On 15 March 2018 the Home Office presented a brief new Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (HC895) to Parliament. The changes, accompanied by a short explanatory note, will come into force on 06 April 2018. This article will examine the most notable of these changes, and their effects on certain routes to entry clearance and settlement.Read More
Today the UK Government laid a draft remedial order before Parliament to amend the good character requirement for British citizenship applications. The order will remove the good character requirement for registration applications under the following sections of the British Nationality Act 1981:Read More
Whether it is for business, tourism, or to visit family, the United Kingdom is a popular destination for visitors. If you or someone you know is planning to visit the UK, it is wise to understand what a visitor is permitted to and limited by, before entering the country.
The Immigration Rules are constantly changing. They contain several requirements and restrictions specific to those wishing to obtain a visit visa. In this article we will attempt to address the five most common questions we are asked about applying for a visit visa.Read More
In a judgement handed down this morning, the Supreme Court has opened the door to applications for registration as a British citizen from people born abroad to a British mothers between 1949 and 1983.Read More
The Immigration Health Surcharge is a now well known term among applicants and practitioners as it was introduced almost 3 years ago, on 6 April 2015. Unlike application fees, it remained static at £200 per year for non-EEA nationals applying to work, study or join your family in the UK for more than 6 months. Those under Tier 4 (students) or Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visas currently pay a discounted rate of £150 a year. The money generated by the health surcharge goes directly towards funding the NHS. Having paid the surcharge, migrants then have same access to the NHS as a UK permanent resident for the duration of their visa.
Two days ago, the government announced its plan to double the surcharge. From £200 to £400 for those applying to work, study or joint the family for over 6 months and from £150 to £300 for student and Youth Mobility Scheme visa applicants.Read More