Gates and Buffett call for US immigration reform
22 July 2014
Two of the most famous businessmen in the world, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, have called on the US Congress to pass an immigration reform bill.The two men were joined by a third US businessman, Sheldon Adelson, as signatories of an opinion piece in the New York Times in which they called on all parties, but particularly Republican members of the House of Representatives, to 'break the immigration impasse'.
EU population growth driven by immigration
22 July 2014
Eurostat, the European Union statistics agency, reports that the population of the Union grew by 1.7m over the year to January 1st 2014. The population of the union rose to 507.4m, up from 505.7m a year earlier.Eurostat reports that the population of the 28 countries that make up the current European Union has risen by 100m since 1960.
UK passport and visa service 'in crisis'
21 July 2014
The UK's passport service is in 'total crisis' according to an anonymous whistle blower who works for the service.There have been concerns about the service since June this year when the BBC carried reports of delays in processing of applications causing some people to miss travel dates.
UK immigration: Russian applicants face 'lengthy delays'
18 July 2014
The Russian Union of Travel Industry (RUTI) has reported that some applicants for UK visas in Russia have had to endure extremely long processing times for visas since Tele performance Ltd, a new private sector partner, took over visa processing in March.
The RUTI says that some applicants are having to wait as long as 12 weeks for their visas to be processed. As the UK does not allow applicants to apply for visas until 12 weeks before the intended date of travel, this means that some applicants are unable to travel to the UK as planned as they have not received the visa in time for their trip.