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Latest figures reveal rise in net migration

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest annual estimates for long-term* migration in and out of the UK, and reveals another significant rise in net migration. Long-term net migration to the UK has been estimated at 330,000 for the year ending March 2015; this is an increase of 94,000 people when compared to the same 12-month period the […]

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Proposed changes to Tier 2 restricted CoS system

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) is proposing significant changes to the points-based allocation system for Tier 2 restricted CoS which would come into effect on 12 October 2015. Once passed by Parliament, its changes would allow far more requests for restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) to be granted in times of over subscription. Currently, the migrant […]

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More visa application centres become ‘user pays’

UK Visas and Immigration are converting a number of visa application centres (VACs) in to ‘user pays’ centres. From 1 September 2015, applicants attending the overseas VACs outlined below will be charged a fee of £52 to make use of available services such as the submission of their UK visa applications, the collection of original […]

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Beware this scam Tier 2 migrants!

It has come to light that foreign nationals in the UK are becoming the targets of an ongoing scam which focusses on the migrant’s immigration status. What does the scam involve? The scam involves the targeted migrant in the UK receiving a phone call from an individual posing as a Home Office official, and usually involves the migrant […]

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3 questions to help you partake in the Tier 2 review

After receiving over 150 submissions of evidence for its review of the minimum salary thresholds for Tier 2 migrants, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is now calling for further evidence regarding its wider review of the Tier 2 system. The Tier 2 review is examining the potential effects of government proposals which would restrict the […]

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Restrictions on Tier 2 dependants could overtly affect women

A government proposal to prevent all dependants of Tier 2 visa holders from working whilst in the UK may have a disproportionate effect upon women. It has been revealed that every year since the introduction of the Points-based System in 2009, more Tier 2 main applicant visas have been issued to men than to women. This statement rings […]

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Free UK Immigration Seminar

Join Us! …at our latest FREE UK Immigration Seminar, taking place in the heart of London at the stunning One Moorgate Place on 22 September 2015. Do not miss this valuable opportunity to learn about the latest changes to corporate immigration compliance and to have your say on future UK immigration policy! In a world where things move quickly, […]

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Teeing off for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity

SSW representatives and invited guests recently spent a wonderful day on the course at the Hever Castle Golf Club, where they teamed up to take part in the Rainbow Trust Annual Golf Day on 14 August 2015. The efforts of the Rainbow Trust organisers to ward off the rain were extremely successful and golfing participants […]

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Rise in UK nationality applications amid ‘Brexit’ fears

Applications for UK nationality are on the rise ahead of next year’s EU referendum, according to Guardian research. Government figures show that the naturalisation of EU migrants has increased in recent years, rising sharply from 10,000 in 2009 to 18,000 in 2013. Now, the Guardian claims, thousands of EU nationals already living in the UK are […]

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MAC urges caution over Tier 2 salary thresholds

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has urged the government to be cautious when considering raising minimum salary thresholds for Tier 2 migrant employees. Following the completion of ‘Little MAC‘, the first part of its review of Tier 2 of the points based immigration system, the MAC has recommended that the government exercise caution when considering […]

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