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  • Marriage/Fiancee visas - New UKBA policy on age!
    14 November 2011
    The UK Border Agency has issued new policy guidance following the judgement of the Supreme Court in the case of Quila and Bibi v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] UKSC 45.
  • Tier 2 Settlement- MAC recommendations.
    07 November 2011
    The MAC was commissioned by the government in June 2011 to identify the most significant economic criteria for determining which Tier 2 migrant workers could settle permanently in the UK and what the economic effects of restricting or removing settlement rights would be.
  • Update on settlement requirements for Tier 2 migrants and work permit holders
    31 October 2011
    On 6 April 2011, the Immigration Rules were amended to introduce a salary requirement for settlement applications made by work permit holders and migrants under Tier 2 of the points-based system. Their applications must now include written confirmation from their employer or sponsor that they are being paid at or above the appropriate rate for their job.
  • Changes to the Tier 2/work permit visa category
    21 October 2011
    Earlier this week the government accepted the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)’s recommendations, which were submitted for consideration in September 2011. In its report, the MAC focused in particular on those industries and sectors where it deemed that resident workers are now available to fill the vacancies.
  • Youth mobility scheme is open to Taiwanese nationals
    19 October 2011
    From January 2012, Taiwanese young people will be eligible to apply for a youth mobility scheme visa for the UK.
  • Update on Entry Clearance in USA and UAE
    16 October 2011
    From 7 October 2011, the UK Border Agency is closing its visa processing office in Ottawa. The British Embassy in New York now process all UK visa applications made in Canada.
  • Judgement on carers of British Citizens
    27 September 2011
    The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) recently handed down judgement in the case of Ruiz Zambrano (C-34/09). This judgement creates a right to reside and work for the sole carer of a dependent British citizen when that carer has no other right of residence in the UK and removing the carer from the UK would mean the British citizen would have to leave the European Union.
  • UKBA’s reform of family visa categories to move forward!
    16 September 2011
    The UK government’s consultation on family migration will be concluded in October 2011, however the mood is certainly one of change.
  • British nationality and referees for the good character requirement
    14 September 2011
    Your nationality application must be endorsed by two referees and a recent passport size photograph stapled or clipped into the space provided. Each referee should have known you personally for at least 3 years.
  • MAC report: Revised shortage occupation list!
    12 September 2011
    The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has today advised that the Shortage Occupation List be revised to restrict migrants from outside the European Economic Area to a smaller proportion of occupations within the UK labour market.

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