No. 34 - April 2011 UNITED
KINGDOM CHANGES TO SETTLEMENT AND OTHER VISAS
The UK government have announced a number of changes to UK immigration over a range of categories.
Perhaps the most important change relates to applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or settlement. Such applications will now be points tested for those in the UK on HSMP visas, Tier 1 General visas or other points tested visa categories such as Investors or Entrepreneurs.
Previously, such applications were relatively straightforward after accruing the necessary 5 years in the appropriate category. This has now changed and applicants need to ensure they can score enough points to obtain ILR.
Points are again awarded for factors such as age, qualifications and earnings. Applicants now need to ensure they plan an application well in advance to ensure they can score the necessary points through earnings etc.
The following are some of the other key changes;
The Post Study Work visa will be abolished after April 2012.
The Worker Registration Scheme for citizens of countries that joined the EU in 2004 will be closed and all such work restrictions will finish.
The Certificate of Approval scheme (which requires non EEA nationals to obtain permission before being allowed to marry in the UK) is to be abolished in May 2011.
New rules to encourage Investors and Entrepreneurs to move to the UK have been introduced.
(Contact us for more
info on Tier 1 extension after April 2011)
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has been informative for you. However, remember
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