary or restrict the processing if there are statutory retention obligations.


If we use commissioned service providers for individual functions of our website or would like to use your data for advertising purposes, we will inform you in detail about the respective processes below. In doing so, we will also state the defined criteria for the storage period.


Your Rights

You have the following rights with regard to personal data concerning you:

  • Right to information (Art. 15 GDPR),
  • Right to rectification or erasure (Art. 16 and Art. 17 GDPR),
  • Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR),
  • Right to object to processing (Art. 6(1)(e) or (f) GDPR),
  • Right to data portability (Art. 20 GDPR).


You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a data protection supervisory authority. Alternatively, you can also contact the UK`s supervisory authority, which is: The Information Commissioner`s Office (ICO) located at Wycliffe House, Water Ln, Wilmslow SK9 5AF, UK ( We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO.


Relevant legal basis

In accordance with Article 13 of the GDPR, we inform you of the legal basis for our data processing. If the legal basis is not stated, the following applies: 


  • the legal basis for obtaining consent is Art. 6(1)(a) and Art. 7 GDPR, 
  • the legal basis for processing in order to fulfil our services and carry out contractual measures and respond to enquiries is Art. 6(1)(b) GDPR, 
  • the legal basis for processing in order to fulfil our legal obligations is Art. 6(1)(c) GDPR, and 
  • the legal basis for processing in order to protect our legitimate interests is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. In the event that vital interests of the data subject or another natural person require the processing of personal data, Art. 6 (1) (d) GDPR serves as the legal basis.


Collection of personal data when visiting our website

In the case of merely informative use of the website, i.e., if you do not make a booking or otherwise transmit information to us, we only collect the personal data that your browser transmits to our server. If you wish to view our website, we collect the following data, which is technically necessary for us to display our website to you and to ensure its stability and security (legal basis is Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR):


  • IP address
  • Date and time of the request
  • Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Content of the request (specific page)
  • Access status/HTTP status code
  • Amount of data transferred in each case
  • Website from which the request came
  • Operating system and its interface
  • Language and version of the browser software.


In addition to the aforementioned data, cookies are stored on your computer when you use our website.



We use cookies on our websites. Cookies are small text files that are assigned to the browser you are using and stored on your hard drive by means of a characteristic string of characters, and through which the body that sets the cookie receives certain information. Cookies cannot execute programmes or transmit viruses to your computer and therefore cannot cause any damage. They serve to make the Internet offer as a whole more user-friendly and effective, i.e., more pleasant for you.


Cookies can contain data that make it possible to recognise the device used. In some cases, however, cookies only contain information on certain settings that cannot be related to a specific person. However, cookies cannot directly identify a user.


Any use of cookies that is not strictly technically necessary constitutes data processing that is only permitted with your explicit and active consent (by accepting our cookie banner) pursuant to Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR. Furthermore, we will only pass on your personal data processed by cookies to third parties if you have given your express consent to do so in accordance with Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR. For more information about which cookies, we use and how you can manage your cookie settings and disable certain types of tracking,

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Other features and offers of our website

In addition to the purely informational use of our website, we offer various services that you can use if you are interested. In order to do so, you will usually have to provide further personal data, which we use to provide the respective service and to which the aforementioned data processing principles apply.


Comments and contributions 

When you leave comments on our website, your IP addresses is stored for 7 days on the basis of our legitimate interests. This is done for our security in case someone leaves unlawful content in comments and posts. In this case, we can be prosecuted for the comment or post and are therefore interested in the identity of the author. 


You may be able to display certain personal data, share certain details, engage with others, exchange knowledge and insights, post and view relevant content. It’s your choice whether to include sensitive personal data on your comment and to make that sensitive information public. Please do not post or add personal data to your comment that you would not want to be available. 


Note on data transfer to the USA

Among other things, tools from companies based in the USA are integrated on our website. If these tools are active, your personal data may be transferred to the US servers of the respective companies. We would like to point out that the USA is not a safe third country in the sense of UK/EU data protection law. US companies are obliged to hand over personal data to security authorities without you as a data subject being able to take legal action against this. It can therefore not be ruled out that US authorities (e.g., intelligence services) process, evaluate and permanently store your data located on US servers for monitoring purposes. We have no influence on these processing activities.


Objection or revocation against the processing of your data

If you have given your consent to the processing of your data, you may revoke this consent at any time. Such a revocation will affect the permissibility of processing your personal data after you have expressed it to us.


Where we base the processing of your personal data on the balance of interests, you may object to the processing. This is the case if the processing is not necessary, in particular, for the fulfilment of a contract with you, which is shown by us in each case in the following description of the functions. When exercising such an objection, we ask you to explain the reasons why we should not process your personal data as we have done. In the event of your justified objection, we will review the situation and either discontinue or adapt the data processing or show you our compelling legitimate grounds on the basis of which we will continue the processing.


Of course, you can object to the processing of your personal data for advertising and data analysis purposes at any time.


Liability For Contents

The contents of our pages were created with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of the content. As a service provider, we are responsible for our own content only and are not obligated to monitor transmitted or stored third-party information or to investigate circumstances that indicate illegal activity. Liability in this regard is only possible from the point in time at which a concrete infringement of the law becomes known. If we become aware of any such infringements, we will remove the relevant content immediately.


Data Security

We secure our website and other systems through appropriate technical and organisational measures against loss, destruction, access, modification or distribution of your data by unauthorized persons. However, and despite regular checks, complete protection against all dangers is not possible.


Passing on of data

Your personal data will only be passed on to third parties,

  • if you have given your express consent to this;
  • if the disclosure is necessary for the fulfilment of contractual obligations;
  • if we are legally obligated to disclose the data;
  • if the disclosure of the data is in the public interest;
  • if the disclosure of the data is necessary for the protection of our legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of a third party, unless your interests in the protection of your data override these interests.


Third Party Recipients

In order to be able to process your requests satisfactorily, we may have to pass on your personal data to third party recipients. Third party recipients may be our suppliers, service partners and our trading partners as described in this policy or for the enforcement of a lawful order issued for example by a court, the police, or a regulatory authority.


Duration of storage of personal data

Your data will be stored by us for as long as it is needed for the respective purposes underlying the processing. Beyond that, we only store data insofar as we are legally obligated to do so, e.g., due to statutory retention obligations.


Automated Decision Making

Automated decision making is not used at Life in the UK Test.


Processing of special categories of data

No special categories of data are processed at Life in the UK Test.


Changes to this privacy policy

Life in the UK Test reserves the right to change this privacy policy. The current version of the privacy policy is always available on the Life in the UK Test website.


high risk Visa applicants

UK deters applicants

A new policy introduces mandatory interviews for potential students who seek Visas from ‘high risk’ countries

This comes after a plethora of ‘substandard’ cases of Visa application were unearthed by the a watchdog. Investigation into these cases resulted in findings that over 30% of cases lacked legitimacy under thorough scrutiny.

The government will launch this system at the end of the month, forcing thousands of students to travel to UK centres where their case, intentions and plans will come under intense questioning.

This is in further effort to reduce the amount of fraudulent cases of government-sponsored financial support, which is very high, and has been put PM David Cameron under intense pressure to calm the swelling of the situation.

His plans to reduce immigration by the “tens of thousands” has begun to take shape as new policies make news regularly.

Cameron has been subject to flak from MP Ed Miliband for not acting fast enough about the issue.

A spokesperson for the scheme suggested there would be perhaps 14,000 interviews this year.

He went further, saying that “dedicated students” would not be affected; more average students who were not fully committed toward the idea of seeking education in Britain, which is becoming harsher on immigration.

Officers will have the power to deny applications after the interview, as long as they provide fair reason as to why they have taken the action.

High risk Visa applicantsWhich countries have been targeted?

It is predicted that the system will be placed into parts of the world such as the Indian subcontinent, some parts of Asia as well as Middle Eastern countries and some countries in Africa. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nigeria and the Philippines will be affected!

Some pilot studies have shown large rates of rejection, with Burma being the highest, along with Nigeria, India and Bangladesh, all of which summed to roughly a 60% rate of Visa rejection.

Many students who aim to reach a place of higher education within Britain have shown concern and ultimately disinterest toward not only the policy, but in a large amount of cases, rejection of British education due to feelings that the process would take too long, or that they are beginning to feel unwelcome.

Controversy toward the issue is mainly directed toward the fact that only selected states are subject to interview, leading to many feeling that their nationality may be the deciding factor in the quality of their education, instead of intelligence or drive.

There are several countries who have been granted immunity toward this policy:

Argentina, Brunei, Chile, Croatia, South Korea and Taiwan to name a few.

A British spokesperson said that they were open to students, yet they must have a clear set reason and goal as to being in the country; that they did not want people to enter the country, leave education and find themselves claiming unemployment benefits.

A huge Visa crackdown has been the recent flagship of Cameron’s new effort to gain voters back from opposing parties Labour and UKIP, both of which have been gaining lost voters due to differing polices and views.

Photo by West Midlands Police

High UK Visa Rejection Rate

Harsher Visas stump students

Britain yet again tightens it’s grip around immigration, international students recoil.
As of November, Great Britain will harden the shell of it’s countries further, shaving the education of many valued international immigrants who make up a large percentage of the schooling system’s economical worth.

Decisions within the government have ruled that places of higher education such as universities and colleges who sponsor non European Union international students will have to strengthen their choices of risk losing an important title.

The Highly Trusted Sponsor is a title which allows schools to offer scholarships to international students of potential. At this moment, an institution may don the title if the rate of Visa rejection is 20% or less.

Main Reasons for High UK Visa Rejection Rate

Visa rejection may be due to many reasons, ranging from suspicious activity to lack of documents to a weak story as to why they are applying.
From November, the percentage of rejection must be no more than 10%. UK higher education exports were worth £10 billion as of 2011-12.
We can expect to see that figure drop dramatically as students around the world slowly seem to be changing their minds about scholarship within Britain.
London alone has over 100,000 international students living within it’s quarters.

This comes in a time of great change for Britain, where a determined government aims to change the way the borders of the country work completely.

High UK Visa Rejection RateTeresa may commented that the government will:
“Make British a less attractive place for those who come here for the wrong reasons.”
However, an inefficient system has of late, began to show how deeply the cracks lie within the fractured system of deciding who to keep and who to reject.
The international (non EU) tuition contribution is worth upwards of £3 billion, which is roughly 30% of tuition in total.
Being such a large percentage of what is a sector which is regularly criticised for being underpaid due to budget cuts, many have expressed concern as to whether parliament considered the true implications of this situation as fully as it could have when it began the process.

Is Britain becoming a place that is harsher to immigrants?
Or is this just par for the course as we reform our country?

There is stacking evidence that suggests that international individuals and families that would have first considered immigrating have now been staved off for many reasons which have recently emerged from both the populace and parliament. Accusations of bias, harshness and a changing way of running the country have been flowing through social networking.
However, we must remember, there are always issues when something as huge as a country attempts to reform a whole sector of the way it is run, backlash is inevitable. Look back into history and there has always been controversy toward acts such as this.
Is this different?

In a changing world, the government is attempting to answer to demands by voters. Are these actions too harsh?
We are certainly damaging both our economy, and social diversity. Only time will show the true repercussions of what seems currently to have been a self destructive move.

UK Losing Foreign talent

Why is the UK Losing Foreign talent and by how much?

Studies published today by officials have recorded a massive drop in international students and workers who have high levels of promise and education.
This comes as a result of much more exclusive Visa laws imparted within the last few years.
The exact drop was 39%, which is a massive amount to see, and predictions toward the harm this will impart on the UK economy are negative almost unilaterally.
This news leaves many businesses angry, as they rely heavily on well qualified people of international states, leading to concern whether these tighter non EU Visa laws are actually doing more harm than good.

The students produced by these countries are very highly held by prestigious business schools across the nation, who have noticed a differentiation in attendance that they find worrying as a large percentage of their attendance is foreign.

UK Losing Foreign talentMore work and effort to apply and receive a UK Visa have made the country less advertising toward external nations, with stricter regulations and policies making it very difficult for graduates to find employment after finishing school, something that for a long time was very easy due to the high level of qualification and skill these candidates tend to own after attending the schools.

Undoubtedly, events here will have a distinct imprint upon the recovering economy of the country, a worrying prospect after a triple dip recession, that we are now, while in recovery – losing potential moneymakers.
Furthermore, these transfers were good for international relations, as the newly qualified students would go on to work for sometimes massive international companies which would provide income to a large selection of nations.

The effect of talented foreigners leaving the UK

Many modern technology companies rely heavily on qualified international students which have graduated from the UK businesses schools to provide valuable services in many sectors.

This heavy hitting loss in the stream of these individuals could stress the companies who are involved as much as it is damaging the UK.
However, recent news of more streamlined Visa processing services, starting with China, may provide a way out for this downward spiral which we face although, damages has already been done toward the economy, leaving a bitter taste in many high level employers of profitable industries.
Commentaries on the issue highlight the general consensus within the business community that they are now losing a lot of potential along with many already highly talented workers that could be contributing heavily to the nation and international horizon.

Who is responsible?

The government imparted these harsher Visa policies in an effort to curb indecent behaviour and large losses that are accounted toward some immigrants.
Some may argue that the situation is unfair on those who had huge potential to succeed in the UK that have been undeservedly rejected by the border agencies.
However, others argue that this is part of the process which is still very flawed as it involves many new polices that were put forward within the last couple of years.
The situation presents many moral questions.

Is it fair to bias toward talented, qualified individuals in the immigration sector?

fast track UK Visa China

UK embassy fast tracks Chinese Visa service
As of August 11th 2014, the United Kingdom will be offering a 24 hour super high priority Visa service to Chinese citizens in an effort to boost the economy with high spending tourists.
The service is open to anybody who has prior travel in the United Kingdoms, United States of America, Canada or 22 of the E.U countries participating in the open border Schengen area, which allowed for open travel between the countries participating with a single common Visa.
The price of the service will be 600 pounds.

Why Fast Track UK Visa in China ?

The opening of 12 application centres across the country of China in an effort to make the system more accessible toward the whole population will no doubt boost the population of the service, which brought in £300,000,000 in 2012.
Last year, there was a huge 31% increase in Chinese applications, leading the government to see a potential goldmine of external income toward the country, as well as taking part in a friendly, reciprocating activity that will help heal the wounds from tensions such as disagreements toward policies in Syria and David Cameron’s visit to the Dali Lama, a Tibetan, whose country has been part of an ongoing struggle to avoid the Chinese influence that is being imparted upon the country.
fast track UK Visa ChinaAmong other changes designed to streamline the process, Chinese nationals will no longer need both an Irish and Uk Visa to enter the country, being able to access the country with one or the other.
High spenders contribute a significant portion of income in the UK, and as the world leaves recession, this income is only likely to go up, with more being spent on holidaying across the nation.
Eventually, the government plans to extend this service toward India, which is likely to be just as profitable as the country enters a new phase of it’s development, with huge income and trade boosting it’s economy by large amounts each year.
In 2012, 210,000 UK Visas were issued to Chinese citizens, highlighting the huge potential that the massive country has to help the UK pull itself faster out of recession and toward a larger tourism industry, which can be surprisingly profitable.
Overseas visitors spend about £20,000,000,000 each year in the country, surpassing crude oil output and agricultural export.
External and internal tourism combined is worth an estimated £127,000,000,000 and employs around 3 million. This is equivalent to around 9% of the UK’s GDP.
The sector grows at 3-4% per year, far exceeding many other industries in this growth capability.
Predictions suggest that this could grow larger as international interest and popularity increase.
This is positive for both the overwhelming economical gains as well as the stability it extends to the countries which frequently visit, providing a friendly bridge between countries which can smooth over scars.
This Visa program is the first of it’s kind, but we can expect to see many more of similar policies if this flagship is successful in it’s method.

sham marriages Crackdown rise

Sham marriages crackdown as registrars gain new power

It might be a well known fact by now that the United Kingdoms is coming down harshly on immigration regulations in all ways it can.
One of these ways is by potentially giving registrars the power to interrupt or otherwise break apart suspicious matrimonies as they happen.
This is a crackdown on an event dubbed the ‘sham marriage’, in which a British national will (usually for a fee) marry somebody in order to achieve a certain goal.
These are called ‘marriages of convenience’ as opposed to love or partnership.
While in itself, this event is not illegal, the act of taking part in order to deceive officials is.
It is considered a violation as it allows the spouse immigration rights and citizenship.
sham marriages  CrackdownThey have become increasingly popular in the last few years, with a steep incline in these events taking place.
In 2011, the UK Border Agency issued advice and guidelines to the clergy, which gave them power to decide not to marry a couple if the situation felt ‘suspicious’ or ‘wrong’.
As developed countries have imposed stricter guidelines, sham marriages have become a more and more effective method of gaining Visa into a nation.
As a result, this increase has caused serious concern due to the lack of security in the situations.
New legislation could allow more power to registrars, allowing them to interrupt marriages in progress, involving the police, who would proceed to possibly prosecute the suspicious potential spouse.
However, lack of effective methods which spot these sham marriages have resulted in many genuine marriages being interrupted by police, which one spokesperson said “damages community relations”.
The problem resides though, that although this process is very inefficient, with one claim suggesting 2 in 5 of these crackdowns are against genuine marriages, at this moment, there is no better system.
These decisions are open to influence by disposition of the clergy and others who have power to decide, and may result in inequality toward certain races if members are not properly checked.
There is no doubt that as the situation evolves, more efficient methods will be found and the system will be optimised.
But for now, there have been many documented cases of police arresting innocent people and ruining expensive and well attended marriages.
Nonetheless, the question remains;
Is this method acceptable, even if it is inefficient, as long as it prevents a certain amount of ‘fake marriages’?
As the government and immigration agencies pay this subject more attention, we will begin to see popular opinion toward the subject. Remember that even is 2 in 5 marriages interrupted are real, there is a further 3 in 5 that are fake and prevented.
That is 60% efficient.
The impact of forced Visa immigration through processes like this are yet to be fully felt, but as the UK tightens it’s grip around all things border, we will soon find out how much damage these illegal processes have really been costing the nations a whole.

UK visa applicants arrested for fraud

The Couple  (UK visa applicants arrested) arrested in Sri Lanka face 10 year UK ban and prosecution for deception


A married Sri Lankan couple face a 10 year ban from UK travel and possible prosecution after being arrested in the UK for submitting tampered Visa documents, which were unearthed by highly trained officers specialising in forgery during checks over the submitted documents.

The couple had concealed past rejections by the UK on their Visas, and actively denied the events even taking place when questioned.
Hiding previous rejections is considered ‘deception’ by the UK border agencies, and is generally thought of reason to be distrustful and reject Visa applications.
Stricter policies may be due to terror threats within the UK and a rising concern that suspicious behaviour may incline more sinister circumstances which would require immediate rejection of the Visa and a thorough investigation.

UK visa applicants arrested for fraud

The UK has handed over responsibility the the Sri Lankan Frauds Investigation Bureau, where the couple will likely be further interrogated and may face imprisonment of a hefty fine, which would set back further plans of immigration for some time.
UK Visas and Immigrations Operations Managers said: “We will not tolerate the abuse of the UK’s immigration rules” He stated that submitting false documents of deception in general would be ‘strongly’ advised against.

This comes during increasing pressure from some parts of the government to tighten immigration policies and regulations, essentially narrowing the acceptable reasons for entering the UK.

This pressure is generally seen as a response to cases in which a national would immigrate to the UK and take part in illegal activities. Controversially, this illegal activity between a tiny percentage of immigrants has changed the way the UK looks at immigration.
Cooperation between the UK and Sri Lankan governments that include transparent sharing of offences including Sri Lankan nationals may result in the two facing heavy prosecution when they arrive home.

Among other offences, they were arrested for ‘tampering’ and ‘deception’.
The UK sees this as a security threat to it’s nations and as a result, treats each case very seriously.
The United Kingdoms have very strict immigration polices which can present significant difficulty for non E.U members who want to find work within the country.
All recorded offences will stay on record permanently, making it more and more of a challenge for previous offenders to enter. While usually, one would be able to apply again in 28 days, the couple will be unable to consider reapplication for a decade.
Applying for a Visa, one must be entirely truthful in order to have the best chance of acceptance, presenting a clear, transparent case that can withstand scrutiny due to genuine intentions.

Lying to the Border Agencies is generally considered one of the worst things to do if attempting to enter said country. The for the best chance:
Use clear documentation which is not blurred, marked or has any compromising features.
In many parts of Asia, the refusal rate can be between 30-50%

Reasons for rejection can be such as:
No valid reason for application
– Applying for ‘holiday’ with no background with other trips – Lack of confidence in funds
– Not knowing where you will stay
– Lack of knowledge of terms