05-04-16 – Tier 2 minimum income threshold, £35,000, for settlement comes into effect today

Today the new minimum income threshold for Tier 2 applications for settlement comes into effect. This means that if you have leave as a Tier 2 (General) or Tier 2 (Sports person) then you must have at least £35,000 earnings. This will be increased annually as follows: £35,000 if you apply for settlement on or after 6 April 2016; £35,500 if you apply for settlement on or after 6 April 2018; £35,800 if you apply for settlement on or after 6 April 2019; £36,200 if you apply for settlement on or after 6 April 2020; £36,900 if you apply for settlement on o...

23-03-16 – Home Office announce Tier 2 changes

Further to the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on the Tier 2 route the Home Office have now published their proposed changes to the route. The changes include: Tier 2 (General) salary thresholds will be increased to £25,000 in autumn 2016, then to £30,000 in April 2017 (some health and education professionals will be exempt from the higher threshold until July 2019); The minimum threshold of £20,800 for new entrants will remain the same; Tier 4 students switching to a Tier 2 visa will not be subject to a limit on numbers and their sponsor will not have to car...

17-03-16 – New 24 hour Super Priority Service for Kazakhstan

The Home Office have just announced that on 22/03/2016 they will be launching a 24 hour Super Priority Service at the UK Visa Application Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan. The optional priority service will cost an additional £750. The service can be used to apply for tourist and short stay visas (standard Visitors), all Point Based System visas (Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4, Tier 5), transit visas.   The service is not available for family categories and EEA categories. It is strongly recommended that customers with any form of adverse immigration history do not use this service.  S...

15-03-16 – New Budget 2016

Chancellor George Osborn has unveiled new Budget. He revised down the UK’s growth forecast in his eight Budget and sparked controversy by warning of the risks to the UK economy of EU exit.  Mr Osborne announced £3.5 bn in extra spending cuts by 2020 to help meet his financial targets, which he was forced to admit had slipped in the four months since his Autumn statement, due to sluggish growth. He said the £350m raised by a tax on the makers of sugary drinks would be spent on doubling the funding of primary school sports. The levy will be introduced in two years’...

06-03-16 – Points Based Calculator switch off

Please note that the Points-Based Calculator will stop working from 6th April 2016 and all applicant should check their eligibility on the UKVI website.  From 6th April 2016, applicants wishing to rely on their overseas degree qualification as part of their visa or nationality application will no longer be able to rely on The Points Based Calculator.  All overseas qualifications will need to be assessed by UK NARIC to confirm its English language or qualification eligibility.  Please do not hesitate to contact Law Firm Limited and we will be happy to assist clients to obtain...

01-03-16 – EU Referendum 23/06/2016

A referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union is to be held on 23rd June 2016.  There is at present a lot of uncertainty as to the implications to the UK if it were to leave the EU. The decision would have an impact on British jobs,  the economy, trade, law and legal processes to name a few. There is also the matter of immigration, for both EEA migrants living in the UK and UK migrants living elsewhere in the EEA. At present it is not known what will happen if the UK votes to leave the EU, however what is known is that if this were to happen then the...

25-02-16 – New Home Office fees from 18 March 2016

The Home Office laid further legislation in Parliament, which will make changes to specific application fees. The new legislation will come into effect on 18 March 2016 The main changes are: • visas for workers and students will be increased by 2% • a 2% increase will apply to all visit visas  • an increase of up to 25% will apply to settlement, residence (for example, ILR fee will increase from £1500 TO £1850) and nationality fees (from £1005 to £1236) • an increase of up to 33% for optional premium services offered by the Home Office such...

27-01-16 – The Home Office has launched a new “Registered Traveller” to allow a faster entry to the UK

This service will benefit passport holders from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong.  With a small fee of £70, a Registered Traveller will be able to: Gain access through ePassport gates at airports across the UK Access the UK/EU queue at Gatwick, Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester, East Midlands,Edinburgh, Glasgow, London City, Luton, Stansted, as well as Paris, Brussels and Lille for rail terminals Registered Traveller will not be required to complete UK Landing Card when entering the UK border

20-01-16 – New English language test

Further to our article of 18/01/2016. The Home Office have now published official news confirming the new English language requirement for spouse visa extensions that David Cameron announced on 18/01/2016. The Home Office have confirmed that for non-EEA national partners and parents on the family route (under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules), they will need to pass a speaking and listening test at level A2 in order to qualify, after two-and-a half-years in the UK, for further leave to remain on the five-year partner or parent route to settlement. This new requirement will not be implem...

19-01-16 – Super Premium appointments now available on Saturday’s

Due to increasing demand and also to benefit our clients’, the Super Premium Service in Croydon is now offering appointments on each Saturday, apart from the last Saturday of each month. If this new weekend service will be of benefit to you then we would be delighted to arrange this for you at either our comfortable office in central London or at a location more convenient for you.