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  • New Two-year Visitor Visa for Chinese Nationals
    25 January 2016
    A new two-year UK visit visa for Chinese nationals was launched by the Home Office on 11 January 2016. The new visa fee is £85, which is the same fee charged for a six-month entry visitor visa.
  • The Home Office announced its proposed changes to the Immigration fees from 6 April 2016
    20 January 2016
    The Home Office announced its proposed changes to the Immigration fees from 6 April 2016, some of the fees may increase by 25%. Although the government has set maximum levels of fees that can be charged by the Home Office over the next four years, there are no plans to increase the fees to maximum levels, the objective is to reduce taxpayer contributions towards the border, immigration and citizenship system and ensure that by 2019–2020 the system is self funded by those who use it.
  • ILR Biometric Residence Permit to be returned to UKVI after naturalization
    14 December 2015
    The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has now published a new AN policy guidance, which should be read in conjunction with the requirements pursuant to section 6(1) or section 6(2) of the 1981 British Nationality Act. A key change is the requirement for an applicant to return his/her biometric card (BRP) once naturalised as a British Citisen, at the latest within 5 days from the date of the Citizenship ceremony.
  • Allocation of Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship in November 2015
    18 November 2015
    The total number of restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) available to Tier 2 (General) sponsors is 20,700 per year, between 6 April 2015 and 5 April 2016. The average monthly allocation is 1,650 but this number does fluctuate depending on how many “unused” or “returned” CoS are left over from the previous month.
  • Guidance on how to book a TB test in China
    05 November 2015
    Tuberculosis (TB) screening is mandatory in certain countries (including China) in order to be granted a visa or an entry clearance to enter and remain in the UK for more than 6 months. The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) only accepts TB test certificates which are issued from a list of approved clinics currently listed under the Appendix T of the Immigration Rules.
  • UKVI introduces new Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules
    30 October 2015
    On 29 October 2015, the UK Government announced few changes to the Immigration Rules affecting the following categories: Asylum, Settlement, Family/private life, Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Representative of an Overseas Business as well as the Tier 2 and Tier 5 Schemes.
  • PM Announces China Visitor Visa Reforms
    26 October 2015
    On 21 October 2015, David Cameron announced the significant changes to visitor visas for Chinese tourists for the purpose of boosting the UK economy. From January 2016, new multiple entry visitor visas for tourists will be valid for 2 years, rather than 6 months, and will allow a migrant to stay in the UK for up to 6 months in each 12 month period.
  • New Changes to Premium Service for Tier 2 Applicants
    19 October 2015
    On 12 November 2015, Tier 2 as well as Tier 2 dependants Premium Service Centre (PSC) customers can submit their forms and book PSC appointments online rather than completing the paper forms.
  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur category – potential changes
    16 October 2015
    In March 2015, the Migration Advisory Committee (the MAC) was commissioned by the Home Office to review the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa category, with a view to ensuring that the potential economic benefit of the route is maximised as well as considering attractiveness to genuine entrepreneurs. Since then, there have been rumours that the Home Office might introduce new changes to the Tier 1 Entrepreneur category. The question is: will it change in November 2015? In our opinion, this is unlikely, since the MAC has not yet published the report; but what changes are likely to be introduced? What is certain is that the existing Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route does not seem to deliver the needed economic benefits and the current political party is under a lot of pressure over immigration.
  • Increase of National Minimum Wage
    13 October 2015
    According to the recommendations laid to Government earlier this year, as of 1 October 2015 the National Minimum Wage has been set at rate of £6.70 per hour, which shows an increase by a 20p (3.1%) from the previous rate.

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Migra & Co is a private immigration company, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), reference number F200900038. This website is not a government website and as such, we are not linked or affiliated with the UK Visas and Immigration. We offer expert legal advice and flexible tailored solutions to both private and corporate clients to ensure that their immigration needs are met. If you wish to download or prepare a UK visa application form, you can do so free of charge by visiting the Official UKVI website.