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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),...

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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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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