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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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Tier 2 restricted CoS allocations back on track!

Breaking news: Following disastrously low allocations of restricted CoS for many UK employers in June and July, figures for August suggest that the situation may be improving. The allocation of a Tier 2 restricted CoS (Certificate of Sponsorship) is an essential step in the hiring of a Tier 2 migrant employee and yet due to the migrant […]

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Right to Rent Checks for migrants in the UK

From September this year, all migrants and UK nationals alike can expect to have their immigration status and identification checked when renting a property. These checks have been christened ‘Right to Rent Checks’ and their piloted introduction last year to the Midlands came as part of a government effort to crackdown on illegal immigration by […]

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Your guide to Indefinite Leave to Remain

For many applicants, Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is the penultimate step in their UK visa journey. With no need to apply for further visas thereafter and only one step away from an actual British passport and citizenship, it is often the target that many migrants work towards in order to secure their own and their […]

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Applying for a UK visa with a criminal conviction?

Think twice before replying ‘no’ … you may be wrong! Following the recent refusal by the UK government to grant Chinese artist Ai Weiwei a six-month business visitor visa, we would like to highlight the importance of accurately answering the questions posed in your UK visa application. Ai was refused his application for a six-month […]

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English skills for public sector staff

As part of the new Immigration Bill, the government plans to introduce new legislation which would ensure that all those working in the public sector in a public-facing role speak fluent English. The legislation will be introduced in September and will ensure that all public sector staff are able to speak GCSE-level English in order […]

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Applying for a UK visa from Hong Kong?

If you are coming to the UK as a resident of Hong Kong the chances are you will need to take a tuberculosis test as part of your application. All residents of Hong Kong planning to come to the UK for a period of six months or more must present clear tuberculosis test results as […]

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Migrant Cap under scrutiny

An inquiry into the government’s cap on skilled migrant workers coming into the UK has been launched with a view to considering the impact it is currently having on employers, the skills shortage, and the industries most affected. The cap was first introduced in 2011 when the number of those allowed to enter the UK as skilled workers […]

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Benefits of migration officially recognised

The positive contribution of migrants around the world has been recognised at a recent conference on financing development which took place last week in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Along with deciding upon a series of bold steps by which global financial practices will be overhauled, the conference has recognised that migration mostly incurs sustainable and […]

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