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Labour: End visa loopholes

Today Labour will call for an end to student visitor visa loopholes, as the party continues to reposition itself on immigration.

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Labour: 'Faster, stronger' immigration enforcement

Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary will continue Labour's talks on immigration today, as she calls to end the loopholes with student short-term visas.

According to Ms Cooper, the number of such visas has gone up by 30,000 a year since the election, and no checks are being made on whether students study or overstay.

  • Stronger checks on shorter-term student visitor visas
  • "Faster, stronger enforcement" when illegal immigrants are found
  • Unannounced border agency inspections, carried out by officers with arrest powers, for employers and colleges and exit checks at borders
  • More prosecutions and higher fines for paying less than the minimum wage
  • Measures to tackle "gangmasters" employing illegal migrants in the social care, hospitality and construction industries
  • A ban on housing workers in over-crowded accommodation

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