No. 44 - March 2014
KINGDOM – IMMIGRATION UPDATE
There have been several recent developments in UK
immigration law as follows;
* An increase in the level of maintenance funds required for
applicants and dependants in Points Based applications such
as Tier 1 and Tier 2.
* The government deciding to close the Tier 1 General
extension category in 2015 and close Indefinite Leave to
Remain for Tier 1 General applicants in 2018.
* Tier 2 visas will be able to be issued for up to 5 years
* New visa application centres are being introduced outside
the UK to facilitate those applying for UK visas. These new
centres are being introduced in the following countries;
Australia, South Africa, India, Bangladesh, Hong Kong,
Italy, Egypt, Jordan, Canada and Fiji.
* The Court of Appeal has been hearing the MM case on the
legality of the UK spouse minimum income rules. This
important case will have a huge bearing on UK family
migration applications. However, judgement is not expected
for up to 3 months.
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KINGDOM – British
citizens using EEA law
Recent cases held in the European Court of Justice (ECJ)
have reaffirmed the rights of British citizens to use EEA
law to bring a family member back to the UK.
This type of application is commonly referred to a “Surinder
Singh” application, after the case that established this.
The recent ECJ cases have stated clearly that this route is
open where the British citizen moves to another EU member
state to exercise their EU Treaty Rights.
The key development in these recent cases is that this can
include any exercise of EU Treaty Rights and is not limited
to working or being self-employed. So, studying and being a
self-sufficient person would also fall under this ruling.
We will wait to see if the UK government amend their
regulations to reflect this new ruling.
If you wish to make any type of EEA application, then please
free Online Assessment Form;
This should give us all the information we need to give you
the correct advice.
We can then review in full and get back to you.
EEA APPLICATIONS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS OF BRITISH CITIZENS
While many British citizens rely on UK immigration law in sponsoring family members to join them in the UK, its needs to be remembered that EEA law can also be used by British citizens.
This is especially so, where the British citizen has been living in another EEA member state.
There are many advantages to applying under EEA law as opposed to UK immigration law. Firstly, the definition of a Family Member is wider (for instance including parents). There is no requirement for an EEA Family Member to complete an English language test. Also, the application process can be quicker.
If you are a British citizen having difficulty in sponsoring a Family Member under UK immigration law, then please contact us so we can see if an application under EEA law would be possible.
This includes children, spouses, unmarried partners, parents etc..
EEA law has specific criteria for “Family Members” and “Extended Family Members”. The definitions that cover these relationships do not necessarily follow the same definitions as under UK immigration law.
We have extensive experience in EEA applications, please visit our dedicated EEA webpage and obtain your free EEA guide;
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- SUBCLASS 489
One visa subclass for Australia that is often overlooked by
applicants is that of subclass 489, Skilled Nominated or
This is a 4 year visa which allows the applicant to apply
for permanent residence after living in designated area of
Australia for 2 years and working for 1 year.
Applicants can be sponsored by a state government or by a
relative living in a designated area.
One crucial difference is that the applicant does not need
to work in an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List but
instead occupations on the much broader Consolidated
Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) can be included.
Your relative must live in a designated area of Australia
which includes all of the following states / territories;
Western Australia, South Australia, ACT, Tasmania, Northern
New South Wales is included apart from Sydney, Wollongong
Queensland is included apart from the Brisbane metropolitan
The following relatives are eligible to sponsor for this
- Brothers and Sisters
- Uncles and Aunts
- Nephews and Nieces
- First Cousins
If you are interested in applying for migration to
Australia, then please contact us so that we can check your
free Online Assessment Form
Are you a Teacher looking to work or study in Australia?
Then you should visit www.teaching-australia.com and obtain your Free
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FOREIGN CURRENCY -
Make sure you use a reputable and competitive currency
provider when transferring funds to the UK or to any other
Most banks offer poor exchange rates meaning that simply by
using a dedicated currency provider, you can save a lot of
Make sure you use a currency provider that is fully
registered by the UK authorities.
We recommend Worldwide Currencies who have assisted many of
our clients in the past and can offer exchange rates with no
commission or charges, and often up to 5% better than the
For more information contact Richard Bass, Worldwide
Tel +44 (0) 20 3326 4403
We hope that this newsletter
has been informative for you. However, remember
everyone's circumstances are different so if you or a friend
or family member want to check your eligibility to emigrate
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2) give us a call on +44 (0) 1223 830 916
We would love to hear from you!
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