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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. ...

Jul
17
2019

EEA Family Permit v EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

The EEA Family Permit is governed by the EU Regulations whereas the new EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit is governed by Appendix EU (Family Permit) of the Immigration Rules. ...

Jul
16
2019

Use of e-gates at the UK border increases by 1 million
#Immigration

The Government has revealed that more than one million passengers from seven additional countries have used e-gates to enter the country. ...

Jul
15
2019

Transferring employees to the UK: The Tier 2 ICT visa
#Immigration

The Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) is designed for global companies and finds its equivalent in the immigration rules of various other countries. The route allows the quick transfer of key employees, often to plug an important gap in resources for a limited period....

Jul
11
2019

Applying for a visit visa to come to the UK: FAQs
#Immigration

The UK immigration system divides visitors to the UK in two categories, those requiring a visa prior to their departure (known as visa-nationals) and those who do not need a visa (non-visa nationals). The visit visa process for visa nationals can often be a tedious process and if not done correctly, it can lead to a refusal....

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