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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 Any unused CoS from the current allocation will be automatically withdrawn after that time.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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UNITED KINGDOM: Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

December 8, 2017

A statement of changes to the Immigration Rules has been laid before Parliament. What Are The Changes? The most notable changes are as follows: Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) As reported by Newland Chase on 17th November, the number of visas available under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route will increase from 1,000 per year to […]

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UNITED KINGDOM: Increase in Visa Availability Under Tier 1 Exceptional Talent

November 17, 2017

The UK government has announced an increase to the number of visas available under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route, from 1,000 per year to 2,000 per year. Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) is aimed at non-EEA nationals who are considered to have exceptional world class talent and are acknowledged as being world leaders, or potential […]

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UNITED KINGDOM: Proposed Post-Brexit Settled Status Scheme for EU Citizens

November 10, 2017

The UK government has published a technical note which sets out a proposed application process for EU citizens wanting to stay in the UK after Brexit. The five page paper details the administrative procedures forming the basis for the UK’s proposals for a streamlined application system for EU citizens to obtain settled status. In the paper, which has […]

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