07-04-17 – Dramatic rise in applications for permanent residence

The Home Office recommends to EEA nationals do not apply for residence documents as proof of status due to a dramatic rise in applications for permanent residence. This is not mandatory requirement. EEA nationals can still apply for the documents confirming their status, if they want to. However, they must apply for permanent residence cards if they want to apply for further naturalisation. Therefore, in order to avoid delays with PR applications, the Home Office issued such recommendations. 

03-04-17 – Massive increase in Home Office fees for 2017-18

From 6 April 2017 there are new fees for immigration and nationality applications. There is an increase of 18% in ILR (settlement) applications from £1,875 to £2,297. However, naturalisation fees is increased only at 4%, to £1,282, compared to a 25% increase last year. There is also significant increase in Super Premium Service fee from £8,750 to £10,500.

27-03-17 – Every Tom, Dick and Harry welcome, or the Home Office is starved of workers

Liverpool Visas and Immigration Department of the Home Office is looking for 240 civil servants, primarily to deal with applications from European nationals who want to secure their status in the United Kingdom. It is planned to recruit 120 Executive Officer Caseworkers with the salary from £23.300 to £26.831, and 120 Administrative Officers with annual salary of £20.352. The positions are full-time and permanent.

14-03-17 – Brexit: Parliament has passed the Brexit bill

It is expected that the Bill will receive Royal Assent and come into force as a law. This means Theresa May can initiate Article 50 – the process of negotiations with EU countries. This is expected to happen in the end of March.

10-03-17 – Refugees: no more automatic settlement after 5 years

Since 2005 and until today refugees were eligible for five year limited leave, and at the end of that period the settlement would be granted them automatically. Home Office is introducing ‘safe return reviews’. This means that when a refugee’s temporary stay of protection in the UK comes to an end, or if there is a clear improvement in the conditions of their own country, Home Office will review their need for protection. If their reason for asylum no longer exists and it is now safe for them to return, they will be returned to their home country rather than offered settlement in the UK. The n...

09-03-17 – Budget 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has represented his first budget. In comparison with Autumn Statement his speech was more optimistic due to the growth in the UK economy and cutting borrowing. However, his attitude for tough financial policy and austerity is still in force. Below are the key points of the new budget. The economic growth New forecast for the economy growth is 2% in 2017 (previously 1.4%). Employment has reached a record high of 31.8 million people. It is expected that the number of employed people will increase by 650000 by 2021 Forecast for annual rate of inflation is rising from 2.3...

07-03-17 – Tier 2: new rules from 06 April 2017

A new law is expected to come into force on 6 April 2017 passing an Immigration Skills Charge where employers who sponsor workers from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) may be required to pay a fee. The skills charge will apply to sponsors of Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra- Company Transfer) workers who will be applying from outside of the UK and inside the UK when switching into or extending their visa under the Tier 2 route. The skills charge will not apply when sponsoring: •           a non-EEA national who was sponsored in Tier 2 before 6 April 2017 and is applying from insid...

22-02-17 – Supreme Court backs income threshold for partners of British Citizens

Today, the highest court in the UK has ruled that the income threshold restricting the ability of many thousands of partners and children to join their British partner (or those who have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK) is lawful. However, the Supreme Court acknowledged that the strict requirement causes significant hardship for thousands of families. If you are the partner of either: a British citizen in the UK; a person who is present and settled in the UK (i.e. who holds ILR); or a person in the UK with refugee leave or humanitarian protection. Then the following financial req...

20-02-17 – Increasing Delays in the Immigration Tribunals

Recent figures published from the Immigration and Asylum Chamber show the shocking amount of out-standing cases in the First-Tier Tribunal. At the end of the third quarter last year there were 62,903 cases outstanding. This means that there are many thousands of individuals and families just waiting for their immigration appeal to be listed, often meaning that they are unable to leave the UK or even work whilst their case is pending for almost a year and in some cases far longer. Last year the average waiting time was 48 weeks with many cases taking even longer to be listed, with this figure o...

02-02-17 – Brexit – Government publishes its White Paper

The Government today published its White Paper on the UK’s exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union. This sets out the government’s proposals for future Brexit legislation. This paper sets out the 12 principles which will guide the Government in fulfilling the democratic will of the people of the UK, as announced by the Prime Minister on 17 January 2017. The 12 principles are as follows: Providing certainty and clarity; Taking control of our own laws; Strengthening the Union; Protecting our strong historic ties with Ireland and maintaining the Common Travel Area;...