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  • 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
  • Important reminder: Tier 1 General and Tier 1 Post Study Work to be removed as of 5 April 2011
    01 February 2011
    We wish to remind migrants who have been awarded a UK degree in the last 12 months or are about to complete a degree in the UK (Bachelor, Master or PhD) that as of 5 April 2011 the Tier 1 Post Study Work category of the Points Based System will cease to exist.
  • The UK Border Agency – Tough on Immigration or Just Tough on Immigrants?
    10 January 2011
    In one of the most eventful years in immigration history, 2010 saw new immigration policies introduced that have caused controversy and divided opinion amongst politicians and UK employers alike. What seem to be very draconian measures are perceived by some as the Coalition's need to appear tough on immigration whilst putting its own stamp on the political agenda
  • Investor visa: what are the best options for high net migrants in the UK?
    06 January 2011
    High net worth individuals have the option to make an application under three very different categories of the Tier 1 Scheme depending on their individual circumstances and their priorities when deciding to relocate and settle in the UK.
  • 2011 UK Border Agency: Tough on Immigration or Just Tough on Immigrants?
    04 January 2011
    On 17th December 2010, the High Court found the interim cap imposed on Tier 1 and Tier 2 entry clearance applications to be unlawful since the measure had not been subjected to Parliamentary scrutiny. However, the UK Border Agency has decided to play hard ball on this issue, and on 23rd December it announced that it would stop accepting Tier 1 General applications made overseas as the temporary limit had been reached.
  • Changes to the Points Based Scheme and settlement applications
    30 December 2010
    In December 2010, the UK Government announced new measures to manage the numbers of people from outside of Europe who are allowed to come and work in the UK.
  • UKBA defiant: Tier 1 General Scheme will cease overseas on 23 December 2010!
    21 December 2010
    On 17 December 2010, the High Court (HC) found the interim cap imposed on Tier 1 and Tier 2 entry clearance applications to be unlawful since the measure was not subjected to Parliamentary scrutiny.
  • Immigration cap declared unlawful by the High Court!
    17 December 2010
    Good news is often the exception to the rule in the immigration world. However, today, immigration practitioners and migrants alike have the opportunity to rejoice the High Court’s decision to rule unlawful the introduction of the immigration cap on 19 July 2010.

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