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  • UK Border Agency - changes to premium booking
    20 August 2013
    From 18 August 2013, most applicants booking a premium appointment at a Public Enquiry Office (PEO) will be asked to pay the full application cost and booking fee upfront, using a new online system.
  • Priority settlement service– New Zealand
    12 August 2013
    From 12 August 2013, if you are applying for a settlement visa to the UK from New Zealand, you can have your visa application fast tracked by using our optional priority visa service.
  • British nationality and criminal record
    09 August 2013
    In this article, we wish to briefly explain the changes brought into effect on 13 December 2012, having had a significant impact on the way nationality applications are assessed specifically in the case of a prospective applicant with a criminal record.
  • Update- TB testing for China, Hong Kong and Macau
    09 August 2013
    On 1 August 2013, the UKBA introduced changes to the Immigration Rules with immediate effect- that means without giving the usual 21 notice to receive approval from the Parliament. In particular, we would like to point out that nationals from China, Hong Kong and Macau will need to provide a TB certificate if applying for UK entry clearance in a category which may lead to settlement.
  • Interviews for Tier 1 Entrepreneurs?
    08 August 2013
    We have noticed a significant rise in the number of refusals linked to applications made for leave to enter or remain in the UK under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Scheme.
  • New dependant forms published today
    07 August 2013
    The UK Border Agency has published today a new policy guidance as we well as as points-based system (PBS) versions of the following application forms:
  • Changes to "knowledge of language and life"
    07 August 2013
    From 28 October 2013, unless they are exempt, all applicants for settlement or naturalisation as a British citizen will need to meet the knowledge of language and life requirement by: • passing the life in the UK test; and • having a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or its equivalent.
  • Tier 1 Entrepreneurial Team – how to make the most of £200K?
    06 August 2013
    The Tier 1 Entrepreneur Scheme allows foreign businesses and migrants to establish, join or take over a company in the UK as well as to settle in the long run, usually after 5 years of residence in the United Kingdom.
  • Update on European cases: new fees and forms
    02 August 2013
    We would like to remind all prospective applicants wishing to make an application for a residence card or permanent residence in the UK under the 2006 European Regulations that the UK Border Agency has now introduced a fee in the amount of £55 and also published new forms. In addition, we have also been advised that there are severe delays in the processing of these applications.
  • How does a criminal record impact your ability to settle in the UK?
    02 August 2013
    As of January 2013, the UKBA requires a migrant to disclose all his/her criminal history in full even if their conviction(s) are deemed to be spent under the 1974 Rehabilitation Act. In addition, the UKBA has also introduced its own schedule of what might be considered a “rehabilitated”.

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