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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’ –...

Private life of PBS migrants, Nasim v SSHD

Nasim v SSHD (Article 8) [2014] UKUT 00025 is an appeal by a group of Tier 4 migrants whose applications for Post-Study Work visa were refused for the reason that their degree certificates only became available after the route was formally closed in April 2012. In this context, the Upper Tribunal considered arguments based on the

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Changes to Surinder Singh Route – EEA Regulations change on 1 January 2014

Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006 will be amended from 1st January 2014. Some changes will have effect from 7 April 2014. The changes will significantly affect family members of British citizens, relying on the so called “Surinder Singh” route, allowing British citizens who have worked in another EEA country to benefit from the more generous provisions

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Academic progress in Tier 4 applications

The Court of Appeal has ruled in Pokhriyal v SSHD [2013] EWCA Civ 1568 that “academic progress”, as one of the requirements for extension of stay for Tier 4 General migrants, is a matter to be assessed by the academic institution. CAS issued to a student is a confirmation of “academic progress” even if the

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CJEU judgment in Alokpa – parents of EEA national children

The Court of Justice of the European Union once again addressed the right of residence in the European Union of the parents of EU national children. In Alokpa C-86/12 the question before the court was whether self-sufficiency of the family was a prerequisite to the right of residence in an EEA state which was not

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New Immigration Bill published today

The government has announced publication of the new Immigration Bill, HC Bill 110. The Immigration Bill introduces the long promised draconian measures including further limitation of judicial control over the ever failing decision making process,  immigration policing duties vested on private individuals under threats of hefty financial fines, refusal of medical services to migrants unable to prove

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