19-10-18 – New online forms from Home Office

From 19 October 2018 as a part of general digitalization Home Office introduces new online forms for BRP replacement or transfer of your visa, including ILR, from passport vignette to card format (BRP). You might use these forms, for example, if your passport with valid visa has expired. Previously, you could submit them only as postal applications. Recently Home Office announced its plans to reduce the amount of paper applications and change to on-line forms, where possible.

11-10-18 – Statement of changes to the UK Immigration Rules

On the 11th of October 2018, Parliament presented the Statement of changes to the UK Immigration Rules, coming into effect in early November 2018. New settlement scheme for EU citizens residing in the UK after Brexit. The second phase of EU settled status scheme will begin on 1 November 2018. Staff from UK higher education institutions, health and social care sector will take part in this round of testing. The government plans to publish a report with results of the second phase in December 2018 and fully launch the scheme by 30 March 2019. New appendix AR (EU) will give citizens of the Europe...

08-10-18 – Do you know that you can get a second British passport?

If you are a citizen of the UK and you are over 16 years old, you travel a lot, then you have the opportunity to get second passport for business trips. The main requirement are: You are a business traveller who needs to visit countries that are in conflict or incompatibility with each other, e.g. Israel and Iran/Lebanon/Syria/Iraq etc. You are a very frequent business traveller and need to get a new visa issued in an embassy, which might hold your passport for a long time, which would impede your travel otherwise. To apply you will need to fill in the application form, which you can...

05-10-18 – Latest decision of the Court of Appeal regarding extension of Tier 2 visas

The Court of Appeal In the case of Pathan & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA 2103, confirmed that applications for leave to remain in the UK on the basis of Tier 2 visa can be refused if the sponsor’s licence is revoked, even while the application is pending. In the above mentioned case, applicants applied for the extension of their Tier 2 work visas from the UK. As a part of the application they had to provide valid Sponsorship Certificate issued by their employer, who was granted Sponsor Licence. The rules states that, if for any reason the company’s license has...

03-10-18 – British government plans to change Life in the UK test and tighten the English language requirements

In his speech at the Conservative Party conference, Home Office secretary, Sajid Javid, announced that in order to obtain British citizenship, immigrants will have to pass a new test of “British values”. Sajid Javid criticized current «Life in the UK» test, where applicants answer a series of questions about the history of the United Kingdom, its traditions and daily life, and compared it with a quiz in a pub. He stated that “Maybe it is helpful for people to know the name of the sixth wife of Henry VIII but, far more important to me, is that they also understand the liberal, democratic values...

02-10-18 – State treason could be one of the reasons for citizenship deprivation

In the latest decision of Court of Appeal, (Pham v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2064), it was ruled that a person could be deprived from his British citizenship if he shows disloyalty to his country. It is believed that the applicant, Mr. Pham, is originally from Vietnam who immigrated to the United Kingdom in 1989, when he was 6 years old. In 1995, he acquired British citizenship. Later he converted to Islam and travelled to Yemen. After his extradition to the United States of America, he was convicted and found guilty of organizing military training, providi...

21-09-18 – The European Union Court of Justice upheld Secretary of States position regarding the requirement of registration under Work Registration Scheme

Between 2004 and 2011, citizens from the so-called A8 countries (Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Slovenia and Slovakia) were able to exercise their free movement rights in the EU territories including Great Britain, but they had to undergo a simple registration procedure with Home Office under the Work Registration Scheme, in order to be legally employed in the UK. The registration process was straightforward and included filling out the form and sending it to the Home Office. In case C-618/16 Prefeta v UK, the applicant was a citizen of Poland. He moved to the UK...

19-09-18 – Deportation rights of EU citizens

In the recent decision of the case of Goralczyk v the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] CSIH 60, the Inner House of Court of Sessions, confirmed that there are different procedures and grounds for the deportation of EU citizens compared to other migrants. Mr. Goralchik received a deportation order after he was charged with drink driving as well as with two cases of drug offenses. During this time Mr. Goralchik was living in the United Kingdom for nine years. He was in a relationship with an EU citizen and had two children, who were born in Britain. Moreover the report of crimin...

19-09-18 – New “Calais” Leave to settle in the UK

After the clearance of Calais camp in France in 2016, the British government decided to move 769 children to its territory in order to protect them from higher risk of violence, abuse and human trafficking. 549 children were reunited with their relatives who already lived in the UK. Nevertheless, some of them did not fall under current Immigration Regulations, and government decided to introduce a new visa category, created specifically for the children of the Calais refugee camp. Such visa will allow the applicant to work, study, have access to public funds and healthcare system and qualify t...

12-09-18 – Migration Advisory Committee recommends not to introduce a cap on the numbers of the foreign students coming to the UK

An independent immigration advisor of the government, the Migration Advisory Committee published the report on international student visitors in the UK. The study was commissioned by the Home Office in August 2017. According to the report, overseas students should not be removed from migration target. However, it was also advised not to introduce a cap on the numbers of the foreign students coming to the UK. According to the statistics, there are 750,000 international students coming to the UK every year. This number includes all variety of students from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees,...