High Potential Individual Visa Route Introduced on 30th May 2022

High Potential Individual (HPI) visa: Overview – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) This new route enables eligible graduates to come to the UK (or to stay here) for two years (three if they have a Ph.D.) and to look for work, take up employment, or become self-employed. Work does not need to be skilled and no sponsor is […]

UK EXPANSION WORKER VISA-REPLACEMENT FOR SOLE REPRESENTATIVE ROUTE

On 11th April 2022, a new route was introduced for overseas businesses wishing to establish a branch or subsidiary in the UK. Unlike under its predecessor, the Sole Representative route, an employee being sent to the UK to establish a branch will need to be sponsored by their overseas employer which must apply for a UK […]

NEW UKRAINE EXTENSION SCHEME-HELPFUL FOR THOSE ALREADY IN THE UK

Ukrainian nationals already in the UK are unable to apply to remain here under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme. The new scheme, introduced on 3rd May 2022, means that many more Ukrainian nationals will now be able to apply to stay in the UK for up to three years. If for example someone is working here […]

RIGHT TO WORK CHECKS GUIDANCE UPDATED-ESSENTIAL READING FOR EMPLOYERS

An employer’s guide to right to work checks (publishing.service.gov.uk) New guidance came in to force on 6th April 2022. One of the most important changes is that relating to the holders of biometric residence permits and biometric cards whose rights to work will from 6th April need to be checked using the on-line system. Manual checks can […]

Ukraine Family Scheme Visa Guidance Published

Apply for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) The Home Office has published guidance on the Family Scheme Visa which is good news for some. Eligible Ukrainian Nationals (plus immediate family members of Ukrainian nationals) will be able to apply to join UK based family members if those family members are British or […]

GUIDANCE FOR UKRAINIAN NATIONALS IN UKRAINE AND THE UK

In response to the terrible events unfolding in Ukraine, the Home Office has published guidance on visa applications from outside the UK and on certain concessions for Ukrainian nationals inside the UK. Certain close family members of British nationals who normally live in Ukraine can apply for a “Family Migration visa” free of charge and […]

IMPORTANT FOR EMPLOYERS- CHANGES TO RIGHT TO WORK CHECKS FROM 6TH APRIL 2022

From the above date employers will only be able to check Biometric Residence Permits and Biometric Residence cards using the Home Office online service. They will no longer be able to conduct manual right to work checks as explained on pages 56 and 57 of the most recent guidance on Employer Right to Work Checks. […]

Surinder Singh dead-line fast approaching – 29th March 2022

If you are the family member of a British national and you are living in the EU but planning to relocate to the UK you should be aware of the above dead-line. You may need to apply for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit and you must do so before 29th March this year. There are […]

Updated guidance for travel to England

Guidance was updated on 7th December 2021 and is a vital read for anyone planning to travel to England. It sets out different rules for those who are fully vaccinated, those who are not fully vaccinated and for those who have been in a “Red List” country in the ten days before their planned arrival […]

IDENTITY CARDS GENERALLY NO LONGER VALID ALTERNATIVE TO PASSPORTS FOR ENTRY TO UK

From 1st October 2021 most EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals will no longer be able to use their identity cards instead of passports to enter the UK. Existing UK residents with EU-settled status or similar will still be able to use their cards.