As of the 13th of July 2015 the U.K government announced new changes to Tier 4 Visas. The Tier 4 visa category is often referred to as a student visa. In this blogpost we will guide you through a summary of the changes, what they mean on a practical level and offer some key insights … Continue reading Changes to Tier 4 Student Visas as of July 2015
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In 2013, France had 10 times as many tourists than the United Kingdom. That must have stung someone, because earlier in June the British government has expressed its plans to promote the United Kingdom as a travel destination. It hopes to attract even more visitors than last year. There are various visitor visas to apply … Continue reading Visit visas and Chinese visitors: UK welcomes visitors
Paragraph EX 1 acts as an exception to rules relating to family members of British Citizens which are found in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. EX 1 can be relied upon in applications for leave to remain in the UK where a person has a genuine and subsisting parental relationship with a child who: … Continue reading Paragraph EX1 of Appendix FM – When does it apply?
Westkin Associates – Immigration Lawyers London has issues new guidance on overstayers and illegal entrants. The guidance also covers anyone who is here illegally. It also reflects the new legal provisions brought in the by the government. The new guidance can be found on our overstayers page. It is hoped that this guidance is useful … Continue reading New Overstayer Guidance
UK businesses benefit from hiring foreign workers, but the government has been seeking to balance concerns around immigration with the benefit that workers under Tier 2 (the visa system for work permits.) It has been felt that recent immigration rules have made it difficult for new foreign workers to be take on by UK businesses. … Continue reading Are work permits becoming harder to obtain?
Immigration changes occurred on 9th July 2012. Many have noted the new 7 year child rule as a rare positive note, among a range of UKBA immigration changes which were largely negative in tone. Essentially the rule changes attempt to define who can and cannot apply to remain in the UK on the basis of … Continue reading 7 year child rule – new concession
Immigration and Employment Law are of course two different areas of work in their own right. They are however increasingly becoming linked and lawyers are having to build up new networks to take this into account. This position has come about largely as a result of two UKBA (the immigration authority in the UK) initiatives. … Continue reading How Immigration & Employment Lawyers can work together
An investor’s Journey to British Nationality High value individuals may want to consider applying for a UK investor visa. Investor visas are for individuals who want to move to the United Kingdom and have the necessary funds to invest here. Individuals must meet the eligibility requirements, including being from outside of the EEA and having … Continue reading How Can Investors Move To UK With a British Passport?
It seems that not many people are aware of this visa category and it is quite surprising to see how many enquiries from persons who might fall into this visa category. The Ancestry visa is essentially a working visa category for Commonwealth citizens with UK ancestry. The visa will allow you limited leave to remain with … Continue reading Ancestry Visas – A guide
Marriage Visas are the method by which British nationals can bring their spouse to the UK for settlement. Here are the Top 10 questions that our lawyers are asked about this important immigration category 1.Can only British Nationals apply? No, under the rules non British nationals who hold ILR (indefinite leave to remain can also … Continue reading UK Marriage Visas – Top 10 FAQ’s
Are Immigration Lawyers owed more from clients than they expect? When a client takes on an immigration lawyer, one of the things they hope for, aside from competitive fees and good levels of service is that the lawyer has a good reputation. But where does that good reputation come from and how far should the … Continue reading Are Immigration Lawyers owed more from clients?
Westkin’s blog has long argued that although there are great immigration solicitors, lawyers and barristers, they are the exception rather than the rule. Immigration Law is blighted by poor providers, more so than any other area of law. Why is this? Although we are not economists, we imagine that an economist might note the following … Continue reading Why is the quality of Immigration Lawyers so poor?
This is an old blog post from our team at Westkin. Take a look at our blog to read some more recent updates. Why are there horrendous queues at Heathrow’s Border Control? News reports confirming that there have been consistent 45 min delays for those seeking to pass through immigration control at Heathrow Airport have been … Continue reading Immigration Queues at Heathrow Border Control