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  • Tier 1 applicants should be in skilled jobs, says Immigration Minister
    29 October 2010
    During the week commencing 25 October 2010, the UK Border Agency expects to be considering applications that were received on or before 30 September 2010. This timescale is only a guideline, and some cases may take longer to consider.
  • Important Update for Tier 1 General applications inside and outside the UK
    22 October 2010
    Regulations have been laid before Parliament which will require even more migrants to apply for biometric residence permits if they want to extend their stay in the UK. The permits will replace the stickers (known as 'vignettes') which these migrants currently hold in their passports.
  • Immigration: UK Border Agency’s policy changes under scrutiny
    15 October 2010
    October 2010 has seen the UK Border Agency pushing forward its agenda while trying to fend off strong criticisms to its policy changes. Amongst the most important ones, a substantial increase in the fees structure which is to be implemented in two stages as well as a series of Statements of Changes.
  • UK visas: fees increase for immigration applications
    04 October 2010
    Following the UK Border Agency announcement on 9 September 2010 regarding the increase of immigration and nationality application fees for all those applying to visit, study, work or stay in the UK the first part of the increase was implemented on 1 October 2010.
  • Settlement in the UK: what? why? how?
    21 September 2010
    Settlement, permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain are interchangeably used to indicate the same immigration status, namely the absence of any immigration restrictions on a migrant’s ability to work, stay, live or marry in the UK.
  • Is the UK immigration policy changing?
    16 September 2010
    This month, the Con-Lib Coalition has announced its intention to set the pace for its own immigration policy by developing a framework which according to Immigration Minister Damian Green "will ensure that the UK maximizes the benefits of immigration".
  • New EU Member States (A8 nationals): right to residence and employment
    10 September 2010
    The Accession Treaty gave nationals from the ten new Member States the right to travel freely across the European Union in order to visit, live, work and study in any Member State.
  • Points scoring criteria for Tier 1 General: past, future and transitional arrangements
    03 September 2010
    On 19 July 2010, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) increased the required threshold to qualify under the Tier 1 General Scheme, namely from 75 points to 80 points. In addition, an applicant still needs to meet the English language and maintenance requirements.
  • UK Spouse Visa: same day service for further leave as a dependant partner/spouse.
    27 August 2010
    The Third Party Representatives Team of the PEO Croydon will now be considering a limited amount of student applications under the Tier 4 Scheme and spouse/unmarried partners application using the FLR (M) form submitted by representatives.
  • Tier 1 General: has your application been refused solely on the basis of maintenance?
    26 August 2010
    This article clarifies some important changes brought into effect by the UK Border Agency which might assist migrants who have had their application refused solely for failing to satisfy the maintenance requirement under Appendix C of the Immigration Rules.

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