Conservative manifesto – tough on UK immigration

The conservative manifesto would introduce even tougher measures on migrant hires, promising a doubling of the recently-introduced Immigration Skills Charge and a rise in migrant healthcare payments. The process of hiring a an employee from outside of the European Union is already a costly and lengthy process but many skill sets now required by UK organisations […]

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Criminal record checks for Tier 2 applicants

Some Tier 2 General applicants must now undergo criminal record checks as part of their UK visa application. A new rule recently introduced by the Home Office requires Tier 2 visa applicants looking to work in certain UK sectors to provide a criminal record certificate as part of their UK visa submission. Those currently affected are […]

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UK Immigration fees 2017/18

The Home Office has published its indicative UK immigration fees for the year beginning 3rd April 2017 for all immigration and nationality applications. The new fees apply to all applications as of 6 April 2017 and contain some substantial increases. The cost of Tier 1 and Tier 2 visa applications has increased by an economically-aligned 2%, […]

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More priority services for Tier 2 sponsors

Following its launch in November 2016, a new aspect has been added to the priority service for Tier 2 sponsors. The Home Office priority change of circumstances service offers Tier 2 and Tier 5 A-rated sponsors the opportunity to pay for faster processing when submitting a change of circumstances application, and it has recently been […]

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Article 50 officially triggered

Britain has formally announced her intention to leave the European Union (EU). Theresa May officially triggered Article 50 by signing and delivering an official letter yesterday to Donald Tusk, the president of the EU Council, thereby notifying the EU Council of the UK’s decision to leave the EU Union. This notification begins a maximum period of […]

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Insight: The latest in UK immigration

Are you ready for a Home Office compliance visit? With the most topical news from across the UK immigration industry for both Tier 2 sponsors and migrants, this issue of Insight prepares you for a surprise Home Office compliance visit along with introducing you to the new Immigration Rules which will come into play on 6 […]

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New rules for Tier 2 (ICT)

New Immigration Rules are being introduced on 6 April 2017 and will affect most if not all UK visa categories. Major changes are being made to the UK’s skilled worker visa categories, Tier 2 General and Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT). Below, we look specifically at what will come into play for Tier 2 ICT applications as of […]

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New rules for Tier 2 (General)

New Immigration Rules are being introduced on 6 April 2017 and affect most if not all UK visa categories. Major changes are being made to the UK’s skilled worker visa categories, Tier 2 General and Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT). Below, we look specifically at what will come into play for Tier 2 (General) applications as […]

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New Immigration Rules announced!

The spring changes to the UK’s Immigration Rules have been announced and will be introduced on 6 April 2017. The Statement of Changes confirms the completion of the government’s two-stage approach towards changing the UK’s skilled migration category Tier 2, as promised in March last year. The main changes being introduced on 6 April: Tier 2 (General) Tier […]

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Tier 2 salary requirement set to rise…again!

The Government has openly admitted its aim of reducing skilled migration to the UK using cost as its main deterrent. These financial measures are taking many forms and the next batch is arriving this April. With new and amended costs specifically designed to make the prospect of hiring a non-EU national a lot less attractive, the changes will […]

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