United Kingdom – Home Office Releases More Details About Upcoming New Application Service

Posted on November 9, 2018

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has released further information about its upcoming new Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UK VACS). While the Home Office promises a more streamlined, intuitive process, implementation delays are likely, and applicants considered higher risk are… Read more »

United Kingdom – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules Launches Second Pilot Phase of EU Settlement Scheme

Posted on October 19, 2018

The Home Office has published a new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, due to take effect November 1, 2018. The changes to the immigration rules include: Provision for a second beta test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme; A… Read more »

United Kingdom – UK Visa Assistance No Longer Offered in US Consulates

Posted on September 24, 2018

Applications for the UK submitted in the United States will now need to be posted to the VFS service center in New York City. The application will then be sent to Sheffield, England for processing and final decision making.  Processing… Read more »

United Kingdom – Updated Guidance for Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsors

Posted on July 30, 2018

Effective July 18, 2018, the Home Office has updated its guidance for Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsors. Among the key changes are the following: For Resident Labour Market Tests (RLMT), employers must now submit information about job applicants who are settled… Read more »

United Kingdom – Settled Status for EU Citizens

Posted on July 3, 2018

Settlement Scheme The UK government released a Statement of Intent for EU citizens living in the UK to apply for “settled status” if they want to continue living in the UK after Britain leaves Europe after June 2021.  Settled status… Read more »

United Kingdom – Universal Jobmatch to be Replaced by ‘Find a Job’

Posted on April 27, 2018

It has been officially announced that Universal Jobmatch – a government website used by UK recruiters and Tier 2 licensed sponsors to advertise jobs – is being replaced by the ‘Find a Job’ service. Universal Jobmatch is a mandatory form of advertising… Read more »

United Kingdom – Tier 2 General Quota Oversubscribed for Five Consecutive Months

Posted on April 20, 2018

The monthly allocation of the Tier 2 General Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) has been exceeded for the fifth consecutive month. Skilled workers applying to come to the UK under the Tier 2 General route are subject to a monthly… Read more »

United Kingdom – Settlement Applications Closed to Tier 1 (General) Migrants after April 5, 2018

Posted on March 2, 2018

  Overseas nationals in the UK under the Tier 1 (General) category will no longer be permitted to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after April 5, 2018. Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system was a category aimed… Read more »

United Kingdom – Tier 2 (General) Oversubscribed For Second Month

Posted on February 2, 2018

The number of Tier 2 (General) Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) available for January 2018 was exceeded by demand for the second consecutive month. The total number of RCoS available to employers in January 2018 stood at 1651, after 91… Read more »

United Kingdom – New Method for Calculating Absences for Indefinite Leave to Remain Applications

Posted on January 26, 2018

Effective 11 January 2018, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) now calculates absences from the United Kingdom in relation to an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in a different way. UKVI caseworkers can now refuse applications for ILR based… Read more »