20-07-16 – Record £150 m for flat in London

A luxury home in Admiralty Arch (near Charing Cross) went on the market with a record price of £150 million. The 15,000 sq ft  property in Grade 1 listed landmark overlooking The Mall has 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and is set to become one of the world’s most expensive apartments. Buyers have opportunity to own a home where Winston Churchill once lived, and Ian Fleming worked while creating James Bond. The Spanish developer who bought a building from the Government in 2012 is offering a chance to own a huge serviced apartment, or will split it into up to four flats ranging from 1,700 to 7,100...

11-07-16 – Government statement on the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK

Today, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office issued a statement to confirm that there has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU as a result of the referendum. They stated: ‘When we do leave the EU, we fully expect that the legal status of EU nationals living in the UK – and that of UK nationals in EU member states – will be properly protected. The government recognises and values the important contribution made by EU and other non-UK citizens who work, study and live in the UK.’ We will continue to keep...

01-07-16 – National Transfer Scheme – unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

The Home Office has today launched a new voluntary transfer arrangement between local authorities for the care of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Under the National Transfer Scheme, a child arriving in one local authority area already under strain caring for unaccompanied asylum seeking children may be transferred to another council with capacity. The Scheme is intended to ensure that there is a more even distribution of caring responsibilities across the country. Launching the Scheme today, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said: ‘The UK has a proud tradition of offering sanctuary...

27-06-16 – Brexit – Information for EEA Nationals

In light of the EU Referendum result we have decided to remind EEA nationals regarding their rights to be in the UK and the documentation they can apply for in order to confirm their rights. Also it would be important to inform the EEA nationals who wish to apply for British passport about the rules for naturalisation.  At present the UK is still a member of the EU and bound by the relevant laws that protect EEA nationals in the UK. It is likely that the UK will remain a member of the EU for at least two years, however given that this is a very uncertain time EEA nationals can take steps now t...

24-06-16 – Brexit - the Result

EU Referendum – The Result   The result of the EU Referendum is in and as you will be aware the result is to leave (51.9% to leave and 48.1% to remain).   If you are currently in the UK as an EEA national exercising ‘treaty rights’ in the UK or the family member then you will not immediately be affected by this result. What will happen next is that the UK and the EU will need to negotiate a withdrawal agreement.   In his speech this morning, David Cameron said that he would be stepping down as Prime Minister  by October and that he would not be invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, instead...

03-05-16 – Immigration Bill 2015 – Update

The Immigration Bill 2015, now the Immigration Bill 2015-16, is in its final stages having been debated in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords extensively. It is expected that it will shortly be granted Royal Assent and become an Act of Parliament.  It has been debated in Parliament since September 2015 and there have been many amendments including the following: Immigration detention should be limited to 28 days, except where a court decides otherwise; Asylum seekers should be allowed the right to work if their claims have not been processed within six months; Governme...

20-04-16 – Government propose significant increase in Immigration Appeal fees

The government has presented to Parliament their consultation on proposals for the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). Their proposals include a massive increase in immigration appeal fees: An application for a decision on the papers – this is currently £80, new proposal is to increase it to £490; An application for an oral hearing – this is currently £140, new proposal is to increase it to £800; An application to the First-tier Tribunal for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal...

05-04-16 – Tier 2 minimum income threshold, £35,000, for settlement comes into effect today

Today the new minimum income threshold for Tier 2 applications for settlement comes into effect. This means that if you have leave as a Tier 2 (General) or Tier 2 (Sports person) then you must have at least £35,000 earnings. This will be increased annually as follows: £35,000 if you apply for settlement on or after 6 April 2016; £35,500 if you apply for settlement on or after 6 April 2018; £35,800 if you apply for settlement on or after 6 April 2019; £36,200 if you apply for settlement on or after 6 April 2020; £36,900 if you apply for settlement on o...

23-03-16 – Home Office announce Tier 2 changes

Further to the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on the Tier 2 route the Home Office have now published their proposed changes to the route. The changes include: Tier 2 (General) salary thresholds will be increased to £25,000 in autumn 2016, then to £30,000 in April 2017 (some health and education professionals will be exempt from the higher threshold until July 2019); The minimum threshold of £20,800 for new entrants will remain the same; Tier 4 students switching to a Tier 2 visa will not be subject to a limit on numbers and their sponsor will not have to car...

17-03-16 – New 24 hour Super Priority Service for Kazakhstan

The Home Office have just announced that on 22/03/2016 they will be launching a 24 hour Super Priority Service at the UK Visa Application Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan. The optional priority service will cost an additional £750. The service can be used to apply for tourist and short stay visas (standard Visitors), all Point Based System visas (Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4, Tier 5), transit visas.   The service is not available for family categories and EEA categories. It is strongly recommended that customers with any form of adverse immigration history do not use this service.  S...