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  • 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.
  • Tier 1 PSW Scheme: apply now before closure!!
    26 January 2012
    The UK Border Agency has confirmed that the Tier 1 Post-Study Work scheme will be closed in April 2012. This is unfortunate, since most foreign graduates having spent money and effort to complete and gain their UK degrees will not be eligible to remain in the UK in other existing categories
  • Minimum salary threshold to be introduced for a UK spouse/fiancée visa
    25 January 2012
    Under the current immigration Rules, in order to join a British partner or a person who is settled person in the UK, a foreign applicant will need to apply for leave to enter as a fiancée or as a spouse and persuade the entry clearance officer as well as provide adequate evidence that the relationship is genuine, he/ she intends to settle in the UK, any previous relationships have permanently broken down and finally that the they can support and accommodate without recourse to public funds.
  • Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme - important changes to the Rules!
    20 January 2012
    As previously published, Taiwan has now been added to the countries eligible to apply under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme. However, prospective applicants should bear in mind that their application will be dealt on a first come first serve basis and there is a strict limit on number of places available for each participating country.
  • UK Visas: applications from overseas
    17 January 2012
    From 30 January 2012 the online payments for all types of the UK visas in Turkey, Jordan and Georgia will have to be made in USD.
  • Extension of employment restrictions for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals
    10 January 2012
    Controls to restrict how Bulgarian and Romanian nationals access the UK labour market will be extended until the end of 2013. This means Romanian and Bulgarian (EU2) nationals seeking to work in the UK will continue to require permission from the UK Border Agency before they can work in the UK.

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