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May
16
2019

Spouse Visa – Is your relationship genuine and subsisting?
#Immigration

For years many couples have become frustrated by the requirements for a spouse visa as the rules and guidance are difficult to understand. A significant amount of applications are rejected on the basis of the applicant not providing the adequate documents to evidence the relationship requirement....

May
08
2019

Investing in the UK: The Tier 1 Investor Visa
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups

The UK’s economy is extremely resilient and continues to provide foreign investors with a stable base to access European markets and beyond. Following the closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, the Tier 1 Investor visa has become the primary choice for a significant number of investors to come to the UK....

May
03
2019

E-gates open to US nationals and six other countries from June 2019
#Immigration #UK Immigration #US Nationals #e-gate #EU nationals #passport

The days of US nationals and nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea waiting in long queues for UK border control are numbered. From June 2019, nationals of these countries will be granted automatic entry to visit using the Electronic gates...

Apr
24
2019

EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
#Immigration #Inward Investment

If you are a non-EEA family member and your family member has been granted pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you can either travel or join them in the UK on an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit. If you are a non-EEA family member and your family member has been granted pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you can either travel or join them in the UK on an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit. Requirements...

Apr
18
2019

The UK is open for Tech: Start-ups continue to grow despite Brexit
#Information Technology #UK Immigration

The UK continues to focus on attracting the best tech talent to its shores. Since the introduction of the Tier 1 (Exceptional) Talent visa in December 2013, the UK has increased the yearly cap on these visas. Last month and broadened its offer through the introduction of the Start-up and Innovator Visa routes....

Apr
11
2019

Brexit delayed, again: The EU agrees to extend exit date to 31 October 2019
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The UK has obtained its second extension to extend its exit date to 31 October 2019. This follows the earlier extension which extended the UK’s withdrawal to 12 April 2019 from 29 March 2019. This further extension, however, has various conditions attached to it....

Apr
10
2019

Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney: The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route is open for fashion
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Home Office opened the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route for the fashion industry on 6 July 2018; finally recognising the need for highly skilled and innovative fashion designers as well as appreciating the art of fashion. This was much needed considering the fashion industry brought £32 billion into the UK economy last year and therefore is highly valuable for not only the British culture but also the economy. ...

Mar
29
2019

The new Innovator Visa & Start-up Visa routes are officially open
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The government announced the closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) routes on 7 March 2019. In their statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, these routes are to be replaced by the Innovator Visa and the Start-Up Visa. ...

Mar
29
2019

Professional Sportsperson redefined
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The new definition of a ‘professional sportsperson’ has caused chaos as it widens the definition of activities which fall within this prohibition. The government announced the amendment to the definition of a ‘professional sportsperson’ on 7 March 2019. ...

Mar
22
2019

Brexit Update: Is the UK leaving on the 29th of March?
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The 29th of March 2019 has been an important date marked in the diaries of millions of UK and EU citizens. However, the events of last night may mean that this date is likely to change....

Mar
14
2019

Don’t forget about us: Lower skilled workers
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The government aims to have an innovative, highly skilled and highly productive workforce in the UK. There has been great emphasis on global mobility and encouraging the ‘best and the brightest’ come to the UK, but what about the loyal workers who are classified as lower-skilled?...

Mar
08
2019

Immigration Update: Major changes to Immigration Rules announced
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Government published yesterday 297-pages of changes to the Immigration Rules. Separately, it also announced changes to the Immigration fees. Most of these changes will be effective from 29 March 2019....

Mar
07
2019

‘Going Somewhere’ - Hamza Malik comments for The Global Recruiter
#Press #UK Immigration

Brexit and immigration policy has introduced more challenges for the recruitment industry. Simon Kent explores what recruiters can do at a time of uncertainty....

Mar
07
2019

Sportsperson Visa
#Immigration

If you are an elite sportsperson or coach who is internationally established in your sport, then you could be eligible to apply for a Tier 2 (sportsperson) visa. ...

Mar
07
2019

Business Immigration routes to the UK
#Setting up in the UK #UK Immigration

The Brexit noise is deafening for those wishing to migrate to the UK. However, the UK Immigration routes remain open for business. Businesses who have utilised these routes have been able to utilise global talent to further their business needs....

Feb
25
2019

Creative, pioneering and the finest: Digital Technology – Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The best tech talent from around the world can come to the UK on a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa; maintaining the UK’s position in being ahead of the global digital economy. The UK has a renowned digital technology reputation, and this is largely attributed to the great digital technology specialists we have in the UK....

Feb
25
2019

Travelling to Europe after 29 March 2019? – Read this before you go
#Immigration

The Home Office has updated its guidance for UK citizens travelling to Europe after 29 March 2019 if there is no EU Exit deal....

Feb
21
2019

Representative of an Overseas Business
#Immigration #Inward Investment

If you are looking to set up a branch or subsidiary in the UK for an overseas business and you are from outside of the EEA and Switzerland then this may be a suitable option for you as opposed to following the points-based system routes, which are more stringent. The business must not have any active branch, subsidiary or other representative in the UK. ...

Feb
21
2019

Government issues further clarifications on the EU Settlement Scheme
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The first public test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme has now completed its first month. This has not been without issues and technical glitches. ...

Feb
19
2019

Getting the Resident Labour Market Test right
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) is a key part of the Tier 2 (General) Sponsorship System. It is also one which has the potential of causing the most issues. This is because if not done right, the employer must re-do the test again causing significant delays which may result in losing their ideal candidate. It is also of note that if the RLMT is not conducted properly or evidence of it is not kept, the UKVI is very likely to take compliance action against the Sponsor....

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