09-06-13 – Changes to the Immigration Rules

The Home Office introduced further changes to the Immigration Rules that will come into effect on 1st July 2013. The changes include: updated list of approved English language tests for the English language requirement including the documents required with the application; clarification regarding maintenance funds, ‘regulated financial institution’ refers to institutions regulated for the purpose of personal savings accounts and/or student loans; further legal courses (Law Conversion Course, the Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course) are now exempt from the...

29-04-13 – Change to family visitor appeals

The Home Office has decided to remove the right of appeal for applicants who are refused leave to enter the UK as a family visitor. This decision will come into effect on or soon after 25 June 2013. After this date applicants who make unsuccessful applications to visit family members in the UK will need to reapply and ensure that their new applications deal with the reasons for refusing their original applications. However, if you believe the decision on your Family Visitor Visa application is erroneous or unfair you may still be able to apply to the High Court for a Judicial Review (JR)....

07-04-13 – New requirements for settlement and naturalisation

The Home Office has recently published a statement of intent outlining planned changes to those who apply to settle in the UK, or to naturalise as a British citizen, that is planned to come into effect from 28 October 2013. To summarise, the changes are that for both applications for Settlement – Indefinite Leave to Remain and applications to naturalise as a British citizen, the applicant is required to pass: Life in the UK Test; and They must hold a B1 (intermediate) level English language speaking and listening qualification. The Home Office have stated that the English langu...

19-03-13 – Budget 2013

The Chancellor has delivered his Budget to Parliament Major points Changes in income taxation Employment allowance Corporation taxes Changes in consumer and welfare taxation Income Taxes PAYE and NIC Tax free the allowance will reach £9,440 with the single largest cash increase in its history. From 6 April 2014 the government is planning to bring personal allowance to £ 10 000.  At the same time lowered salary threshold for 40% income tax rate. Now everybody earning from 32,010 to 150 annually will pay taxes at higher rate.  Employment Allowance From April 2...

13-03-13 – Changes to Immigration Rules

The government has today laid before Parliament its Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules (previously announced in outline) to come into force on 6th April, 2013. Most changes are minor so we will list only the most significant here. PhD students at a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI) will be able to stay in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, sponsored by the HEU, for 12 months after successfully completing their PhD. The Codes of Practice will be revised from 6th April 2013 to simplify and update the ‘going rate’ in each occupation.  Overall salary thresholds will also...

04-03-13 – Minor changes to Tier 4 guidance

The Tier 4 guidance has been amended to clarify that a single visa cannot be issued to cover both a pre-sessional course and a main course, where entry onto the main course is conditional on passing the pre-sessional course. The guidance has also been amended to reflect the recent restrictions of the type of financial institutions that can provide loan letters for students to use as evidence of maintenance.

03-03-13 – Amendments to Codes of Practice for Skilled Workers (Tier 2 migrants)

The Codes of Practice will be revised from 6th April 2013 to simplify  and update the ‘going rate’ in each occupation.  Overall salary thresholds will also be increased.  The lists of skilled occupations will also be updated. The Resident Labour Market Test criteria will also be revised to provide a simple set of criteria in respect of appropriate advertising.

25-02-13 – New Residence rules for individuals

As you are probably aware from 06/04/2013 UK government implements new tax rules which would regulate tax residency matter. We believe that these rules make a tax residency legislation more clear and easy to use in order to establish tax residency of a particular individual. It is worth to mention that under current legislation there is no statutory definition of "residence". Instead, it takes its normal, everyday meaning. That interpretation is quite subjective and caused many complications in the past. Tax advisers have been expecting below summarised news for quite a while. We would like to...

24-02-13 – Priority Visa Service in Russia

From 25 February 2013 all  visa application centres (VACs) in the Russian Federation introduced a priority visa service.  This service can be used for applicants under any of the short-term visit categories (6 or 12 months only) who have travelled to the UK in the past two years. For terms and conditions as well as for fees please contact your VAC directly.

24-02-13 – New immigration fees proposed

The Immigration Minister has announced the government’s intention to increase immigration fees from 6th April, 2013.  Most increases will in line with the inflationary rate of 3% but other fee increases will be higher.  Most notably, the government intends to introduce fees for all EEA residence documents (for both EEA nationals and non-EEA family members) of £55 but these will be introduced later in 2013.