Updated Coronavirus advice issued

If you are in the UK and your visa is due to expire between 24th January and 31st May 2020 your permission to be here will be extended to 31st May if you can not leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation. You will need to email the Coronavirus Immigration Team and supply details as set […]

SOPRA STERIA LIBRARY BIOMETRIC APPOINTMENTS TO BE POSTPONED

People who have booked biometric appointments in UK libraries will not be able to attend as the libraries are now closed. They should receive emails to confirm that their appointment has been postponed and that it will be re-booked. The Sopra Steria site states that “customers are not to worry if their appointment has to […]

GLOBAL TALENT ROUTE BECOMES LAW

The “Global Talent” route has been much publicised by the Government in recent weeks and has replaced the previous “Exceptional Talent Route”. It is aimed at “talented and promising individuals” in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology and arts and culture (including TV, fashion design and architecture) who want to work in […]

Home Office guidance for those unable to return to China during the Coronavirus outbreak

The Home Office has today issued guidance explaining how they will deal with the immigration status of those who are currently unable to return to China. Chinese nationals who have complied with immigration conditions until the outbreak of the virus and whose leave expired after 24th January 2020  will automatically have their leave to remain extended […]

Dead-lines for EU nationals and their family members

We have now left the EU and are in what’s called the” transitional period”. Almost definitely this will end on 31st December 2020. If you have not yet made an application under the new “ Settlement Scheme” it makes sense to think about doing so now. If you are already in the UK or will arrive […]

Exceptional Talent Visa Route to end on 20th February 2020.

If you are planning to apply for a visa under this route  you must apply before the above date ( though endorsement letters issued after this date will still be valid under the new “ Global Talent Route”.) This “Global Talent Visa” route, as promised by Boris Johnson , seems to offer some genuine good […]

GOOD NEWS FOR STUDENTS WITH THE RETURN OF A TWO- YEAR POST STUDY WORK VISA

Students will again be able to remain in the UK and to work for up to two years after they have graduated. A similar scheme was abolished back in 2012 and there has been a lot of pressure on the Government to re-introduce it. The recent news has been welcomed by students, universities, and employers. […]

Extension of Registration Scheme Unlawful

The Supreme Court has recently decided that the extension of the registration scheme between 1st May 2009 and 30th April 2011 was unlawful. Under the scheme nationals of the 8 countries which joined the EU in 2004 were obliged to register as workers before they could start work or change jobs. It was a criminal […]

EU Settlement Scheme now open

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families Applications can be made from nationals of the EU as well as nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway plus family members. Depending on how long they have lived in the UK those eligible will be granted “settled status” or “pre-settled status.” There have already been some technical hitches but applications are generally straightforward and […]

Refunds of “Settlement Scheme” Fees to be made automatically

If you have applied under the “Settlement Scheme” you should receive an automatic refund of your £65 fee. The Home Office has published information about how this should work https://www.gov.uk/guidance/eu-settlement-scheme-application-fee-refunds?utm_source=db925eb2-919d-4b79-904e-51af5997e40d&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate Please contact Jenny Harvey on info@jennyharveyimmigration.co.uk if you have questions about this or about any other aspect of the “settlement” and “pre-settlement” schemes.