05-05-14 – Passport and Biometric Residence Permit returns

From 6 May 2014 the applicants for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applying by post under the Tier 2 will receive their passports, and their Biometric Residence Permits (BRP), back before a decision has been made on their application. The Tier 2 (ILR) applicants will have their passport and BRP returned within 7 - 10 days of their application being created by the Home Office. Passports and BRPs will be returned automatically without special request.

23-04-14 – New Home Office Guidance: Minimum income threshold: information for family visa applications

The Home Office have issued new guidance relating to the ongoing Court of Appeal case where the controversial financial requirements are being challenged.  The guidance states that the Home Office are continuing to put on hold decisions in spouse/partner/child applications for settlement where the only requirement they do not meet is the financial one. They further state that they will consider the applications once the legal challenge is finally determined by the courts. The guidance also states that applicants who have applied for Entry Clearance from outside of the UK and whose cases...

14-04-14 – New European Case that changes the ‘Surinder Singh’ route

As you will be aware from our post on 17/12/2013, the UK Government amended the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006. One of the most important changes is to Regulation 9 family members of British citizens that came into effect on 1st January 2014, and how this will affect the ‘Surinder Singh’ route. There is now however a new case from the Grand Chamber of the Court of the European Union that changes the ‘Surinder Singh’ route and sets important binding new guidance. Before we explain the new case and it’s guidance it would to best to explain th...

07-04-14 – Capital gains tax charge for non-residents on property in the UK

Recently a consultation document was issued by HMRC on proposals to charge Non-resident individuals capital gains tax on residential property situated in the UK.  The consultation is open until 20 June and the results will be known shortly after. There are lots of questions still to answered, such as at what rate will the tax be charged? Will exemptions and reliefs which are available to UK residents be available to non-residents?  No action can be taken until the document is released and the legislation is put in place but it is proposed to instigate the tax charge with effect for...

02-04-14 – Annual Chargeable Amounts

Further to introduction of ATED on "enveloped dwellings" which worth more than £ 2 mln, we would like to bring you latest update on this matter and advise that the annual chargeable amounts for ATED are increased each year in line with the Consumer Prices Index (CPI). You must ensure that you calculate your liability based on the correct charges before filing your return as they are subject to change. Budget 2014 announced a reduction in the threshold from £2 million to £500,000 to be introduced over 2 years. From 1 April 2015 a new band will come into effect for properties...

30-03-14 – Home Affairs Committee recommends that the Home Office suspend Tier 1 (Investor) visa

Following on from the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) report on the Tier 1 (Investor) route that was published in February 2014, the Home Affairs Committee, a Committee of the House of Commons in Parliament, whose role includes to examine the policy of the Home Office, has recommended that the Home Office should suspend the Tier 1 (Investor) visa route until the Government has considered the options contained within the MAC report. At present this is only a recommendation and it is unlikely that the Home Office would suspend the route as there is no suggestion in the report that th...

24-03-14 – Changes to visa centres

The UK Government is in the process of changing their visa and passport service provider, VFS.GLOBAL, to a new provider, Teleperformance, for certain countries. During this process there will be a change of websites and addresses for the Visa Application Centre’s, however there should be no delay to any applications during this changeover process and all is working. 

18-03-14 – New provider of visa services/VAC's in Russia

VFS.GLOBAL, the UK government’s provider of visa and passport services in Russia and who also service the Russian Visa Application Centres , will no longer provide their services from the end of this month. The Visa Application Centres and the visa and passport services will then instead be provided by a different provider, Teleperformance. Visa applications will be submitted online as usual during the change of providers, as will the booking of visa appointments online.   Moscow Address UK Visa Application Centre  Delta Plaza, Bldg 1 2nd Syromyatnichesky Lane Moscow,...

18-03-14 – Budget 2014

On 19th of March 2014 the chancellor George Osborne delivered a new 2014 Budget and we would like to provide you with quick overview of key changes which were set up in this budget.  The key changes • Level at which people start paying income tax to be increased to £10,500. • Cash and shares Isas to be merged into single New Isa with £15,000 annual limit. • All restrictions on access to pension pots to be removed, ending the requirement to buy an annuity. • New Pensioner Bond available from January. • Beer duty cut by 1p a pint while duty on spir...

12-03-14 – New Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

This week the minister for Immigration and Security, James Brokenshire, announced a new Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. Minister James Brokenshire explained the reason for the new changes as ‘the government is making a package of changes to Points-Based System work routes to improve flexibility for applicants and help to boost economic growth.’ Please find below a brief summary of the changes: Tier 2 migrants can be granted leave for up to five years, rather than three years at present; Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route will be made more simpler, the restricti...