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  • Immigration right to rent checks
    18 December 2014
    In line with recent changes to the Immigration Rules, from 1 December 2014, landlords, homeowners and letting agents are also required to carry out the necessary right to rent checks to ensure that tenants, who are migrants, have the right to remain in the UK. This also includes landlords, who take in lodgers or sub-let property.
  • New obligation for sponsors
    17 December 2014
    Recently we have received a number of phone calls from sponsors or migrants under the Tier 2 General Scheme in connection with the Home Office’s unexpected visits to verify the information provided in the sponsorship licence application and to check whether the companies are meeting their duties.
  • Tougher rules for obtaining a sponsorship licence
    12 December 2014
    In line with the changes to the Tier 2 General Scheme, on 6 November 2014 the Home Office toughened the rules for obtaining a sponsorship licence.
  • ECAA extension for Turkish nationals
    05 December 2014
    Turkish nationals, who have been granted 12 months leave to enter or to remain under the Ankara Agreement, are entitled to apply in country for further leave to remain, which should be normally granted for a period of 3 years. However, if their business has experienced difficulties during the initial 12 months of operation, an extension of stay might be granted for an initial 12 months rather than the full 3 years period. The applicant would then be required to apply again for further extension at the end of that period.
  • UKVI introduces email update
    04 December 2014
    In addition to the postal communications, from 8 December 2014 the Home Office will be introducing a new update system, enabling the applicants to receive status updates about their European, settlement and nationality applications via email.
  • Further restrictions affecting EEA migrants
    03 December 2014
    In November 2014, further restrictions were announced in relation to the benefits of EEA migrants. These changes will come into force in April 2015. According to the new provisions, jobseekers will be unable to claim Universal Credit. EEA jobseekers, who have not found work after 6 months in the UK, will have to leave, namely having spent 3 months in the UK after the initial entry as a EU citizen and an additional 91 days of the period to reside as a jobseeker.
  • British citizenship - what to do in case of too many absences?
    01 December 2014
    British citizenship is a privilege that a UK resident can acquire upon having spent lawfully 5 years in the United Kingdom and following the grant of a settled status, namely, Indefinite Leave to Remain. Under the British Nationality Act 1981, different rules apply whether the applicant applies on his own right or as a spouse/civil partner of a British citizen. We will discuss here the option of applying for naturalisation in your own right.
  • Giving notice of marriage or civil partnership – New Requirements!
    26 November 2014
    From 2 March 2015 major changes will be introduced by the Home Office to the process of giving notice of marriage or civil partnership according to which all couples will have to complete a longer notice period of 28 days before being able to marry or form a civil partnership in England and Wales.
  • Toughening of the rules for Tier 2 General migrants!
    25 November 2014
    In line with the recent changes to the Immigration Rules, which came into force on 6 November 2014, the Home Office has toughen the requirements for migrants, who are planning to work in the UK under the Tier 2 General Scheme.
  • How will the new rules affect your visa?
    24 October 2014
    On 16 Oct 2014, the Home Office published a new Statement of Changes, which will have a significant impact on the current immigration rules as explained in the paragraphs below.

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