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January 31, 2024 Uncategorized


Through a Home Office statement we have now been given more information on the timeframe for implementation of some key immigration changes. On 11 April 2024 the minimum income requirement for Family visas will be increasing from £18,600 to £29,000. This will be effective for all new applications submitted from that date. Those who already have a Family visa (i.e. spouse, partner, fiancé) will not be subject to the increase. Instead, such applicants will continue to be assessed on the previous £18,600 level and that

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December 22, 2023 Uncategorized

Update on new financial requirement for Family visas

The new financial requirement will NOT apply to those who already have a Family visa or are in the process of applying for one (spouse / partner / fiance etc.). The financial requirement will remain at £18,600 for those extending their visas (FLR) or applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). The new higher financial requirement will initially be set at £29,000 from “spring 2024” and will only be applicable to those applying for their visas for the first time. This was confirmed yesterday in

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December 9, 2023 Uncategorized

Immigration changes for Skilled Worker and Family Visas

On 4 December 2023, the Home Secretary announced sweeping changes to Skilled Worker and Family visas. The main points include; • Implementing a minimum salary level of £38,700 (up from £26,200) for Skilled Worker visas. • The Minimum Income Requirement (MIR) for family visas will also be raised. This will be a very significant increase from £18,600 to £38,700. This includes those applying as spouse and partners of British citizens. • The Shortage Occupation List will be amended with several occupation to be removed. Also

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September 6, 2020 Uncategorized 0 Comments

EU Settlement Scheme – Deadline Approaches

As the end date of 31 December 2020 approaches for the UK’s transition period with the EU, it is important that EU citizens and family members in the UK are aware of the steps they need to take to secure their residence in the UK. The EU Settlement Scheme has been in operation in one form or another since 2018 and has seen millions of successful applications. The Scheme will issue applicants either with “Settled Status” (Indefinite Leave to Remain) or “Pre-Settled Status”. Settled Status

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December 2, 2018 Immigration news

Immigrant Health Surcharge increase

The IHS increase (Immigration Health Charge Amendment Order 2018) was approved by Parliament on 29 November 2018. This means that it will come into force on a date of the Government’s choosing on or after 19 December 2018. As long as you apply online by then, you will pay the old fee.    

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November 22, 2018 Immigration news

new UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services Centres

The Home Office have now announced that the Nationality Document Return Service and the Nationality Checking Service are both to be phased out by the end of December 2018. These are services provided by local authorities to assist applicants for citizenship mainly by witnessing copies of passports. We assume that the reason behind this move is to facilitate applications being made through the new UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services Centres (UKVCAS) and the new “commercial partner” – Sopra Steria. This allows applicants to apply

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November 1, 2018 Immigration news

UK Immigration – new application procedure

November 2018 is the month when the Home Office will start to radically change how UK visa applications are submitted within the UK. Up to now applicants could complete a paper form (or an online form in some categories) and either post the entire application pack to the Home Office or attend a same day appointment at a Home Office Premium Service Centre. The new process will mean that nearly all applications will move to an online form only. This will allow applicants to complete

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October 15, 2018 Immigration news

Immigrant Health Surcharge to double in December

The annual fee that migrants pay for access to the UK National Health Service will be doubled from December 2018 (exact date to be determined). The government have announced that the Immigrant Health Surcharge (IHS) will be increased from £200 to £400 per annum. The IHS was first introduced in 2015 and is paid by all non EU migrants coming to the UK for more than 6 months. It is paid in advance at the point of visa application. So, for example an applicant for

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September 28, 2018 Immigration news

Australia – migration updates

The Pass Mark for Skilled Migration to Australia has recently been increased from 60 to 65 points. This new requirement relates to those applying in the following visa subclasses; Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Subclass 190 Skilled Sponsored Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored Meanwhile the Australian government have decided that the number of places available for Parent visas in the 2018-2019 year shall remain the same. This relates to those applying under the Contributory Parent and non Contributory Parent subclasses.  

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September 14, 2018 Immigration news

UK citizenship – how do absences from the UK affect an application ?

We seem to get asked this question a lot ! Example – I have been living in the UK since 2009 but my absences exceed 450 days in the last 5 years, can I apply for citizenship ? The Home Office does frequently exercise discretion to disregard absences above the normal thresholds. If you are married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen then the normal level of days you can be outside the UK comes to 270 days in the preceding

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