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Short term visas for lorry drivers
Due to the current shortage of Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers in the UK the government has announced multiple new measures. In addition to introducing free, short and intensive training courses to become HGV drivers for British residents, and sending thank-you letters to British HGV drivers (encouraging those who have left the industry to return),...
fast-track Sportsperson visa route
On 10th September 2021, the UK government announced further simplifications to the Immigration Rules, focused on high-achieving individuals. International Sportsperson route announced The publication outlined the creation of a new fast-track International Sportsperson visa route, that is said to make it easier for professional athletes to work in the UK. This route is said to...
eu id cards
As an EU, EEA and Swiss citizen you can travel to the UK for short trips without needing a visa. However, an important change to traveling to the UK is that you can no longer use an EU, EEA or Swiss national ID card to enter the UK from 1 October 2021. Instead, a valid...
Operation Welcome
In a new press release published on 1st September the UK government announced that arriving Afghan nationals will be given immediate indefinite leave to remain, funding for school attendance and access to healthcare under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP). This is a scheme for Afghans who worked closely with the British military and...
Right to work checks extended
What this means: Right to work checks can be carried out over video calls You can accept scanned documents or documents emailed or shared through mobile applications rather than the originals   You must continue to check the prescribed documents or use the online Home Office Employer Checking Service. In order to use the Employer...
New Innovator Routes
In a new policy paper published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the UK government outlined plans to become a global hub for innovation. One of the ways in which it wants to achieve this is by opening up new visa routes – ‘High Potential Individual Visa’ and ‘Scale-up Visa’ –...
New Resettlement Route for Afghan refugees

New Resettlement Route for Afghan refugees announced

On 18 August 2021, the UK government has outlined a new scheme welcoming Afghan women, children and others to the UK. What we know so far The goal is to welcome 5,000 Afghan nationals this year. Women, girls, religious and other minorities will be prioritised as they are most likely to be at a risk

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graduate visa will be available from 1 July 2021

Nine things we’ve learnt about the Graduate Immigration Route

The Graduate immigration route will open for applications on 1 July 2021. This route is for international students who have successfully completed their studies in the UK at bachelor’s degree level or above and wish to stay for an additional period of time. Graduates will be permitted to work full time and undertake self-employed work.

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New Health and Care Visa

New Health and Care Visa launched today

The new Health and Care visa has been launched today for Tier 2 (General) sponsored employees in Health and Care. Applicants for the Health and Care visa and their dependent family members will enjoy reduced visa application fees. The new visa fees have been announced today as follows: Tier 2, Health and Care visa under

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Hong Kong bno visa

New immigration route – Hong Kong BN(O) visa

In a new policy statement released yesterday, the government has officially announced introduction of a new visa for British Nationals Overseas resident in Hong Kong. The visa will be open for applications in January 2021. It is estimated that nearly 3 mln Hong Kong residents may potentially benefit from this route. Holders of the BN(O)

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consession due to coronavirus

Concessions due to coronavirus under Appendix FM – policy guidance update

The Home Office have updated their guidance on the financial requirements in Appendix FM to include concessions for those who lost income during the coronavirus. The concessions are contained in two policy documents, as follows: Appendix FM 1.7: financial requirement Appendix FM 1.7a: maintenance The guidance states its aim to ensure that applicants are not disadvantaged

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