Earlier in 2021, the UK goverment held a parliamentary debate considering a petition for amnesty for undocumentented migrants, the discussions curtailed how the rhetoric of inclusivity for migrants and overstayers has been thawted by the governments hostile environment policies. The UK immigration rules currently consider overstayers as illegal immigrants as soon as their visa expires … Continue reading Amnesty for Visa Overstayers
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The UK Scale Up Visa is aimed at “opening [the UK’s] borders to top talent”. The route will be open to people who have a job offer from a company considered to meet the criteria of the scale-up route. What are the requirements for the employer? For a London or wider UK company to be … Continue reading UK Scale Up Visa
In response to the ongoing escalation of events in Afghanistan, the UK government have announced a new resettlement scheme for Afghan citizens known as the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme. The scheme will offer those fleeing the crisis in Afghanistan the chance to set up life in the UK permanently; priority under the scheme will be given … Continue reading Afghanistan Citizens Resettlement Scheme
The UK Spouse Visa allows individuals to come and live in the UK permanently with their partner. It requires individuals to be able to prove that their relationship is genuine, and that they will be able to support themselves together whilst living in the UK. Putting together the necessary documentation for the Spouse Visa can … Continue reading Spouse Visas: Should The Minimum Income Rule Be Rethought?
We are nearing the end of 2020, a year which has brought much turmoil for many across the world. With the pandemic still reaching new heights in the UK, Brexit negotiations nearing the ever-looming New Year’s Eve deadline, and worries about what trade may look like post-Brexit if no deal is confirmed, many are feeling … Continue reading The Top Immigration Stories Of The Week – December 2020
The UK Skilled Worker Visa will allow individuals to come and stay in the UK to work. This visa route has been put in place to replace what was previously known as the UK Tier 2 (General) Work Visa. Individuals applying for the Skilled Worker route will be required to work an eligible job … Continue reading New Opportunities To Apply For A UK Skilled Worker Visa
The UK Home Office, headed by Priti Patel, has received a large amount of backlash this year ahead of the new immigration system being put into place in the United Kingdom from the beginning of 2021. Between this move towards no free movement, and the treatment from the Home Office of asylum seekers who … Continue reading Can you make a complaint against the Home Office?
When the debate on whether the United Kingdom would leave the EU started in 2016, one of the biggest talking points, and a big argument for team ‘remain’ was that in their efforts to leave the EU, the UK would probably end up spending more than we had actually paid the EU in our … Continue reading What would a no-deal Brexit cost the UK?
As the majority of people will be aware of by now, especially those who work with individuals on overseas worker visas, there are to be new rules coming into effect in the United Kingdom from 1st January 2021 regarding the current immigration system. The immigration system as we currently know it in the UK … Continue reading UK Employers Given Extra Guidance On Worker Sponsorship
A number of scathing reports have been made in the news this week regarding the UK government with multiple stories circulating about the treatment of asylum seekers as well as groups who are settled in the United Kingdom. In this blog post, we round up some of the immigration news talking points of the … Continue reading In The News: An Enquiry Into Patel and Other Top Stories
Many individuals of the Windrush generation have been forced into vulnerable financial situations in the United Kingdom, after long waits for compensation payouts they were promised over two years ago. Applicants to the Windrush compensation scheme have spoken out against the Home Office in the United Kingdom, many claiming that they’ve faced long waits … Continue reading Windrush Compensation Scheme Failing A Generation?
England is currently in it’s second lockdown of the year, with the second wave of Coronavirus hitting the nation. The country is in the second week of its four week lockdown, which is intended to act as a pre-christmas ‘circuit breaker’ in an attempt to stop the current rapidly increasing spread of COVID-19. People across … Continue reading Visa Rules Putting Migrants At Risk During Second Wave?
It’s been a busy week in world news, with the usual 2020 spiel of Coronavirus updates being punctuated with some important stories from across the globe. In this blog post, we’ll discuss three of the top stories from the past few days, and what they could mean for the UK and for UK immigration. … Continue reading In the news: free movement ends, Trump out & Vaccine in
At the time of writing this piece, US Election Night 2020 has just reached the early hours of the morning, with a small number of states left to count, and millions of postal votes left to decide who will be the next President of the United States, Donald Trump or Joe Biden. It has … Continue reading What Could The US Election Results Mean For The UK?
On 22nd October 2020, the Home Office published a new statement of changes to the immigration rules (HC 813) with a number of amendments and appendices added. Changes to Tier 2 visas, Overseas Business visas, general grounds for refusal, visitor rules, English language requirements and BNO visas are amongst those which have been updated. … Continue reading Statement of Changes Updates: Migrant Rough Sleepers
For many years now, discussions have been rife in the United Kingdom on how the country should respond to individuals making precarious journeys across the channel to the hopeful safety of British soil. Since the body of a young Syrian toddler, Alan Kurdi, was pictured washed up on a Turkish beach after making a … Continue reading Offering Safe Routes For Refugees is Critical For The UK
The top immigration stories and political news of the week, from 16th-22nd October 2020: 1.Johnson expected to wait for US Election results before making a final decision on no-deal Brexit. It is being speculated that Boris Johnson’s final decision on whether the UK will exit the EU with no-deal will hang on the … Continue reading Top Immigration Stories From The Week – 16th-22nd October 2020
The new points based immigration system is due to roll out in the United Kingdom from 1st January 2021, following the UK’s exit from the European Union. This will change the way that free travel works in and out of the UK, and may also affect the way that visa applications are made. The … Continue reading How will visa applications look under the UK’s new points-based immigration system?
With the Coronavirus pandemic overshadowing the world’s news this year, updates on Brexit and the UK’s exit deal have been somewhat cast aside from public view. However, news was released last week that in Boris Johnson’s ongoing negotiations for a UK exit deal, the EU refused to agree on his proposed ‘Canada style’ trade deal. … Continue reading Unpacking the UK’s potential ‘Australia style’ Brexit deal.
40% of EU migrant workers don’t know the EU Settlement Scheme exists. A new survey of EU citizens in Cambridge has shown that almost half of Eastern European migrant workers don’t know that the EU Settlement Scheme exists. This extended to individuals planning on staying in the UK longterm who would be required to … Continue reading Have you heard of the EU Settlement Scheme?