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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 Home Office fees announced for the year 2016

An overview of the most material changes in visa and immigration fees proposed for the next financial year with the maximum figures for the next four years, up to 2020: extension of leave to remain, currently charged at £649 is to increase to £811 with the proposed maximum of £1000. Applications for indefinite leave to remain currently charged £1500 will cost £1875 with the proposed maximum of £3250. Fiances and partners of British citizens and persons settled in the UK will be charged entry clearance fee of £1195 in comparison to the current £956.

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NHS Surcharge for Migrants from 6 April 2015

Immigration (Health Charge) Order 2015 introduces a mandatory NHS surcharge for migrants applying for entry clearance to the UK and for extension of limited leave to remain. The Order has effect from 6 April 2015. The requirement is mandatory independently of whether the migrants have or do not have a private medical insurance and whether

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Tier 1 Investor route: new requirements from 6 November 2014

From 6 November 2014, applications for Tier 1 investor visa for new entrants into this category will be subject to a higher investment threshold and restriction on the use of leveraged funds. New provisions have been put in place to control on the origin of funds and to refuse applications where the money had been acquired

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Costs in immigration appeals – new powers of immigration tribunals

From 20 October 2014 Immigration tribunals have the power to make an award of costs against either party in immigration appeals proceedings. The new powers derive from rule 9(2) of the Tribunal Procedure (First Tier Tribunals) (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Rules 2014 enacted under s. 29 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. Proceedings in

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Immigration Act unfolding: Tier 4 migrants will be the first to lose the right of appeal

Tier 4 students will be the first to lose the right of appeal as judicial control over the Home Office decisions is being lifted. Other changes will affect Tier 1 investors who will be subject to double investment requirement from 6 November 2014. New powers are vested on caseworkers dealing with Tier 1 and Tier 2 applications as more discretion is granted outside the points scoring requirements

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Human Rights in Immigration Appeals: new provisions in force from 28 July 2014

Immigration Act 2014 has amended Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 introducing a new section “Article 8 ECHR: Public Interest Considerations”. This part of the Act applies where a court or tribunal dealing with an immigration appeal is required to determine whether the decision of the immigration authorities breaches the individual’s right to respect for private and family life under Article 8 ECHR.

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