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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’ –...
Coronavirus update

Coronavirus Update 3 April 2020 – Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsors

The government has announced that Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsors can temporarily reduce the pay of sponsored employees to 80% of their salary or £2,500 per month, whichever is the lower. Any reductions must be part of a company-wide policy to avoid redundancies. It is not quite clear what is meant by the requirement

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Coronavirus Update for Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsors

Tier 2 and 5 Reporting requirements Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsors do not have to report in the sponsor management system that a sponsored employee is working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Other changes must still be reported as usual. This includes changes in the number of hours, salary or any changes

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Coronavirus Update 24 March 2020

The government has announced some changes to the immigration policy related to Coronavirus. For those whose leave expires before 31 May 2020 If your visa expiry date is between 24 January and 31 May and you are unable to leave the country due to the situation with Coronavirus, you have to send an email to

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Immigration Health Surcharge goes up to £624 in October 2020

Immigration Health Surcharge goes up to £624 in October 2020

The government has announced that Immigration Health Surcharge will increase from 400 to £624 per year starting from October 2020. A new discounted rate of £470 will apply for children under 18. The same rate of £470 will apply to Tier 4 students and their dependants and for Tier 5 Youth Mobility migrants, making over

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Brexit survivors

Brexit survivors should confirm their immigration status

Unless you didn’t know, Britain will formally leave the European Union tomorrow, 31 January 2020 at 23:00. For the better or worse, on the morrow of the event, most people won’t notice a difference. Brexited, Britain will carry on. And from the first morning of February, the country will enter the next period of transition

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International student

International students will be allowed to stay in the UK

This 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

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