IDENTITY CARDS GENERALLY NO LONGER VALID ALTERNATIVE TO PASSPORTS FOR ENTRY TO UK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

GRADUATE ROUTE NOW OPEN

Eligible graduates can, from 1st July 2021, apply to remain in the UK for a further two years ( three years if awarded a doctorate) after graduation and can undertake employment at any skill level. They don’t need to be sponsored by an employer and they will not be required to prove any level of financial […]

NEWS FOR LANDLORDS-EEA NATIONALS AND FAMILY MEMBERS MUST PROVE IMMIGRATION STATUS FROM 1ST JULY 2021

From 1st July this year prospective EEA tenants will no longer be able to rely on an EEA passport or national identity card as proof of their right to rent. They will need to prove their right to rent in the same way as non- EEA nationals do and as explained in the most recent […]

MAJOR CHANGE TO RIGHT TO WORK CHECKS ON EEA CITIZENS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS FROM 1st JULY 2021

From 1st July employers must carry out right to work checks on new EEA employees in accordance with new guidance dated 18th June 2021. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk They can no longer rely on a prospective employee’s EEA passport or national identity card which will no longer be proof of their right to work in the UK.   Most EEA […]

NEW GRADUATE VISA TO BE INTRODUCED ON 1ST JULY 2021- GOOD NEWS FOR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYERS

From 1st July this year eligible international graduates will be able to apply to remain in the UK for a further two (or three if awarded a doctorate) years. They will be able to work in any job without needing to be sponsored by an employer though they can later switch in to the skilled […]

HONG KONG BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS) VISA ROUTE NOW OPEN

Applications can now be made from inside the UK or from abroad. At the moment they can only be submitted on-line which means that applicants and their dependents will need to attend a biometric appointment as part of the process. From 23rd February 2021 a new app will be available , meaning that eligible applicants and […]

HOPING TO LEAVE THE UK BUT UNABLE TO DO SO AND WORRIED THAT YOUR PERMISSION TO BE HERE IS ABOUT TO EXPIRE?

You may be able to ask for “exceptional assurance” if your leave will expire before 31st May this year. The attached guidance sets out how to ask, and the information you need to supply, to be given this protection against becoming an “overstayer.” https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents Asking for “exceptional assurance” may not be your only choice. You MAY […]

NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST REQUIRED TO ENTER ENGLAND

Travellers arriving in England from 4 am onwards on Monday 18th January must bring with them proof of a negative Coronavirus test.   This will apply to UK citizens and to those arriving from a country on the current travel corridors list though there are some limited exemptions including children under 11 years old and […]

HONG KONG BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS) VISA CAN BE APPLIED FOR FROM 31ST JANUARY 2021

Hong Kong BN(O) Citizens and close family members will be able to apply to come to the UK, or to remain here, from the end of this month. Successful applicants will be granted permission to live here for 30 months or for 5 years, depending on the length of time they apply for, and after […]

Important dead-lines for some EEA Nationals and their family members

The UK has now of course left the EU and the end of the 12 month “transition period” is almost here. It will in fact end at 11 pm on 31st December 2020. EEA nationals and their family members who are resident in the UK before the end of the transition period will be able to […]