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 […]

No new entrepreneur visa applications after 29th March 2019

The Tier 1 ( entrepreneur ) visa will be replaced by a new “ Innovator “ visa though Tier 1 entrepreneurs will be apply to apply for extensions until 5thApril 2023 and settlement until 5th April 2025. The new “ Innovator” category will be different from its predecessor in 3 main ways: Firstly, anyone applying for […]

On-line right to work checks introduced

Employers can now in most cases carry out their “ right to work checks” using an on-line system. It is important to note that on-line checks may not be suitable for every prospective employee or employee and that you will need the consent of an individual to  carry out a check. The amended Home Office […]

£65 fee to be scrapped for post Brexit “settlement” applications

Teresa May has announced that the £65 fee for post-Brexit “settlement applications” will be scrapped. This is of course good news. People who have already applied under the recent pilots will be reimbursed. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46950719

IMMIGRATION HEALTH SURGHARGE TO DOUBLE ON 8th JANUARY 2019

Unfortunately students and youth mobility visa applicants will, from 8th January, need to pay £300 per year instead of the current £150. All other applicants will be charged £400 per year, double the current charge of £200. It is becoming ever more expensive to come to the UK and to stay here.

LONG-AWAITED IMMIGRATION WHITE PAPER FINALLY PUBLISHED

The Immigration White paper, published by the Government on 19th December 2019, has perhaps attracted most media attention with its proposal that future skilled workers- to include those from the EU- will be expected to earn £30000 pa. This is  not set in stone and there will be a period of consultation. For a period […]

WIDENING OF EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME TESTING PHASE

From 21st January 2019 a much wider group of people will be able to apply for the post-Brexit immigration “ settled status”. Earlier pilot phases seem to have been successful and from January 21st eligible EU nationals with a valid passport and their eligible  non- EU family members with a valid biometric residence card will […]

MORE PAPER APPLICATION FORMS SCRAPPED

The Home Office is continuing  the process of replacing paper applications with compulsory on-line applications. Applications to extend stay in the UK as a partner of dependent child using Form FLR(M) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-to-extend-stay-in-the-uk-as-a-partner-or-dependent-child-form-flrm/apply-online-form-flr-m and applications on the basis of long residence using Form FLR(LR) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-extend-stay-in-uk-long-residence-form-flrlr/apply-online-form-flr-lr are two of the applications which must now be made on-line.