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Our advice on test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

On 21 January 2019 the Government implemented the 'test' phase of the EU Settlement Scheme application process. The scheme is open to EU citizens who are living in the UK (providing they…

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Official statement by the Home Office that the Tier 1 (Investor) visa is not currently suspended

Tuesday 11th December 2018

Further to our news posted last week, we have just received the confirmation from the Home Office that "The Tier 1 (Investor) visa is not currently suspended"! Last Thursday (6 December 2018), The Home Office announced that the Tier 1…

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Breaking News - Tier 1 (Investor) visa to be suspended from midnight tonight (6 December 2018)

Thursday 6th December 2018

The Home Office has announced that Tier 1 (Investor) immigration route will be suspended in a bid to reduce organised crime and money laundering from midnight tonight (6th Dec). No new Tier 1 visa applications from foreign investors will be accepted and the granting of visas will be…

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Immigration health surcharge increase could generate £220m for NHS

Friday 2nd November 2018

The NHS could receive an estimated £220 million in extra funding under plans put before parliament to double the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). The increase, subject to Parliamentary approval, is set to come…

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Immigration proposals risk "riding roughshod over people's rights"

Friday 2nd November 2018

Government proposals to curtail the timeline for appeals by people held in immigration detention centres could lead to injustices, the Law Society of England and Wales has warned. The proposals would mean the time between an initial decision and conclusion of an appeal to the…

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NEW UK visa and citizenship application process

Friday 26th October 2018

As mentioned in our post earlier this month, the Home Office will launch a new Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UK VACS) for applications in the UK with effect from 5 November 2018. It is allowing applicants…

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EU Settlement Scheme and the latest changes to Immigration Rules

Friday 12th October 2018
Montecristo LLP - Immigration

The Home Office has published a new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules yesterday (11 October 2018). There are many welcome changes, such as submitting more flexible requirement on submitting passport and original documents etc. We summarise the main changes to be aware of, especially the next…

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Home Office Issues 'Call For Evidence' In Wake Of Windrush Scandal

Friday 5th October 2018

The 'lessons learned review' from the Home Office comes after the wrongful detainment, denial of legal rights, threats of deportation and unlawful deportation of members of the Windrush generation. Background Earlier this year, it came to light that some of the near half a million Caribbean immigrants to the UK from…

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No Cap On International Students, Advises Migration Report

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

The recently released report from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) stated the UK should retain no cap on the number of international students. With over 750,000 students coming to the UK to study per year, the MAC "strongly recommends this continues as there is clear…

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Get a Claim: Employment Tribunal Fee Refund

Thursday 13th September 2018

The Supreme Court case of Unison v Lord Chancellor has declared that Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal fees are unlawful since these fees prevent access to the tribunal and therefore prevent access to justice. The…

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Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship Guide for Employers

Thursday 23rd August 2018

The Tier 2 (General) Visa provides UK companies with the opportunity to hire skilled workers from around the world, allowing them to improve the quality of their workforces and promote business growth. If you are an employer who intends to employ personnel from outside the European Economic Area…

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Committee Recommends Changes to the Tier 2 Visa Process

Thursday 16th August 2018
Montecristo LLP - Immigration

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has recently published a new report. In its report,called for the Government to make significant changes to the Tier 2 Visa process as part of its proposal for an improved immigration system for…

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