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  • Changes to Tier 2 Codes of Practice and restricted certificates
    07 March 2013
    The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced changes which will come into effect on 6 April 2013
  • UKBA annual fee increase announcement
    27 February 2013
    Earlier this week the UKBA announced their plans to increase the fees for the processing of immigration applications as of 6 April 2013.
  • Priority service for Russian visitors
    26 February 2013
    A priority visa service (PVS) is now available to applicants across all visa application centres (VACs) in the Russian Federation.
  • Pre-entry tuberculosis testing in the Philippines
    24 February 2013
    The Philippines is one of the 67 countries, which according to the World Health Organisation have a high incidence of tuberculosis. As a result, from 28 February 2013, tuberculosis testing requirements will form part of the visa application process for people planning to come to the UK for more than 6 months.
  • Settlement priority service in the USA- update
    21 February 2013
    The UKBA has announced that all spousal visa applications including fiancée visa applications submitted to the New York’s UKBA consulate, are being transferred to Sheffield in the UK for processing, which might add few additional weeks to the processing time.
  • Renew your COS allocation before 5 April 2013
    19 February 2013
    The current annual allocation of Certificates of Sponsorships (COS) will expire on 5th April 2013- thus, employers and UK based companies, licensed under the Tier 2 or 5 Scheme, are advised to request their next allocation ahead of this deadline. This can be done online through the Sponsor Management System.
  • Biometric cards – a brief guidance
    18 February 2013
    Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) are a form of residence permit, and replace the vignettes (or stickers) previously placed in passports. This only applies to foreign nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area who are granted leave to remain in the United Kingdom.
  • Tier 1 Entreprenuer: important changes!
    30 January 2013
    The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has published today a new Statement of Changes to amend the current Immigration Rules pertaining to applications made for leave to enter and remain under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Scheme.
  • UKBA Visits of Sponsors
    30 January 2013
    Since the beginning of this year we have been approached by an increasing number of corporate clients requesting assistance with the sponsorship audit before or after the sponsorship was granted. The UKBA sponsorship team has been rather busy recently with clearing the backlog of the sponsorship applications which were taking 4-6 months towards the end of 2012.
  • New Life in the UK test
    29 January 2013
    A new version of Life in the UK test has been announced and will be implemented to tests booked on or after 25th March 2013. According to the Home Office, the new test aims to “focus on values and principles at the heart of being British” and ensure migrants are equipped with the knowledge to properly integrate into the society by putting more emphasises on the nation’s culture and history.

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