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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’ –...
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New Home Office Fees from April 2017

New Home Office fees have been announced with effect from 6 April 2017. The worst affected categories are as follows: applications for indefinite leave to remain: previous fee £1875  – new fee £2297; extension of leave to remain for spouse visa holders and other non PBS categories: previous fee £811 – new fee £993; applications

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Immigration Tribunal Fees go back down

These days good news is when bad news is revoked. From today Immigration Tribunal fees will be charged at the old rate as set out in the Tribunal Fees order of 2011. In an unprecedented move the government has confirmed that from today tribunal fees will be charged at the level set before the infamous

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New Restrictions on Immigration Appeals from 1 December 2016

The Immigration Act 2016 introduces a new practice in the appeal procedure, known as “remove first, appeal later”. Until now immigrants applying for extension of leave to remain as the spouse or parent of a British citizen had the right to challenge refusal of their application without having to leave the UK. This is about

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New Priority Service for Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsors

At last there is some good news from UKVI. The Home Office has confirmed that a new priority service for Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsors of migrant workers is available from 7 November 2016 at a cost of £200 per request. The new service is only available to A-rated Tier 2 and Tier 5

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Reform of immigration tribunals: court fees will soar from £140 to £800 per appellant

The government has published a consultation paper proposing to raise tribunal fees in the First tier immigration Tribunals from the present £140 to £800 per appellant for an oral hearing, or from £80 to £490 per appellant for paper considerations. Appeals in the Upper Tribunal, until now not charged separately, are proposed to incur a fee of £455 for an application for permission at the first stage, further £350 for applications for permission at the second stage, and further £510 for an appeal hearing where permission is granted (£1315 in total).

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Brexit – free movement rights to be compromised

The deal offered to the UK following negotiations in Brussels will significantly compromise free movement rights of EU nationals with third country national family members. The proposal is drafted primarily along the lines of fighting abuse of the system by those who receive immigration advantage through marriage with an EU national. In effect, the proposal offers exclusion of third country nationals from the benefits of the EU Regulations.

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