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Aug
15
2019

International Surrogacy and UK Immigration Law
#Immigration

Surrogacy from overseas can become a complicated matter which can take several months before you are able to bring your child to the UK. The law surrounding international surrogacy is complex and requires an assessment of international laws....

Aug
15
2019

Brexit: One million granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

The Government has revealed today that over one million applicants have been granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme. This means that they have either been given pre-settled status or settled status....

Aug
14
2019

Spouse Visa: How to meet the adequate accommodation requirement?
#Immigration

Under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, an applicant must provide evidence that there is adequate accommodation available to them, which the family owns or occupies exclusively, without recourse to public funds. In order to assess adequacy, the accommodation must not be: ...

Aug
12
2019

Right to Work Checks for EU Workers pre and post Brexit
#Immigration #Employment

There has been a tornado of confusion in the build up to Brexit for employers. Adding to this confusion is the question whether there will be any changes to right to work checks for EU nationals pre and post Brexit? In short, the answer is that there will be no significant changes until 1 January 2021, when the new skills-based immigration system will be implemented....

Aug
09
2019

Prime Minister announces a major shake-up to the Immigration Rules
#Immigration #UK Immigration

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced on Facebook live yesterday that he intends on changing Immigration Rules to fast-track foreign scientists to the UK. In his announcement he also mentioned removing the 2000-cap on the current Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route and widening the number of endorsing bodies. ...

Aug
09
2019

Dealing with a UK Visit visa refusal
#Immigration #UK Immigration

A visit visa refusal can be frustrating to deal with. In most cases, it can be unexpected and puts your forthcoming holiday or business plans to an immediate halt. It may also cause reputational issues if you were to meet a potential client in the UK. ...

Aug
07
2019

Tier 4 Visa Checklist
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

If you are a non-EEA national and wish to study in the UK, then you can do so through the Tier 4 visa route. If you are applying from outside of the UK, then here is a quick checklist of documents required for the application. ...

Aug
06
2019

Tier 2 visa: What is a genuine vacancy?
#Immigration #Employment #UK Immigration

Tier 2 Sponsors are bound by various sponsorship duties, and one of the most important one is offering a genuine vacancy for a job role. A failure to provide a genuine vacancy can lead to the downgrading, suspension or revocation of an employer’s sponsor licence. For the migrant applicant, this could mean a refusal of their Tier 2 visa....

Aug
06
2019

EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME – BIOMETRIC RESIDENCE PERMIT (BRP)
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss family member of an EU national and have been granted an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit to enter the UK, then you will need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme to continue residing in the UK after the expiry of your permit. ...

Aug
01
2019

Urgent update to the Tier 2 policy guidance – 1 August 2019
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

The Home Office has issued a further urgent Addendum to the Tier 2 policy guidance today. This follows their earlier addendum of 17 July 2019 to the Tier 2 &5 Sponsor Guidance. This addendum provides urgent corrections to the minimum salary thresholds to some SOC codes. ...

Jul
30
2019

Processing times for the EU Settlement Scheme application
#Immigration

The EU Settlement Scheme is now fully operational and with Brexit as a top agenda item for the new Prime Minister, we expect a surge in these applications. So how long do these applications take?...

Jul
30
2019

Digital Nomads
#Employment #UK Immigration #Information Technology

The appeal of the digital nomad lifestyle has changed the horizons. Businesses need to be aware that this is likely to be seen by highly skilled individuals as attractive, at least as an option. However, while most of the media focus in this area is on the liberating effect it can have on the individual, there are three key considerations before agreeing to working this way....

Jul
29
2019

Farewell to the Ankara Agreement
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

The Turkish European Communities Association Agreement (ECAA) was established under the Ankara Agreement with the aim to promote economic relations between Turkey and the Community. The UK became bound by this agreement when it joined the European Union in 1973....

Jul
25
2019

The Government accepts MAC’s proposed expansion to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL)
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

The Government has announced that it has accepted the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in respect of the expansion of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). The Shortage Occupation List is an important exemption for Sponsors when sponsoring migrant workers under Tier 2 of the Points-Based System. ...

Jul
24
2019

Ancestry Visa
#Immigration

If you are a Commonwealth Citizen with an ancestral link to the UK through one or more of your grandparents, then it is likely to be the case that you will be eligible to apply for an ancestry visa to allow you to live and work in the UK....

Jul
23
2019

Immigration Update - 23 July 2019: Brexit & Boris Johnson
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

Boris Johnson is our new Prime Minister, at least for the moment. Mr Johnson’s speech today was conciliatory to members of his party, including the last Prime Minister. The speech did not contain much else, and therefore it is yet to be seen how Mr Johnson (re)negotiates the UK’s exit from the EU....

Jul
18
2019

EU Settlement Scheme: What evidence to submit?
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

When you apply under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will be asked to provide your national insurance number. This will enable the Home Office to conduct an automated check to establish your residency in the UK. Sometimes the results may come back as unclear or you may not agree with the results. ...

Jul
18
2019

UK Visas and Technology
#Information Technology #UK Immigration

The Home Office is serious about incorporating technology in its immigration process. The advent and expansion of e-gates, the introduction of online applications and the implementation of the EU Settlement Scheme using NFC-mobile phones is all part of the Home Office’s drive to automate and digitize its procedure....

Jul
18
2019

Tier 2 & 5 Sponsorship Guidance update: 17 July 2019
#Immigration

The Home Office have published an addendum to Tier 2 & 5 Sponsorship 03/19 which applies with immediate effect to all Tier 2 & 5 sponsors, including all current and future applications seeking to apply for or renew a sponsor licence....

Jul
18
2019

Alternatives to the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Route: July 2019
#Setting up in the UK #UK Immigration

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur route was very popular with overseas investors. It allowed entrepreneurs the freedom to enter the UK with a minimum investment of £200,000. This route was closed to new entrants on 29 March 2019. In this article we look at the most popular alternatives to this route for businesses. ...

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