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New UK Visa Application Centre in Chennai

New UK Visa Application Centre in Chennai

March, 2014

VFS Global has relocated its existing UK visa application centre (VAC) to a new bigger premise in Chennai.
Net rise in migrants to the UK

Net rise in migrants to the UK

March, 2014

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.
Changes on Immigration Rules Help UK Push up Economy

Changes on Immigration Rules Help UK Push up Economy

March, 2014

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.
UK to Introduce 'Tech Visa' for IT Talented Workers

UK to Introduce 'Tech Visa' for IT Talented Workers

February, 2014

In order to facilitate exceptionally talented programmers and IT professionals to apply for the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa, the UK government will introduce a new 'tech visa' in April 2014, according to a recent announcement by the UK's Prime Minister David Cameron.
UK Renews Immigration Concession for Syrians

UK Renews Immigration Concession for Syrians

February, 2014

UK Border Agency (UKBA) on 13 February 2014 announced the further renewal of concessions to the immigration rules for Syrian nationals lawfully in the UK.
UK Extends Support Service for SMEs

UK Extends Support Service for SMEs

February, 2014

UK Border Agency (UKBA) has extended an online support service for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) who need to recruit skilled overseas workers to February 28, 2014.
UK Announces Changes to Visa Application Centres Worldwide

UK Announces Changes to Visa Application Centres Worldwide

February, 2014

A number of changes to the visa services that offer customers of UK Border Agency (UKBA) overseas have been released recently.
Proposals to UK New Immigration Fees Announced

Proposals to UK New Immigration Fees Announced

February, 2014

Proposals to change the fees charged for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services have been announced by the UK government.
UK Publishes Public Responses to Visa Fees Consultation

UK Publishes Public Responses to Visa Fees Consultation

February, 2014

The UK government has recently published customers' responses to the consultation on fees and charging, immigration and visas, noting that they would welcome enhanced premium services and simplified fees.
Online Payment for UK Visa Application Becomes Mandatory in Africa

Online Payment for UK Visa Application Becomes Mandatory in Africa

January, 2014

Online payment for all UK visa applications will become mandatory in 15 African countries from January, 27, 2014, according to a recent announcement by UK Border Agency (UKBA).
UK to Reopen Mobile Visa Application Service in Laos

UK to Reopen Mobile Visa Application Service in Laos

January, 2014

It will be easier for Lao residents to make a UK visa application as the UK government will re-open the mobile UK visa application service to Laos at the British Embassy in Vientiane from 07 February 2014, UK Border Agency announced on 14 January.
UK Compulsory Online Payment for Application Fees

UK Compulsory Online Payment for Application Fees

January, 2014

As of December 16, 2013, certain overseas applicants seeking to apply for a visa to the UK must now pay their application fee online, as part of the application process.
 UKBA Removes Web Money as Visa Payment Option in Ukraine

UKBA Removes Web Money as Visa Payment Option in Ukraine

January, 2014

Web Money has stopped operating in Ukraine, according to a recent announcement by UK Border and Agency (UKBA).
Changes to Service Standards for Application Made in UK Take Effect from January

Changes to Service Standards for Application Made in UK Take Effect from January

January, 2014

From January 1, 2014, UKVI service standards for applications made within the UK have been changed following feedback from customers and partners.
UK Visa Applications in a Busy Period for Chinese New Year

UK Visa Applications in a Busy Period for Chinese New Year

January, 2014

People wishing to visit the UK for the annual Chinese New Year celebrations should make their visa application as soon as possible since it is expected that there will be a surge in applications from people in China in January, UK Border Agency (UKBA) has recently announced.
UK Immigration Control on Romanian and Bulgarian nationals Expires

UK Immigration Control on Romanian and Bulgarian nationals Expires

January, 2014

At midnight on December 31, 2013, the transitional controls restricting access to UK labor market on citizens of Romania and Bulgaria has expired.
UKBA Announces Changes to UK Immigration

UKBA Announces Changes to UK Immigration

March, 2013

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

Revised Codes of Practice for UK Skilled Migrant Workers

March, 2013

The UK Border Agency has recently announced changes to the Codes of Practice for skilled migrant workers from outside the European Economic Area.
UKBA Announces Proposals on Immigration Fee Increases

UKBA Announces Proposals on Immigration Fee Increases

March, 2013

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

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

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.
UK Super Priority Visa Service to Attract Indian Businessmen

UK Super Priority Visa Service to Attract Indian Businessmen

February, 2013

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.
UKBA Extends Priority Visa Service for Filipinos

UKBA Extends Priority Visa Service for Filipinos

February, 2013

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

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

January, 2013

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.
UKBA Responses to Concerns about Backlogs of UK Visa Applications

UKBA Responses to Concerns about Backlogs of UK Visa Applications

January, 2013

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.
UK Visa Rule Change Affects Non-EU Players

UK Visa Rule Change Affects Non-EU Players

January, 2013

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.
Many UK Visa Options for Australians

Many UK Visa Options for Australians

January, 2013

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.
UK Youth Mobility Scheme Available for South Korean Nationals

UK Youth Mobility Scheme Available for South Korean Nationals

January, 2013

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.
UK Launches New Priority Fast-track Visa Service for Kenyans

UK Launches New Priority Fast-track Visa Service for Kenyans

January, 2013

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.
UK Citizenship – Changes in the Assessment of Good Character

UK Citizenship – Changes in the Assessment of Good Character

January, 2013

On 13th December 2012, the Home Office made changes to the Nationality Instructions, affecting anyone applying for UK citizenship on or after that date.
UK Introduces New Visa Rule for Travellers from Libya, Egypt and Syria

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

March, 2012

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.
UK Visa Application Fees Change on 6 April 2012

UK Visa Application Fees Change on 6 April 2012

March, 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.
Marriage Ban for UK Visa Holders in Olympics

Marriage Ban for UK Visa Holders in Olympics

March, 2012

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.
UK to Offer 60 New Scholarships for Indian Students

UK to Offer 60 New Scholarships for Indian Students

March, 2012

There will be 60 new scholarships for Indian students to undertake masters' courses in the UK, according to the UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
New Proposal for UK Family Visas from the Home Secretary

New Proposal for UK Family Visas from the Home Secretary

March, 2012

Home Secretary Theresa May proposed new rules to curb the number of people coming to the UK as immigrants on family visas.
UK Visa Restrictions for Non-EU Artists to be Relaxed

UK Visa Restrictions for Non-EU Artists to be Relaxed

March, 2012

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.
UK Immigration Introduces New Standards for Border Checks

UK Immigration Introduces New Standards for Border Checks

March, 2012

The UK will provide immigration officers with specific minimum standards for border checks, according to the Immigration Minister Damien Green.
Increase in UK Visitor Spending from Japan

Increase in UK Visitor Spending from Japan

March, 2012

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

UK Open to Indian Investors

March, 2012

The British deputy high commissioner for western India, Peter Beckingham revealed new figures about India's investment in the UK over last two years.
UK Tourism Minister Notes Visa Process Improvements for Foreign Visitors

UK Tourism Minister Notes Visa Process Improvements for Foreign Visitors

March, 2012

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

UK Changes Visa Application Service in Finland

March, 2012

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.
UK Visa Services in Demark to be Changed

UK Visa Services in Demark to be Changed

March, 2012

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

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

March, 2012

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

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

March, 2012

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

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

March, 2012

On 27 February 2012, the UK Border Agency's commercial partner in Saudi Arabia, VFS Global, commenced a priority UK visa service.
Change in Application Forms for Extension of Stay in the UK

Change in Application Forms for Extension of Stay in the UK

February, 2012

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.
UK Attracts Middle East Investors Spending on Residential Property

UK Attracts Middle East Investors Spending on Residential Property

February, 2012

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.
UK Government Expands Biometric Residence Permits

UK Government Expands Biometric Residence Permits

February, 2012

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.
Change to UK Visa Applications Taking Effect from 5 March

Change to UK Visa Applications Taking Effect from 5 March

February, 2012

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.
Immigrants Should Understand UK Common Culture

Immigrants Should Understand UK Common Culture

February, 2012

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

Surge in Mideast Tourists to UK

February, 2012

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

UK Makes Changes to Visas Service in Fiji

February, 2012

Starting from March 5, 2012, people applying for UK visas from Fiji will be requested to complete application forms online.
UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

February, 2012

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.
UK Business Schools Still Attract MBA Applicants

UK Business Schools Still Attract MBA Applicants

February, 2012

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.
Increase in Foreign Millionaires Being Granted UK Visas

Increase in Foreign Millionaires Being Granted UK Visas

February, 2012

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.
UK Government Proposes New Visa Fees

UK Government Proposes New Visa Fees

February, 2012

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

UK Announces Express Business Visas for Bangladeshi Companies

February, 2012

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.
Changes to UK Student Visa System Announced

Changes to UK Student Visa System Announced

February, 2012

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.
Rise in Immigrant Workers in Doncaster, Yorkshire

Rise in Immigrant Workers in Doncaster, Yorkshire

February, 2012

According to a report by Migration Yorkshire, there have been increasing numbers of migrant workers arriving in the borough of Doncaster in Yorkshire, England.
UK Visa Applicants to Make Online Payments in the UAE

UK Visa Applicants to Make Online Payments in the UAE

February, 2012

The UK Border Agency will require UK visa applicants from the UAE to pay their application fees online from February 6, 2012.
UK Set to Change Payment Process for Visa Applicants in Japan

UK Set to Change Payment Process for Visa Applicants in Japan

February, 2012

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.
UK Offer Visas for International Students with Entrepreneurial Flair

UK Offer Visas for International Students with Entrepreneurial Flair

February, 2012

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.
Online Bookings for UK Visa Applicants to Enrol their Biometrics

Online Bookings for UK Visa Applicants to Enrol their Biometrics

February, 2012

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.
UK to Attract Only the Best and Brightest Migrants

UK to Attract Only the Best and Brightest Migrants

January, 2012

The UK plans to change its immigration policy to attract only the best and brightest migrants, according to Immigration Minister Damian Green.
New List of English Language Test Providers for UK Visa Applications

New List of English Language Test Providers for UK Visa Applications

January, 2012

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.
UK Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visa Applications To Move Online

UK Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visa Applications To Move Online

January, 2012

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.
Britain Prepare to Welcome Visitors for the 2012 Olympics

Britain Prepare to Welcome Visitors for the 2012 Olympics

January, 2012

According to the UK Border Agency (UKBA), Britain will welcome between 600,000 and 700,000 visitors for the 2012 Olympic Games.
New UK Visa Application Form and Guidance for Bulgarians and Romanians

New UK Visa Application Form and Guidance for Bulgarians and Romanians

January, 2012

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.
New Procedure for Visa Applicants Seeking Arts Council England Endorsement

New Procedure for Visa Applicants Seeking Arts Council England Endorsement

January, 2012

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.
UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Ukraine

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Ukraine

January, 2012

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.
UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Thailand

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Thailand

January, 2012

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

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

January, 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.
UK announces changes to student visas

UK announces changes to student visas

March, 2011

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.
UK attracts entrepreneurs and investors via immigration supports

UK attracts entrepreneurs and investors via immigration supports

March, 2011

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.
UK visa application centre in Tokyo Re-opened

UK visa application centre in Tokyo Re-opened

March, 2011

After closing due to the earthquake, the UK Visa application centre has been re-open in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday 16th March 2011
UK removes eight occupations from shortage occupation list

UK removes eight occupations from shortage occupation list

March, 2011

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

The UK Worker Registration Scheme to be closed

March, 2011

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.
UK receives more recommendations on the UK shortage occupation list

UK receives more recommendations on the UK shortage occupation list

March, 2011

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.
UK Border Agency to increase UK Visa Fees

UK Border Agency to increase UK Visa Fees

March, 2011

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.
UK immigration Authorities fails  on controlling work visas

UK immigration Authorities fails on controlling work visas

February, 2011

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.
Thousands of Indian skilled workers to be permitted to enter UK

Thousands of Indian skilled workers to be permitted to enter UK

February, 2011

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.
UK to exempt high earners from immigration cap

UK to exempt high earners from immigration cap

February, 2011

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.
Thousands of migrant workers will by-pass UK Immigration Cap

Thousands of migrant workers will by-pass UK Immigration Cap

February, 2011

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.
Further changes to the UK immigrations rules for April 2011

Further changes to the UK immigrations rules for April 2011

February, 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.
71 job roles to be outlawed under UK Tier 2 Visa

71 job roles to be outlawed under UK Tier 2 Visa

February, 2011

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.
UK closed Student Visa national consultation

UK closed Student Visa national consultation

February, 2011

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.
UK welcomes New Zealand immigrants

UK welcomes New Zealand immigrants

January, 2011

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.
UK Business Secretary calms fears over immigration cap

UK Business Secretary calms fears over immigration cap

January, 2011

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.
Higher language entry level to study in the UK

Higher language entry level to study in the UK

January, 2011

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.
Three months left for UK onshore Tier 1 Visa application

Three months left for UK onshore Tier 1 Visa application

January, 2011

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.
Interim limit on Tier 2 visa sponsorships by April 2011

Interim limit on Tier 2 visa sponsorships by April 2011

January, 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.
New Tier 1 and Tier 2 Visa Recommendations Accepted

New Tier 1 and Tier 2 Visa Recommendations Accepted

March, 2010

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.
Immigration is Good says UK Businesses

Immigration is Good says UK Businesses

March, 2010

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.
UK Denies Entry to Artists Academic and Authors

UK Denies Entry to Artists Academic and Authors

March, 2010

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.
London Mayor to host migrant conference

London Mayor to host migrant conference

February, 2010

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.
Migrant Workers still in High Demand

Migrant Workers still in High Demand

February, 2010

Despite the downturn of the UK economy in recent months, employers' remain enthusiastic at hiring migrant workers.
UK Illegal Immigrants May Become Citizens

UK Illegal Immigrants May Become Citizens

February, 2010

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.
Temporary Student Visa suspension for Certain Countries

Temporary Student Visa suspension for Certain Countries

February, 2010

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

UK Immigration Cap is a Con

January, 2010

Labour MP's have called out against Migration Watch and Tory leader David Cameron's suggestion that the UK population will hit 70 million.
UK Home Office to Increase Government Immigration Fees

UK Home Office to Increase Government Immigration Fees

January, 2010

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.
Conservative leader proposes conservative cap on immigration

Conservative leader proposes conservative cap on immigration

January, 2010

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.
English language schools amidst a over-haul of student visas

English language schools amidst a over-haul of student visas

January, 2010

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.
East of England needs migrant workers to help beat recession

East of England needs migrant workers to help beat recession

March, 2009

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.
Stricter rules for skilled and highly skilled migrant workers

Stricter rules for skilled and highly skilled migrant workers

March, 2009

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

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

March, 2009

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.
UK circuses need well-trained migrant clowns and acrobats

UK circuses need well-trained migrant clowns and acrobats

March, 2009

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

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

March, 2009

The Government has announced its proposed fee levels for all visa, immigration, sponsorship and nationality applications in 2009/10.
Stricter immigration rules for migrant workers coming to the UK

Stricter immigration rules for migrant workers coming to the UK

February, 2009

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.
Identity cards for foreign nationals to extend to further immigration categories

Identity cards for foreign nationals to extend to further immigration categories

February, 2009

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.
South Africans will need a visa to visit Britain

South Africans will need a visa to visit Britain

February, 2009

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.
European Integration Fund to help UK migrants

European Integration Fund to help UK migrants

February, 2009

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.
US Embassy Relaxes Visa Renewal Procedure

US Embassy Relaxes Visa Renewal Procedure

February, 2009

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.
Record numbers of work permits issued for migrants

Record numbers of work permits issued for migrants

January, 2009

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.
Million new jobs go to migrants

Million new jobs go to migrants

January, 2009

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.
Sponsoring students under the points-based system for immigration

Sponsoring students under the points-based system for immigration

January, 2009

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.
Government's new bill shakes up the route to citizenship

Government's new bill shakes up the route to citizenship

January, 2009

A bill which requires newcomers to the UK to earn the right to stay here was recently published in Parliament.
UK immigration system commits to protect children

UK immigration system commits to protect children

January, 2009

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

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

March, 2008

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

Immigrant workers collect 28 million GBP in child benefits

Immigrant workers collect 28 million GBP in child benefits

March, 2008

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.

UK immigration to crack down on fraud

UK immigration to crack down on fraud

March, 2008

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

UK increasingly popular with overseas and local students

UK increasingly popular with overseas and local students

March, 2008

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.

New immigration rules will give UK a boost

New immigration rules will give UK a boost

March, 2008

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.

Highly skilled migrants bring clever balance to UK

Highly skilled migrants bring clever balance to UK

March, 2008

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

Unveiled: New UK immigration points-based system

Unveiled: New UK immigration points-based system

February, 2008

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.

Overseas students flock to Britain

Overseas students flock to Britain

February, 2008

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.

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

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

January, 2008

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.

Minister announces immigration reform plans

Minister announces immigration reform plans

March, 2007

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

How will IRIS  affect border control?

How will IRIS affect border control?

March, 2007

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.

Entry clearance fees to be introduced!

Entry clearance fees to be introduced!

March, 2007

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.

Certificate of Approval Update

Certificate of Approval Update

March, 2007

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.

Hike in UK Immigration and Nationality fees

Hike in UK Immigration and Nationality fees

March, 2007

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

Australian Public Holiday - Monday, 12th of March 2007

Australian Public Holiday - Monday, 12th of March 2007

March, 2007

We wish to advise our clients that our Australian office will be closed on 12th March, 2007 for Labour Day.
Knowledge of Life in the UK introduced for Settlement

Knowledge of Life in the UK introduced for Settlement

March, 2007

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.

UK economy performance praised by IMF

UK economy performance praised by IMF

March, 2007

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

New TB test for Pakistan

New TB test for Pakistan

March, 2007

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

Updated guidelines for work permit holders!

Updated guidelines for work permit holders!

March, 2007

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

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK

March, 2007

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

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK

March, 2007

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

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK.

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK.

March, 2007

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

Plight of Overseas Doctors

Plight of Overseas Doctors

February, 2007

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.

Overseas Workers contribute to growing UK Economy

Overseas Workers contribute to growing UK Economy

February, 2007

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.

UNFAIRNESS IN DEALING WITH  HSMP WORKERS DEBATED IN UK GOVERMENT

UNFAIRNESS IN DEALING WITH HSMP WORKERS DEBATED IN UK GOVERMENT

February, 2007

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

Border Bill achieves second reading without a vote

Border Bill achieves second reading without a vote

February, 2007

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

UK BORDERS BILL ACHIEVES SECOND READING WITHOUT A VOTE

UK BORDERS BILL ACHIEVES SECOND READING WITHOUT A VOTE

February, 2007

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

NEW TECHNOLOGY AT BIRMIMGHAM AIRPORT HELPS  STRENGHTEN UK BORDER

NEW TECHNOLOGY AT BIRMIMGHAM AIRPORT HELPS STRENGHTEN UK BORDER

February, 2007

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

New Airport Technology Strengthens UK Border

New Airport Technology Strengthens UK Border

February, 2007

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

NEW TECHNOLOGY AT BIRMIMGHAM AIRPORT HELPS  STRENGHTEN UK BORDER

NEW TECHNOLOGY AT BIRMIMGHAM AIRPORT HELPS STRENGHTEN UK BORDER

February, 2007

New biometric technology launched at Birmingham Airport today has been introduced to boost Britain's border controls.
Macedonias Bid for EU Membership

Macedonias Bid for EU Membership

January, 2007

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

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

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

January, 2007

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

New TB Test for Ghana and Kenya

New TB Test for Ghana and Kenya

January, 2007

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).

UK suspends Working Holiday Visas

UK suspends Working Holiday Visas

January, 2007

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

United Nations fall under Concession

United Nations fall under Concession

January, 2007

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

Bulgaria and Romania Join the EU

Bulgaria and Romania Join the EU

January, 2007

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.