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Potential reforms to the Tier 1 (Investor) route

The United Kingdom’s migration route for investors has now been in existence for almost twenty years. As you might expect, the number of Tier 1 (Investor) visas issued has been rising since the introduction of this route. Yet only a meagre 560* Tier 1 (Investor) out-of-country applications were approved in the year ending 2013 Q3. […]

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UK Investor Visa Remains Competitive Among Global Peers

The Canadian government has recently decided to withdraw its Federal Immigrant Investor programme, a visa scheme that had allowed thousands of wealthy international investors to move to Canada and apply for permanent residency.  Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander explained that the decision was made after his government found that the visa programme not only provided […]

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Indefinite Leave to Remain – why you might need to extend instead

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, it is often the target that many migrants work towards in order to secure their own and their family’s future here in the UK. However, once the 5 year minimum […]

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Mark Harper – holding himself higher?

Over the course of the weekend, Immigration Minister Mark Harper resigned from his post after recognising his cleaner did not have permission to work in the UK. He claims to have not broken the law but rather ‘holds himself to a higher standard than that expected of others’ and thus his resignation was the only […]

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An end to abuse of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur category?

As immigration categories have become increasingly restricted, the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route has continued to grow as a target for ‘would be abusers’ of the UK immigration system. Although many applicants may well have satisfied the requirements laid out by the Home Office, it is apparent that many fail to fall in line with what […]

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New Immigration & Nationality Fees from April 2014

Whilst the Minister confirmed that the Home Office has sought to limit most increases to 4%, there have been increases to bring dependant fees in line with main application fees and for those customers seeking to register for British citizenship. As expected, the announcement also included details of plans to offer a choice of optional […]

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Welcome to our new website!

To tie in with our new corporate branding, we have developed a website that is not only fresher but also easier to navigate. We’ve got lots of great new content for you too. We know you like to hear about the latest UK immigration news so you’ll find a refreshed News section which will be […]

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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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