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  • 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.
  • Compliance with duties and obligations as a sponsor
    18 September 2015
    According to recent statistics, in the second quarter of year 2015, 40% of visits resulted in actions by the Home Office. Therefore we highly recommend all sponsors to read the Policy Guidance published by the Home Office (version 04/2015) more carefully in order to ensure that they comply with their duties.
  • New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules
    17 September 2015
    On 17 September 2015 the Home Office published a new Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. The changes include the introduction of a new point table for an application for a Certificate of Sponsorship.
  • Allocation of restricted COS certificates
    14 September 2015
    On 11 September 2015 the Home Office released the statistics regarding this month’s allocation of restricted COS certificates. The September allocation took place on 11 September 2015 and all valid applications received by 5 September 2015 were successful if they scored at least 39 points for a gross basic annual salary in the amount of no less than £27,000.
  • New Changes to Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship Application Process for Tier 2 General Migrants
    09 September 2015
    As of 4 September 2015, the Home Office informed all the current Tier 2 sponsors that they are currently proposing to change the operation of the Tier 2 (General) limit to maximise the number of places which can be allocated each month, within the overall annual limit of 20,700.
  • How to meet the financial threshold in a spouse visa application?
    08 September 2015

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