13-07-15 – Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules

A new Statement of Changes in the Immigration Rules has been presented to parliament this week. There are significant changes to Tier 4 of the Points Based System. Please find below a breakdown of the main changes: College students will no longer be able to switch into Tier 2 or 5 in the UK from November 2015. They will instead have to leave the UK and apply for Entry Clearance; Tier 4 dependents will no longer be able to take low or unskilled jobs, from the autumn they will only be able to take part-time or full-time skilled work; From August 2015, new students at publicly funded college...

07-07-15 – Summer Budget 2015

George Osborne has delivered the first solely Conservative Budget since 1997

15-06-15 – Upcoming immigration rules changes regarding the Tier 2 visa category

On 11 June 2015, David Cameron announced new crackdowns on immigration from outside the European Union, in particular with regard to non-EU nationals applying for work permits.  Among the planned changes are measures to raise minimum salary thresholds, limit the number of work permits and the introduction of new business levies for businesses employing migrant workers, which are said to be aimed at reducing net migration to the UK.  The next step will be the review of the Tier 2 visa system, which is to be undertaken by the Migration Advisory Committee shortly. Under the current ru...

20-05-15 – Immigration - UK Convervatives plan tough measures against illegal workers

The UK Conservative government is looking to set new measures to tackle illegal workers.  The Conservative’s plan is to seize illegal migrants pay, making them “proceeds of crime”.  Other measures will include tougher sanctions for British companies who recruit from abroad before hiring UK workers in a bid to stop exploitation of work in the UK.  The hope of these tougher sanctions is to make it less attractive and more difficult to come to the UK to work illegally.  

07-05-15 – Election comment

As the Conservative close in on a majority government it can only be good news for our clients already in the UK and planning to come to the UK.   The threat of Non Domiciled status being abolished has gone as least for now, although we would not rule out increases in the cost of retaining such status. The good news is reflected in the markets with the pound increasing in strength against both the Euro and the Dollar by the largest single gain in many years, and the FTSE up by a significant margin on the mornings trading.  These factors reflect that the economy in in safer hands tha...

29-04-15 – Migration Advisory Committee: The economic impact of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), who most recently published a report recommending changes for the Tier 1 (Investor) route, which was subsequently incorporated into the Immigration Rules (most notably increasing the level of investment from £1million to £2million), has been commissioned by the Government to review the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route with a view to ensuring that the potential economic benefit of the route is maximised and that the route is attractive to genuine entrepreneurs. As part of their ongoing review Law Firm Limited attended a MAC consultation at the Hom...

23-04-15 – New arrangements for visitor visas

Today different visitor visa routes are replaced by four visit visa categories: Visit Standard Marriage/Civil Partnership Visit  Permitted Paid Engagement Visa Transit Visa The parent of a child at school route and student visit visa route are being removed from the visit visa subcategories as they are not visit visa. Applicants who want to come to the UK under these two categories must take a TB test and pay Immigration Health Surcharge. 

09-04-15 – The Labour Party and Non Dom Status - Should you be worried?

This is not come as a complete surprise. Governments of both hues have been trying to extract more and more tax from non-doms, and some sort of attack was expected from the labour party, but abolition is probably a step too far in reality and the most likely scenario is a tightening of the laws in this area. The non-dom regime is indeed an anomaly compared to other countries which tax their residents on their worldwide income and capital gains. However, the regime has undoubtedly contributed to the UK’s large financial sector and it has made our country attractive as a destination for i...

07-04-15 – Exit Checks

From today, 8 April 2015, the government will now be conducting “exit checks” for all passengers leaving the UK in line with the new rules introduced in the Immigration Act 2014.  Passengers will have their details checked when exiting the country as they would do upon entry to the UK. All ports of entry will be covered, including commercial air travel, sea travel and rail transport. The government has stated that for the first month – April 2015 to May 2015, all passports will be scanned but only 25% of them will have their details verified to ensure that they are genu...

01-04-15 – Home Office changes to take place from 6th April 2015

There are number of changes that will take place with the Home Office procedure for many applicants from 6th April 2015. They can be summarised as follows: Tier 2 applications made from inside of the UK will need to be made using the new online application system; Tier 5 applications made from inside of the UK will no longer be able to apply online, applications must be made using paper forms; The Immigration Health Surcharge will have to be paid by non-EEA nationals who apply to come to the UK to work, study or join family for a period of more than 6 months. It will also be paid by non-E...