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 »


United Kingdom – Immigration Health Surcharge To Double

Posted on January 11, 2019

An Order of December 18, 2018 authorizes the doubling of the immigration health surcharge (IHS) to £400 per annum, effective January 8, 2019. The discounted charge, payable by Tier 4 students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5), will rise… Read more »


United Kingdom – Changes to Right-to-Work Checks in 2019

Posted on December 27, 2018

Effective January 28, 2019, employers in the United Kingdom will be able to rely on an online right-to-work check to prove the status of prospective employees. The online Right to Work Checking Service was introduced in April 2018, but currently employers in… Read more »


United Kingdom – No Suspension of Tier 1 (Investor); Publication of Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules [LATEST]

Posted on December 27, 2018

Tier 1 (Investor) On December 6, 2018, various press outlets reported, based on an unpublished government press release, that the Home Office had suspended the Tier 1 (Investor) route until further notice. However, on December 11, 2018 a Home Office… Read more »


United Kingdom – Citizens’ Rights Under the Withdrawal Agreement Versus a No-Deal Scenario

Posted on December 17, 2018

On November 14, 2018, the United Kingdom (UK) government reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The deal, which still needs to be ratified by both the UK and European parliaments, includes… Read more »