Whilst the government being sued is certainly not a new phenomenon, this newest case is a whole new challenge for the Coalition government. Immigration has always been seen as at the heart of the Conservative ideologies and manifestos over many years so it is to be expected that deadlines must be strictly adhered to and companies will be replaced for not meeting their targets. Raytheon was responsible for the e-border immigration system and was commissioned by the last Labour government. It is a £750m system designed to collate all existing and future information on one single database in regards to passengers leaving and entering Britain. The target for this is 2014 but there were many intermittent deadlines which had to be met, among which were those in 2009 that were apparently not met adequately.
Student visas have been a huge topic of conversation in recent months with the Coalition Government aiming to reduce the number of student visas by 75,000 a year. This new scheme has a two-fold justification; firstly, it is believed that many individuals with student visas are actually abusing the system and working instead. This is to be combatted not only by tightening the controls on students entering but by also making the limits on when and how often they can work stricter. There will also be more restrictions on their dependents joining them and there will be a requirement to prove a certain standard of English language competency before receiving approval. Secondly this will reduce immigration as a whole which was a key Conservative election pledge. Those approved for student visas will also be limited in the amount of years they are permitted to remain in the UK after completing their studies. Click here to keep reading