Michael is an experienced editor and reporter on day-to-day news stories. He is currently the foreign editor of the Jewish Chronicle, a newspaper serving Britain’s Jewish communities. He also writes columns and analytical pieces, particularly on Turkish issues, for a range of publications.
Turkish nationals who want to work in Britain under the Ankara agreement scheme are to be subjected to a face-to-face interview as part of Home Office plans to combat fraudulent applications.
The new measure, which is to begin before the end of this month, represents yet another hurdle of scrutiny for a work permit scheme that existing applicants have criticised as slow and inefficient.
It was discussed during a meeting in January between the Turkish consulate and representatives from the Home Office team that handles Ankara agreement applications held in January, but details only emerged this week during a briefing for law firms and visa agencies.
A UK Border Agency spokesman said: “We are introducing sweeping changes to the immigration system while ensuring we continue to attract the brightest and best who will help to drive economic growth.
Turkey’s EU affairs minister said he was optimistic about progress
A judge described the Ministry of Justice’s new interpretation system
A London Assembly member is campaigning to ban Tube advertisements