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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...
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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),...
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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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