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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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Employee volunteers at Epsom Book Fair 2017

Every year, Smith Stone Walters encourages its staff members to devote a full working day to support our chosen charity, the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. SSW volunteers recently lent a hand at Epsom Book Fair and helped to sort over 50,000 books in preparation for the three-day event. With books old and new covering numerous topics coming non-stop […]

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London & Partners Chinese Investors Spring Dinner 2017

The message from London & Partners at the Chinese Investors Spring Dinner 2017 was crystal clear – post-Brexit London is still very much open to inward investment projects. Taking place at the luxurious Four Season’s Hotel in Tower Hall, the Chinese Investors Spring Dinner was well attended and celebrated the many recent successes of Chinese investment […]

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Book your spot at the Tier 1 Visa Surgery!

We are hosting a visa surgery on Thursday 16 March for applicants looking to submit a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa application as part of the Tech Nation Visa Scheme. The scheme was introduced in November 2015 and aims to facilitate the entry of highly skilled and innovative digital technology professionals into the UK. Each session consists […]

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More Tech Nation Visa endorsements!

The Tech Nation Visa Scheme has been granted an increased endorsement allocation for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa applications. Introduced in November 2015, the scheme aims to facilitate the entry of highly skilled and innovative digital technology professionals into the UK and enables government body Tech City UK to endorse up to 200 Tier 1 applications […]

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Join us for a live Chinese webinar on UK work visas!

Join us for a live webinar with UK immigration expert Rob Liu from Smith Stone Walters! When?  Monday 6 March @ 12.30pm GMT How?  Register to attend here!* UK Work Visas in the UK – All You Need to Know will be presented in Chinese and in conjunction with Mandarin Consulting. Immigration expert Rob Liu will […]

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UK tech firms to struggle under new charge

Almost half (42%) of all Tier 2 skilled worker visas issued to overseas migrants in 2016 were granted to those with a job offer within the UK’s booming technology sector. Despite these figures, however, a recent report from Coadec revealed that many small and start-up UK tech companies are struggling under the heavy costs and lengthy […]

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The end of EU free movement to the UK?

According to reports, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to announce the end of free movement to the UK this March. It has been claimed that May will clarify her approach to EEA (European Economic Area) free movement around the same time that she plans to trigger Article 50. The announcement is predicted to […]

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UK visa applications made simple in New York

Submitting UK visa applications can be made simple if you know what you are doing. Thankfully, our UK immigration team based in New York is made up of experts who do exactly that. As one client put it: “The whole ‘moving’ process is not exactly fun, by FAR the easiest and most straight forward part has been […]

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