02-08-18 – Bank of England raises interest rates

On 2nd August 2018 the Bank of England announced an increase in the interest rate by a quarter of one percent, from 0.5% to 0.75%. This increases the cost of borrowing to the highest level since March 2009. This increase in the interest rate will be bad news for around three and a half million residential mortgage holders in the UK. As an example, for a variable mortgage of £150,000 at the interest rate of 0.75%, the increase in the annual cost will be approximately £224. The rise in the interest rate was expected back in May this year, but the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee decided to postp...

23-07-18 – Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules introducing new EU Settlement Scheme

On the 20th July 2018 Parliament presented the Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules introducing new EU Settlement Scheme for post Brexit status confirmation. The new Appendix EU describes the rules under which EU citizens and their family members can obtain a settled status in the UK after Brexit. These changes take effect on the 28th of August 2018 for the purpose of initial trial. Appendix EU is the legislation under which EU citizens and their families can apply for leave to remain in the UK under the Immigration Rules of Great Britain. The trial period of the new EU Settlement Sch...

20-07-18 – Home Office unlawfully nullified hundreds of British citizenship

The new data from Home Office shows that since 2013 hundreds of British citizens have unlawfully lost their citizenship. According to the Freedom of Information Request, there were 262 cases of nullification of British citizenship from 2007 to 2017, of which 176 happened in 2013. In December 2017, Supreme Court in overwhelming majority decision, found that the nullification of citizenship were unlawful. Currently, the Status Review Unit reconsidering the historic applications made during the particular period. Home Office can either nullify or deprive citizenship. The nullification of the citi...

13-07-18 – The British government has published the final version of its blueprint for UK relations with the EU

The so-called White Paper explains the position of the British government, which on the one hand wants to maintain close trade relations with the EU countries, and on the other be able to enter into new trade agreements with other countries. Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, said that The White Paper was created in line with the results of the referendum in 2016, when 51.9% voted in favor of Britain leaving the EU. The UK is due to leave the EU on the 29th of March 2019, after which the so-called transition period will start. The transition period will last until the 31st December 2020. The Whit...

11-07-18 – Home office profit from application visa fees for the registration of children as British citizens

Over the past five years, Home Office has received about £ 100 million in profits from visa fees for the registration of children as British citizens. The controversially high registration fee for children has reached £ 1 012 this year. This figure is several times higher than the estimated administrative costs to process visa applications. Last year, the profit from one application was £587. In 2017/18 33,000 children were successfully registered as British citizens, which brought Home Office income of £19 million in excess of the costs incurred. The Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed the...

10-07-18 – Jeremy Hunt replaced Boris Johnson as Minister of Foreign Affairs

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt was appointed as a new Foreign Minister following the resignation of Boris Johnson. In his first speech as the Foreign Minister, Mr. Hunt said he would fully support Teresa May to reach an agreement with the European Union after the cabinet meeting on the 6th of July in Chequers. For last six years Jeremy Hunt has been a Secretary of Health and under his leadership NHS has received £ 20 billion increase in funding. During  2016 referendum Mr. Hunt was supporting “Remain” campaign but with time he has changed his views and became a supporter of Brexit.  

09-07-18 – Brexit secretary, David Davis, resigned from his government post

Brexit secretary, David Davis, resigned from his government post on the 9th of July 2018. On Friday, 6th of July 2018, cabinet led by Teresa May agreed on a new Brexit plan, which many called "Soft Brexit". Mr Davis said that he does not believe in such a plan and he is no longer a suitable person to continue negotiations. He called his decision personal and said that the UK was “giving away too much and too easily" to the European Union. David Davis was on the post of Brexit secretary since 2016.  As a result of 2016 referendum Great Britain should leave the European Union on  the 29th March,...

09-07-18 – The Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, resigned from his post on the 9th of July 2018

Few hours after the resignation of the Brexit Secretary David Davis, Boris Johnson resigned from his post as Minister of Foreign Affairs, amid growing political crisis caused by Brexit. He announced his decision shortly before Teresa May's speech in Parliament, where she was to announce a strategy for a new plan for the country's withdrawal from the EU. The new "soft Brexit" faced a negative feedback from Tory MPs. Mr. Johnson has held the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs since June 2016, and was also the “face” of Leave Campaign during the 2016 referendum.  

06-07-18 – New changes to the UK Immigration Rules took effect from 6th July 2018.

Changes to Tier 2 Visas In June 2018, Home office excluded overseas doctors and nurses coming to work in the UK from the visa cap under Tier 2 category. The Home office also made it clear that when obtaining Tier 2 visa, the applicant can not directly or indirectly hold  more than 10%  of the shares of the sponsor company. While applying for settlement, migrants residing in the UK on Tier 2 visa, who took parental leave, are now required to provide documentary evidence of birth or adoption when submitting the application. Changes to Tier 1 visas Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Talented designers...

03-07-18 – New changes to EEA Regulations

On the 3rd July 2018 Parliament introduced new changes to EEA Regulations, which will come into force on the 24th July 2018. Dual citizenship In November 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) found that EU citizens who move to the UK and then become British citizens will retain their rights to free movement under the EU law, as long as they exercised treaty rights before naturalising as British citizens. The Regulation were amended to incorporate this judgement and it will remain to be the case after Brexit. Retaining self-employed status The circumstances under which an EU c...