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New Minimum salary thresholds
The following changes to the Skilled Worker route are coming into effect on 4 April 2024: The general minimum salary threshold will increase from £26,200 to £38,700 For PhD related employment the general minimum threshold will be £34,830 or 90% of the new going rate For PhD holders in a STEM related subject the general...

Claiming asylum on the basis of homosexuality – opinion of Advocate General to CJEU

Advocate General to CJEU, Eleanor Sharpston, has delivered her opinion in the joined cases related to asylum claims by three homosexual men. According to the AG homosexual men can form a particular social group for the purposes of Qualification Directive, yet criminalisation of homosexuality is insufficient to demonstrate persecution. The courts would need to address the likely

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Consultation papers on landlords liability and NHS charges

Two consultation papers have been issued in the run up to the autumn’s immigration bill. The first one, Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation, seeks views on the government’s proposals to create a new requirement on landlords to conduct immigration checks on tenants and penalties of up to £3000 for those in breach. According to the proposal,

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Today Croatia became the 28th Member State of the European Union

On 1 July 2013 Croatia became the 28th Member State of the European Union. Croatian nationals will be able to live freely in Europe provided they do not become unreasonable burden on the public purse, but will need to obtain work authorisation if they wish to take up employment. Work authorisation is normally issued in the form

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Family visitors will lose full right of appeal from 25 June 2013

The UKBA has announced that from 25 June 2013 full right of appeal will be abolished for applicants for a family visitor’s visa. Applications for this type of visa made before 25 June will bear full right of appeal independently of the date of the decision. Those who applied on or after 25 June 2013 will only

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Changes to English Language requirements for settlement and naturalisation

The UKBA has published a statement of intent announcing plans to tighten English language requirements for applicants for indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation. From 28 October 2013 applicants for indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation will be required to pass a two stage test which will include the Life in the UK test and

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Right of residence for primary carers of British citizens

A new statutory instrument (SI 2012/2560) amending the EEA Regulations will come into effect on 8 November 2012. The document will incorporate into the Regulations provisions confirming the right of residence in the UK for the primary carers of a British citizen thus giving effect to the ruling of the ECJ in Zambrano. Those who have previously made applications

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“Genuine student” test to be introduced into the Immigration Rules

Yet another statement of changes to the immigration rules has been announced this week. The new rule requires that before Tier 4 visa is granted the Entry Clearance Officer is to be satisfied that he is dealing with a “genuine student”. Students from “low risk” countries will not be affected by this requirement. Others may expect to

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