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UK immigration – our New York numbers!

2017 has been an exciting few months for the Smith Stone Walters teams around the world – and none more so than for our entry clearance team based in New York. The team facilitates the important stage in the visa application process of gaining clearance to enter the UK. Clearance is given on the ground […]

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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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100 days of Tier 2 success!

The first 100 days of 2017 have seen our teams from across the globe achieve a staggering 557 successful applications for Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship! Tier 2 is the UK’s visa category for skilled migration which enables UK-based organisations to recruit and employ overseas nationals with sought-after skills. A Certificate of Sponsorship (also known […]

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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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The Resident Labour Market Test – how to advertise

Part 3 of ‘Your guide to a compliant Resident Labour Market Test’ An integral part of a Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) is accurate and clear job advertisements. In order for your advertisements to be sufficiently compliant with the UK Immigration Rules, the information they hold must be clear, specific, and designed to identify the […]

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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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The RLMT – where to advertise

Part 2 of ‘Your guide to a compliant Resident Labour Market Test’ Conducting an RLMT (Resident Labour Market Test) which complies with the UK Immigration Rules can be a daunting prospect. This six-part guide breaks down what you need to know about the process, helping you to understand how to complete a compliant RLMT step by […]

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