04-03-13 – Minor changes to Tier 4 guidance

The Tier 4 guidance has been amended to clarify that a single visa cannot be issued to cover both a pre-sessional course and a main course, where entry onto the main course is conditional on passing the pre-sessional course. The guidance has also been amended to reflect the recent restrictions of the type of financial institutions that can provide loan letters for students to use as evidence of maintenance.

03-03-13 – Amendments to Codes of Practice for Skilled Workers (Tier 2 migrants)

The Codes of Practice will be revised from 6th April 2013 to simplify  and update the ‘going rate’ in each occupation.  Overall salary thresholds will also be increased.  The lists of skilled occupations will also be updated. The Resident Labour Market Test criteria will also be revised to provide a simple set of criteria in respect of appropriate advertising.

25-02-13 – New Residence rules for individuals

As you are probably aware from 06/04/2013 UK government implements new tax rules which would regulate tax residency matter. We believe that these rules make a tax residency legislation more clear and easy to use in order to establish tax residency of a particular individual. It is worth to mention that under current legislation there is no statutory definition of "residence". Instead, it takes its normal, everyday meaning. That interpretation is quite subjective and caused many complications in the past. Tax advisers have been expecting below summarised news for quite a while. We would like to...

24-02-13 – Priority Visa Service in Russia

From 25 February 2013 all  visa application centres (VACs) in the Russian Federation introduced a priority visa service.  This service can be used for applicants under any of the short-term visit categories (6 or 12 months only) who have travelled to the UK in the past two years. For terms and conditions as well as for fees please contact your VAC directly.

24-02-13 – New immigration fees proposed

The Immigration Minister has announced the government’s intention to increase immigration fees from 6th April, 2013.  Most increases will in line with the inflationary rate of 3% but other fee increases will be higher.  Most notably, the government intends to introduce fees for all EEA residence documents (for both EEA nationals and non-EEA family members) of £55 but these will be introduced later in 2013.

29-01-13 – Changes to Entrepreneur rules

The government has announced changes to the Immigration Rules concerning Tier 1(Entrepreneurs) which come into force on 31st January, 2013.  The new rules will also apply to applications already made which are outstanding as of 31st January, 2013 (except for the requirement that there is confirmation that the money will remain available to the applicant until such time as it is transferred to the applicant or the applicant’s business). The new rules will introduce a ‘genuine entrepreneur’ test and a requirement that the investment funds are held on an ongoing basis unti...

04-12-12 – Autumn Statement (Pre Budget 2013)

The Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement to Parliament and we would like to highlight below main facts, which we believe would be interesting to our clients.  Business Tax In addition to the Budget 2012 announcement, the main Corporation Tax (CT) rate for Financial Year 2014 will be reduced by a further 1% to 21%.As already announced, the main CT rate for Financial Year 2013 is 23% and the Small Profit rate is 20%.Obviously the government wants to make UK more tax attractive jurisdiction for multinational corporations (MNC). Most of the UK neighbours have qui...

21-11-12 – Changes to the Immigration Rules

The following changes will be made to the Immigration Rules from 13th December, 2012 (we have omitted many minor technical changes and mention only the significant changes.) Investors Initial applicants will need to provide evidence of the source of the funds.   The rules will make clear investors cannot rely on loans raised against investments not in the UK nor rely on any investments not held in the UK.  The rules already precluded these types of investment but the rules are being made explicit in this regard.  Funds will be excluded against which a loan has been secur...

08-11-12 – New changes to the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006

The government has announced new changes to the EEA Regulations which came into force on 8th November, 2012. The amended Regulations further qualify the rights of EEA nationals and their family members to enter and reside in the UK and confirm the conditions of rights to permanent residence. The main changes are as follows: the ECJ judgment in the case of Ruiz Zambrano (C34/09) has been given effect, i.e. the carers of British citizens will have ‘derivative rights’ to enter and reside in the UK changes to who is defined as a ‘primary carer’ for derivative rights...

04-11-12 – New English requirement for all applicants for indefinite leave to remain

As we previously announced in our news article of 11.06.2012, from 1st October 2013, all applicants for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) will be required to show an English language ability to level B1 CEFR in addition to passing the Life the UK Test, unless they are exempt.  Applicants over the age of 65, as well as those with a mental or physical impairment which prevents them from being able to pass the test, will be exempt, as they are now.