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 […]


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.

PHD Level Jobs to be exempt from Tier 2 Visa Cap

From the autumn of 2019 PHD-level jobs will not be included in the monthly allocation of sponsorship certificates. This should make it easier for employers when recruiting for such posts and will free up some of the allocation for less-skilled employees.

Start-up Visas to replace the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa Route

A new“ Start-up” visa route will be introduced on 29th March 2019 and will replace the previous Tier 1( Graduate Entrepreneur) visa route. There are some key differences between the new route and its predecessor: Applicants will need to be endorsed but not necessarily by their own university and the “ endorsing body” will check the […]

Changes to Investor Visa Route

Despite recent concerns that the route was going to be abolished, it is going to survive but with significant changes from 29th March 2019. The investment funds will need to have been held for a full 2 years, rather than 90 days before an application is made and there will be tighter rules on what can […]