29-10-18 – New career opportunities for 41 immigration judges with a salary of £ 100,000 per annum

The Judicial Appointments Commission has announced its plans to hire 41 judges to fill available positions in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal. The Commission offers potential applicants an attractive salary of £ 108,171 per annum. There were 152 salaried judges working in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal in 2005. By 2017 their number fell to only 57. In the light of the obvious staff shortage, there is a significant demand to employ judges. There were 11 people appointed to this position in January 2018, while few more positions were f...

24-10-18 – Important update on «Super Premium Service»

According to the Home Office officials, «Super Premium Service» will be operating until 21 November 2018 and then it will be managed by a third party, a private Spanish company, working on behalf of the Home Office. This will be a completely different online platform with the possibility to book the service only online. In is unclear whether the new service will start working immediately after 21 November 2018. There is a possibility that it will be launched only in 2019, so it is likely that for some time «Super Premium Service» will not exist at all. According to the Home Office officials, a...

22-10-18 – Applying for “Parent of a child” visa can be complex and not as straightforward as one might think

When applying for a visa as “Parent of a child living in the UK”, it is necessary to take a comprehensive approach to the whole application and preparation process and consider a number of factors, which we have outline below. If the future of a child is connected to the UK, then he/she should live together with parents or one of them. However, in reality Home office has to consider other factors while making the decision. First of all, the child should have a stable immigration status in the UK. For example, to be eligible to live with his overseas parents in Britain, he/she should be either...

22-10-18 – New settlement scheme for obtaining permanent resident status for EU citizens after Brexit: proof of residence in the UK

On 22 October 2018, the Home Office on its official website gov.uk published additional information about supporting documents required to obtain permanent resident status and confirming that an EU citizen has lived in the UK for consecutive five years. In the new online platform applicant should enter his/her National Insurance Number (NINo), and the system will automatically check for how long the applicant has paid taxes in the UK or if he/she received any benefits. In order to obtain permanent resident status, the applicant should live in the UK for at least 6 months in a year for five con...

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...