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International students will be allowed to stay in the UK

International students to be allowed to stay in the UKThis is the best news in UK immigration for some time and we hope it is the starting point for the reversal on May’s era of hostility.

The government has announced the plan to allow international students to stay in the UK for two years after graduation to enable them to have work experience and potentially stay in sponsored employment thereafter.…

Immigration Health Surcharge is set to double in December 2018

Immigration Health Surcharge will increase from £200 to £400 per year, with a discounted rate of £300 per year for students and Youth Mobility visa applicants.

Visitors to the UK are not required to pay the immigration health surcharge. It is desirable, though, to have a travel insurance covering medical care as visitors are not allowed free access to the NHS.…

New Windrush Scheme Applications

The government has announced that the new Windrush Scheme will come into operation on Wednesday, 30 May. The scheme addresses Commonwealth citizens who came to the UK in the wake of the Second World War and before January 1973. The scheme may also benefit people from outside the Commonwealth who have been living in the UK lawfully since before 1973 and may have undocumented settled status.…

New Home Office Fees from April 2017

Visa application fees April 2017New Home Office fees have been announced with effect from 6 April 2017.

The worst affected categories are as follows:

applications for indefinite leave to remain: previous fee £1875  – new fee £2297;

extension of leave to remain for spouse visa holders and other non PBS categories: previous fee £811 – new fee £993;

applications for entry clearance for “other dependent relatives” – previous fee £2676 – new fee £3250.…

Immigration Tribunal Fees go back down

5857591588_21b8384cf1_mThese days good news is when bad news is revoked. From today Immigration Tribunal fees will be charged at the old rate as set out in the Tribunal Fees order of 2011.

In an unprecedented move the government has confirmed that from today tribunal fees will be charged at the level set before the infamous raise of appeal fees last month.…

New Restrictions on Immigration Appeals from 1 December 2016

From 1st December 2016 the right to challenge a decision in country will be controlled by administrative decision makers who will have a new power to certify removal of the immigrant as lawful under section 6 of the Human Rights Act and remove the appellant from the UK without waiting for the outcome of the appeal. At present only applications involving aspects of family life in the UK and applications for leave to remain on the basis of long residence are associated with appeal rights. From now on, in country right of appeal will be granted only in those cases where there is a risk of serious irreversible harm if the person is removed before the appeal.

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