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Immigration fees increase

UK visa fees and Immigration Health Surcharge to increase soon

Immigration fees will be going up in September 2023 by at least 15% for work related visas and by at least 20% for other types of visa. The immigration health surcharge will increase from the current £624 per year to £1,035, and for children under 18, students and Youth Mobility applicants – from the current £470 to £776.

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absences - ilr applications

What is changing for International Students in July 2023

From 17 July 2023, international students can only switch into a sponsored work route after they have completed their course of studies. PhD students can switch into the sponsored work route 24 months after the start date of the course. The emphasis in this new rule is not conditional but temporal. There is no requirement to have completed the course of study successfully or to have passed the exams, but you cannot switch mid term or before the end date of your CAS unless you finished the course early.

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dependents of international students

Rules for international students to change in January 2024

The government has announced a new set of measures to reduce the number of international students in the UK. From January next year, students will not be allowed to bring their dependants to the UK unless they are studying at PhD level or to switch into a work permitting route before completing their course of studies.

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UK Visitor Visa

Long Residence rules change from 12 April 2023

On 12 April 2023 long residence rule will change to exclude from the definition of lawful residence temporary immigration categories, such as visitor visa, short term student visa and temporary admission granted while an application for asylum or humanitarian protection is under consideration. Check out if you or your client may be affected

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work permitting routes

Immigration News Update – New Work Permitting Immigration Routes

The recent changes in the Immigration Rules introduced some new work permitting routes in UK immigration. The first change, effective from 11 April 2022, is introduction of the Global Business Mobility Scheme which combines five immigration routes available for workers seconded for temporary assignments to the UK. These routes do not lead to settlement. The…

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Visa concessions for Ukrainians in the UK

Full details of visa concessions for the Ukrainian citizens have not yet been announced but some steps have been taken to facilitate the visa application process. Family visas will be granted free of charge for close family members of British citizens or of Ukrainian citizens with indefinite leave to remain in the UK. The UKVI aims to process a family visa application within 24 hours from submission of biometrics at the chosen visa application centre.

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Investor route closed

The Investor Visa Category Closed for New Applicants

The Investor visa closed for new applicants with immediate effect on 17th February 2021. It remains open for extension applications and applications for settlement. There are no changes to the extension or settlement requirements. No prior announcement of the closure was made and the government chose to step aside from its standard policy of giving…

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New Health and Care Visa

Health and Care Worker visa expanded

In an effort to boost adult social care following the pandemic, care staff (social care workers, care assistants and home care workers) have been added to the shortage occupation list.  Employers will be able to sponsor candidates in these professions for the Health and Care visa starting from 15th February 2021.

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