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...

15-03-16 – New Budget 2016

Chancellor George Osborn has unveiled new Budget. He revised down the UK’s growth forecast in his eight Budget and sparked controversy by warning of the risks to the UK economy of EU exit.  Mr Osborne announced £3.5 bn in extra spending cuts by 2020 to help meet his financial targets, which he was forced to admit had slipped in the four months since his Autumn statement, due to sluggish growth. He said the £350m raised by a tax on the makers of sugary drinks would be spent on doubling the funding of primary school sports. The levy will be introduced in two years’...

06-03-16 – Points Based Calculator switch off

Please note that the Points-Based Calculator will stop working from 6th April 2016 and all applicant should check their eligibility on the UKVI website.  From 6th April 2016, applicants wishing to rely on their overseas degree qualification as part of their visa or nationality application will no longer be able to rely on The Points Based Calculator.  All overseas qualifications will need to be assessed by UK NARIC to confirm its English language or qualification eligibility.  Please do not hesitate to contact Law Firm Limited and we will be happy to assist clients to obtain...

01-03-16 – EU Referendum 23/06/2016

A referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union is to be held on 23rd June 2016.  There is at present a lot of uncertainty as to the implications to the UK if it were to leave the EU. The decision would have an impact on British jobs,  the economy, trade, law and legal processes to name a few. There is also the matter of immigration, for both EEA migrants living in the UK and UK migrants living elsewhere in the EEA. At present it is not known what will happen if the UK votes to leave the EU, however what is known is that if this were to happen then the...

25-02-16 – New Home Office fees from 18 March 2016

The Home Office laid further legislation in Parliament, which will make changes to specific application fees. The new legislation will come into effect on 18 March 2016 The main changes are: • visas for workers and students will be increased by 2% • a 2% increase will apply to all visit visas  • an increase of up to 25% will apply to settlement, residence (for example, ILR fee will increase from £1500 TO £1850) and nationality fees (from £1005 to £1236) • an increase of up to 33% for optional premium services offered by the Home Office such...