24-11-15 – Autumn Statement 2015: key announcements

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered the Autumn Statement. Here’s a summary of what was announced. The Spending Review sets out how £4 trillion of government money will be allocated over the next five years, so the government can invest in priorities like the NHS, defence and housing. On average, departmental spending will fall at less than half the rate of the previous five years. 1. A £10 billion surplus by 2019-20. Last year, the deficit was halved compared to its 2009 to 2010 level. Next year, it will be down by three quarters. Over the next four years, the deficit...

16-11-15 – Migration Advisory Committee: Tier 1 Entrepreneurs – Review of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Graduate Entrepreneur routes

Some time ago the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its report into the Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Graduate Entrepreneur routes. Given our participation with the MAC’s consultation we consider it necessary to inform our readers, subscribers, and prospective clients on the major provisions of the report, as the recommendations may be incorporated into the Immigration Rules shortly. The MAC has been commissioned by the Government to review the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route with a view to ensuring that the potential economic benefit of the route is maximised and that the route is att...

11-11-15 – Changes regarding Tier 4 category

Following our previous announcement, from the 12th of November 2015 there are some significant changes in the Immigration Rules regarding Tier 4 category. Briefly, the most important of them are the following. 1) Students are allowed to spend no more than 2 years in the UK studying at below UK bachelor’s degree level from the age of 18 2) All students must show the following amount of money to meet basic living costs or also known as maintenance requirements (not including fees): £1265 per month if you are living in London £1015 per month if you are living outside Londo...

08-11-15 – EU nationals must apply for permanent residence card for British nationality applications

From 12 November 2015, an EEA nationals wishing to apply for British citizenship must provide a valid permanent residence card or document certifying permanent residence or a residence permit or residence document together with their application. These cards must be issued under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2000 which is endorsed under the immigration rules to show permission to remain in the United Kingdom.  EEA national can apply for permanent residence card after 5 years of exercising treaty rights in the UK. He or she will be able to apply for naturalisatio...

28-10-15 – Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules

A new Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules has been presented to parliament today affecting many different immigration categories. Please find below a breakdown of the main changes: Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) ·          Amending the ‘genuine entrepreneur’ test for initial applications so that the Home Office can make an assessment of any previous investment made by an applicant into a UK business, in order to be satisfied that the investment was genuine; ·          Clarify...

19-10-15 – Right to rent checks introduced for landlords

The government has announced that from 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. Landlords who fail to check a potential tenant’s status will face penalties of up to £3,000 per tenant. Landlords should check identity documents for all new tenants and take copies.   If a potential tenant has an outstanding immigration application or appeal with the Home Office, landlords can conduct a check via the Landlords Checking Service.

16-09-15 – Immigration Bill 2015

The government has published the new Immigration Bill 2015 with the aim of increasing tougher powers for the government to take action against those with no right to be in the UK. The main themes of the Bill include the following: Removing the in-country right of appeal for Article 8 ECHR cases – migrants will instead have to leave the UK where they would then have an out-of-country right to appeal; Creating a new offence of driving while unlawfully in the UK, maximum sentence of six months imprisonment and an unlimited fine in England and Wales; Ensuring that only those people livi...

03-09-15 – Changes to the Tier 2 (General) limit

The Tier 2 (General) limit applies to Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) – these are needed to sponsor migrants who apply for Tier 2 from outside of the UK (except those earning £155,300 or more) and for Tier 4 dependents who are switching into Tier 2. There is an overall annual limit of 20,700 and RCoS are allocated on a monthly basis during a Home Office allocation meeting based on a points table. Up until recently this has worked fine as the limit was never oversubscribed so there was no need for the points table to applied, however for the last three months the limi...

26-08-15 – UK businesses punished by targets to cut immigration

In 2011 Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to get net migration down to “tens of thousands”, this has lead to a radical change in immigration, for instance the £18,600 income threshold for family migration and salary increases for Tier 2.  However, today it has been announced that UK net migration has hit a record high (estimated to be 330,000 in the year to March). In light of this the Institute of Directors and British Future have warned that Prime Minister David Cameron is “punishing businesses” by trying to fulfil promises he has made to cut immigration....

12-08-15 – Migration Advisory Committee – Review of Tier 2: Analysis of Salary Thresholds Report

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has today published their report on the Tier 2 analysis of salary thresholds. This report differs from their previous reports as it does not make any recommendations, instead it makes a summary of the analysis and conclusions, most likely as the MAC is still conducting its wider review of Tier 2 as mentioned in our previous article. The MAC’s summary and conclusions are as follows: Economic rationale for setting new salary thresholds There was not much evidence of Tier 2 migrants salary undercutting skilled workers in the UK labour market; An...