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 »

United Kingdom – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

Posted on September 24, 2019

The Home Office has published the latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. The changes include: Removing PhD level occupations from the Tier 2 (General) cap, and changes to the Tier 2 (General) Shortage Occupation List (SOL); Revised provisions for access… Read more »

United Kingdom – Government Announces Two-Year Post-Study Work Visa

Posted on September 24, 2019

The UK Government has announced a two-year post-study work visa, similar to a scheme scrapped in 2011. The new “Graduate Route” will be open to all international students starting their courses in September 2020 and graduating from an approved UK… Read more »

United Kingdom – Migration Advisory Committee Recommends Broadening Shortage Occupation List

Posted on August 22, 2019

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) – the Home Office’s appointed independent immigration advisory body – has published its review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). Recommendations The MAC recommends adding several occupations to the SOL, including veterinarians, web designers and architects,… Read more »

United Kingdom – Home Office Introduces New Start-up and Innovator Categories, Reforms Tier 1 (Investor) Category, Amends EU Settlement Scheme

Posted on March 11, 2019

On March 7, 2019, the Home Office published a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, introducing new Start-up and Innovator categories and making reforms to the Tier 1 (Investor) category. The Statement also makes changes to the scope and application process… Read more »

United Kingdom – Public Testing of EU Settlement Scheme Opens and Fee to be Cancelled

Posted on February 4, 2019

Effective January 21, the Home Office opened the voluntary public testing phase of the EU Settlement Scheme to resident EU citizens (and their EU citizen family members) with a valid passport and their non-EU citizen family members holding a valid… Read more »