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New IMPORTANT changes to UK Immigration Rules

16 December 2009

The UK Border Agency has recently published a Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules. The amendments will be effective from the 1st January 2010 with the exception of the changes to the Tier 4 Scheme which will come into force on 22 February 2010.

Some of the most significant changes will include:

- Same day processing (PEO appointments) will no longer be available for those applying for leave to remain or settlement on the basis of ;

- Child visitor rules will be amended to allow overseas students to come to the UK for exchange visits to state maintained and other schools;

- Tier 4 migrants will require an electronic confirmation of acceptance for studies in order to be able to score points for attributes in their applications to come to the UK;

- In-country switching into the  category will be permitted for those workers who were admitted under the previous rules for overseas government employees.

The Statement of Changes will be incorporated into a consolidated version of the Immigration Rules.

For further details on how those changes could effect you and your your specific circumstances please contact us on 0203 384 3075.



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