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work permitting 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...
Ukrainian flag
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.
Investor route closed
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...
Health-and-Care-visa
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.
England Travel rules
If you are travelling to the UK from another country, there are multiple rules that need to be followed due to Covid-19.   Updates to the Covid-19 travel rules If you are fully vaccinated and you arrive after 4am on 11th February 2022: You do not have to take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test before...
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),...
Application processing centres will start reopening from 1 June 2020

Application processing centres will start reopening from 1 June 2020

The Home Office has announced that UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres will partly re-open in June 2020. Applicants for leave to remain or British citizenship who have submitted their applications but were unable to book or attend a biometric appointment, will be contacted by their nearest centre and offered an appointment.

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Coronavirus update

Emergency Visa extensions will be granted to 31 July 2020

The government has issued a Press Release finally confirming that further visa extensions will be granted to 31 July 2020 to everyone whose visa expires before this date if they are unable to leave the country safely due to the COVID pandemic. This is relevant both to visitors to the UK and those who have held a longer term visa for work or studies.

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Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

May 2020 Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

The Home Office has announced a new set of changes to the Immigration rules which will come into effect later this summer. The most far reaching changes are made to Appendix EU and extend the advantages of the EU Settlement Scheme to the family members of the British citizens who were born in Northern Ireland

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EU Settlement Scheme partly suspended until further notice

EU Settlement Scheme partly suspended until further notice

Family members of EU citizens who do not hold a biometric residence card are now unable to make an online application for a settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
The same go for EU nationals who do not hold a biometric passport or a national ID card with a chip.

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Coronavirus travel rules 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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