09-10-13 – The Immigration Bill was introduced into the House of Commons

The Bill contains the following measures: Significantly reducing the number of rights of appeal; Further reducing the number of work visas and student visas; Foreign criminals to be deported from the UK first and then their appeals to be heard later. End the abuse of Article 8. Private landlords will be required to check the immigration status of their tenants – so as to prevent those with no leave to be in the UK from accessing private rented accommodation; Banks will no longer be able to open current accounts for migrants who have no leave to be in the UK; Driving license&rsqu...

07-10-13 – Home Office refusals and “innocent mistakes” – recently published Home Office instructions

There are many cases where applicants make mistakes on their application form. The implications of this can be massive and can even lead to a ten year ban from the UK, if the application were for Entry Clearance. The two rules that the Home Office use to refuse applications if they believe there was an attempt to mislead or deceive are as follows : If false representations are made in an application for Entry Clearance to the UK, then there is a mandatory refusal under paragraph 320 (7A) of the Immigration Rules; If there has been a previous immigration breach or a refusal under paragraph...

30-09-13 – Theresa May unveils Tory immigration plans

At the Conservatives Party Conference, Home Secretary Theresa May gave a lengthy speech in which she outlined the Conservatives future plans for immigration in the UK. To summarise they are as follows: To remove the Human Rights Act 1998 – this will mean that migrants would no longer be able to rely on right to private and family life in the UK; Potentially leaving the European Convention of Human Rights; Significantly reducing the number of rights of appeal; Further reducing the number of work visas and student visas; Foreign criminals to be deported from the UK first and then th...

05-09-13 – Changes to the Immigration Rules – October 2013

The Home Office have announced some significant changes to the Immigration Rules that will come into effect on 1st October 2013, to summarise they are as follows:  General and business visitors General and business visitors will be able to undertake up to 30 days of recreational, English language or academic study provided it is not the main purpose of their visit. Recreational study means holiday-type and leisure course such as horse-riding or pottery. Any other study, including English language, can only take place at an institution that hold a sponsor license under Tier 4 PBS or th...

04-07-13 – Minimum income threshold for family migrants

The High Court delivered its judgment on a legal challenge to the minimum income threshold for spouses/partners applying in the family route. The Home Office has paused decision-making on some spouse/partner and child settlement visa and leave to remain applications to consider the implications of the judgment. The pause applies to applications which would be refused solely because the rules relating to the minimum income threshold are not met. Applications which meet the Rules or which fall to be refused on other grounds, such as requirements for English language or a genuine and subsis...

30-06-13 – Croatia became a member of the European Union

With effect from 1 July 2013 Croatian nationals will be able to move and live freely and unrestricted for the first 3 months following their arrival in the UK. After 3 months they will be entitled to continue residing legally in the UK provided they are exercising a Treaty right as a student, a self-employed person, or if self-sufficient (and not economically active). They will not have an automatic right to reside as a worker or a jobseeker in the UK and will need to obtain work authorisation (permission to work) before starting any employment, unless they are exempt from this requirement....

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...