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UNITED KINGDOM: Post-Brexit Immigration System – Update

August 20, 2019

At a recent event held by senior immigration policy officials, the Home Office affirmed its ongoing commitment toward an updated immigration system, to be introduced in January 2021.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Croatian Worker Restrictions Lifted from 30th June 2018

March 20, 2018

The current work authorisation requirements for Croatian workers in the UK will be lifted on 30th June 2018. Background When Croatia joined the EU in 2013, the UK and other member states were able to place restrictions on labour market access for Croatian nationals for five years, with the option to extend for a final […]

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UNITED KINGDOM: New Immigration Fees From 6th April 2018

March 19, 2018

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have published updated fees for 2018/19 for all immigration and nationality applications made outside and from within the UK, effective Friday 6th April 2018. Applications made outside the UK There are to be increases to fees across a number of immigration categories, including but not limited to the following: Tier 1 […]

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UNITED KINGDOM: Settlement Applications Closed to Tier 1 (General) Migrants after 5th April 2018

February 22, 2018

Overseas nationals in the UK under the Tier 1 (General) category will no longer be permitted to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after 5th April 2018. Background Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system was a category aimed at ‘highly skilled migrants’ who wished to come to the UK to live and work, […]

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UNITED KINGDOM: Immigration Health Surcharge To Double

February 5, 2018

The government has announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will increase from £200 to £400 per year. The discounted charge, payable by Tier 4 students and those on the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) will rise from £150 to £300 per year. Introduced in 2015, the IHS is payable by those from outside the […]

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UNITED KINGDOM: Tier 2 (General) Oversubscribed For Second Month

January 31, 2018

The monthly allocation of the Tier 2 (General) Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) has been exceeded for the second consecutive month. The total number of RCoS available to employers in January 2018 stood at 1651, after 91 RCoS were carried over from the December 2017 allocation. RCoS applications submitted in January were rejected where the […]

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UNITED KINGDOM: Certificate of Sponsorship Allocation Annual Renewal

January 25, 2018

The 2017/18 allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) will expire on Thursday 5th April 2018. Any unused CoS from the current allocation will be automatically withdrawn after that time. Employers are urged to consider their recruitment needs if they intend to sponsor, or continue to sponsor, nationals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) under Tier […]

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UNITED KINGDOM: Calculating Absences for Indefinite Leave to Remain Applications

January 19, 2018

The way in which UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) calculate absences from the UK in relation to an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) has changed. Applications for ILR based on five years continual residence in the UK previously needed to  evidence fewer than 180 days’ absences in any of the five consecutive 12 […]

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UNITED KINGDOM: Tier 2 General Oversubscribed

January 5, 2018

The monthly allocation of the Tier 2 (General) Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) was exceeded in December 2017, for only the second time since the introduction of the migration cap in 2011. As a result, the minimum required score was increased for applications in December 2017, a significant number of RCoS requests were rejected, and […]

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UNITED KINGDOM: Home Secretary Issues Open Letter to EU Citizens in the UK

December 20, 2017

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has written an open letter in which she stresses that safeguarding the rights of EU citizens in the UK topped the priority list in the government’s Brexit negotiations. In the letter, published on the Home Office website, Ms Rudd states that the agreement reached between the UK and the EU […]

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