United Kingdom- UK Electronic Travel Authorization scheme to launch in 2023

Posted on January 31, 2023

As part of the UK government’s New Plan for Immigration, a new Permission to Travel strategy is set to launch this year which will require everyone planning to travel to the UK to seek permission in advance.  The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)… Read more »

United Kingdom: New UK Visa Routes for Spring

Posted on February 17, 2022

As 2021 comes to an end, Newland Chase revisits new UK visa routes announced earlier this year that are due to open in Spring 2022. These include: “Scale-Up” visa “High Potential Individual” visa “Global Business Mobility” visa While further details… Read more »

United Kingdom – New Young Professional Scheme for India and British citizens

Posted on May 13, 2021

A new Young Professionals Scheme will be available to India and British citizens aged 18-30 to live and work in the other country for up to two years.   An opening date of the scheme is not yet published.  However, to… Read more »

United Kingdom – New Immigration rules released

Posted on March 10, 2021

The UK Home Office has released an update to the Immigration rules, below are the key changes to make note of: Changes to the Skilled Worker, ICT and Tier 5 Government Authorized Exchange Route From May 21, 2021: A new… Read more »

United Kingdom – New Hong Kong BNO Visa Route

Posted on February 10, 2021

Effective January 31, 2021, a new visa route has become available for British National Overseas (BNO) citizens from Hong Kong.  The Hong Kong BNO visa route will allow successful applications the right to live, work, and study in the UK… Read more »

United Kingdom – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

Posted on November 4, 2020

On October 22, 2020, the UK government published a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, introducing the expected “Points-Based” Immigration System. Among the changes, most of which take effect on December 1, 2020, are the following: English Language Applicants… Read more »

United Kingdom – Immigration Health Surcharge

Posted on October 22, 2020

The increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) from £400 to £624, will take effect on October 27, 2020. UK immigration applications submitted before October 27 will therefore be significantly cheaper. A reduced rate of £470 (previously £300) will apply to students, their… Read more »

United Kingdom – New Student Visa Replaces Tier 4

Posted on September 23, 2020

Effective October 5, 2020, the current Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Child) routes will close and be replaced with the new Student Route and Child Student route.  These routes will apply to both EEA and non-EEA students traveling to… Read more »

United Kingdom – UKVI Centers Begin Opening Overseas

Posted on June 3, 2020

Effective June 1, 2020, certain UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) Centers will reopen overseas.  UKVI centers overseas are partnered with two providers, TLScontact and VFS Global.  Foreign nationals who had a previous appointment booked may now book a new appointment… Read more »

United Kingdom – Shortage Occupation List Expanded

Posted on October 11, 2019

Effective October 6, 2019, the UK’s Shortage Occupation List was amended to include new occupations for the Tier 2 General category.  These occupations include: SOC code 2135 – IT business analysts, architects, and system designers roles SOC code 2136 –… Read more »