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Tier 2 sponsored employment after Brexit

In January 2021, Tier 2 will be reformed to allow sponsored migrants take lower skill level jobs. The resident labour market test will be abolished and the minimum pay threshold will be brought down to £25,600. It is ironic, and sadly in tune with the contemporary British politics, that the lowest pay threshold is reserved for the applicants with the highest academic qualifications and for shortage professions, such as doctors, nurses, engineers, architects and, surprisingly, web designers.

New Immigration Fee Waiver policy

Fee waiver in immigration applications is available in exceptional circumstances only. It can be used family related applications and in applications based on long residence which raise family life or private life issues. Fee waivers are not available for any other immigration category. The test for fee waiver is affordability, not the prospect of becoming destitute, which should make it accessible to more applicants unable to pay.

EU nationals may need their PR documents for naturalisation applications

Over the last year, many EU citizens and their family members chose not to apply for a document certifying permanent residence and instead applied for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Immigration specialists have always had concerns about it - the generosity of the EUSS left a good number of holes which could be filled differently depending on the political mood of the time and the type of Brexit in the air.

Post-Study Work Options for International Students in 2020

While the Immigration Rules are expected to change and offer more opportunities for post-study work, this year’s graduates have to navigate the few options available under the current immigration system. We are looking at the categories open to international students, from Tier 2 General, to temporary work under Tier 5, start-up and innovator and global talent options.

Settled status vs permanent residence, indefinite leave to remain and settlement visa

Settled status is not identical to indefinite leave to remain. And it does not replace your permanent residence document if you are planning to naturalise. Do not confuse an application for settled status with a settlement visa! And do not assume that a settlement visa will make you settled at once. Oh, immigration terminology, are you part of the hostile environment?

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