News: Immigration Insights

Tier 1 Investor – rule changes take effect.

The Investor category is for high net worth applicants who have at least £2 million available to invest in the UK. The Immigration Rules covering the Tier 1 Investor route have been amended to allow more scrutiny of the source of each applicant’s funds. The changes came into effect on 29th March 2019. The changes […]

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Are you a Tier 2 Sponsor? It’s time to renew your allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship.

If as an employer you currently sponsor members of staff on Tier 2 Visas, the deadline to renew the Certificates of Sponsorship available to you for the coming year is fast approaching. On the 5th of April your allocation of Certificates could be automatically reset to zero by the Home Office. This could lead to […]

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Tier 1 – Exceptional Talent Visas – Architects now added

Changes made to the Exceptional Talent visa category have come into effect (10th January) meaning that Architects who can demonstrate that they are either already renowned in their field of work or that they are ‘up and coming” are now similarly eligible to apply under this route as those working in digital technology, science, engineering, […]

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Home Secretary requests a MAC review of the Shortage Occupation List.

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has today written to the Migration Advisory Committee for their input in a much-needed review into the composition of the current Shortage Occupation List. The existing system is advantageous for UK employers as it exempts them from the need to advertise “shortage” positions through the resident labour market test and […]

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Latest Immigration changes

The Home Office’s latest Statement of Changes issued earlier this month detailed several changes to the current immigration rules. As it has been widely reported in the press, doctors and nurses have now been removed from the annual cap on Tier 2 General visas for skilled non-EEA workers. Other amendments come into effect on 6 […]

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Latest immigration statistics

The latest publication from the Office of National Statistics shows quarterly and annual data relating to those coming to the UK; extending their stay; obtaining nationality; and arriving to work, study or for family reasons. All statistics presented are taken for the year ending March 2018. Arrivals Based on information gained on airport passenger surveys, 137.9 […]

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Increasing Costs – IHS

The government had announced the immigration health surcharge paid by temporary migrants to the UK is set to double, possibly by late 2018. Ministers have claimed the move would raise around £220m a year for the health service while ensuring that migrants made a “fair contribution” towards its costs. The increase to the immigration health […]

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Tier2 RCOS quota reached

Employers wishing to sponsor non-EEA nationals under Tier 2 (General) should be aware that there is no guarantee that an application for a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship will be successful as there is a real risk that the cap will be reached again, particularly in February and March 2018. Restricted CoS allocations The final quarter […]

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Change to Calculations of Absences – Indefinite Leave to Remain Applications

Historically, when considering applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) calculated absences from the UK for each 12-month period, prior to the date of application. Applications for settlement based on five years continuous stay in the UK previously needed to evidence fewer than 180 days’ absence in any of the […]

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