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New UKVI service standards introduced

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has announced a revision to its service standards for applications made within the UK since 1 January 2014. Whilst this sounds very positive, customers should be aware that the UKVI’s new standard for processing straightforward applications to remain in the UK on a temporary basis as a spouse, worker, Tier […]

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Romanian and Bulgarian nationals – Welcome to the EEA!

The transitional controls restricting Romanian and Bulgarian nationals’ access to the UK labour market are now finally lifted. These nationals therefore now have the same access to the labour market as a British or EEA national. Any UK based employer intending to employ a Romanian or Bulgarian national within its organisation should retain a photocopy […]

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Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous 2014

Smith Stone Walters is a proud supporter of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, a very special organisation that provides emotional and practical support for families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. The Company is dedicated to raising vital funds and awareness in support of this wonderful charity to help more families […]

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Iris Recognition Immigration System (IRIS) – Now Closed

The Home Office has now officially decommissioned its Iris Recognition Immigration System. Under the scheme, an eligible person who pre-registered his or her iris patterns was able to use automated barriers to pass through immigration control on arrival in the United Kingdom. A new registered traveller scheme is being piloted, aiming to improve the way […]

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Updated Employers’ Guide

The Home Office has circulated a new, updated version of their ‘full guide for employers on preventing illegal working in the UK’ which replaces the previous version published in May 2012. The main changes include: The restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals ending on 31 December 2013; Restrictions on Croatian nationals, which came into force […]

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Tier 1 (Investor) Category Review

The Home Office Minister has requested that the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) publish a Call for Evidence in relation to the economic impact of the Tier 1 (Investor) route. The MAC has been asked to consider the following request and report back by February 2014: “At present, the minimum level of investment for the Investor […]

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Latest UK Immigration Statistics

The government has recently published the latest set of UK immigration statics relating to the year ending June 2013. During this period, the total number of (pre-entry) visas issued fell 4% on the previous year to 501,840. This figure excludes visas issued to visitors or passengers transiting the UK. The statistics relating to the key […]

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London – New Police Registration Requirement

Migrants whose visa conditions require them to register with the police must do so within 7 days of arrival in the UK. For London residents, this registration takes place at the Overseas Visitors Records Office, Brandon House, Ground Floor, 180, Borough High Street, London, SE1 1LH. Since 2 September 2013, any persons now wishing to […]

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Government contemplates offering VIP immigration service

A discrete trial whereby a few high-valued overseas nationals benefit from bespoke immigration services has recently been piloted by the Home Office. In an effort to support ‘UK Business PLC’ in remaining competitive in the increasingly global recruitment market, the UK Visas and Immigration service is looking at the possibility of offering an exclusive concierge […]

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‘Super Priority’ Visa Service for Chinese Visitors

During a recent visit to Beijing, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced measures to simplify the visa application process for Chinese visitors. The new procedures include several changes: A new 24-hour ‘super priority’ visa service available from 2014 The opportunity for Chinese nationals visiting both Europe & the UK to forego submitting a separate […]

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