25-07-10 – Tier 4 – New Rules

As expected, some more changes has been announced and rules relating to students` entry clearance / leave to remain applications which we have summarized as follows: 1.    From 23rd of July 2010, due to the successful legal challenges, the requirement of having funds maintained for a particular period of time before the date of application has now been incorporated in the immigration rules, thus making it a rule enforceable in law. The Court of appeal has recently held in Pankina case that the requisite of having the funds maintained for a particular period of time is not a nec...

28-06-10 – Immigration CAP (June 2010)

The secretary of state has announced an interim cap on the number of migrants seeking leave to enter / entry clearance under Tier 1 (G) and Tier 2 (G) migrants while making the eligibility criteria for Tier 1 (G) stricter. 1. From 19th of July 2010 till April 2011, only a total of 24,100 applicants would be allowed to enter the UK under Tier 1 (G) and Tier 2 (G). This is just an interim quota and the UKBA will come up with a permanent quota for each quarter that would be applicable from April 2011. 2. From 19th of July 2010 all Tier 1 (G) applicants (those who are applying from out...

24-06-10 – Budget June 2010

New budget is announced in the month of June 2010 which will affect almost all corners of life in UK. The summary is given below: Income Tax Personal allowance is to increase to £7,475 from April 2011. Capital Gains Tax For low and middle income earners, the capital gains tax is 18% but for the higher income tax rates, the CGT will become 28% in the future. However, the annual allowance of £10,100 is also present for all the capital gains. VAT From 4 January 2011, the main VAT is to rise from 17.5% to 20%. Corporation Tax From 1st April 2011, the corporation tax rate will b...

10-06-10 – New language requirements for non-European spouses and partners of the UK citizens / Settled Persons

New immigration restrictions are planned to be introduced in autumn 2010.  Compulsory English language test will be required for those non-EEA migrants who apply for fiancée, spouse, unmarried/civil partner visa or prospective civil partner visa of a UK citizen or settled person. The new rules will be applied both for migrants who are already in the UK and for the overseas applicants.  All applicants will need to show that their level of English is equivalent to A1 Level under Common European Framework. The same level corresponding to IELTS 4.0 is required to skill workers ap...

12-05-10 – New UK Government – Changes in Immigration Rules

As a result of the formation of a new Government in the UK, significant changes in the immigration rules are scheduled to affect the present immigration categories. The changes can be brought in as early as within a few weeks` time. There are plans to introduce the annual quota on the number of immigrants in all immigration categories.  Also, it is expected that there would be an increase in the threshold investment amounts for immigration categories Tier 1 (Investor) and  Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). At the moment, the required investments for these categories are £ 1 million and &...

11-04-10 – UK Tax Rates 2010-2011

Following the announced tax rates for 2010-2011 financial year, we have published the amended rates on our website. You may find the new scale on the relevant page www.lawfirmuk.net/tax_e.html We will be happy to consult you on any tax matters. We provide the full range of accounting services including annual reports for the companies and partnerships, VAT return, self assessments, PAYE and other accounting matters.

29-03-10 – New Budget Report 2010

Alistair Darling has spoken at the House of Commons with the new Budget Report 2010. The Budget reflects the measures proposed by the Chancellor to deal with the economic difficulties. The measures include income tax increase for the rich and further stamp duty holiday for first-time buyers.In a bet to win public votes on the forthcoming general election, the Labour was put under pressure in assembling the budget. Following public critiques, the budget addressed all the major issues concerning the recent failures of the labour government.  Below are the main highlights of the budget:Highe...

28-03-10 – TIER 2 – New Rules – April 2010

From 06th of April 2010, the Tier 2 (G) and Tier 2 (intra company transfer) applicants will be assessed under the revised criteria published at UKBA website. There will not be any changes in the Tier 2 (Ministers of Religion) or Tier 2 (Sportsperson) categories. The framework has been kept the same but following important changes have been announced: Tier 2 (G) 1-    The applicants will be given 15 points for having a UK equivalent Masters degree or PHD degree. Previously only 10 points were given to the applicants who had a Masters equivalent degree. 2-    The mi...

17-03-10 – TIER 1 (General) – New Rules – April 2010

The ever changing rules have changed again. From 06th of April 2010, the highly skilled migrants will be assessed under the revised criteria published today at UKBA website.I              SummaryThe framework has been kept the same but following important changes have been announced.It will not be necessary to have any sort of formal qualifications to qualify under Tier 1 (G). But they still require to do English language test (IELTS : 6.5), if they are not exempt.The points awarded for PHD has been reduced to 45 from 50.The leve...

16-02-10 – New rules for students applying under Tier 4 from the 3d of March 2010

Starting from the 3rd of March 2010 the new rules for students applying under Tier 4 come into force.These rules will be applied for those students who intend to come in the UK to study below degree level in the further education and English language sectors. The changes are the following:the amount of time students can work during term time is reduced from 20 to 10 hours a week;students who are studying on courses of six months or less cannot bring their dependants with them to the UK;the dependants are not allowed to work in the UKAll of these changes will come into force on 3 March 2010 and...