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Changes to family visitor visa
26 April 2013
We have been informed that royal assent has been given to a clause in the Crime and Courts Bill, published on 10 May, which will remove the full right of appeal for those applying to enter the UK as a family visitor.
10 common reasons for a UK visa refusal
25 April 2013
Every week we are being approached by clients to assist them with a UK visa appeal. Following the changes to the settlement route introduced in July 2012 this visa category has a rather high refusal rate. Similarly, visitor visas are probably the most commonly refused visa applications. The reasons for refusal vary from case to case however insufficient documents seem to be the most common issue. We would like to share our wisdom and made you aware of common pitfalls
New Test for Settlement and Naturalisation
22 April 2013
From 28 October 2013, there will be two parts to the Knowledge of Language and Life (KoLL) requirement, both of which must be met by all applicants for settlement and naturalisation.
Croatia soon to join EEA
22 April 2013
The UKBA has published a Statement of Intent with regards to Croatian nationals.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur: new test!
11 April 2013
With the recent Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has tried to remedy the increased abuse of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Scheme whereby it appears that funds were recycled in multiple applications.
Metropolitan University granted new licence
09 April 2013
International students will be permitted to enter the UK to study at London Metropolitan University from today.
Deposit now required for confirming premium service appointment
09 April 2013
As of 6 April 2013, a payment of £100 has been introduced for securing the premium service appointment. After you book a premium service appointment online you will need to then call the immigration enquiry bureau by 3pm on the next working day to pay £100 per applicant in order to confirm your appointment. Your appointment will be cancelled if you do not make the payment within this timescale.
New requirements for settlement and naturalisation
08 April 2013
From 28 October 2013, applicants in both categories will be required to pass the Life in the UK Test and to hold a B1 (intermediate) level English language speaking and listening qualification.
UKBA fees increase goes ahead
05 April 2013
The previously announced fee increase for visa applications made from overseas, and applications made in the UK, will take effect on 6 April 2013.
Changes to Tier 2 of the Points-Based System
03 April 2013
For 2013/2014 the current Tier 2 (General) limit will continue to be set at 20,700 places per year. This will not be incorporated in the Immigration Rules.
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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 Border Agency. 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 UKBA website.