10-05-18 – New EEA(PR) form and kind reminder of latest SET (O) and SET(M)

Home Office published new application form for Permanent Residence for European citizens (EEA(PR).  This form is to be used for all applications made on or after 10th of May.  It is not shorter than previous version, but the fee is still the same £65. Also, the Home Office sent out kind reminder to use the most recent versions of SET(M) – partner or parent of a child, present and settled in the UK and SET (O) – ILR – other categories (Tier 1, 2, representatives of overseas business, dependants). Please note that both types of application include new, higher fees, as updated in April this year.

10-05-18 – Lauch of Windrush compensation scheme

On the 10th of May 2018 Home Office launched “call for evidence” programme as a part of Windrush compensation scheme. Those individuals and communities, who were financially affected while proving their immigration status, will share their experience with Home Office. This programme will run until 8th of June 2018. Newly elected Home Secretary Sajid Javid said that their aim is to understand more about what happened and to understand the personal stories. Martin Forde, son of the Windrush parents, will independently oversee the running of the scheme.  

01-05-18 – Register of the beneficiaries of offshore companies

By the end of 2020, 14 British offshore territories, including British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, will have to publish information about individuals with significant control of all companies registered there. Supporters of this move, Dame Margaret Hodge and Andrew Mitchell, believe that this will help with the investigation of cases of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion. Parliament discussed the proposal to introduce such a register  back in 2014, but representatives of offshore territories managed to defend their rights to non-disclosure of information. At the moment, fo...

01-05-18 – Magnitsky amendment

On May 1, government has approved “Magnitsky amendment” as a part of new Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill. This means that the UK government can impose sanctions, as well as deny entry visas to people who are accused of violations of human rights and corruption. This amendment passed without  a vote, as it was supported by both parties, Labor and Conservative. The government also stressed that the amendment is not specifically aimed at Russian citizens, though it comes at the time when relations between Britain and Russia remain very tense.

30-04-18 – Amber Rudd has resigned from the post of the Home Secretary

On 30th of April 2018 Amber Rudd has resigned from the post of the Home Secretary  saying she "inadvertently misled" MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants and “Windrush” scandal. The "Windrush" generation comes from Africa and the Caribbean. After the end of World War II, they were actively invited to the UK, as the country required extra work force. Recently it appeared that from late 1940s up to 1970s the government treated relatives of these immigrants as illegal. Thus, some of them were expelled from the country, and some were deprived of the right to work, benefits and medical...

26-04-18 – New form FLR(GT) for Grenfell Tower survivors

Home Office introduced new form FLR(GT)  to apply for further leave to remain and for a biometric immigration document in the UK if you are a Grenfell Tower survivor and were granted limited leave outside the Immigration Rules. Please refer to the official Home Office website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-extend-stay-in-the-uk-flrgt

05-04-18 – Unlawful delays in Home Office decision making process

As a result of the Court of Appeal based on the case SAID (2018) EWCA Civ 627 where the respondent died few months after waiting 10 years to be granted indefinite leave to remain, immigration judges now can define where delay in consideration of the application crossed the threshold of “mere” and became “manifestly excessive”.  This breach itself entitles for the damages from the Home Office. Home Office cannot use internal complaint procedure as a shield. It is not directly applicable to asylum claims.

29-03-18 – Investors: Back to the Past ...

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that the Home Office will review 700 investor visas issued to Russian nationals between 2008 and 2015. During that period applicants were required to invest £ 1 million before being granted an investor visa. The UK government is concerned that a significant number of these visas may have be illegally – because the £1 million was obtained from questionable sources, or these the proceeds of corruption. It remains unclear why the British government has decided to only review investor visas issued after 2008, since this type of visa has been issued since 200...

22-03-18 – New British passports to be printed in European Union

The current burgundy passport, which are in use since 1988, will be changed to its original blue colour from October 2019.  Franco-Dutch firm Gemalto won the £490m contract to print post-brexit UK passports leaving current UK supplier De La Rue behind. De La Rue was beaten on price in an open tender competition which was held under EU rules. This way the Government can not favour a local company and has to select the best-value bid. It is very likely that Gemalto will print the passport’s bodies abroad but all security aspects of the document such as personalised data chips will be produced in...

20-03-18 – No restrictions on Croatians in the UK

From July 2018 there will be no restrictions for Croatian nationals in the UK. The current registration requirements for Croatian workers will expire on 30 June 2018 bringing their rights to work in the United Kingdom in line with other EU nationals.