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  • New visa category for UK graduates and changes to the maintenance requirement!
    17 February 2012
    The UK Border Agency has published a new Statement of Intent, which will bring radical changes affecting students and Tier 4 holders as well as their ability to apply for work experience in the UK. In addition, the UKBA is proposing to increase the maintenance requirement for all categories under the Points Based Scheme.
  • UK Visa Update: Introduction of compulsory biometric fingerprints for all immigration categories
    16 February 2012
    From Wednesday 29 February, all applicants in the UK will need to obtain a biometric residence permit if they are applying to stay here for more than 6 months. To obtain a permit, they will need to enrol their biometric information (fingerprints and facial image).
  • Replacement for Tier 1 Post Study Worker Scheme
    14 February 2012
    New rules will come into force within weeks to replace the Tier 1 Post Study Worker Scheme which so far has allowed Tier 4 holders and students to work in the UK for 2 years after their studies have finished.
  • UK Visa fee increase: apply before 6 April 2012!
    09 February 2012
    The UK Border Agency has today announced proposals to increase UK visas application fees for all those applying to visit, study, work or stay in the UK as of 6 April 2012.
  • Settlement in the UK - why do absences matter?
    09 February 2012
    There are different reasons as to why a migrant leave his/her country of origin and come to the UK. Some might wish to invest in the UK by setting up a business under the Tier 1 Entrepreneur or Investor categories. Others might want to further their career or pursue academic or professional studies.
  • Future of UK immigration: Are we in for a complete makeover?
    04 February 2012
    In recent press releases, Damian Green, the immigration minister, has announced that the UK Government is planning to give the current British immigration system a complete makeover to attract fewer but better qualified migrants to live and work in the UK. In particular, preferential treatment should be given to migrants who can contribute capital, skills and brain to the UK.
  • Can a criminal conviction affect an application for settlement in the UK?
    03 February 2012
    The Immigration Rules were amended on 6 April 2011 to include a new tougher criminality threshold. The key difference is that as of this date any unspent conviction will lead to a mandatory refusal of a prospective application to be granted settlement in the UK under the working and the family route. The new threshold is a much stronger requirement that the “good character” found at paragraph 322 of the Rules which sets out the general ground of refusal.
  • Tier 2 and Tier 5 - changes in procedures for submission of postal and same day visa in the UK
    01 February 2012
    The UK Border Agency is planning to introduce online submissions for extension applications in the UK in line with current procedures already implemented for entry clearance applications submitted overseas. Thus, migrants workers under the Tier 2 and Tier 5 Schemes will be able to apply for further leave to remain online as of 14 February 2012.
  • Priority visa service available in Abu Dhabi and Dubai
    30 January 2012
    The UK Border Agency in the United Arab Emirates will introduce a priority visa service in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.The priority visa service will allow you to have your application processed ahead of others. It costs 360 AED in addition to your visa application fee.
  • English language test requirement to be introduced for Tier 1 and 2 applicants in the UK
    27 January 2012
    From 6 April 2012 the UKBA will be removing the provision for applicants in the UK to apply for permission to stay here (known as leave to remain) before they have taken or received the results of an English language test. This policy applies to applicants applying under Tier 1 (General), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 2 of the points-based system.

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