Essential maintenance will mean the website through which people in the UK can apply for a visa granting approval to visit the country will be out of service for a few hours this evening (Wednesday).
British law and policy-makers have claimed that the country's tough stance on immigration is "tearing families apart".
The historically neutral Swiss have introduced a quota on the number of permits it will issue allowing nationals of European Union member states to work there.
Beginning this week, the body responsible for patrolling the UK's borders and adjudging visa applications is now summoning random applicants for student visas for interviews.
With a strict quota of 65,000, American authorities have begun taking applications from people looking to move to the country to take up a skilled or professional job.
In a move which was widely welcomed by MPs, Home Secretary Theresa May yesterday announced that she would scrap the UK Border Agency and assume overall personal responsibility for controlling immigration to the British Isles.
Applicants for visas to visit or stay in the UK are being given more opportunities to register the biometric information required as part of their applications.
The speech marking the beginning of US President Barack Obama's second term in office held out the prospect of immigration reform designed to encourage more highly-skilled entrants into the country.
Re-elected president Barack Obama has pledged to put immigration reform higher up his agenda in his second term in office.
Substantially more money is spent on enforcing America's immigration laws than on administering all other federal criminal laws, a think tank has discovered.
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