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Changes to the UK Tier 1- Investor Visa

Changes to the UK Tier 1- Investor Visa

October, 2014

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has announced changes to the Tier 1 - Investor Visa route which will come into effect on 6 November 2014.
UK to Refund Tourist Visa Fees for Chinese

UK to Refund Tourist Visa Fees for Chinese

September, 2014

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has stated changes to tourist visas which will refund the cost of around 25,000 visas for tourists from China in an attempt to attract more Chinese visitors to the UK.
British Embassy Improves Visa Application Process for Filipinos

British Embassy Improves Visa Application Process for Filipinos

August, 2014

The British Embassy in the Philippines has announced number of improvements in visa application services in the nation, including the enhancement in visa process in Manila and Cebu City.
An Alternative to the UK Family Migration Route

An Alternative to the UK Family Migration Route

August, 2014

Since the court ruled in favour of the Home Office's new minimum income threshold for UK Family Visa's, it has become a mammoth task for many UK citizens to sponsor their non-EU partners or children to stay or join them permanently in the UK. However, there is an alternative option available; The Surinder Singh route. The Surinder Singh Route is a method that can be used to bring your family members into the UK using your rights as an EU member as opposed to a UK Citizen.

UK Launches a New Visa for Chinese Mathematics

UK Launches a New Visa for Chinese Mathematics

August, 2014

The UK’s Home Office has added a new 12 month “mathematics teacher exchange” scheme to the Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) route. This plan is to bring around 60 maths teachers from Shanghai to work in the UK in March.
 Changes to UK Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa Route Announced

Changes to UK Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa Route Announced

August, 2014

In order to prevent the UK Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa stream from fraudsters, an announcement of changes to this visa type has been made on July 10, 2014 by the UK's immigration minister James Brokenshire.
UK Improves the Visa System for Chinese Nationals

UK Improves the Visa System for Chinese Nationals

August, 2014

The UK Home Office on early August announced a new improvement to the visa system in China, including 24-hour visa service, the expansion of mobile biometrics, and applying for both UK and Schengen visas with a single form.
New Income Requirements Announced for Family sponsorship

New Income Requirements Announced for Family sponsorship

July, 2014

The result of a recent UK Court of Appeal judgment upholds the recently revised income threshold requirements imposed under the new family migration rules.

In July 2012, the UK government introduced a revised minimum income threshold for British citizens to sponsor a non-EEA spouse or partner or child to come and live in the UK. Its purpose was to ensure that family migrants do not become reliant on local taxpayers for support and are encouraged to integrate effectively.

UK Announces Changes in Visa Application Centres in Nigeria

UK Announces Changes in Visa Application Centres in Nigeria

July, 2014

It is announced that the new commercial partner for UK visa services, Teleperformance Ltd, takes over the running of visa application centres in Lekki, Lagos with the effect from July, 2014.
UK Upgrades New Visa Regime for Chinese Applicants

UK Upgrades New Visa Regime for Chinese Applicants

July, 2014

It is now easier for Chinese nationals to come to the UK thanks to a series of reforms to the UK’s visa regime announced by the UK’s Home Secretary, Theresa May.
Indian, Chinese Tourists Can Travel to UK and Ireland by Joint Visa

Indian, Chinese Tourists Can Travel to UK and Ireland by Joint Visa

July, 2014

A joint visa initiative to be launched this autumn will allow visitors from China and India travel between Ireland and the UK.
UK Visa Application Centre Relocates from Nairobi to Westlands

UK Visa Application Centre Relocates from Nairobi to Westlands

July, 2014

UK Visa Application Center in Nairobi has moved to the new office in Westlands from the beginning of July.
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 Extends Support Service for SMEs

UK Extends Support Service for SMEs

February, 2014

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

UK Announces Changes to Visa Application Centres Worldwide

February, 2014

A number of changes to the visa services that offer customers of UK Border Agency (UKBA) overseas have been released recently.
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.
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.
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.
UK Updates List of English Language Tests for Tiers 1, 2 and 4 Visa Applications

UK Updates List of English Language Tests for Tiers 1, 2 and 4 Visa Applications

October, 2013

UK Border Agency on 18 October announced the updated list of approved English language tests for applications made under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system and for spouse or partner applications.
Tuberculosis Test Requirement for Bolivians Applying for UK Visas

Tuberculosis Test Requirement for Bolivians Applying for UK Visas

October, 2013

From 31 October 2013, Bolivian residents wishing to come to the UK for more than 6 months will be required to take a tuberculosis test before applying for a visa, UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced.
Tuberculosis Test Requirement for Cameroon Residents Applying for UK Visas

Tuberculosis Test Requirement for Cameroon Residents Applying for UK Visas

October, 2013

From 30 October 2013, residents of Cameroon wishing to come to the UK for more than 6 months will be required to take a tuberculosis test before applying for a visa, UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced.
UK to Simplify Visa Application Process for Chinese Visitors

UK to Simplify Visa Application Process for Chinese Visitors

October, 2013

In Beijing on 14 October 2013, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced a set of measures to simplify and streamline the visa application process for Chinese visitors.
UK Extends Priority Visa Service in Indonesia

UK Extends Priority Visa Service in Indonesia

October, 2013

UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced the extension of its priority visa service in Indonesia to include all applicants under business visitor, Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4 (child and general) and Tier 5 visa category.
 UK Introduces New Immigration Bill

UK Introduces New Immigration Bill

October, 2013

On Thursday 10 October, 2013, the introduction of the Immigration Bill has been announced by the UK government.
Changes to UK Immigration Rules for Tourist and Business Visitors Takes Effect

Changes to UK Immigration Rules for Tourist and Business Visitors Takes Effect

October, 2013

Following the pervious announcement on a number of changes to the UK Immigration Rules, new rules for tourist and business visitors came in to effect from October 1, 2013.
New UK Visa Application Forms from 1 October 2013

New UK Visa Application Forms from 1 October 2013

October, 2013

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has published updated versions of application forms for visa applications across all tiers of the points-based system that will be in use from the beginning of this October.
Change to the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK Requirement for Settlement and Naturalization

Change to the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK Requirement for Settlement and Naturalization

September, 2013

Beginning October 28th, 2013, there will be two parts to the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK (KoLL) requirement, both of which must be met by all applicants for settlement and naturalisation unless the individual is exempted (exemption details below).
UK Launches Priority Visa Service in Trinidad and Tobago

UK Launches Priority Visa Service in Trinidad and Tobago

September, 2013

UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced that a new priority visa service will be available for applicants in Trinidad and Tobago from 17 September 2013.
Priority visa service to the UK available to applicants from Australia and New Zealand

Priority visa service to the UK available to applicants from Australia and New Zealand

September, 2013

The UK Border Agency recently announced that the priority visa service is now available to settlement visa applicants from Australia and New Zealand. This service is optional, and is available, for an additional fee, from 12 August 2013. Priority service is available for all settlement visa categories; it is not currently available for other visa categories.
UK Mobile Visa Clinic to Open in Laos

UK Mobile Visa Clinic to Open in Laos

September, 2013

A mobile visa clinic is going to be opened in Lao capital, Vientiane on September 26, allowing Lao nationals to obtain a UK visa without visiting the UK visa application center in Bangkok, according to Thailand Deputy Head of Mission for the British Embassy in Vientiane, Alexandra Needham.
Progress in Visa Negotiations between UK and South Africa

Progress in Visa Negotiations between UK and South Africa

September, 2013

According to the British Foreign Secretary William Hague, South Africa has renewed its efforts to convince the British government that South Africans do not require a visa to visit the UK.
UK Announces a Series of Changes to the Immigration Rules on October 2013

UK Announces a Series of Changes to the Immigration Rules on October 2013

September, 2013

The Minister of State for Immigration Mark Harper on September 6 laid before the House a written statement which outlines a series of changes to the UK Immigration Rules.
UKBA Reminds Indonesian Applicants to Take Tuberculosis Test at Approved Clinics

UKBA Reminds Indonesian Applicants to Take Tuberculosis Test at Approved Clinics

September, 2013

UK Border Agency on September 4 made an announcement to remind visa applicants from Indonesia to take Tuberculosis (TB) test only at clinics approved by UKBA.
UK Visa Center in UAE to be Relocated

UK Visa Center in UAE to be Relocated

August, 2013

The UK visa application center in UAE will be relocated over the weekend.
UK Eases Student Visa Applications from Malaysia

UK Eases Student Visa Applications from Malaysia

August, 2013

Malaysian students applying for UK visas may no longer need to provide documentary evidence of financial maintenance and education qualifications.
New Process for UK Premium Appointment Booking Service Announced

New Process for UK Premium Appointment Booking Service Announced

August, 2013

UK Border Agency (UKBA) on August 19 made a short announcement on a change to its premium booking service appointment process.
Croatia's new EU Status - what it really means

Croatia's new EU Status - what it really means

August, 2013

Croatian citizens are now members of the European Union after a decade-long negotiation process. This effectively means that Croatian nationals are now able to move around and live freely in any other of the 27 member states, including the UK. Croatian nationals no longer need permission under the immigration rules to live legally in the UK.
New UK Visa Application Forms

New UK Visa Application Forms

August, 2013

The UK Border Agency has recently published new points-based system (PBS) versions of UK visa application forms, including:
UK Launches Priority Visa Service for Settlement Applications New Zealand

UK Launches Priority Visa Service for Settlement Applications New Zealand

August, 2013

According to a recent announcement of the UK Border Agency, the priority visa service is now available to settlement visa applicants in Australia and New Zealand.
UK Immigration Calls on Artists to Apply for Tier 1 Visa

UK Immigration Calls on Artists to Apply for Tier 1 Visa

August, 2013

Figures from the arts with an international reputation are encouraged to come to live in the UK under a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa, according to a recent UK Home Office report.
UK Launches Priority Visa Service for Settlement Applications in Australia and NZ

UK Launches Priority Visa Service for Settlement Applications in Australia and NZ

August, 2013

According to a recent announcement of the UK Border Agency, the priority visa service is now available to settlement visa applicants in Australia and New Zealand.
UKBA Provides Helps to Reduce Errors in Tier 1 Application

UKBA Provides Helps to Reduce Errors in Tier 1 Application

August, 2013

A guidance note for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa applications has been recently provided by the UK Border Agency to help avoid some of the common errors.
 UK Launches New Premium Customer Service for Tier 4 Sponsors

UK Launches New Premium Customer Service for Tier 4 Sponsors

July, 2013

On July 23, 2013, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) launched a new premium customer service for Tier 4 sponsors.
UK Launches New Pilot Passport Return Service for Tier 2 Visa Applicants

UK Launches New Pilot Passport Return Service for Tier 2 Visa Applicants

July, 2013

The UK Border Agency on July 22 announced the launch of a new pilot service that allows applicants for Tier 2 Intra company transfer (ICT) visas to have their passport returned before a decision has been made on their application.
The UK and Ireland Propose a Pilot Single Travel Visa Scheme

The UK and Ireland Propose a Pilot Single Travel Visa Scheme

July, 2013

A pilot single visa scheme for the UK and Ireland has been proposed by the two governments to attract more visitors to come to the two countries, especially visitors from China.
UK Priority Visa Service Offered in Kuwait during Ramadan

UK Priority Visa Service Offered in Kuwait during Ramadan

July, 2013

According to Frank Baker, British Ambassador to Kuwait, a priority service is offered to those customers who would like to take advantage of an even quicker UK visa service during Ramadan.
Mark Harper Says 300,000 UK Visa Issued for Chinese Applicants in 2012

Mark Harper Says 300,000 UK Visa Issued for Chinese Applicants in 2012

July, 2013

In a comment written for UK travel magazine Travel Weekly, Immigration Minister Harper says: "The Home Office is running a good visa service in China."
UK Annouced Proposals to Help Legitimate Businesses

UK Annouced Proposals to Help Legitimate Businesses

July, 2013

New proposals to help legitimate businesses have been unveiled by the UK government on July9, 2013.
UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Ireland

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Ireland

July, 2013

UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced that a new priority visa service will be available for applicants in Ireland from 18 July 2013.
UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Norway

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Norway

July, 2013

According to a recent announcement of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), a priority visa service has been available in Norway.
UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Denmark

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Denmark

July, 2013

According to a recent announcement of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), a priority visa service has been available in Denmark since 11 July 2013.
UK Priority Visa Service to Launch in the Netherlands

UK Priority Visa Service to Launch in the Netherlands

July, 2013

According to a recent announcement of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), a priority visa service will be available in the Netherlands from 10 July 2013.
Employers Exploiting Illegal UK Migrant Labour to Face Doubled Fines

Employers Exploiting Illegal UK Migrant Labour to Face Doubled Fines

July, 2013

Rogue businesses are to face fines of up to £20,000 per illegal worker as part of an overhaul of immigration laws.
Minimum Income Threshold for UK Family Migrants

Minimum Income Threshold for UK Family Migrants

July, 2013

According to a recent announcement, the High Court handed down its judgment in a Judicial Review of the minimum income threshold for spouses/partners and children applying in the family route.
Educational Oversight Registration Opens for New UK Visa Applications

Educational Oversight Registration Opens for New UK Visa Applications

July, 2013

UK Border Agency on July 9 made an announcement on the opening of educational oversight registration for new applications.
Planning Your Entry to the UK, Now that the Family Right of Appeal is Abolished

Planning Your Entry to the UK, Now that the Family Right of Appeal is Abolished

July, 2013

Recent changes to the law means that family visitors such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews and first cousins, as well as immediate family who are refused a visa for a short visit to see family members living in the UK will lose the full right to appeal.
Commonwealth Games Visit Visa Available for Family Members

Commonwealth Games Visit Visa Available for Family Members

July, 2013

Games family members for the Commonwealth Games are now able to apply for Commonwealth Games visit visas to enter the UK and prepare for the Games, UK Border Agency (UKBA) has recently announced.
UK Launches Priority Visa Service in Pakistan

UK Launches Priority Visa Service in Pakistan

July, 2013

UK Border Agency (UKBA) has recently made an announcement on the launch of priority visa service in Pakistan during the summer months.
UK Welcomes Newest European Union Members

UK Welcomes Newest European Union Members

July, 2013

Under the UK immigration rules, Croatian nationals can now enter and live in the UK without permission because this country has become the 28th nation to join the European Union since Monday 1 July, 2013.
New UK Visa Application Service in Bishkek

New UK Visa Application Service in Bishkek

July, 2013

A mobile biometric clinic will be set up on 25 July 2013, allowing residents in Krygzstan to supply biometric information when applying for a UK visa, without having to travel to the UK visa application centre in Almaty, according to a recent announcement of the UK Border Agency.
Fee of Priority visa service for Japan Increases

Fee of Priority visa service for Japan Increases

July, 2013

UK Border Agency on July 1 announced the increase in the fee for priority visa service for Japanese applicants which is effective from that date.
UK Visa Fee for EEA Documentation Applications

UK Visa Fee for EEA Documentation Applications

July, 2013

From 1 July 2013, not only UK visa applications made overseas but also EEA documentation applications made from within the UK will be charged a fee of £55 following Parliamentary approval.
Latest Changes to the UK Immigration Rules

Latest Changes to the UK Immigration Rules

July, 2013

A number of changes to the Immigration Rules took effect on Monday 1 July 2013.
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.
Uncertain Future For LMU International Tier 4 Visa Students

Uncertain Future For LMU International Tier 4 Visa Students

October, 2012

UK immigration officials recently revoked London Metropolitan University's (LMU's) Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) status, or the ability of a learning institution to give sponsorship to international students. Having a sponsor school is one of the requirements in obtaining a Tier 4 student visa, and LMU's new status would also change the visa status for many students.
UK Investor Visa Holders Double Since 2009

UK Investor Visa Holders Double Since 2009

October, 2012

The number of foreigners granted UK investor visas has doubled from less than 200 in 2009 to more than 400 in 2012.
New UK Immigration Policies Implemented

New UK Immigration Policies Implemented

October, 2012

New UK Immigration rules took effect on 1st of October 2012.
UK Immigration Appeals To Keep Blacklist Secret To Maintain International Relations

UK Immigration Appeals To Keep Blacklist Secret To Maintain International Relations

October, 2012

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is fighting the decision of the Information Commissioner to disclose UK immigration’s blacklist consisting of 44 countries.
Change to UK Visa Application Requirement for Nepalese

Change to UK Visa Application Requirement for Nepalese

October, 2012

According to an announcement by the UK Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, Nepalese who want to apply for a UK visa as a visitor or under the points-based system are required from October 15, 2012 to apply and seek an appointment at the visa application centre online.
New Biometric Facility Launched in Leicester for UK Residence Permit

New Biometric Facility Launched in Leicester for UK Residence Permit

September, 2012

On September 21, the UK Border Agency chief executive Rob Whiteman joined Labour MP for Leicester East, Keith Vaz, in the launch of a new Biometric Residence Permit facility in Leicester.
Extending a UK Visa on the Basis of Family or Private Life

Extending a UK Visa on the Basis of Family or Private Life

September, 2012

According to an announcement from the UK Border Agency (UKBA), anyone who wishes to remain in the UK on the basis of family or private life must apply under one of the family or partner routes.
UKBA Introduces English Language Requirement for Partners Applying in Cambodia

UKBA Introduces English Language Requirement for Partners Applying in Cambodia

September, 2012

From October 1st, 2012 the UK Border Agency(UKBA) will remove the English Language requirement exemption which has been in place for partners applying to settle in the UK from Cambodia.
New Guidelines for Overstayers in UK Announced

New Guidelines for Overstayers in UK Announced

September, 2012

News Guidelines for overstayers in the UK have been announced by the UK Boder Agency.
170,000 Nigerians Approved to Visit UK in 2011, Report Tells

170,000 Nigerians Approved to Visit UK in 2011, Report Tells

September, 2012

A new report reveals that there were 170,000 Nigerian visitors to UK in 2011, which was about 70% of all (Nigerian) applicants.
Further Changes to the UK Immigration Rules

Further Changes to the UK Immigration Rules

September, 2012

A written ministerial statement outlining a number of changes to the UK Immigration Rules has been laid in Parliament.
Thai Applicants Should Apply Early for UK Visas

Thai Applicants Should Apply Early for UK Visas

September, 2012

Thai applicants are advised to apply for UK visas sooner, according to the latest announcement of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) on August 31, 2012.
UK to Launch New Computer Database to Track Illegal Immigrants

UK to Launch New Computer Database to Track Illegal Immigrants

August, 2012

The UK is launching a new project next month to track a huge backlog of foreigners overstaying their UK visas.
UK Businesses Propose to Boost Chinese Visitors

UK Businesses Propose to Boost Chinese Visitors

August, 2012

A proposal by British business leaders to simplify the visa process for Chinese visitors is to be submitted to the UK Border Agency.
UK Announces Timetable for Rollout of TB Program in India

UK Announces Timetable for Rollout of TB Program in India

August, 2012

Following the UK government's announcement in May 2012 that 67 countries would be subject to a UK pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening programme, the timetable and arrangements for the rollout of the programme in India have been announced.
UK Launches New Visa Application Service in East Malaysia

UK Launches New Visa Application Service in East Malaysia

August, 2012

A new UK visa application service has been launched in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu for UK visa applicants in East Malaysia to lodge their visa application and provide their biometric information (fingerprints and digital photograph) this summer.
UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Ghana

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Ghana

August, 2012

A UK Priority Visa Service has been launched in Ghana by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
UK Border Agency Gives Advice for International Students

UK Border Agency Gives Advice for International Students

August, 2012

UK Border Agency (UKBA) issues a statement for international students arriving in the UK this September to help them make their arrivals smooth.
UK Launches New Visa Application Centre in Nepal

UK Launches New Visa Application Centre in Nepal

July, 2012

July 20, 2012, the British Ambassador to Nepal, John Tucknott officially opened a new UK visa application centre at Narayan Chaur, Naxal in Kathmandu.
Priority Service for UK Student Visa Applicants from Malaysia

Priority Service for UK Student Visa Applicants from Malaysia

July, 2012

A priority service for UK Tier 4 Visa applicants has been launched in Malaysia on 17 July 2012, according to a recent announcement from the UK Border Agency.
Changes to Family Visit Visa Appeals Come into Effect

Changes to Family Visit Visa Appeals Come into Effect

July, 2012

The Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) Regulations 2012 came into force on 9 July 2012, setting out who qualifies for a full right of appeal against a visa refusal to visit family in the UK.
Travellers to the UK for Olympics Should Apply Now for UK Visitor Visa

Travellers to the UK for Olympics Should Apply Now for UK Visitor Visa

July, 2012

On July 13, 2012 the British High Commission in New Delhi reminded those who wish to travel to the UK for the coming Olympic and Paralympic Games to apply for a visa soon.
UK Announces Changes to the Immigration European Economic Area Regulations 2006

UK Announces Changes to the Immigration European Economic Area Regulations 2006

July, 2012

The Immigration European Economic Area Regulations 2006 will be changed starting from July 16, 2012, according to an announcement of the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
UK Has 5 Million Non-EU Immigrants

UK Has 5 Million Non-EU Immigrants

July, 2012

According to the latest figures from EU statistics office Eurostat, the UK is third on the list of European countries having the largest number of non-EU immigrants.
UK Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa Applications Accepted for South Koreans from 6 August

UK Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa Applications Accepted for South Koreans from 6 August

July, 2012

First Tier 5 (Youth mobility scheme) visa applications from South Korean nationals will be accepted at the UK Border Agency's visa application center in Seoul from 6 August 2012.
Changes to Application for Settlement from inside the UK

Changes to Application for Settlement from inside the UK

July, 2012

The length of time family members must be in the UK before applying for settlement has changed due to new Immigration Rules which took effect on 9 July 2012.
UK Announces Changes to Family Immigration Rules

UK Announces Changes to Family Immigration Rules

July, 2012

There will be some changes to the Family Immigration Rules coming into effect from July 9, 2012, according to the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
UK to Introduce New Interview System for Students

UK to Introduce New Interview System for Students

July, 2012

According to a recent announcement by UK Immigration Minister Damian Green, his department will introduce a targeted interview system for students this summer and concentrate on high-risk applicants.
UK Extends Priority Visa Service for Quatar

UK Extends Priority Visa Service for Quatar

July, 2012

The British Embassy in Doha on July 5, 2012 announced an extension of the priority visa service which was originally introduced in March 2012.
UK Student Visa Applications from Malaysians to be Processed in Manila

UK Student Visa Applications from Malaysians to be Processed in Manila

July, 2012

For the coming peak UK student visa period, visa applications from Malaysians will be processed and decided in Manila rather than in Kuala Lumpur as currently.
Changes to UK Citizenship Test

Changes to UK Citizenship Test

July, 2012

According to a recent announcement from the UK Home Office, the UK citizenship test will change.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Online Bookings for UK Visa Applicants to Enrol their Biometrics

Online Bookings for UK Visa Applicants to Enrol their Biometrics

February, 2012

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

UK to Attract Only the Best and Brightest Migrants

January, 2012

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

New List of English Language Test Providers for UK Visa Applications

January, 2012

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) have released a new list of approved English language test providers for visa applications made under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system and for partner visa applications.
UK Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visa Applications To Move Online

UK Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visa Applications To Move Online

January, 2012

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

Britain Prepare to Welcome Visitors for the 2012 Olympics

January, 2012

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

New UK Visa Application Form and Guidance for Bulgarians and Romanians

January, 2012

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has published a new version of Form BR3, which is used by Bulgarian and Romanian nationals to apply for an accession worker card.
New Procedure for Visa Applicants Seeking Arts Council England Endorsement

New Procedure for Visa Applicants Seeking Arts Council England Endorsement

January, 2012

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

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Ukraine

January, 2012

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

UK Priority Visa Service Launched in Thailand

January, 2012

From 16 January 2012 the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in Thailand will offer a priority UK visa service to certain categories of applicants who meet specific criteria and pay an additional fee to have their visa application processed ahead of others.
UK Tier 4 (Student) Visa Sponsor Inspections and Reviews 2012

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

January, 2012

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has reminded all Tier 4 (Student) visa sponsors of the requirement for an inspection or review in 2012 by an appropriate educational oversight body to continue to be able to sponsor international students.
More settlement requirements for Tier 2 migrants to live and work in the UK

More settlement requirements for Tier 2 migrants to live and work in the UK

October, 2011

UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced more changes to settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) requirements for Tier 2 and Work Permit migrants.
UK Visa Applications for Malaysians Processed in Manila

UK Visa Applications for Malaysians Processed in Manila

October, 2011

All UK visa applications made by Malaysian citizens will be processed by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) at the British Embassy in Manila, the Philippines.

 UKBA Announced New Arrangements for Tier 4 Sponsors

UKBA Announced New Arrangements for Tier 4 Sponsors

October, 2011

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced new arrangements for Tier 4 sponsors who were granted their sponsor licence between 16 December 2010 and 28 February 2011 and were allocated zero confirmations of acceptance for studies (CAS) under the Tier 4 interim limit.
One Third of UK Businesses Hire Migrant Workers

One Third of UK Businesses Hire Migrant Workers

October, 2011

Despite the UK Government's calls to reduce the number of foreign workers, one-third of the businesses in the UK employ migrants, recent research reveals.
Immigration Will Contribute to UK Population Growth

Immigration Will Contribute to UK Population Growth

October, 2011

According to the latest report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK population will reach 70 million by 2027.

UKBA Publish List of Unacceptable Financial Institutions

UKBA Publish List of Unacceptable Financial Institutions

October, 2011

The UKBA has published a list of financial institutions from which they will no longer accept documentation for the purpose of meeting the maintenance (financial funds) requirement for Tier 4 visa applications.
UK Still Attracts Polish Nurses

UK Still Attracts Polish Nurses

October, 2011

UK is still a favourite destination for Polish nurses, according to a recruitment company in the UK.

UK Government to Extend Visa Stay Period for Students in Scotland

UK Government to Extend Visa Stay Period for Students in Scotland

October, 2011

The UK Home Office will consider proposals from the Scottish Affairs Committee to allow different periods of stay for international students studying in Scotland and England under new immigration rules that will be implemented next year.
New UK Shortage Occupation List Announced

New UK Shortage Occupation List Announced

October, 2011

From November 14, 2011 a new Shortage Occupation List will come into effect for prospective skilled migrants to the UK.
UK Response to Protect Border and Vulnerable Children

UK Response to Protect Border and Vulnerable Children

October, 2011

The importance of holding families for short periods at UK ports and airports in small numbers of cases to protect the border and interest of vulnerable children has been reiterated by the UK Border Agency on October 17, 2011.
UK Visa Rules Eased to Deal with Actuaries Shortage

UK Visa Rules Eased to Deal with Actuaries Shortage

October, 2011

Recruitment firm ReThink Recruitment stated on Oct 10, 2011 that UK visa rules have been relaxed to deal with a shortage of actuaries triggered by the insurance industry's preparations for new European capital rules.
Plans to Relax UK Immigration Law for Overseas Teachers

Plans to Relax UK Immigration Law for Overseas Teachers

October, 2011

UK Government have announced that they want to remove restrictions on foreign teachers and relax immigration laws to allow talented teachers from overseas to work in Britain's classrooms.
UK Announces Changes to List of English Language Test Providers

UK Announces Changes to List of English Language Test Providers

October, 2011

October 4, 2011, the UK Border Agency announced changes to the list of approved English language test providers.
UK Working Holiday Program for Young Taiwanese Launched

UK Working Holiday Program for Young Taiwanese Launched

October, 2011

According to the latest news from the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), a bilateral program signed between the UK and Taiwan will allow young Taiwanese to participate in a working holiday program in the UK from next year.

Government Policy Key Factor in Increase in Immigration Rise

Government Policy Key Factor in Increase in Immigration Rise

September, 2011

A recent spike in UK immigration has been attributed to public policy, not the economy, according to latest research released by the UK Department for Communities and Local Government.

Changes to UK Residency Rights for Carers of Dependent British Citizens

Changes to UK Residency Rights for Carers of Dependent British Citizens

September, 2011

The UKBA has announced provisional arrangements for residency rights for carers of dependent British citizens following the recent judgement made by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ).
Surge in Spanish Immigration to the UK

Surge in Spanish Immigration to the UK

September, 2011

There was a dramatic rise in the number of Spanish immigrants to the UK, according to the latest statistics from the UK government.

Recent UK Report Supported Government Proposals on Family Migration

Recent UK Report Supported Government Proposals on Family Migration

September, 2011

September 15, 2011, the Immigration Minister Damian Green made a speech on the importance of solving misuse of the family migration route to the UK following the release of new research.

Recommendations to Revise the UK Shortage Occupation List

Recommendations to Revise the UK Shortage Occupation List

September, 2011

September 12, 2011, the United Kingdom's Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) submits its recommendations for revising the Shortage Occupation List which includes covering fewer employees and changinig some occupations.
UK Visa Processing Times for Libyans in Tunisia

UK Visa Processing Times for Libyans in Tunisia

September, 2011

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has just alerted Libyans of changes to UK Visa processing times in Tunisia.
UK Immigration is The Most Popular for Romanian Migrant Workers

UK Immigration is The Most Popular for Romanian Migrant Workers

September, 2011

According to new employment figures for 2011, Britain is still the most popular destination for migrant workers from Romania with at least 15,000 seeking jobs here every month.
UK Visa Reprieve for Filipino Fishermen

UK Visa Reprieve for Filipino Fishermen

August, 2011

The UK Government has announced a final extension of UK visas for 70 fishermen from the Philippines, who were faced with leaving the UK because of visa issues.
Announcement for UK Immigrant Students with International Baccalaureate Qualifications

Announcement for UK Immigrant Students with International Baccalaureate Qualifications

August, 2011

The UK Border Agency has made provisions for International Baccalaureate graduates who will not receive their award certificates in time to apply for university courses starting this September.
UK Students Satisfaction Increased

UK Students Satisfaction Increased

August, 2011

UK university and college students have expressed high satisfaction with their course, according to this year's National Student Survey.
More Firms Plan to Recruit UK Immigrants despite Annual Cap

More Firms Plan to Recruit UK Immigrants despite Annual Cap

August, 2011

The number of employers planning to recruit migrant workers has gone up despite the UK's immigration cap, according to research of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
UKBA Introduce New Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

UKBA Introduce New Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

August, 2011

Criteria used to assess applications for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visas have been published by Arts Council England.
UK Introduces Changes to Immigration Sponsorship Management System

UK Introduces Changes to Immigration Sponsorship Management System

August, 2011

UK Border Agency (UKBA) will introduce changes to the sponsorship management system (SMS) on 1 October 2011, which will change how people apply for Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) under Tier 2 General visa category.
UK Border Agency Makes New Announcements for Visa Applicants

UK Border Agency Makes New Announcements for Visa Applicants

August, 2011

Some new announcements and reminders for UK visa applicants from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) were made this week.
UK to Improve Employer Checking Service for Migrant Workers

UK to Improve Employer Checking Service for Migrant Workers

August, 2011

UK Border Agency (UKBA) has offered £40m contracts for additional biometric technology, web-based services and storage as part of its Employers' Checking Service (ECS) for migrant workers.
UK Encourages Malaysian Students to Return to London

UK Encourages Malaysian Students to Return to London

August, 2011

Despite the riots in several areas near London, Malaysian students were encouraged to continue their studies in the UK, Britain's acting High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ray Kyles, said on Thursday.
Confirmation for UK Tier 4 Student Visa Sponsors

Confirmation for UK Tier 4 Student Visa Sponsors

July, 2011

Under the change to UK Tier 4 student visas, all sponsors need to obtain highly trusted sponsor status as well as receive a satisfactory review or inspection approved for Tier 4 purposes.
New UK visa plan to attract artists

New UK visa plan to attract artists

July, 2011

A new law on UK visas should be applied next month to increase the number of artists coming to the UK.
UK Immigration System Needs Migration Data Management Improvement

UK Immigration System Needs Migration Data Management Improvement

July, 2011

The UK should upgrade migration data management to improve its immigration system, says a report by parliament's home affairs committee.
Inspectors Recognised UK Immigration Removal Centre Improvements

Inspectors Recognised UK Immigration Removal Centre Improvements

July, 2011

A new report on the inspection of the UK Immigration Removal Centre - Tinsley House has published some improvements in immigrant women and children's life conditions at the centre.
More Foreign Workers Immigrate to UK via Company Transfer

More Foreign Workers Immigrate to UK via Company Transfer

July, 2011

The UK Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons has published a report to evaluate the management of the work routes of the Points Based System for Immigration.
Britain needs more migrants

Britain needs more migrants

July, 2011

Immigration and visa-free travel are essential to boost economic fortunes, so says European Union Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom.
Exceptionally Talented Immigrants Welcomed in UK

Exceptionally Talented Immigrants Welcomed in UK

July, 2011

The UK has widely embraced exceptionally talented immigrants to UK by introduction of the new Tier 1 'exceptional talent' route on Thursday July 20.
UK family migration consultation launched by the government

UK family migration consultation launched by the government

July, 2011

The UK government launched a consultation aimed at better family migration into the UK on 13 July 2011.
UK Becomes EU Top Destination for Immigrants

UK Becomes EU Top Destination for Immigrants

July, 2011

According to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), more permanent migrants moved to UK than any other country in EU.
New UK migration plan to prevent spouses of poor people from settlement

New UK migration plan to prevent spouses of poor people from settlement

July, 2011

The Home Office is currently in the middle of announcing a proposal which states a minimum income threshold set for those who want to bring spouses into the UK from other countries.
UK Child Work Permit Warning

UK Child Work Permit Warning

July, 2011

Businesses and parents in the South West England are being warned that they must apply a work permit if they seeking employment for a child under the school age during the summer holidays.
UK Free Immigration Advisory Service goes into Administration

UK Free Immigration Advisory Service goes into Administration

July, 2011

The Immigration Advisory Service (IAS), UK largest immigration advice charity has gone into administration.
UK Migrants Jobs Chances or Challenges

UK Migrants Jobs Chances or Challenges

July, 2011

Latest figures about number of skilled migrants in UK that drew attention to both UK immigrants and residents were revealed.
UK Helps Immigrants through Sports Campaign

UK Helps Immigrants through Sports Campaign

July, 2011

Aiming at helping refugees and displaced people living in the UK, the government has introduced new program named "Giving is winning" to bring hope to them through sports in the run-up to London 2012.
Recent UK immigration restrictions could hurt business

Recent UK immigration restrictions could hurt business

July, 2011

A paper warning about the potential problems for UK businesses as a result of the immigration restrictions will be published by a panel of MPs which include both Labour and Conservative members.
Changes to UK Student Visa Outlined

Changes to UK Student Visa Outlined

July, 2011

UK student visa reform has effect of making stopping abuse and bringing a sustainable net migration, said Damian Green, the Immigration Minister.
Immigration into the UK without passport to be Closed

Immigration into the UK without passport to be Closed

July, 2011

A security loophole in the UK immigration system which allows people to enter the UK without showing a passport is to be closed, according to British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Changes to UK Student Visa July 4 2011

Changes to UK Student Visa July 4 2011

July, 2011

Since 4 July 2011 the second set of changes in Tier 4 (General) visa rules of the points-based system have come into effect, the British Government announced.
Immigration to the UK driving population growth

Immigration to the UK driving population growth

July, 2011

According to the figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on last Friday - July 1, 2011, UK immigration is adding significantly to the country's population growth.
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.
UK Businesses Speak out Immigration Cap is Damaging

UK Businesses Speak out Immigration Cap is Damaging

October, 2010

The Government may be facing further backlash if certain sectors are permitted to avoid the imposed cap that is due to become permanent. Mark Prisk, Minister for Business and Enterprise, suggested that the cap could be overturned and exemptions made for "technical staff".
New Migrants to pay 5000 GBP to use Public Services prior to being given their visa Urges Tory MP

New Migrants to pay 5000 GBP to use Public Services prior to being given their visa Urges Tory MP

October, 2010

Tory MP Nick Boles has said that 'We need to make sure people who come here make a financial commitment to the country which they’ll get back in a few years time.' He also said that immigration has been 'too high in recent years.' Therefore, this would be a method for the Government to make sure immigrants are contributing to society and there is no potential for social unrest.
Big Complaints relating to UK Immigration Cap

Big Complaints relating to UK Immigration Cap

October, 2010

After talks with the Home Office, the same results were found that cutting the number of visas per category, and shortening the processing time, is not reflecting positively with the necessary projects that need completing.
A Closer Look at the Reasons For and Against the UK Immigration Cap

A Closer Look at the Reasons For and Against the UK Immigration Cap

September, 2010

As the impending UK immigration changes are set to be implemented, the debate continues as to how it will affect the country as a whole.
UK Visa Application Fees to Increase in Fall 2010

UK Visa Application Fees to Increase in Fall 2010

September, 2010

The UK Boarder Agency (UKBA) has announced that there will be an increase to immigration and nationality application fees coming the fall of 2010. The increase will affect all those who are looking to visit, study, work or migrate to the UK.
UK Immigration Cap Creates Problems for Acute Care Hospitals

UK Immigration Cap Creates Problems for Acute Care Hospitals

September, 2010

The UK Government has cut the number of Certificates of Sponsorship (COS) by 5%. This cut has recently been creating difficulties for acute care hospitals that rely on foreign nurses to meet health care demands within the UK.
Government Adviser Warns UK Immigration Cap May Not Be Enough

Government Adviser Warns UK Immigration Cap May Not Be Enough

September, 2010

One of the top Government advisors, Professor David Metcalf has warned that ministers will need to stop workers from bringing their families with them to meet the immigration cap for tens of thousands within the UK.
Immigration policy change evidence set out by Minister

Immigration policy change evidence set out by Minister

September, 2010

The government Immigration Minister, Damian Green has recently spoken to the Royal Commonwealth Society in relation to the upcoming policy changes and the proposed cap which will eventually limit the number of non-EU migrants that will be allowed in to the UK every year.
UK Immigration Numbers Rising As Population Soars

UK Immigration Numbers Rising As Population Soars

September, 2010

Recent figures have reported a record rise in the UK population number. The current data suggests that there are over 55 million people living in the regions of England and Wales.
Net Immigration Rise Reported for the UK

Net Immigration Rise Reported for the UK

September, 2010

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has released data suggesting that the net immigration figure within the UK has actually risen by 20% last year. The increase in net immigration is attributed to the growing number of foreign students and a drop in the amount of UK nationals emigrating out of the country.
UK and Indian Governments to Discuss UK Visa Cap

UK and Indian Governments to Discuss UK Visa Cap

September, 2010

The UK Immigration Minister Damian Green has embarked on a visit to India in the hope to further discuss the proposed UK immigration cap. The purpose of the meeting will be to consult Indian Government officials and business leaders regarding the UK immigration policies and their impact on the two countries.
Deputy Prime Minister Dismisses Coalition Plans to Cap Immigration into the UK

Deputy Prime Minister Dismisses Coalition Plans to Cap Immigration into the UK

August, 2010

The appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has reopened a Coalition rift by dismissing imminent flagship plans to cap immigration into the UK
UK skills gap still demands overseas labour to help fill shortages

UK skills gap still demands overseas labour to help fill shortages

August, 2010

As the UK economy starts to recover, organisations are still looking for migrant workers and offshore outsourcing to plug the UK skills gap despite high levels of unemployment around the country.
Skills shortage caused by UK Immigration Cap

Skills shortage caused by UK Immigration Cap

August, 2010

One of the big manifesto pledges by PM David Cameron was to place an annual cap on the number of migrants (who are non-EU nationals) that can enter the UK. His promise was (and still is) to bring the levels of net migration in to the tens of thousands, rather than the hundreds of thousands.
Millions Potentially Eligible to Live and Work in the UK

Millions Potentially Eligible to Live and Work in the UK

August, 2010

Starting January 2011, individuals with Hungarian ties will be able to claim EU passports which would allow these individuals to automatically live and work anywhere in the European continent, including the UK.
Millions May be Eligible for a UK Passport

Millions May be Eligible for a UK Passport

August, 2010

Starting January 2011, individuals from Hungarian ties will be able to claim EU passports which would allow these individuals to automatically live and work anywhere in the European continent, including the UK.
UK Businesses to Advocate for More Skilled Workers

UK Businesses to Advocate for More Skilled Workers

August, 2010

UK Businesses have expressed their concerns regarding the cap that is projected to be placed on Non-EU skilled workers looking to migrate to the UK.
Changes to Tier 4 of the Points Based System

Changes to Tier 4 of the Points Based System

July, 2010

Following the decision made in the Judicial Review case brought by English UK, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has made a series of amendments to the Immigration rules under Tier 4 of the Points Based System (PBS).
Population Growth Led by UK Immigration

Population Growth Led by UK Immigration

July, 2010

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the population has grown by 394,000 people in the span of one year. It seems that growing birth rates within the UK have been pushing the population numbers up due to a larger amount of migrant mothers are of a child bearing age and are already established enough to start a family. At the same time births to UK born mothers continues to fall, this time by 1.1 percent from last year.
Businesses to Advocate for UK Immigration during Policy Changes

Businesses to Advocate for UK Immigration during Policy Changes

July, 2010

The United Kingdom Government is set to change current immigration policies in order to better sustain both UK nationals and future immigrants.
Tier 1 Visa Changes

Tier 1 Visa Changes

July, 2010

The UK government is currently working on setting a quota to cap annual immigration to the UK from April 2011 onwards. The cap would affect those skilled workers coming from outside the European Union. In the interim, a temporary, smaller cap is proposed to come in to effect on July 19, 2010.
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.
Enhancement of Tier 2 eligibility criteria

Enhancement of Tier 2 eligibility criteria

September, 2009

The UK Border Agency ('UKBA') has announced a range of enhancements to their Tier 2 skilled worker or work permit scheme.
Migrant Baby boom prompts call for new schools.

Migrant Baby boom prompts call for new schools.

September, 2009

A report released by a cross-party group on UK migration has suggested that up to 96,000 new school places would be required by 2013 to manage a migrant related baby boom.
New UK Visa route for Turkish business people

New UK Visa route for Turkish business people

September, 2009

The UK Border Agency ('UKBA') has announced a new visa route for Turkish nationals applying to establish a business in the UK under the European Community Association Agreement ('ECAA').
Temporary concessions for students on education visits or exchanges

Temporary concessions for students on education visits or exchanges

September, 2009

The UK Border Agency ('UKBA') has agreed to a temporary concession or arrangement for students coming to the UK for student exchanges or visits.
International fingerprint exchange confirmed

International fingerprint exchange confirmed

August, 2009

The Home Office has confirmed that it has commenced sharing the fingerprint data of suspect migrants with countries outside the European region.
UK visa rules hit rugby league clubs

UK visa rules hit rugby league clubs

August, 2009

The UK's Rugby Football League ('RFL') has voiced fears that further players could be deported from the UK in the wake of the Celtic Crusaders visa scandal.
UK Business Calls for Points-based immigration system reform

UK Business Calls for Points-based immigration system reform

August, 2009

Business leaders and immigration lawyers have accused the UK government of harming business with their Tier 2 Skilled Worker points-based immigration system (PBS) – the replacement for the former work permit scheme.
Migrant workers still crucial to recession-hit UK

Migrant workers still crucial to recession-hit UK

August, 2009

UK employers are continuing to recruit overseas workers despite the global recession, recent research from the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) has shown.
Points based system for UK citizenship

Points based system for UK citizenship

August, 2009

Plans to introduce a points based eligibility system for UK citizenship were unveiled by the Government this week.
Failed asylum seekers to get free NHS care

Failed asylum seekers to get free NHS care

July, 2009

Free NHS ('National Health Service') treatment will soon be available to thousands of failed asylum seekers in the UK due to a government change in access eligibility criteria.
Borders, Citizenship & Immigration bill to be enacted soon

Borders, Citizenship & Immigration bill to be enacted soon

July, 2009

The UK proposed new Borders, Citizenship & Immigration bill cleared its final stage in the House of Commons this week after receiving support from both major opposition parties.
Irish passport plan shelved

Irish passport plan shelved

July, 2009

The UK government has for the time-being abandoned plans requiring UK and Irish nationals to show passports when travelling between the two countries (Common Travel Area – CTA). There are currently no passport controls for nationals of either country travelling within the CTA.
New UK biometric deal signed

New UK biometric deal signed

July, 2009

A new 7 year contract has just been signed with IBM to provide key elements of the UK government’s upgrade of UK biometric passports.
Asylum seekers permitted to stay due to case backlog

Asylum seekers permitted to stay due to case backlog

July, 2009

More than 63,000 of the estimated 450,000 asylum legacy cases identified under the Case Resolution Programme have now been approved.
UK and France agree on stronger border measures

UK and France agree on stronger border measures

July, 2009

In a ground-breaking meeting prior to this week's G8 summit, the UK Prime Minster, Gordon Brown and French President, Nicolas Sarkozy agreed on tough new measures to combat the wave of illegal migration from continental Europe to the UK, in particular the migrant squatter camps springing up around the French port of Calais.
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.
Strict new rules for business visitors to the UK

Strict new rules for business visitors to the UK

October, 2008

The UK Government has recently published tough new rules to tighten the visitor route into the UK.
UK To Introduce Identity Cards for Foreign Nationals

UK To Introduce Identity Cards for Foreign Nationals

October, 2008

The issue of identity cards for UK citizens has been a controversial topic in the UK since 2003 when David Blunkett announced proposals to introduce them. Whilst they are still the subject of much debate stemming from concerns about identity fraud and loss of privacy, identity cards will now initially be issued to foreign nationals from November 2008.
Tier 1 Visa Application problems

Tier 1 Visa Application problems

September, 2008

With the new "Tier 1 (General)" fully implemented, there is a "Hidden Risk" for those with permission to stay in the UK who are thinking of applying for an "extension" from outside the UK.
Britain is the second most popular destination for migrants

Britain is the second most popular destination for migrants

September, 2008

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently published a report which shows that Britain was second only to the United States when it came to attracting immigrants.
Trial for Automated Border Clearance System begins

Trial for Automated Border Clearance System begins

September, 2008

In response to the increase security at the UK Airports to prevent illegal entry, the Border and Immigration Agency have started a trial of an automated border control system.
Introduction of Identity cards to UK Immigrants

Introduction of Identity cards to UK Immigrants

September, 2008

The UK Border Agency have announced that from 25 November 2008 they would begin to issue identity cards to foreign nationals applying for further leave to remain in the United Kingdom under certain categories.
UK Immigration Laws may restrict Minister of Religion Visas

UK Immigration Laws may restrict Minister of Religion Visas

September, 2008

The UK Government are introducing laws which will make it more difficult for Ministers of Religion from outside the EU to enter the UK to address their congregations and lead UK people in prayer. It could hinder freedom of worship in the UK.
Record UK immigration makes population soar

Record UK immigration makes population soar

September, 2008

The Office for National Statistics shows the total population of Britain has reached record levels and immigration has been the biggest contributor. The trend indentifies that Britain will become the most populous country in Europe by 2060.
HSMP Visa Holders to reclaim old visa extension rules.

HSMP Visa Holders to reclaim old visa extension rules.

August, 2008

A recent court ruling by a UK High Court has meant that visa extension rules from the old Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) will be made available for some individuals.
Newly Married Couples Can Live in the UK According to Court Ruling

Newly Married Couples Can Live in the UK According to Court Ruling

August, 2008

The House of Lords have ruled that forcing a migrant to prove a relationship is genuine is 'arbitrary and unjust', even if they were getting married only weeks before their permission to stay in Britain ran out.
New Immigration Rules for Students

New Immigration Rules for Students

August, 2008

The UK Home Office has published proposals for much tighter rules for foreign students - and the universities and colleges hosting them - under the student tier of its new Points Based System.
Impact of Immigration to Scotland

Impact of Immigration to Scotland

August, 2008

The population of Scotland is at 25-year high thanks to a baby boom and increased migration to the country.
Marriage Visa Age May Rise from 18 to 21 Years

Marriage Visa Age May Rise from 18 to 21 Years

July, 2008

The British Government is considering raising the age at which a spouse can be brought to Britain from 18 to 21 in an apparent attempt to combat forced marriages, the Home Office announced today.
UK Citizenship rules for New Migrants

UK Citizenship rules for New Migrants

July, 2008

The British Government has announced that foreign nationals wishing to become British citizens will have to earn the right to stay.
Proposed Changes to the UK Visa List

Proposed Changes to the UK Visa List

July, 2008

The UK is currently deciding whether to alter the immigration rules regarding 11 countries.
Judicial Review for the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP)

Judicial Review for the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP)

July, 2008

After the High Court Ruling that changes made to the HSMP Criteria were unlawful, the Home office has now implemented the judgement in the Immigration Rules.
Faster Travel Visa Processing Agreement Between US and UK

Faster Travel Visa Processing Agreement Between US and UK

July, 2008

A new Agreement between the UK and US governments will allow visitors between the two countries faster processing when they arrive in the other country.
Britain Proposes Strict Rules for Short Term UK Visas

Britain Proposes Strict Rules for Short Term UK Visas

July, 2008

UK Home Office has announced a number of proposed changes to Britain's short-term visa system.
Skilled Migrant Scheme for UK has been introduced

Skilled Migrant Scheme for UK has been introduced

July, 2008

A points based skilled migrant scheme has been introduced on the 30th of June 2008 for migrants wishing to live in the UK.
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.

Pound hits 26 year high against US dollar

Pound hits 26 year high against US dollar

October, 2007

The British Pound has risen to a quarter-century high against the US dollar. The rise comes as a result of speculation that the Bank of England will keep its interest rates at their current high. £1 pound sterling currently buys $2.0657 USD. The last time that the pound traded at this level was in mid-1981.
New UK population forecasts to 2081

New UK population forecasts to 2081

October, 2007

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed its analysis of how the UK's population is expected to grow until the year 2081. Much of the projected growth is expected to come from immigration.

Britain extends open arms to migrants

Britain extends open arms to migrants

October, 2007

According to new research by the British Council, the United Kingdom is one of the most welcoming countries for newcomers compared with its peers in the European Union.

30 percent rise in immigration to the UK expected

30 percent rise in immigration to the UK expected

October, 2007

The UK Office for National Statistics has indicated that it expects the number of people coming to live in Britain to be about 30% more than previously expected.

More money to promote rural tourism in the United Kingdom

More money to promote rural tourism in the United Kingdom

September, 2007

The UK government has announced £1 million to help promote rural tourist destinations.

UK to implement Biometric visa systems

UK to implement Biometric visa systems

September, 2007

The UK is continuing its implementation of Biometric visa systems at entry clearance posts abroad. The latest order for almost 1,400 high-tech biometric scanners will go to visa processing units in other countries. The UK plans to collect biometric data about every visa applicant, in an attempt to tighten its borders and crack down on illegal immigration.

Olympics could generate 2 billion GBP for the UK

Olympics could generate 2 billion GBP for the UK

September, 2007

The influx of tourism to the UK for the 2012 Olympics in London could mean an addition of over £2 billion for the UK economy. Almost £1.5 billion of that could be directed to the London economy alone.

UK Suspends online Visitor Visa applications from India

UK Suspends online Visitor Visa applications from India

September, 2007

The UK government has temporarily suspended online applications for visitor visas from Indian nationals.

UK Sees Biggest Migration Inflow Since 2001

UK Sees Biggest Migration Inflow Since 2001

August, 2007

Over the last year, the United Kingdom has absorbed the most newcomers since 2001. The primary driving force has been migration from the countries that recently joined the European Union. Most newcomers have been quickly absorbed by the UK economy as workers.

UK Introduces Premium Visitor Visa

UK Introduces Premium Visitor Visa

August, 2007

The United Kingdom is introducing a Premium multiple entry visitor visa for frequent travelers with a trusted history of visiting the UK.

New British Visa Offices to Open in Thailand

New British Visa Offices to Open in Thailand

August, 2007

Two new UK visa offices are set to open in Thailand, in Taipei and Kaohsiung.

London Taking on New York as World Financial Capital

London Taking on New York as World Financial Capital

August, 2007

London may be beginning a new golden age as the dominant player in international finance.

New UK Border Agency Announced

New UK Border Agency Announced

August, 2007

The UK government has announced a unified UK border enforcement agency. The new agency will unify the functions of the Border and Immigration Agency, Customs and UKvisas.

Biggest Property Boom in UK History

Biggest Property Boom in UK History

July, 2007

The Office of National Statistics has released a new study on Britain's wealth: 60% of the UK's overall financial value of about £6.5 trillion is tied up in property.

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

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK

March, 2007

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

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK.

Opportunities for student nurses to study in the UK.

March, 2007

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

Plight of Overseas Doctors

Plight of Overseas Doctors

February, 2007

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

Overseas Workers contribute to growing UK Economy

Overseas Workers contribute to growing UK Economy

February, 2007

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

UNFAIRNESS IN DEALING WITH  HSMP WORKERS DEBATED IN UK GOVERMENT

UNFAIRNESS IN DEALING WITH HSMP WORKERS DEBATED IN UK GOVERMENT

February, 2007

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

Border Bill achieves second reading without a vote

Border Bill achieves second reading without a vote

February, 2007

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

UK BORDERS BILL ACHIEVES SECOND READING WITHOUT A VOTE

UK BORDERS BILL ACHIEVES SECOND READING WITHOUT A VOTE

February, 2007

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

NEW TECHNOLOGY AT BIRMIMGHAM AIRPORT HELPS  STRENGHTEN UK BORDER

NEW TECHNOLOGY AT BIRMIMGHAM AIRPORT HELPS STRENGHTEN UK BORDER

February, 2007

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

New Airport Technology Strengthens UK Border

New Airport Technology Strengthens UK Border

February, 2007

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

NEW TECHNOLOGY AT BIRMIMGHAM AIRPORT HELPS  STRENGHTEN UK BORDER

NEW TECHNOLOGY AT BIRMIMGHAM AIRPORT HELPS STRENGHTEN UK BORDER

February, 2007

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

Macedonias Bid for EU Membership

January, 2007

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

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

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

January, 2007

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

New TB Test for Ghana and Kenya

New TB Test for Ghana and Kenya

January, 2007

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

UK suspends Working Holiday Visas

UK suspends Working Holiday Visas

January, 2007

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

United Nations fall under Concession

United Nations fall under Concession

January, 2007

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

Bulgaria and Romania Join the EU

Bulgaria and Romania Join the EU

January, 2007

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

UK POPULATION EDGES PAST 60 MILLION

UK POPULATION EDGES PAST 60 MILLION

September, 2006

With 427,000 immigrants absorbed, mostly from the EU-accession countries like Poland and Slovakia, Britain’s populations has surpassed the 60 million mark.
UK VISA OFFICE IN LEBANON REOPENS

UK VISA OFFICE IN LEBANON REOPENS

September, 2006

The Visa section of the British Embassy in Beirut resumed its normal working hours on September 12, 2006. The visa section is open from 08:30 to 12:00, Monday to Friday.
UK UNIVERSITIES WANT TO KEEP FRESH TALENT

UK UNIVERSITIES WANT TO KEEP FRESH TALENT

September, 2006

The "Fresh Talent Working in Scotland" scheme is such a resounding success that Universities UK would like to see the scheme applied throughout the entire United Kingdom.
IMMIGRATION EXPERT'S UK OFFICE HAS MOVED

IMMIGRATION EXPERT'S UK OFFICE HAS MOVED

August, 2006

Our UK office has relocated to vibrant "Regent Street" in central London!
PROPOSED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM TO ATTRACT SKILLED WORKERS

PROPOSED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM TO ATTRACT SKILLED WORKERS

August, 2006

The UK government, and the new Home Secretary Richard Reid, would like to implement a new four-tier points-based immigration system in an attempt to attract skilled workers to the UK’s economy.
NURSES TO BE REMOVED FROM SHORTAGE OCCUPATION LIST

NURSES TO BE REMOVED FROM SHORTAGE OCCUPATION LIST

July, 2006

Taking effect on August 14, 2006, all registered nurses will not longer be listed on the Work Permits UK Shortage Occupation list.
UK BUSINESS GENERATES MORE WEALTH THAN OTHER EU COUNTRIES

UK BUSINESS GENERATES MORE WEALTH THAN OTHER EU COUNTRIES

July, 2006

According to the latest official statistics, businesses in the United Kingdom generated more economic wealth than the firms from any other European country.
NEWCOMERS OFFSET JOBLESS TOTAL

NEWCOMERS OFFSET JOBLESS TOTAL

July, 2006

Although the number of unemployed in the UK is about to hit 1 million, at the same time the number of full-time jobs on offer is also increasing thanks to the number of newcomers finding employment in the UK.
UK REAL ESTATE PRICES INCREASE

UK REAL ESTATE PRICES INCREASE

July, 2006

House prices in the UK have risen by 5.6% in the last year up to May. The average house or flat in the UK is over £190,000.
UK GOVERNMENT UNDERESTIMATES NUMBER OF MIGRANTS FROM EU

UK GOVERNMENT UNDERESTIMATES NUMBER OF MIGRANTS FROM EU

July, 2006

The number of migrants from the new European Union accession countries may be as much as 50% higher than previous indications
CHANGES IN UK VISA SERVICES ABROAD

CHANGES IN UK VISA SERVICES ABROAD

July, 2006

UKVisas has announced further changes in its Visa services in British diplomatic missions abroad.
UK TOURISM ON THE RISE

UK TOURISM ON THE RISE

July, 2006

The number of overseas visitors to the UK rose by 7% in the past year. The Office of National Statistics has tracked the number of tourists to the UK from April 2005 to April 2006.
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.