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  • 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.
  • New fees for some asylum and immigration appeals.
    19 December 2011
    From today, the UK government's Ministry of Justice is introducing new fees for some asylum and immigration appeals, and changing the way customers can submit their appeals. In particular, fees in the amount of £80 for a paper consideration and £140 for an oral hearing will be applied to appeals against decisions taken on or after 19 December 2011.
    15 December 2011
    The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme allows young people from certain countries to have free access to the UK labour market and gain work experience for a limited period of time, namely two years. The countries that already participate in the scheme are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Monaco.

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