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UKBA Announces Changes to UK Immigration

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has recently announced a series of changes to the Immigration Rules that will take effect from April 6, 2013.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013Read More

Revised Codes of Practice for UK Skilled Migrant Workers

The UK Border Agency has recently announced changes to the Codes of Practice for skilled migrant workers from outside the European Economic Area.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013Read More

UKBA Announces Proposals on Immigration Fee Increases

The UK Immigration Minister Mark Harper on February 25 laid a written ministerial statement on proposals to change the fees for immigration and nationality applications made to the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

Friday, 1 March 2013Read More

Tuberculosis Testing Requirements for the Philippines to Start on 28 February 2013

The UK visa application process for those planning to come to the UK for more than 6 months will be added tuberculosis testing requirements from 28 February 2013.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013Read More

UK Super Priority Visa Service to Attract Indian Businessmen

The Prime Minister David Cameron has recently announced the first "same-day" UK visa service, which will allow frequent Indian travelers to be able to apply for a visa in the morning and pick it up that afternoon, instead of waiting up to three days.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013Read More

UKBA Extends Priority Visa Service for Filipinos

UK Border Agency (UKBA) on February 1, 2013 made an announcement on the extension of priority visa service in the Philippines to all business visitor applicants and seafarers.

Monday, 4 February 2013Read More

2013 UK Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Opens for Taiwan from 7 March

According to a recent announcement of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme for Taiwanese nationals will re-open on 7 March 2013.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013Read More

UKBA Responses to Concerns about Backlogs of UK Visa Applications

UK immigration inspectors have discovered backlogs of cases and a lack of consideration of the best interests of children in an inspection of applications to enter, remain and settle in the UK on the basis of marriage and civil partnerships.

Friday, 25 January 2013Read More

UK Visa Rule Change Affects Non-EU Players

A number of non-European players face difficulty in playing in England under the FA's requirements due to a change to UK immigration law.

Monday, 21 January 2013Read More

Many UK Visa Options for Australians

According to UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, there are still many UK visa options available to Australian nationals wanting to live and work in the UK although the Post Study Work route (Tier 1) was closed last year.

Friday, 18 January 2013Read More

UK Youth Mobility Scheme Available for South Korean Nationals

The South Korean ministry of foreign affairs and trade has recently announced that nationals from South Korea can apply for 2013 Youth Mobility Scheme Certificates of Sponsorship ballot between 12 February and 15 February 2013 to live and work in the UK under Working Holiday Visa.

Friday, 18 January 2013Read More

UK Launches New Priority Fast-track Visa Service for Kenyans

A new visa service has been launched to fast track visa processing for Kenyan applicants wishing to urgently travel to the UK, especially on business purposes, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has recently announced.

Friday, 18 January 2013Read More

UK Citizenship – Changes in the Assessment of Good Character

On 13th December 2012, the Home Office made changes to the Nationality Instructions, affecting anyone applying for UK citizenship on or after that date.

Friday, 11 January 2013Read More

UK Introduces New Visa Rule for Travellers from Libya, Egypt and Syria

A new UK visa rule which will require all Libyan, Egyptian and Syrian nationals transiting at a UK airport to apply for a Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV) from April 3, 2012 has been introduced by Home Secretary Theresa May.

Friday, 30 March 2012Read More

UK Visa Application Fees Change on 6 April 2012

The proposal to change the fees for UK immigration and nationality applications submitted by Immigration Minister Damian Green have been approved and will take effect from Friday 6 April 2012.

Thursday, 29 March 2012Read More

Marriage Ban for UK Visa Holders in Olympics

Athletes, coaches and officials visiting the UK for the Olympics have been issued six-month visas that ban them from marrying while staying in the country due to concerns of illegal immigration and terrorists.

Thursday, 29 March 2012Read More

UK to Offer 60 New Scholarships for Indian Students

There will be 60 new scholarships for Indian students to undertake masters' courses in the UK, according to the UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Monday, 26 March 2012Read More

New Proposal for UK Family Visas from the Home Secretary

Home Secretary Theresa May proposed new rules to curb the number of people coming to the UK as immigrants on family visas.

Monday, 26 March 2012Read More

UK Visa Restrictions for Non-EU Artists to be Relaxed

UK immigration visa rules under points-based system have been loosened for non-EU artists who are temporarily visiting the UK. Overseas artists will not be classified as migrants and be allowed to stay in the UK for up to a month if officially invited, the UK Border Agency announced.

Friday, 23 March 2012Read More

UK Immigration Introduces New Standards for Border Checks

The UK will provide immigration officers with specific minimum standards for border checks, according to the Immigration Minister Damien Green.

Thursday, 22 March 2012Read More

Increase in UK Visitor Spending from Japan

Japan's economic resurgence has boosted UK tourism, according to the latest tourism figures.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012Read More

UK Open to Indian Investors

The British deputy high commissioner for western India, Peter Beckingham revealed new figures about India's investment in the UK over last two years.

Monday, 19 March 2012Read More

UK Tourism Minister Notes Visa Process Improvements for Foreign Visitors

Changes to improve the visa application process for oversea tourists can help boost UK tourism, according to Tourism Minister John Penrose.

Thursday, 15 March 2012Read More

UK Changes Visa Application Service in Finland

The UK Visa Application Centre at the British Embassy in Helsinki, Finland has been closed and replaced by a visa service in partnership with WorldBridge Service.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012Read More

UK Visa Services in Demark to be Changed

The Visa application centre at the British Embassy in Copenhagen will be closed and replaced with a visa service provided in partnership with WorldBridge Service, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced on Wednesday.

Thursday, 8 March 2012Read More

Change to Minimum Pay Threshold for Immigrants to Settle in the UK

Migrant workers will in future need to earn at least £35,000 to qualify for a visa permitting them to settle in the UK, according to the UK Government.

Friday, 2 March 2012Read More

30,000 Overseas Workers Come to the UK under Transfer Schemes

Nearly 30,000 migrant workers came to the UK on intra-company transfers (ICTs) last year, an increase of 50 percent in just 2 years, according to a new report from the UK Government on Tuesday.

Thursday, 1 March 2012Read More

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Saudi Arabia from 27 February 2012

On 27 February 2012, the UK Border Agency's commercial partner in Saudi Arabia, VFS Global, commenced a priority UK visa service.

Thursday, 1 March 2012Read More

Change in Application Forms for Extension of Stay in the UK

Applicants who want to apply for an extension of stay in the UK under some visa categories now no longer use application form FLR(BID), the UK Border Agency announced on February 27, 2012.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012Read More

UK Attracts Middle East Investors Spending on Residential Property

A new report from Jones Lang LaSalle reveals that Middle East investors were its second largest foreign customers for residential property in London, after Asia Pacific buyers.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012Read More

UK Government Expands Biometric Residence Permits

The government has doubled the number of people required to have a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to stay in the UK, raising the number to 400,000 a year.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012Read More

Change to UK Visa Applications Taking Effect from 5 March

People applying for UK Visas from Fiji, India and Papua New Guinea will be required to make the initial stage of their visa application online from March 5, 2012.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012Read More

Immigrants Should Understand UK Common Culture

Immigrants to the UK should integrate into the society through learning English and joining common UK culture, according to the UK government.

Thursday, 23 February 2012Read More

Surge in Mideast Tourists to UK

According to the UK's national tourist authority VisitBritain, Britain expects to welcome more tourists from the Middle East in 2012.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012Read More

UK Makes Changes to Visas Service in Fiji

Starting from March 5, 2012, people applying for UK visas from Fiji will be requested to complete application forms online.

Monday, 20 February 2012Read More

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

From 27 February 2012, the UK Border Agency in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait will offer a priority visa service to applicants of UK visitor visas.

Monday, 20 February 2012Read More

UK Business Schools Still Attract MBA Applicants

The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), administrator of the GMAT test, reveals that there was an increase in the number of MBA applicants from outside the UK in 2011.

Thursday, 16 February 2012Read More

Increase in Foreign Millionaires Being Granted UK Visas

According to data obtained by McGrigors, a UK based commercial law firm, there has been a significant increase in the number of wealthy foreign investors being issued visas to stay in the UK over the last three years.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012Read More

UK Government Proposes New Visa Fees

Immigration minister Damian Green has submitted a proposal to change the fees for immigration and nationality applications made to the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

Tuesday, 14 February 2012Read More

UK Announces Express Business Visas for Bangladeshi Companies

February 12, 2012, Bangladeshi companies with strong ties to the UK will soon benefit from express business visa services, according to UK high commissioner to Dhaka.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012Read More

Changes to UK Student Visa System Announced

Immigration Minister Damian Green has announced new visa rules that are aimed at reducing abuse of the student visa route and ensuring that only the best and brightest students can stay and work in the UK.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012Read More

Rise in Immigrant Workers in Doncaster, Yorkshire

According to a report by Migration Yorkshire, there have been increasing numbers of migrant workers arriving in the borough of Doncaster in Yorkshire, England.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012Read More

UK Visa Applicants to Make Online Payments in the UAE

The UK Border Agency will require UK visa applicants from the UAE to pay their application fees online from February 6, 2012.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012Read More

UK Set to Change Payment Process for Visa Applicants in Japan

In order to make the application process more efficient, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has made an announcement to change the payment process for UK Visa applicants in Japan.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012Read More

UK Offer Visas for International Students with Entrepreneurial Flair

International students who have shown entrepreneurial flair while studying in UK universities will be able to gain a visa to remain in the country to develop their ideas, according to an announcement by Immigration Minister, Damian Green.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012Read More

Online Bookings for UK Visa Applicants to Enrol their Biometrics

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has launched an online system for visa applicants in the UK to book their biometric information enrolment, replacing their telephone service.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012Read More

UK to Attract Only the Best and Brightest Migrants

The UK plans to change its immigration policy to attract only the best and brightest migrants, according to Immigration Minister Damian Green.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012Read More

New List of English Language Test Providers for UK Visa Applications

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) have released a new list of approved English language test providers for visa applications made under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system and for partner visa applications.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012Read More

UK Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visa Applications To Move Online

The UK Border Agency has announced that Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa applicants and their dependants in the UK will be able to apply for their visa online from February 14, 2012.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012Read More

Britain Prepare to Welcome Visitors for the 2012 Olympics

According to the UK Border Agency (UKBA), Britain will welcome between 600,000 and 700,000 visitors for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012Read More

New UK Visa Application Form and Guidance for Bulgarians and Romanians

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has published a new version of Form BR3, which is used by Bulgarian and Romanian nationals to apply for an accession worker card.

Thursday, 19 January 2012Read More

New Procedure for Visa Applicants Seeking Arts Council England Endorsement

Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) visa applicants who want their applications endorsed by the Arts Council England (ACE) are required to follow a new procedure, according to an announcement from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) earlier this month.

Thursday, 19 January 2012Read More

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Ukraine

From 16 January 2012, the UK Border Agency in Ukraine will offer a priority visa service which is available to applicants who meet specific criteria and who pay an additional fee to have their visa application processed ahead of others.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012Read More

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Thailand

From 16 January 2012 the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in Thailand will offer a priority UK visa service to certain categories of applicants who meet specific criteria and pay an additional fee to have their visa application processed ahead of others.

Monday, 16 January 2012Read More

UK Tier 4 (Student) Visa Sponsor Inspections and Reviews 2012

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has reminded all Tier 4 (Student) visa sponsors of the requirement for an inspection or review in 2012 by an appropriate educational oversight body to continue to be able to sponsor international students.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012Read More

UK announces changes to student visas

Home Secretary Theresa May has recently announced the changes to the student visa system. The changes include tougher entrance criteria, limits on work entitlements and the closure of the post-study work route.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011Read More

UK attracts entrepreneurs and investors via immigration supports

The UK Government has recently announced new visa rules which give an extra incentive as a reward for foreign entrepreneurs and investors who contribute to UK economic growth.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011Read More

UK visa application centre in Tokyo Re-opened

After closing due to the earthquake, the UK Visa application centre has been re-open in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday 16th March 2011

Tuesday, 22 March 2011Read More

UK removes eight occupations from shortage occupation list

The removal of eight occupations from the points-based system's shortage occupation list has been recently announced by the UK government.

Monday, 21 March 2011Read More

The UK Worker Registration Scheme to be closed

The UK Worker Registration Scheme will close on 30 April 2011, according to a recent announcement of Immigration Minister Damian Green. This will help overseas workers from countries included in the scheme work and reside in the UK more easily.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011Read More

UK receives more recommendations on the UK shortage occupation list

According to UK Border Agency, they have recently received recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) that eight occupations should be removed from the UK shortage occupation list.

Friday, 11 March 2011Read More

UK Border Agency to increase UK Visa Fees

According to recent announcement from The UK Border Agency, fees for visa applications in majority of the UK visa categories are set to rise from 6 April 2011 as part of a huge money saving drive.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011Read More

UK immigration Authorities fails on controlling work visas

According to a report of John Vine, independent chief inspector of the UK Border Agency, UK immigration Authorities has failed to stop overseas labours working without a UK work permit.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011Read More

Thousands of Indian skilled workers to be permitted to enter UK

Despite the UK government's new immigration cap, 20,000 Indian skilled workers will be allowed to enter the country annually as part of a European Union (EU) trade deal.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011Read More

UK to exempt high earners from immigration cap

According to a recent announcement from British Government, non-European Union workers with high earnings are to be excluded from the UK immigration cap which will come into effect in April 2011.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011Read More

Thousands of migrant workers will by-pass UK Immigration Cap

It has emerged that thousands of migrants from outside of the European Union (EU) will still be able to find work in the UK as a result of a series of loopholes in the immigration system.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011Read More

Further changes to the UK immigrations rules for April 2011

As part of a shake up of the immigration system, on the 23rd November 2011, the Home Secretary announced significant changes that would be enforced as part of the government’s pledge to cut migrant numbers.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011Read More

71 job roles to be outlawed under UK Tier 2 Visa

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the independent body which reports to the government on migration and labour issues, has recommended a new shorter list of occupations eligible under UK Tier 2 of the points-based. According to the recommendation, 71 shortage occupations are set to be removed from UK Tier 2 Visa.

Friday, 11 February 2011Read More

UK closed Student Visa national consultation

The public consultation on the UK student visa system closed and responses are being considered carefully before final decision, according to UK Immigration Minister Damian Green in his speech to the think tank Reform last week.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011Read More

UK welcomes New Zealand immigrants

William Hague, British Foreign Secretary said on a recent trip to New Zealand that he wants to continue to see a large flow of New Zealand immigrants to the UK.

Friday, 28 January 2011Read More

UK Business Secretary calms fears over immigration cap

In his latest trade mission to Mumbai on 17 January 2011, Business Secretary used the first speech to calm fears of Indian businesses over the UK's immigration cap set to tack effect in April of 2011.

Friday, 21 January 2011Read More

Higher language entry level to study in the UK

The Home Office has sent UK ministers a proposal for a higher English language skill requirement in order to reduce the number of foreign students coming to the UK.

Monday, 17 January 2011Read More

Three months left for UK onshore Tier 1 Visa application

According to a UK Border Agency announcement, onshore applications for the Tier 1 (General) Visa in the UK will remain open until the end of March 2011, which means that there are only three months left for UK immigrants wishing to apply for Tier 1 Visa from within the UK.

Thursday, 6 January 2011Read More

Interim limit on Tier 2 visa sponsorships by April 2011

While waiting for an annual limit on applications for Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system to be set, an interim limit of Tier 2 (General) was announced by UK Border Agency and will apply until 5 April, 2011. According to the interim limit, there will be maximum of 10,382 certificates for both initial and extension applications that can be issued.

Thursday, 6 January 2011Read More

New Tier 1 and Tier 2 Visa Recommendations Accepted

Proposed changes to Tiers 1 and 2 of the Points Based System (PBS) by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) have been accepted by the government. The new rules will take effect on 6th April 2010.

Monday, 22 March 2010Read More

Immigration is Good says UK Businesses

Amidst the recent criticism of migration across much of Westminster, a recent poll of 182 London firms has show that business need migrants to compete.

Thursday, 18 March 2010Read More

UK Denies Entry to Artists Academic and Authors

According to concerned petitioners, the introduction of the Points Based System (PBS) into the UK Immigration rules has left some academics, artists and authors with fruitless refusals.

Thursday, 18 March 2010Read More

London Mayor to host migrant conference

London Mayor Boris Johnson is set to hold a conference on Migration in the capital in the forthcoming weeks. The conference will invite 150 leaders and mayors from across Europe to talk about migration integration in to British Society.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010Read More

Migrant Workers still in High Demand

Despite the downturn of the UK economy in recent months, employers' remain enthusiastic at hiring migrant workers.

Friday, 19 February 2010Read More

UK Illegal Immigrants May Become Citizens

A proposal from the Liberal Democrats at Brent Council aims to convert illegal immigrants into fully fledged citizens - giving them full rights and responsibilities. The council is the sixth in the UK to support the cause.

Friday, 5 February 2010Read More

Temporary Student Visa suspension for Certain Countries

The UKBA has placed a temporary suspension on Student Visa applications from Bangladesh, Northern India and Nepal; with effect as of February 1st.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010Read More

UK Immigration Cap is a Con

Labour MP's have called out against Migration Watch and Tory leader David Cameron's suggestion that the UK population will hit 70 million.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010Read More

UK Home Office to Increase Government Immigration Fees

The Home Office has released new figures for the fees for its immigration and nationality services. The new figures, which will come in to effect as of April this year, are set above the normal administrative costs of the service. Whilst most services will see a rise of up to £100; one particular service will treble in cost - the dependent relative visa.

Friday, 22 January 2010Read More

Conservative leader proposes conservative cap on immigration

David Cameron, leader of the UK Conservative party has proposed a cap on UK immigration. If the elected PM at the next election, Cameron is proposing an annual cap on UK immigration to stop the population reaching the predicted 70 million. The cap could see net migration to the UK limited to the tens of thousands.

Thursday, 21 January 2010Read More

English language schools amidst a over-haul of student visas

English language schools are said to contribute £1.5 billion to the UK's economy on an annual basis and draw more than 600,000 students to the UK.

Thursday, 21 January 2010Read More

East of England needs migrant workers to help beat recession

Whilst a growing number of unemployed local people are given support to find jobs or learn new skills, the East of England needs migrant workers to plug employment gaps and beat the recession.

Friday, 27 March 2009Read More

Stricter rules for skilled and highly skilled migrant workers

Stricter Immigration Rules for skilled and highly skilled migrant workers will take effect on 31 March 2009, raising the academic and financial requirements of two categories in Tier 1 of the points-based system.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009Read More

Migrant workers and foreign students to be charged 50 pounds to enter UK

Foreign workers and students from outside the European Union will have to pay £50 when arriving in the UK to help ease the impact of immigrants on public services.

Thursday, 19 March 2009Read More

UK circuses need well-trained migrant clowns and acrobats

Malcolm Clay, of the Association of Circus Proprietors of Great Britain, told the committee that they needed to bring performers from Eastern Europe and China. However they feared that although the new points-based system is a 'vast improvement' on the previous work permit system, Embassy staff have not been properly trained for the new system.

Friday, 6 March 2009Read More

Fees for visas and sponsor licences are due to increase in October 2010

The Government has announced its proposed fee levels for all visa, immigration, sponsorship and nationality applications in 2009/10.

Friday, 6 March 2009Read More

Stricter immigration rules for migrant workers coming to the UK

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has announced tougher measures to reduce the number of foreign workers wishing to enter the UK, and to give British workers a greater change of applying first for UK jobs.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009Read More

Identity cards for foreign nationals to extend to further immigration categories

Migrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are expected to receive identity cards for foreign nationals. The cards replace the stickers or vignettes in passports.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009Read More

South Africans will need a visa to visit Britain

South Africans will be required to obtain visas to visit Britain under Government plans to close a route exploited by people smugglers, illegal immigrants and terror suspects.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009Read More

European Integration Fund to help UK migrants

The UK Border Agency has announced a call for tender for the European Integration Fund 2007-2008. The European Integration Fund is aimed at legally newly arrived migrants within the last five years who are not asylum seekers or refugees.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009Read More

US Embassy Relaxes Visa Renewal Procedure

The US Embassy in Ghana has made the renewal procedure of certain US visas much easier for eligible applicants. It is hopeful that these procedures will be followed in other US embassies and consulates located in other countries.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009Read More

Record numbers of work permits issued for migrants

More than 150,000 foreigners from outside the EU were allowed to work in the UK last year, a figure almost four times higher than when the Labour government took power in 1997.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009Read More

Million new jobs go to migrants

Foreign workers have taken almost all the new jobs created in the UK in the past 7 years. The research into the UK labour market since 2001, published by the think-tank Migrationwatch, shows that 1.08 million out of the 1.34 million new jobs created since 2001 have gone to non-UK citizens.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009Read More

Sponsoring students under the points-based system for immigration

Education providers who want to bring non-EEA students must have a licence and comply with their sponsorship duties under the Tier 4 category of the points-based system.

Friday, 23 January 2009Read More

Government's new bill shakes up the route to citizenship

A bill which requires newcomers to the UK to earn the right to stay here was recently published in Parliament.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009Read More

UK immigration system commits to protect children

The welfare of children in Britain’s immigration system is a top priority, according to new UK Border Agency guidelines announced on 6 January 2009.

Monday, 12 January 2009Read More

212,000 skilled migrants to work in the UK this year

The number of skilled migrants coming to live and work in Britain will reach an all-time peak this year, experts predicted this week.

Wednesday, 26 March 2008Read More

Immigrant workers collect 28 million GBP in child benefits

Since entering the European Union in 2004, Poland and seven other eastern European states have collected 28 million GBP in Child Benefit money for children not living in the UK.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008Read More

UK immigration to crack down on fraud

New immigration rules are being put in place to prevent UK visa fraud. These more stringent rules will come into affect this month.

Thursday, 20 March 2008Read More

UK increasingly popular with overseas and local students

Everybody wants to study in the UK, or so it seems, as a recent report showed that there's been an almost 7% (over 26,000) increase in applications to UK universities and colleges in 2008.

Friday, 7 March 2008Read More

New immigration rules will give UK a boost

The new points-based system for immigrants, which has come into force on last week Friday, the 29th of February, will let the right people into the UK, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had stated.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008Read More

Highly skilled migrants bring clever balance to UK

Britain is enjoying an influx of highly skilled migrants, whose numbers outweigh those leaving the country, a recent survey revealed.

Saturday, 1 March 2008Read More

Unveiled: New UK immigration points-based system

The UK's new points-based immigration system is finally seeing the light of day, as the UK Government has just published its details. The big day will be on the 29th of February when it will come into effect.

Monday, 11 February 2008Read More

Overseas students flock to Britain

Britain is fast catching up to America's reputation as the most popular place for overseas students to study, according to a survey published last week.

Monday, 4 February 2008Read More

Why highly skilled migrants should act now: New UK immigration points-based system in the pipeline

If you would like to live and work in the United Kingdom, now is the best time to apply for a working visa, as from the 1st of March 2008, the current Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) and UK Work Permit scheme will be replaced by a brand new points-based system.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008Read More

Minister announces immigration reform plans

Home Office minister Liam Byrne outlines new measures for immigration control.

Wednesday, 28 March 2007Read More

How will IRIS affect border control?

The UK has introduced a new fast and secure method of clearing immigration method called IRIS Recognition Immigration System). IRIS recognises someone by the pattern of his or her iris which is also the most personally distinct external physical characteristic.

Wednesday, 21 March 2007Read More

Entry clearance fees to be introduced!

The Home Office and Foreign Commonwealth Office have announced the introduction of new fees for entry clearance for those applying to come into the UK to visit, study, live or work.

Monday, 19 March 2007Read More

Certificate of Approval Update

Following a High Court ruling, the Home Office has now relaxed the criteria for obtaining a Certificate of Approval (COA) for couples who wish to get married or enter into civil partnership in the UK.

Wednesday, 14 March 2007Read More

Hike in UK Immigration and Nationality fees

The UK Government has announced new fees for immigration and nationality which will come into effect from April 2007.

Friday, 9 March 2007Read More

Australian Public Holiday - Monday, 12th of March 2007

We wish to advise our clients that our Australian office will be closed on 12th March, 2007 for Labour Day.

Friday, 9 March 2007Read More

Knowledge of Life in the UK introduced for Settlement

The UK Government has introduced an additional requirement of language knowledge and “life in the UK” for those adults who are applying for indefinite leave to remain on or after 2nd April 2007.

Wednesday, 7 March 2007Read More

UK economy performance praised by IMF

International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced that UK’s macroeconomic performance remains ‘impressive’.

Tuesday, 6 March 2007Read More

New TB test for Pakistan

New requirements have been revealed for applicants in Pakistan who wish to come to the UK for longer than 6 months.

Monday, 5 March 2007Read More

Updated guidelines for work permit holders!

Revised guidelines have been issued by Work Permit UK affecting work permit holders on a six months work permit or less.

Saturday, 3 March 2007Read More

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK

Great opportunities are now open to nurses to work in the over 20,000 private care homes for the elderly in Britain.

Thursday, 1 March 2007Read More

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK

Great opportunities are open to nurses to work in the over 20,000 private care homes for the elderly in Britain.

Thursday, 1 March 2007Read More

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK.

Great opportunities are open to nurses to work in the over 20,000 private care homes for the elderly in Britain.

Thursday, 1 March 2007Read More

Plight of Overseas Doctors

The British High Court has refused a judicial review of the changes made to the Immigration Rules abolishing the permit-free training for overseas doctors.

Saturday, 17 February 2007Read More

Overseas Workers contribute to growing UK Economy

The UK economy is booming! The country has experienced the fastest economic growth since 2004 which had led companies to step up hiring both domestic and overseas workers.

Wednesday, 14 February 2007Read More

UNFAIRNESS IN DEALING WITH HSMP WORKERS DEBATED IN UK GOVERMENT

The case of highly skilled Indian migrants was debated in the British Parliament.

Friday, 9 February 2007Read More

Border Bill achieves second reading without a vote

New laws intended to tighten the Government's grip on immigration after a string of headline-grabbing fiascos have cleared their first Commons hurdle.

Tuesday, 6 February 2007Read More

UK BORDERS BILL ACHIEVES SECOND READING WITHOUT A VOTE

New laws intended to tighten the Government's grip on immigration after a string of headline-grabbing fiascos have cleared their first Commons hurdle.

Tuesday, 6 February 2007Read More

NEW TECHNOLOGY AT BIRMIMGHAM AIRPORT HELPS STRENGHTEN UK BORDER

New biometric technology launched at Birmingham Airport today has been introduced to boost Britain's border controls.

Monday, 5 February 2007Read More

New Airport Technology Strengthens UK Border

New biometric technology launched at Birmingham Airport today has been introduced to boost Britain's border controls.

Monday, 5 February 2007Read More

NEW TECHNOLOGY AT BIRMIMGHAM AIRPORT HELPS STRENGHTEN UK BORDER

New biometric technology launched at Birmingham Airport today has been introduced to boost Britain's border controls.

Monday, 5 February 2007Read More

Macedonias Bid for EU Membership

Macedonia is looking to be the next possible EU member, following in the footsteps of Bulgaria and Romania.

Wednesday, 31 January 2007Read More

Chinese Embassy closed 17/02/07 - 21/02/07

The Embassy will be closed from 17th until 21st of February for the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Saturday, 27 January 2007Read More

New TB Test for Ghana and Kenya

From 5 February 2007, visa applicants in Ghana and Kenya applying for UK visas valid for stays longer than six months will need to provide with their visa application a certificate confirming that they are free from infectious tuberculosis (TB).

Saturday, 27 January 2007Read More

UK suspends Working Holiday Visas

Suspension is still in place for some countries participating in the Working Holiday Maker Scheme.

Saturday, 20 January 2007Read More

United Nations fall under Concession

United Nations: for Nationality purposes the Home Office has clarified that UN employees will now fall under a concession.

Monday, 15 January 2007Read More

Bulgaria and Romania Join the EU

From 1st January 2007, as European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, Bulgarians and Romanians will be able to move and reside freely in any EU Member State.

Monday, 1 January 2007Read More

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    As part of new figures recently revealed by the Home Office, the latest immigration figures show that net migration from outside the EU continues to fall, and is now at its lowest levels since 1998. This is seen as a direct result from the government’s efforts in effecting immigration reforms; one which is reducing abuse of the various programs.
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    A number of changes on UK immigration rules have been published by the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration on March 13, 2014. Under these changes, UK businesses will be allowed to employ skilled international workers as well as supporting the government's long term economic plan to build a stronger, more competitive economy.