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May 18, 2015 Immigration news

Newsletter – Immigration Update May 2015‏

UK visas – New “Biometric Residence Permit” introduction to overseas applicants Applicants in the UK will be familiar with Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) in applying for a UK visa. These are ID cards (same size as a driving licence or credit card) with all the applicant’s key personal details and visa grant details. These are used together with the applicant’s passport to travel in and out of the UK – in effect the BRP is the visa document. Now the UK government is introducing Biometric

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November 26, 2014 Immigration news

Immigration Update November 2014‏

      UK – new citizenship route for children of British citizen fathers   Under the Immigration Act 2014, the UK government will be creating a new route to British citizenship for those born to British citizen fathers – where the father was not married to the mother when the child was born. Before 1 July 2006 a child could only obtain citizenship through his or her father if the parents were married. The law changed on 1 July 2006 to allow a person

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July 14, 2014 Immigration news

Newsletter July 2014

Welcome to the Commonwealth Immigration Newsletter. Please feel free to forward this newsletter on to your friends and family. However, if you no longer wish to receive this newsletter then just send us an email and we’ll delete your details straightaway. Previous issues of the newsletter are available to read on our website. You can also now click onto dedicated Country Info pages on our website for each of the countries that we specialise in. Just go to http://www.commonwealthimmigration.com and click “Countries and Visas”. UK

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April 29, 2014 Immigration news

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Australia residence visas, UK spouse / partner visas, Skilled Workers, State Sponsorship, EEA applications. Please use free assesment form on our web site http://www.commonwealthimmigration.com

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NEWSLETTER No. 44 – March 2014

Welcome to the Commonwealth Immigration Newsletter. AUSTRALIA – SUBCLASS 489 One visa subclass for Australia that is often overlooked by applicants is that of subclass 489, Skilled Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional). 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

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UNITED 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

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UK – 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

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AUSTRALIA – SUBCLASS 489

One visa subclass for Australia that is often overlooked by applicants is that of subclass 489, Skilled Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional). 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

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Australia visa & immigration news 2013

LATEST IMMIGRATION NEWS – AUSTRALIA (as published in our newsletters in 2013) AUSTRALIA – SKILLED MIGRATION UPDATE October 2013 – With the new government elected recently in Australia, the new full name for the immigration department is the “Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).” At the state level, new updated occupation lists have been introduced by several states recently. These include Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. For instance, Victoria updated its occupation list in October 2013 and has included the following

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January 31, 2014 Immigration news

UPDATE – British citizens using EEA law – the Surinder Singh Judgement

New Regulations – January 2014 Effective January 2014, the UK government has published new EEA regulations on the “Surinder Singh route”. The legal basis of the new regulations seem to be dubious – in introducing a new test that requires the British citizen to have “transferred the centre of his or her life” to the other EU member state. While we await to see if this will affect future applications, this is certainly not a requirement of the Surinder Singh judgement as detailed by the

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