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  • New English language requirement for Tier 4 students
    26 April 2011
    On 31 March the UK Government issued a ‘statement of intent’ setting out how Tier 4 of the points-based system will operate following the changes to the student visa policy. From 21 April the changes to the English language requirement will come into effect.
  • UK Settlement: changes and challenges ahead
    07 April 2011
    The last few weeks have unveiled a complete rethinking of the immigration system and visa categories in the UK. On 6 April 2011, the Tier 1 General Scheme was abolished whilst the Tier 1 Post Study Work Scheme, after much speculation, was given a 12 months lifeline until April 2012.
  • Closure of the Tier 1 Post Study Work route confirmed!
    23 March 2011
    The UK Border Agency has announced the closure of the Tier 1 PSW route. From April 2012 graduate students will no longer be able to apply for leave to remain in the UK following the award of their degree unless they have an offer of a skilled job from a sponsoring employer under Tier 2 of the points-based system.
  • Important changes to the TIER 2 visa category
    21 March 2011
    Following the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) recommendations, the UK government has now published a new guidance for Tier 2 migrants and sponsors
  • Increase in immigration fees
    10 March 2011
    On 28 February the immigration minister, Damien Green issued an Written Ministerial Statement propposing to increase the application fees for migrants applying to come to or extend their stay in the UK for work, study or other reasons.
  • Tier 2 General: Requests for a Certificate of Sponsorship suspended!
    03 March 2011
    Following the UK Government’s Statement of Intent published in February 2011 the last allocation of certificates of sponsorship (CoS) under the Tier 2 General interim limit will take place on 4 March 2011. Valid requests for additional COSs received on or before the 1 March 2011 will be considered at the 4 March panel and all sponsors will be notified of the outcome by 11 March 2011.
  • Ankara Agreement – what is the fuss all about?
    03 March 2011
    The Turkish European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) is also known as the Ankara Agreement. Article 41 of the Additional Protocol contains the famous “Standstill Clause” which prohibits the introduction, from its entry into force, of any new restrictions on the exercise of the freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services by Turkish entrepreneurs.
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 visas: what will happen after 6 of April 2011?
    24 February 2011
    Earlier this month, the UK Government announced new requirements for those wishing to live and work in the UK under the Tier 1 and Tier 2 categories of the Points Based System. The new rules will come into effective on 6 April 2011 and those applying on or after that date will have to meet the new criteria.
  • UKBA announces changes to Tier 2 Scheme!
    18 February 2011
    The UK Border Agency has published a Statement of Intent affecting the eligibility criteria for Tier 2 applications in the wake of the annual cap to be introduced on 6 April 2011. In particular, all Tier 2 jobs will need to be at a graduate level position. Significantly, prospective Tier 2 migrants will not necessarily have to hold an academic qualification, however they will need to show the required skills to meet the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) recently amended by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).
  • Imminent policy changes to the Tier 2 Scheme for sponsored workers
    16 February 2011
    The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has published today a Statement of Intent unveiling new procedures to be implemented as of 6 April 2011 with significant changes to the work visa route

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