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New immigration rules for non-EEA graduate trainees!

From October this year, new measures are expected to be introduced which will grant employers more freedom to recruit non-EEA graduates easily and at a lower cost. The minimum salary requirement for a Tier 2 Graduate Trainee will be lowered for applications submitted as of October 2016, as the UK government plans to reduce it […]

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National health charges for Tier 2 (ICT) applicants

Applicants of the Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) visa category will soon be subject to the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). The IHS was introduced in April 2015 to cover the health costs of migrants living, working and studying in the UK, and is already payable for many UK immigration applications. This immigration fee will apply to all applications made […]

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UK immigration rules to favour Tier 2 graduate hires

As part of upcoming changes to the UK’s immigration system, the UK government is focusing on improving the process of hiring non-EEA graduate employees. Employers will continue to be able to recruit non-EEA graduates from UK universities without needing to test the resident labour market first, and outside of the confines of the monthly cap […]

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Increasing salary requirements for Tier 2 ICT

The Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) route is due to undergo significant change over the next six months, including an increased minimal salary requirement for Short Term, applicants in October. This short term visa route is used by UK employers to transfer non-EEA employees to the UK within their organisation to a skilled Tier 2 […]

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Employers: new minimum salary for Tier 2 hires

As of October 2016, UK employers of international professionals will need to ensure that any new Tier 2 (General) hire meets a new minimum salary requirement. Amongst other changes which are being made to the UK immigration rules this autumn, the minimum salary requirement for applicants of the Tier 2 (General) visa category will be substantially increased. […]

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Is your Tier 2 Sponsor Licence due to expire?

Did your business recently receive a notification from the Home office advising that your licence to sponsor workers under the Tier 2 scheme will shortly expire? If so, we recommend that you take the necessary steps towards renewing your licence for a further four year period as soon as possible. The renewal of your Tier 2 […]

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British Citizenship: changes to application process

EEA nationals planning to apply for British citizenship are advised to take note of the following policy revision which has recently come into force. Since 12 November 2015, EEA nationals and their family members have been required to provide a permanent residence card (PRC) or a document certifying permanent residence (DPRC) when applying for British Citizenship. This proves […]

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Looking back: UK immigration 2015

We take a look back at the long-term migration* of people to and from the UK over the course of 2015, and highlight the main reasons behind these movements. All data shown here is taken from information provided by the Office for National Statistics and relates to the year ending December 2015 (unless otherwise stated). […]

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Post-Brexit government statement on EEA nationals

The UK government has released a statement which clearly defines the status of EEA (European Economic Nationals) in the UK in light of the recent vote to leave the European Union. ‘There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a […]

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Prove your right to live in the UK as an EEA citizen

The vote to exit the European Union has left many EEA (European Economic Area) nationals feeling uncertain about their future in the UK. There are, however, various immigration options which these individuals can consider, in order to bolster their status in the UK. If you have lived in the UK for a continuous period of five years […]

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