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UK Immigration Process Unchanged for EU Citizens Following Brexit

UK Immigration Process Unchanged for EU Citizens Following Brexit

June, 2016

Citizens of countries under the European Union (EU) can still undergo the standard UK immigration processes despite the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU, a move that is popularly known as Brexit.

UK Appoints New Biometrics Commissioner

UK Appoints New Biometrics Commissioner

June, 2016

The Home Office has named Professor Paul Wiles as the United Kingdom’s new independent Biometrics Commissioner.

Updated EVW Scheme Benefits Oman, Qatar, UAE travellers

Updated EVW Scheme Benefits Oman, Qatar, UAE travellers

May, 2016

The United Kingdom has introduced an improved version of the electronic visa waiver authorization (EVW) for passport holders from Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

UK Resettlement Scheme Aims to Benefit 3,000 MENA Refugees

UK Resettlement Scheme Aims to Benefit 3,000 MENA Refugees

May, 2016

The UK government’s collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will result in the resettlement of up to 3,000 vulnerable individuals from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

UK Government Announces Significant Changes to Tier 2

UK Government Announces Significant Changes to Tier 2

April, 2016

The UK Government has announced that they will implement the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC’s) recommendations on changes to the Tier 2 - skilled visa category.
UK Home Secretary Attributes Immigration Security to EU Relations in Recent Speech

UK Home Secretary Attributes Immigration Security to EU Relations in Recent Speech

April, 2016

UK Home Secretary Theresa May touched on the issue of immigration security and border protection in a speech she delivered in London yesterday, 25th April 2016.

Uk to Launch Super Priority Visa Service in Kazakhstan

Uk to Launch Super Priority Visa Service in Kazakhstan

March, 2016

UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI), a division of UK Home Office has recently announced the opening of 24-hour Super Priority Visa Service in Astana, Kazakhstan. This movement once again claimed the leading role of the UK in providing premium visa services to regular and business visitors.
UK Launches Draft EU Rules to Close Foreign-Born Spouse Migration Loophole

UK Launches Draft EU Rules to Close Foreign-Born Spouse Migration Loophole

February, 2016

All British families, with a foreign-born spouse who rely on an obscure legal loophole called 'Sunrinder Singh route' is going to be affected by the new rules.
UK Commitment to Protect Workers from Exploitation

UK Commitment to Protect Workers from Exploitation

February, 2016

On 22 January 2016, the United Kingdom has ratified international agreement with The Forced Labour Protocol to combat forced labour and punish perpetrators furthering the Government’s commitment to protect UK workers from exploitation.
UK Expands Registered Traveller Scheme to Asia Countries

UK Expands Registered Traveller Scheme to Asia Countries

February, 2016

The UK Home Office has just announced the expansion of its Registered Traveller scheme to Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the US. The program, which now has over 40,000 members, offers a faster and more convenient entry for those who frequently travel to the UK.
More than Half of London Residents Born Overseas

More than Half of London Residents Born Overseas

January, 2016

50% of the population in London comes from several foreign nationalities – this is the fascinating breakdown revealed in recent analyses of official data.
Increase in UK Immigration following The Scheme for Workers to Claim Welfare Payments

Increase in UK Immigration following The Scheme for Workers to Claim Welfare Payments

January, 2016

A recent policy gives a rise to controversy in the migrant community, in which workers to EU have the right to require a twelve-month allowance following their arrival in the UK, or after they come to a member in EU countries. According to an economist in Downing streets, this plan will be appealing to a great number of workers who want to relocate from mainland EU to the UK, leading to a significant growth in UK immigration.
UK to Launch New Single Visa System for Chinese Visitors

UK to Launch New Single Visa System for Chinese Visitors

June, 2015

The UK Government plans to announce a new scheme that will permit Chinese visitors to apply for UK and Schengen visas in a single procedure. The new scheme will attract thousands of Chinese visitors to the country.
UK Universities to Reinstate Post-Study Work Visa for Indians

UK Universities to Reinstate Post-Study Work Visa for Indians

June, 2015

UK Universities are requesting the reinstatement of the expanded post-study work policies towards countering the decline foreign students, seeking to enter the country for higher studies.
Exit Checking Begins For Travelers in UK

Exit Checking Begins For Travelers in UK

April, 2015

From April 8,2015 United Kingdom has started checking exits for outbound travelers at UK travel hubs.
30-Day Time Frame to Travel Introduced by UK Government

30-Day Time Frame to Travel Introduced by UK Government

April, 2015

The UK Home Office has launched a new Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) policy.
Children Of British Fathers Born Outside Wedlock Now Able To Claim British Citizenship

Children Of British Fathers Born Outside Wedlock Now Able To Claim British Citizenship

April, 2015

The UK Home Office has announced some changes to the UK immigration law regarding the passing of British citizenship to children who were born from a British father out of wedlock. That law is taking effect on 6 April 2015.
UK  Visa Application Center Opens In Gurgaon

UK Visa Application Center Opens In Gurgaon

April, 2015

A new visa application center opens in Gurgaon - a leading financial and industrial city of India- by the Government of UK. This visa center is expected to help resident in the NCR region.
UK Announces Changes to Secure English Language Test Providers

UK Announces Changes to Secure English Language Test Providers

April, 2015

The UK government has announced important changes to the Secure English Language Tests (SELT) required by some visa customers.
Temporary Passport Extension Stamp Ends For British Citizens Living Overseas

Temporary Passport Extension Stamp Ends For British Citizens Living Overseas

April, 2015

The British Home Office has ended the temporary passport extension stamp arrangement, which was introduced last year to handle the exceptional amount of applications comes to an end.
 UK Health Surcharge for Non - EEA Nationals to Take Effect on April 6

UK Health Surcharge for Non - EEA Nationals to Take Effect on April 6

April, 2015

According to a March 20 announcement, all non – EAA nationals outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), including Malaysia, coming to live in the UK longer than six months are required to pay a 'health surcharge' for the UK government from April 6, 2015.
UK Launches Super Priority Visa Service for South Africa

UK Launches Super Priority Visa Service for South Africa

March, 2015

UK has launched a 24 hour Super Priority Visa service in South Africa on 16 of March, which allows customers greater flexibility to pick a better visa category that suits their requirement.
UK Visit Visa System To Receive Major Overhaul

UK Visit Visa System To Receive Major Overhaul

March, 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced plans to reform the current UK visa system for visitors. The plans aim to help business people and artist better access to Britain. To be introduced in April, the changes will consolidate the current 15 visitor visa categories into 4 visa types.
UK Launches 'Super Priority' Visa Service for U.S. Applicants

UK Launches 'Super Priority' Visa Service for U.S. Applicants

March, 2015

From March 9, U.S. applicants may apply for certain visas at the British Consulate in New York and obtain a decision within 24 hours.
The one issue UK voters are most concerned about.

The one issue UK voters are most concerned about.

March, 2015

In May this year the UK public will once again take to the voting polls. This year’s general elections have had many talking points on what issues will make or break this years winning parties campaign. In a recent poll conducted by leading opinion poll company YouGov Immigration was identified as the main concern for UK voters. The UK Government has had very stern policies surrounding immigration with changes and reforms making it near impossible for people to migrate or stay in the country.
UK to Relax Visa Rules for South Africa Business Travellers

UK to Relax Visa Rules for South Africa Business Travellers

February, 2015

As of April 1, business travelers wanting to visit the United Kingdom for leisure travel will no longer require two separate visas to do so, as the UK announces changes to its visa rules.
UK Varsities Offer 401 Scholarship Awards for Indian Students

UK Varsities Offer 401 Scholarship Awards for Indian Students

January, 2015

The United Kingdom will be offering the highest number of scholarships ever worth 1.5 million pound (approx. Rs15.10 crore) to attract more Indian students.
Decisions on UK Visa Applications in Uruguay Shall Be Made in Bogota

Decisions on UK Visa Applications in Uruguay Shall Be Made in Bogota

January, 2015

From 26 January 2015, applications for visa for the United Kingdom submitted in Uruguay will be decided in Bogota.
Uk Government introduces new immigration reforms

Uk Government introduces new immigration reforms

June, 2014

Through The Immigration Bill which received Royal Assent on May 14, 2014, a series of reforms have been introduced which aim to ensure that the UK immigration system is: fairer to British citizens and legitimate migrants and tougher on those with no right to be in the UK.
UK Opens New Visa Center in Jeddah

UK Opens New Visa Center in Jeddah

May, 2014

The UK Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that a new UK visa application center was opened in Jeddah on 27 May 2014.
UK sees largest employment rise in 43 years!

UK sees largest employment rise in 43 years!

May, 2014

A record 30.43 million people are currently employed in the UK, a testament to the government’s ongoing initiatives to support business development and job creation. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK labor market saw a record rise in employment of 283,000 in the last quarter.
UK Announces the Immigration Act 2014

UK Announces the Immigration Act 2014

May, 2014

On May 14, 2014 the Immigration Bill received Royal Assent and became law. This law impacts many foreign residents in the UK as well as future migrants.
TOEIC and TOEFL no longer accepted by UK visa authorities

TOEIC and TOEFL no longer accepted by UK visa authorities

April, 2014

According to a recent announcement of ETS, the organization has made the decision not to extend the Secure English-language Testing (SELT) license with the UK Home Office. As a result, TOEIC and TOELF test will no longer be used to apply for UK student visa.
Kazakhstan Hopes for Simplified Issuance of UK Visas

Kazakhstan Hopes for Simplified Issuance of UK Visas

April, 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan announces that the country has signed an agreement with UK to facilitate processing of visa applications.
Visa Agreement between UK and Bahrain Signed

Visa Agreement between UK and Bahrain Signed

April, 2014

A new agreement between the United Kingdom and Bahrain has been signed to ease the visa restrictions for official and diplomatic passport holders of both countries.
UK Home Office announces changes to visa requirements for Venezuelan nationals

UK Home Office announces changes to visa requirements for Venezuelan nationals

April, 2014

The UK Home Office has recently announced that starting May 5th 2014, Venezuelan nationals will be required to apply for and obtain a Visitor Visa for short stays of up to 6 months. Current rules in place for Venezuelan nationals seeking to obtain other visas such as to work or study in the UK will remain unchanged.
Changes to Tier 2 Applications from 6 April 2014

Changes to Tier 2 Applications from 6 April 2014

April, 2014

The UK government has announced some changes to the rules for Tier 2 visas which will take effect on 6 April 2014.
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 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.
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.
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.
Tuberculosis Tests for UK Student Visas

Tuberculosis Tests for UK Student Visas

June, 2013

From 31 December 2012, Malaysian residents applying for a Tier 4 UK visa are required to produce a Tuberculosis (TB) health certificate.
Home Office to Remove Appeals for UK Family Visitor Visa

Home Office to Remove Appeals for UK Family Visitor Visa

June, 2013

The abolition of the right to appeal against UK family visit visa refusals came into force on 25 June 2013, according to a recent announcement of the UK Border Agency.
Online Application Form for Tier 4 Student Visa

Online Application Form for Tier 4 Student Visa

June, 2013

The new online application form for Tier 4 students inside the UK has been launched since Friday 14 June 2013 by the Home Office.
Same-day UK Visas in Chennai from 18 June 2013

Same-day UK Visas in Chennai from 18 June 2013

June, 2013

A super priority - same day visa service for Indian customers is now open in Chennai.
Re-tendering Exercise Opens for Secure English Language Test Providers

Re-tendering Exercise Opens for Secure English Language Test Providers

June, 2013

According to a recent announcement of the Home Office on 12 June 2013, a re-tendering exercise for approved secure English language test providers has been launched.
Changes to UK Immigration Rules Published

Changes to UK Immigration Rules Published

June, 2013

The UK Government on June 10 published a series of minor changes to the Immigration Rules which will take effect on 1 July 2013.
Highly Trust Status Renewal Applications for Tier 4 Sponsor

Highly Trust Status Renewal Applications for Tier 4 Sponsor

June, 2013

The existing paper application form and payment by cheque for highly trusted sponsor (HTS) status will no longer be accepted as of 10 June 2013.
UKBA Announces Tier 4 Student Visa Short Interview

UKBA Announces Tier 4 Student Visa Short Interview

June, 2013

UK Border Agency (UKBA) on June 4 made an announcement on interviews for Tier 4 Student visa applicants when visiting the UK Embassy to lodge their applications.
Visit a UK Visa Application Centre in China by Appointment Only

Visit a UK Visa Application Centre in China by Appointment Only

June, 2013

It is now required that all Chinese applicants for UK visas, even those who submit an urgent application, have to book an appointment to attend UK visa application centres (VAC) in China to lodge their application, UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced.
Commonwealth Games Visit Visa to UK Opens from May 27

Commonwealth Games Visit Visa to UK Opens from May 27

June, 2013

Commonwealth Games visit visa to the UK has been opened from May 27, 2013.
UK Net Migration Has Significantly Decreased

UK Net Migration Has Significantly Decreased

May, 2013

The latest Migration Statistics Quarterly Report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) finds that UK net migration drops significantly in the 12 months to September 2012.
UK Launches Same Day Visa Service in India

UK Launches Same Day Visa Service in India

May, 2013

A super priority – same day visa service for Indian customers has been launched by the Home Office, based on the Prime Minister David Cameron's promise during his recent visit to India.
Removal of UK Family Visitor Visa Appeal Announced

Removal of UK Family Visitor Visa Appeal Announced

May, 2013

The full right of appeal against refusal of a visa for those applying to enter the UK as a family visitor is being soon removed in coming months, the UK Border Agency announced on 26 April 2013.
UKBA Launches Re-tendering Exercise for Secure English Language Test Providers

UKBA Launches Re-tendering Exercise for Secure English Language Test Providers

April, 2013

Re - tendering exercise for approved secure English language test providers will be carried out on this summer (2013), according to Home Office.
UKBA Publishes New Immigration Application Forms

UKBA Publishes New Immigration Application Forms

April, 2013

UK Border Agency has recently announced the publication of new versions of many visa application forms that will be used from 6 April 2013.
Immigration Fees Change Takes Effect from 6 April 2013

Immigration Fees Change Takes Effect from 6 April 2013

April, 2013

From Saturday 6 April 2013, fees for visa applications made from overseas and applications made from within the UK are increased, following Parliamentary approval.
UK Priority Visa Service in Russian Federation

UK Priority Visa Service in Russian Federation

April, 2013

According to a recent announcement of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), a priority visa service (PVS) is now available to applicants across all visa application centres (VACs) in the Russian Federation.
New Life in the UK Test Announced

New Life in the UK Test Announced

April, 2013

Individuals who are taking the 'Life in the UK' test will have to answer questions based on a newly published handbook 'Life in the UK - A Guide for New Residents', the UK Border Agency has recently announced.
Increase in UK Visas Issued to Chinese

Increase in UK Visas Issued to Chinese

April, 2013

Visitors from China continue to choose UK as an interesting destination according to quarterly immigration statistics on the number of UK visas issued, UK Border Agency revealed in March, 2013.
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 to Offer New Visa Services for Bangladeshis

UK to Offer New Visa Services for Bangladeshis

June, 2012

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) will provide two new optional UK visa services for applicants from Bangladesh starting from July 1, 2012.
UK Launches New Visa Application Service in Atyrau

UK Launches New Visa Application Service in Atyrau

June, 2012

A new monthly visa service in Atyrau has been launched by the UK Border and Agency (UKBA) and its commercial partners, VFS Global on June 29, 2012.
UK Visa Changes Won't Affect Genuine Students

UK Visa Changes Won't Affect Genuine Students

June, 2012

The recent changes to the UK migration policy won't affect genuine students who want an education in the UK.
UK Confirmed New Appeal Regulations on Family Visit Visa

UK Confirmed New Appeal Regulations on Family Visit Visa

June, 2012

New regulations to restrict appeals against refusals of UK family visit visas have been through Parliament on June 18, 2012.
South Koreans Can Now Access to the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme

South Koreans Can Now Access to the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme

June, 2012

Young people in South Korea will soon be able to apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa to the UK.
Changes to UK Visa Requirements for Foreign Spouses

Changes to UK Visa Requirements for Foreign Spouses

June, 2012

The UK Government on June 10, 2012 announced changes to the UK Immigration law, allowing only British nationals or residents with an annual income of at least Rs 16 lakhs to bring spouses from the Indian sub-continent and other countries outside the European Union.
Britain Asked to Simplify Visas for Indians

Britain Asked to Simplify Visas for Indians

June, 2012

India has put pressure on Britain to ease visas for its businessmen and students in annual foreign office consultations in New Delhi.
UK Visa Applications from Jamaica Increase

UK Visa Applications from Jamaica Increase

June, 2012

The British High Commission has recently report an increase of 30 percent in UK visa applications from Jamaica on the corresponding period last year.
UK Urged to Fast-Track Visa Processing Times for Overseas Visitors

UK Urged to Fast-Track Visa Processing Times for Overseas Visitors

June, 2012

UKinbound trade association is putting more pressure on the government to shorten visa processing times for overseas visitors following its recent quarterly survey.
Job Opportunities Remain for Indian Students in the UK

Job Opportunities Remain for Indian Students in the UK

June, 2012

There are still opportunities to work in the UK after graduation even though foreign post-study students can no longer apply for leave to remain in the UK under Tier 4 visa rules.
UKBA Exempts Student Interns from Tier 2 Cooling off Period

UKBA Exempts Student Interns from Tier 2 Cooling off Period

June, 2012

Temporary exemption from the UK Tier 2 (General) cooling off rules has been announced by the UK Border and Agency (UKBA).
Foreign Students Included in the Net Migration of the UK

Foreign Students Included in the Net Migration of the UK

June, 2012

The UK government has once again insisted immigration policy will not harm UK universities.
Ireland Suggests Joint Irish – UK Visas

Ireland Suggests Joint Irish – UK Visas

May, 2012

The Irish tourism minister Leo Varadkar suggested that the UK and Ireland should have a joint visa for tourists wishing to visit both countries.
UK Urged to Consider Foreign Student Visa Policy

UK Urged to Consider Foreign Student Visa Policy

May, 2012

In a letter to the Prime Minister David Cameron 68 chancellors, governors and university presidents together warned of the damage that would result from recent visa changes..
UK Introduces New Tuberculosis Pre – Screening Program

UK Introduces New Tuberculosis Pre – Screening Program

May, 2012

To tackle tuberculosis in the UK, a new pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening program was announced by Immigration Minister Damian Green on May 21, 2012. The new program will help save lives and save taxpayers more than £40 million over the next 10 years.
New UK Visa Rule to Block Human Rights Abusers from the 2012 London Olympics

New UK Visa Rule to Block Human Rights Abusers from the 2012 London Olympics

May, 2012

According to Jeremy Browne - the Foreign Office Minister, people who have committed human rights abuses will not be allowed to enter the UK.
UK Attracts More Tourists from Middle East for London 2012 Olympics

UK Attracts More Tourists from Middle East for London 2012 Olympics

May, 2012

According to UAE VisitBritain, Middle East visitors will enjoy the best of the UK this summer.
UK Expands Visa Centre in Bangalore, India

UK Expands Visa Centre in Bangalore, India

May, 2012

The UK Border Authority (UKBA) has opened a new Visa Application Centre on Central Steet in Shivajinagar.
UK Announces Local Biometric Clinic for Visa Applicants

UK Announces Local Biometric Clinic for Visa Applicants

May, 2012

The UK will provide visa applicants from Antigua & Barbuda with a local Mobile Biometric Clinic on May 18, 2012.
Russia Urges UK to Relax Visas

Russia Urges UK to Relax Visas

May, 2012

The UK should ease visa regulations for visitors from Russia, according to the Russian ambassador.
New Requirement on Human Rights for UK Visas Announced

New Requirement on Human Rights for UK Visas Announced

May, 2012

Citizens from outside the European Union accused of serious human rights abuses would not be allowed to enter Britain after British immigration rules are changed, according to a report released by Foreign Secretary William Hague on April 30, 2012.
UK Updates Visa Service in Philippines and South Korea

UK Updates Visa Service in Philippines and South Korea

April, 2012

According to the UK Border Agency (UKBA), there will be some changes to UK visa applications for citizens from the Philippines and South Korea.
Processing of UK Visa Applications Made in Malta from 30 April 2012

Processing of UK Visa Applications Made in Malta from 30 April 2012

April, 2012

To provide a more effective and flexible visa service, all UK visa applications submitted in Valletta, Malta will be decided at the UK Border Agency's regional processing centre in London from 30 April 2012.
UK to Allow Post Study Work Visas to Indian Students

UK to Allow Post Study Work Visas to Indian Students

April, 2012

Indian students will soon be allowed to get post-study work-experience visas to the UK, India's Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr Anand Sharma announced.
UKBA Closed Visa Section in Uruguay from April 16

UKBA Closed Visa Section in Uruguay from April 16

April, 2012

The UK Visa Section at the British Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay has been closed since April 16, 2012.
UK Visa Applicants from Pakistan Must Apply Online from May 1

UK Visa Applicants from Pakistan Must Apply Online from May 1

April, 2012

The UK announced that Pakistani citizens and their dependants seeking British visas must apply online starting from May 1.
UK Reopens Visa Service Centre in Libya

UK Reopens Visa Service Centre in Libya

April, 2012

The UK will reopen its full visa service in Libya according to a government announcement on April 5, 2012.
UK Government Announces Changes in Tier 2 Visa Rules

UK Government Announces Changes in Tier 2 Visa Rules

April, 2012

Changes to the UK Immigration Rules affecting Tier 2 of the points based system (the route for non-EEA workers with an offer of a skilled job in the UK), were laid before Parliament on 4 April 2012 and will come into force on 6 April 2012 and 14 June 2012, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced.
UKBA Launches Priority Visa Services for Thai Visitors

UKBA Launches Priority Visa Services for Thai Visitors

April, 2012

The UK Embassy in Bangkok made an announcement on April 03, 2012 about the introduction of two new premium visa services offered by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and its commercial partner for visitors wishing to enter the UK in 2012 – the year of the London Olympics.
UK Border Agency Reminds Visa Applicants of the Tier 1 Closure

UK Border Agency Reminds Visa Applicants of the Tier 1 Closure

April, 2012

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) reminds visa applicants of Tier 1 (Post-study work) closure starting from April 6, 2012.
UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Qatar

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Qatar

April, 2012

The UK Border Agency's commercial partner in Saudi Arabia, VFS Global, has commenced a priority UK visa service.
New Versions of UK Visa Applications Forms from April 6, 2012

New Versions of UK Visa Applications Forms from April 6, 2012

April, 2012

According to the latest news from the UK Border Agency (UKBA), new versions of some UK application forms will be published on April 5, 2012.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Introduce Additional Leave to Remain for Skilled Migrants

UK to Introduce Additional Leave to Remain for Skilled Migrants

June, 2011

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) made an announcement on 21 June, 2011 stating that it is preparing for new arrangements that allow skilled migrants who entered the UK under closed work routes to extend their stay in this country up to a total period of 5 years.
UK Announces the Second Set of Changes to Student Visas

UK Announces the Second Set of Changes to Student Visas

June, 2011

A written ministerial statement of changes in the Immigration Rules has been laid in Parliament on 13 June. It announces the second set of changes to the student visa system which will take effect on 4 July.
Holders of UK Temporary visa no longer eligible to apply for settlement

Holders of UK Temporary visa no longer eligible to apply for settlement

June, 2011

The proposals on breaking the link between temporary and permanent migration has been announced by UK Immigration Minister Damian Green yesterday- June 9, 2011. Under the proposals, migrants going to the UK to work on temporary visas will no longer be eligible to apply for settlement.
Cooperation between the UK and France to tackle illegal immigration

Cooperation between the UK and France to tackle illegal immigration

June, 2011

The Home Secretary Theresa May on her first visit to the border controls in Calais recently has pointed out the importance of practical co-operation in stopping illegal immigrants from entering the UK.
UK Immigration Minister announced opening of new removal centre in Lincolnshire

UK Immigration Minister announced opening of new removal centre in Lincolnshire

June, 2011

On June 1, 2011, the opening of Morton Hall removal centre in Lincolnshire was officially announced by the UK Immigration Minister Damian Green, increasing capacity in the detention estate as the government intensifies enforcement activity across the country.
UK to End Unnecessary Visa Appeals

UK to End Unnecessary Visa Appeals

May, 2011

Immigration Minister Damian Green announced on 19 May that late evidence in points-based system appeals will come to an end. This will help prevent abuse of the UK immigration system.
New list of English language test providers for UK immigration to be mandatory from 18 May 2011

New list of English language test providers for UK immigration to be mandatory from 18 May 2011

May, 2011

A new list of English language test providers for Tiers 1 and 2, and partner applications has been recently published by the UK Border Agency. And from 18 May 2011, only tests taken from providers in the new list will be accepted.
Less UK Work Visa Applications in the First Month after New Visa Cap Takes Effect

Less UK Work Visa Applications in the First Month after New Visa Cap Takes Effect

May, 2011

The number of UK work visa applications has dropped sharply after new immigration rules came into effect early last month. About seventy five percent of the initial allowance from UK Border Agency for UK work permits for skilled workers has been left unused.
New UK student visa rules take effect from April 21 2011

New UK student visa rules take effect from April 21 2011

April, 2011

The changes to UK student visa released late last month will be taken effected from April 21, 2011. This new set of rules will make it tougher for students to qualify for a visa.

UKBA Announces Changes to the Knowledge of Language and Life Requirement

UKBA Announces Changes to the Knowledge of Language and Life Requirement

April, 2011

There have been new changes to the knowledge of language and life (KOL) requirement for those who wish to settle in the UK, according to an announcement from the UK Border Agency.
New Annual Limit on non-EU Workers Goes into Practice

New Annual Limit on non-EU Workers Goes into Practice

April, 2011

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced that the government's new annual limit takes effect on 6 April. This is the first major change to reduce immigration to the UK.
Higher fees for UK visa take effect from April 6 2011

Higher fees for UK visa take effect from April 6 2011

April, 2011

According to the Home Office, UK visa fees will be increased for foreign nationals applying to visit, study, work or immigrate to the UK, and UK employers as well as education providers applying for a sponsor license.
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.
Marriage Visas and English Language Tests

Marriage Visas and English Language Tests

June, 2010

From Autumn 2010 non-EU migrants who wish to marry or join their UK spouses will be required to pass an English Language test before being allowed to enter the UK.
Immigration helps fight poverty

Immigration helps fight poverty

May, 2010

A leading think tank has suggested that immigration to the UK helps to ease poverty and is inherently a good thing. It has concluded that the UK government must not cut immigration.
UK Immigration Cap Under The New Government

UK Immigration Cap Under The New Government

May, 2010

The new UK Government, comprised of 2 parties, is split on a number of issues, including Immigration, and the controversial immigration cap.
UK Immigration Cap opposed by Indian Migrants

UK Immigration Cap opposed by Indian Migrants

May, 2010

The proposed annual cap on UK immigration by the Tory party is being challenged by an influential group which represents skilled professionals from India and outside the European Union (EU).
The truth about the Immigration Cap

The truth about the Immigration Cap

May, 2010

In recent months David Cameron has made it no secret that he thinks the level of migrants in the UK is too high and should he become Prime Minister he would put an annual cap on non-EU migration. What he doesn't tell us is what this cap would be.
Immigration a Hot Topic in UK Election

Immigration a Hot Topic in UK Election

May, 2010

In the run up to the General Election, there is no doubt that immigration is a hot topic for debate amongst the public.
Migrants coming to the UK will be asked if they like living in the UK

Migrants coming to the UK will be asked if they like living in the UK

April, 2010

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) will survey thousands of new arrivals as they arrive at various ports across the UK.
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.
Work permit fee change

Work permit fee change

June, 2009

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) today announced that a £20 fee will be introduced from 29th June 2009 for the acceptance of technical changes of employment notifications for work permit holders. The new charge was introduced as part of the UKBA’s ongoing cost recovery measures.
2009 UK passport grants to reach 200,000

2009 UK passport grants to reach 200,000

June, 2009

Figures obtained from the UK Home Office predict that the number of UK passports granted in 2009 will reach 200,000 – breaking the previous record of 164,540 set in 2007.
Immigrant amnesty worth 3 Billion Pounds

Immigrant amnesty worth 3 Billion Pounds

June, 2009

A report published by the London School of Economics (‘LSE’) has claimed that an immigration amnesty for the UK’s long term illegal migrants could net up to £3bn for the UK economy. There are currently an estimated 618,000 illegal migrants in the UK, of whom up to 442,000 reside in London.
Expanded facial recognition technology for UK airports

Expanded facial recognition technology for UK airports

June, 2009

Trials of facial recognition technology currently underway at Manchester and Stansted airports is expected to be rolled out to 10 further UK airports by August 2009.
Chernobyl children return to UK

Chernobyl children return to UK

June, 2009

Belarusian children affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster have resumed respite trips to the UK and other destinations following resolution of a diplomatic dispute with Belarus.
UK considers joining Schengen visa system

UK considers joining Schengen visa system

June, 2009

The UK is considering reforming its existing visitor visa scheme in order to entice more Chinese and other visitors to its shores.
Visa Application Concession for A-level Students

Visa Application Concession for A-level Students

June, 2009

In welcome news for students intending on completing their secondary school education in the UK, the UK Border Agency ('UKBA') has agreed to extend their existing concessional arrangements for prospective A-level students, to include those completing other A-level equivalent courses, such as Higher Diplomas.
UK Tier 4 Student Visa affecting private school enrolments

UK Tier 4 Student Visa affecting private school enrolments

June, 2009

Stricter visa rules designed to stamp out sham colleges and qualifications are causing problems for legitimate private schools seeking foreign students according to the Independent Schools Council ('ISC').
UK University lecturers object to policing foreign students

UK University lecturers object to policing foreign students

May, 2009

Lecturers at the UK universities are strongly opposed to the new tough immigration rules introduced under the Tier 4 Student category.
Arrangements  resulting from HSMP Forum judicial review now in place

Arrangements resulting from HSMP Forum judicial review now in place

May, 2009

The UK Border Agency has announced that arrangements are now in place for migrants covered by the judgment of 6 April 2009 in the judicial review brought by the HSMP Forum Ltd.
Stricter Tier 1 (General) criteria may cause doctor shortage in the UK

Stricter Tier 1 (General) criteria may cause doctor shortage in the UK

May, 2009

The British Medical Association Council have expressed concerns over the impact that tough new immigration rules, which came into effect in March 2009, have had on UK health services.
Government responds to review of shortage occupation lists

Government responds to review of shortage occupation lists

May, 2009

The UK Government has responded to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)'s recommendations following its review of the shortage occupation lists.
Europe has an ageing population and needs more immigrants

Europe has an ageing population and needs more immigrants

May, 2009

A report published last week by the European Commission showed that Europe's working age population would peak next year and start declining afterwards, which would have huge budgetary and economic impacts for all European countries.
UK government to fast-track sheep shearers through the immigration system

UK government to fast-track sheep shearers through the immigration system

May, 2009

The Home Office is set to relax the immigration rules for sheep shearers to help avoid a major shortage of workers this summer.
UK Border Agency (UKBA) implements rigorous checks to prevent illegal workers

UK Border Agency (UKBA) implements rigorous checks to prevent illegal workers

April, 2009

The UK Hospitality sector has seen the largest number of employers who have breached illegal working legislation since the UK Border Agency (UKBA) started to implement rigorous checks last year in order to prevent illegal working.
14-year UK long residence rule relaxed

14-year UK long residence rule relaxed

April, 2009

A person's application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (permanent residence) on the basis of 14 years residence cannot be refused because he/she has lived in the UK 'unlawfully' or 'worked unlawfully', according to a recent decision by the Court of Appeal.
Work restrictions for eastern Europeans remain

Work restrictions for eastern Europeans remain

April, 2009

The UK Government has recently announced that strict working restrictions for Eastern Europeans will be retained.
Changes to indefinite leave to remain (ILR) for the highly skilled migrant programme (HSMP)

Changes to indefinite leave to remain (ILR) for the highly skilled migrant programme (HSMP)

April, 2009

Prior to 3 April 2006, those under the HSMP who wished to apply for ILR were required to show that they had spent 4 years' continuous residence in the UK. On 3 April 2006, the 4 year qualifying period was increased to 5 years' qualifying residence. Due to this change, a large number of HSMP holders did not qualify for ILR.
Refusal to employ non-EEA nationals was race discrimination

Refusal to employ non-EEA nationals was race discrimination

April, 2009

A UK employer who does not accept job applications from non-EEA nationals who required a work permit is at risk of claims for indirect race discrimination, according to a recent legal case.
Tough new rules target bogus colleges

Tough new rules target bogus colleges

April, 2009

A quarter of UK colleges who want to enrol overseas students have been denied a licence by the Home Office.
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.
UK Points Based System for Skilled Migrants (HSMP) Visa, Starts June 30

UK Points Based System for Skilled Migrants (HSMP) Visa, Starts June 30

June, 2008

UK's new points based immigration system, referred to as “Tier 1 (General)”, will go into effect on June 30, 2008 for all individuals looking to immigrate to the UK as a general highly skilled migrant.
UK Immigration Needed to Address Highly Skilled Workers Shortage

UK Immigration Needed to Address Highly Skilled Workers Shortage

June, 2008

A recent report from the Work Foundation London revealed that the UK will need to attract more highly skilled workers from overseas for its high technology and "knowledge intensive" industries.
The UK Has More Room for Skilled Migrants as British Citizens Move Out

The UK Has More Room for Skilled Migrants as British Citizens Move Out

May, 2008

Increasing numbers of British citizens are opting to make a new life in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Spain & USA, creating gaps in the UK workforce & community for skilled migrants to move in.
Indian doctors on HSMP visas granted permission to work & train in the UK

Indian doctors on HSMP visas granted permission to work & train in the UK

May, 2008

After two long years of hectic lobbying and long courtroom hours the House of Lords finally allowed Indian doctors on HSMP visas to train and work in the UK under the same conditions given to applicants from Britain and the European Union.

Immigration should help UK city Birmingham grow

Immigration should help UK city Birmingham grow

May, 2008

UK Immigration could give the city of Birmingham a much-needed population boost of 100,000.

UK Immigration highly beneficial to British economy

UK Immigration highly beneficial to British economy

May, 2008

Over the last decade, the British economy has benefited from the UK's high levels of immigration.

HSMP changes in UK immigration rules may allow 2,500 Indian professionals to return

HSMP changes in UK immigration rules may allow 2,500 Indian professionals to return

April, 2008

Due to the unlawful changes to the immigration rules, an estimated 2,500 highly skilled Indian workers were forced to leave Britain, but may now be allowed to return to the UK.

UK immigration court victory for highly skilled migrants

UK immigration court victory for highly skilled migrants

April, 2008

Britain's High Court has recently declared that changes to the UK’s Highly Skilled Migrants Programme (HSMP) were unfair and unlawful.

English language test welcomed in UKs new immigration system

English language test welcomed in UKs new immigration system

April, 2008

The United Kingdom has approved the use of the TOEFL® test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) in its new immigration points-based system.

UK economy will gain 77bn GBP thanks to skilled migration

UK economy will gain 77bn GBP thanks to skilled migration

April, 2008

By 2012, skilled migrant workers will contribute over £77 billion to the UK economy, says a recent report, “Future Flows”, by global recruitment consultancy, Harvey Nash.

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.

London Tourism on the Rise

London Tourism on the Rise

June, 2007

New Figures show that 2006 was a record year for the number of tourists visiting the UK Capital.

UK Economy Expands by 2.9 percent in Q1

UK Economy Expands by 2.9 percent in Q1

June, 2007

As the first quarter of the fiscal year draws to a close, the UK economy has posted growth of 2.9%.
New International Graduate Scheme

New International Graduate Scheme

May, 2007

The immigration rules have been widened to include graduates who have completed their studies in the UK allowing them to work for up to 12 months.

Further Details of New Points Based Immigration Scheme Released

Further Details of New Points Based Immigration Scheme Released

April, 2007

The UK Government plans to implement a new Australian style points based system to manage migration to the UK more effectively.
Minister Announces Sweeping Changes to UK Immigration System

Minister Announces Sweeping Changes to UK Immigration System

April, 2007

2008 will see the introduction of a new UK immigration scheme to reward highly skilled migrants, says Liam Byrne, UK Immigration Minister.
Forthcoming Changes in UK Immigration Categories

Forthcoming Changes in UK Immigration Categories

April, 2007

In the past few weeks, the Home Office has announced key changes to several visa categories.
UK Second Best Market for Property Investment

UK Second Best Market for Property Investment

April, 2007

According to new figures issued by Assetz Property Investment Tracker the UK is the second most profitable country for buy to let investors.

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.

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.
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.

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 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 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.

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.

UK NEEDS TO INVEST IN TOURIST INFRASTRUCTURE

UK NEEDS TO INVEST IN TOURIST INFRASTRUCTURE

June, 2006

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the United Kingdom can realize its full tourism potential by significant investment in its airport, hotel stock and transit infrastructure.
MIGRANTS KEEP HIGHLAND POPULATION GROWING

MIGRANTS KEEP HIGHLAND POPULATION GROWING

June, 2006

The Scottish Highlands are dependant on migrants for their continued growth.
UK UNIVERSITIES INTEGRAL TO ECONOMY

UK UNIVERSITIES INTEGRAL TO ECONOMY

June, 2006

A recent study by Universities UK demonstrates that the UK’s universities are worth over 45 billion per year to the domestic economy.
ROYAL SOCIETY STUDIES SKILLS NEEDED FOR ECONOMY

ROYAL SOCIETY STUDIES SKILLS NEEDED FOR ECONOMY

June, 2006

The Royal Society has begun a study to see if the UK’s Higher Education system will produce enough people with the skills needed by the economy in 2015, and onwards.
UK ECONOMY GROWS AGAIN IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2006

UK ECONOMY GROWS AGAIN IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2006

June, 2006

The UK Economy grew by 0.6% in the first quarter of 2006, fueled by growth in the investment and manufacturing sectors.
LONDON TO HOST 2011 WORLDSKILLS COMPETITION

LONDON TO HOST 2011 WORLDSKILLS COMPETITION

June, 2006

In a bid supported by UKvisas, London will be the home of the 2011 WorldSkills competition, which showcases the work skills of people from around the world.
PM OUTLINES GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES TO NEW IMMIGRATION SECRETARY

PM OUTLINES GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES TO NEW IMMIGRATION SECRETARY

June, 2006

In a letter from 10 Downing St., British PM Tony Blair outlines the priorities of the government to the new Secretary of state for the Home Department, John Reid.
UK DRAWS SAME-SEX COUPLES FROM USA

UK DRAWS SAME-SEX COUPLES FROM USA

May, 2006

The United Kingdom is an increasingly attractive destination for same-sex couples who feel discriminated against in the United States, according to Human Rights Watch.
WORKERS FROM NEW EU INTEGRAL TO BRITISH ECONOMY

WORKERS FROM NEW EU INTEGRAL TO BRITISH ECONOMY

May, 2006

The UK government welcomes the continuing migration of Poles, Czechs and other nations of the new EU countries as integral to the UK economy.
UK IS TOP DESTINATION FOR MIGRANTS FROM NEW EU

UK IS TOP DESTINATION FOR MIGRANTS FROM NEW EU

May, 2006

Since the European Union expanded to include much of Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom has been the top destination for migrants from the accession countries.
UKVISAS ANNOUNCES OFFICE CLOSURES AND NEW RESTRICTIONS

UKVISAS ANNOUNCES OFFICE CLOSURES AND NEW RESTRICTIONS

May, 2006

There are several new changes in the services offered by UKvisas. There are some new restrictions, and some changes in service offered at certain embassies and consulates.
UK ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO EEA FAMILY PERMITS

UK ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO EEA FAMILY PERMITS

May, 2006

The EU Free Movement of Persons Directive comes into effect as of April 30, 2006.
MIGRATION FROM EEA KEY TO UK GROWTH AND PROSPERITY

MIGRATION FROM EEA KEY TO UK GROWTH AND PROSPERITY

April, 2006

The influx of migrants from Eastern Europe has helped Britain’s economy to thrive.
UNITED KINGDOM GROWING AT RECORD PACE THANKS TO IMMIGRATION

UNITED KINGDOM GROWING AT RECORD PACE THANKS TO IMMIGRATION

April, 2006

According to the National Statistics Office, 2004 was a record year for the number of newcomers to the United Kingdom.
HOME OFFICE ANNOUNCES CHANGES IN UK ANCESTRY VISA

HOME OFFICE ANNOUNCES CHANGES IN UK ANCESTRY VISA

April, 2006

The Home Office has announced a change to the UK Ancestry visa. Holders of this visa will now be allowed to remain in the UK for five years.
HOME OFFICE WORKING TOWARDS MAKING IMMIGRATION PROCESS FAIR AND OPEN

HOME OFFICE WORKING TOWARDS MAKING IMMIGRATION PROCESS FAIR AND OPEN

April, 2006

The Home Office continues its commitment to making the UK immigration process as accountable and fair possible.
IMMIGRATIOIN MINISTER ANNOUCES GREATER CO-OPERATION WITH SCOTLAND

IMMIGRATIOIN MINISTER ANNOUCES GREATER CO-OPERATION WITH SCOTLAND

April, 2006

Home Office Minister Tony McNulty explained some of the government’s new immigration measures in Scotland.
NEW IMMIGRATION, ASYLUM AND NATIONALITY ACT

NEW IMMIGRATION, ASYLUM AND NATIONALITY ACT

April, 2006

On March 30, 2006 a new law affecting immigrants to the United Kingdom was given royal assent.
UK VISA SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS IN NIGERIA

UK VISA SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS IN NIGERIA

April, 2006

The United Kingdom High Commission Nigeria has announced improvements to its UK visa service in Nigeria.