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The UK government has published advice for sponsors amid the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis for their Tier 2, 4 and 5 migrants.

COVID-19 advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors

COVID-19 advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors The UK government has published advice for sponsors amid the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis for their Tier 2, 4 and 5 migrants. Absences Sponsors do not need to report absences for their students and workers if their absences are due to coronavirus. For example, if the students […]

Nurse

Combatting Coronavirus: NHS workers will have their visas extended

NHS workers will have their visas extended The Home Secretary has announced yesterday that NHS staffs including doctors, nurses, and paramedics whose visas expire before 1st October 2020 will automatically have their visas renewed for one year. Additionally, this automatic extension will automatically apply to their dependent family members. The Home Secretary hopes this move […]

The UK government stated visa holders in the UK who cannot leave the UK to return home due to the COVID-19 will be able to extend their visas

UK visas extended because of COVID-19

UK visas extended because of COVID-19 The UK Government has declared that visa holders in the UK who cannot leave the UK to return home due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) will be able to extend their visas. This must be because of self-isolation or travel restrictions related to the pandemic. If you are in this […]

One other important impact of the coronavirus is on the running of Immigration Tribunals as video/audio hearings are favorised.

Impact of the coronavirus on Immigration Tribunals

Impact of the coronavirus on Immigration Tribunals One other important impact of the coronavirus is on the running of Immigration Tribunals. Indeed, to challenge a Home Office’s decision refusing a visa or British citizenship, the person concerned (who is called the ‘appellant’) must apply to the Immigration Tribunal (First-tier Tribunal) for permission to appeal the […]

Immigration Rules

Changes to the Immigration Rules

Changes to the Immigration Rules The Home Office has recently published a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules. The major changes relate to the EU Settlement Scheme (hereinafter EUSS) shall take effect on 6 April 2020. The scheme enables EU, other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss citizens (hereinafter EEA citizens) living in the UK […]

Criminal record check

Criminal record checks for overseas applicants

Criminal record checks for overseas applicants The Home Office has recently issued some guidance on how to apply for a criminal record check for someone from overseas. Under the UK immigration rules, people aged 18 or over applying for a UK visa as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 2 (General) worker […]

Public funds

Restriction on access to public funds

Under section 115 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, most immigration categories have the requirement that the individuals granted leave to enter or remain have no recourse to public funds. This means that immigrants will not be able to claim most welfare benefits provided by the Government. Paragraph 6 of the Immigration Rules defines […]

The Home Office has announced that a new UK points-based immigration system for highly skilled migrants will be implemented on 01/01/2021.

New UK points-based immigration system

New UK points-based immigration system The Home Office has announced that a new UK points-based immigration system for highly skilled migrants will be implemented on 1 January 2021. The new immigration system has for aim to attract top highly skilled individuals around the globe and end free movement rights for EEA nationals. Under the new […]

Coronavirus medical cordon, Coronavirus immigration law

Coronavirus: Immigration guidance for individuals in the UK who are unable to return to China

Due to travel restrictions owing to coronavirus, certain individuals in the United Kingdom may be facing uncertainties regarding the expiry dates of their current visas or leave to remain in the UK. Therefore, the Home Office has published a guidance on Monday, which states that most people in the UK whose immigration statuses are affected […]

The Home Office has launched a Document Reduction Pilot to reduce the number of documents provided with applications under Appendix FM.

Document Reduction Pilot for Appendix FM applications

Document Reduction Pilot for Appendix FM applications The Home Office has launched a Document Reduction Pilot to reduce the number of documents provided with applications under Appendix FM: mainly family life with a partner or as a parent and adult relative applications. Thus, the Home Office wishes to not accept the following documents for those […]

The recent Coronavirus outbreak is causing complications for people with UK visas and for UK visa applications from China.

Coronavirus and UK visa applications from China

Coronavirus and UK visa applications from China The recent Coronavirus outbreak is causing complications for people with UK visas and for UK visa applications from China. The Home Office aims to mitigate those issues by publishing an interim short-term guidance on 7th February 2020. Currently, all UK visa application centres in China are closed. Therefore, […]

Global Talent visa scheme

Introduction of the Global Talent category

A new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules published to introduce the Global Talent category Last Thursday, the Government has published a new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules. It is expressly stated in the explanatory memorandum that the purpose of publishing the statement is to “introduce a new Global Talent category for […]

Brexit

Official Brexit date set for 31st January 2020

Boris Johnson announced that the United Kingdom has finally passed ‘the finishing line’ for leaving the European Union (EU). The Withdrawal Agreement Bill has been given Royal Assent on Thursday 23rd January 2020 which will mean that the official Brexit date will be on 31st January 2020. The Withdrawal Agreement Bill covers: United Kingdom’s ‘divorce […]

Scientists and Researchers visas

Fast-tracked entry to the United Kingdom for leading researchers

Fast-tracked entry to the United Kingdom for leading researchers After UK universities raised a concern about the negative impact of Brexit on academic research, at the end of December 2019, the Home Office officially announced that the number of visas for scientists and researchers will be increased from 62 to more than 120. UK universities […]

Sole Representative

Sole Representative Visa

Sole Representative Visa The Representative of an Overseas Business category (also known as a Sole Representative) can be considered to be a good option for companies from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland (thereafter – overseas companies) to come to the UK to establish a UK branch or subsidiary. It may be attracting […]

Immigration law gavel

Tier 1 Investor – Investments that are in the applicant’s ‘control’

Tier 1 Investor – Investments that are in the applicant’s ‘control’ R (on the application of JW and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Tier 1 Investor; control; investments) [2019] UKUT 00393 (IAC) The Home Office implemented new changes to the Tier 1 Investor visa on 29th March 2019. The changes effectively […]

Now that the year 2020 has begun, Barar & Associates would like to suggest some resolutions for you who would like to come to the UK.

New Year Resolutions: Explore opportunities in the UK

New Year Resolutions: Explore opportunities in the UK Now that the year 2020 has begun, the list of new year resolutions is ready. At Barar & Associates, we would like to suggest some resolutions for you who would like to come to the UK. What better resolution could you have for 2020 apart from exploring […]

High Court finds the Home Office fee for registering as British citizens unlawful

High Court finds Home Office fee exceeding £1,000 for children to register as British citizens unlawful  Facts On 19th December 2019, Mr. Justice Jay handed down judgment in a case brought forward by the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC), which was supported by Amnesty International UK. He ruled that the […]

General Election

Impact of a Conservative majority on UK Immigration

Impact of a Conservative majority on UK Immigration The result of the last general election in the United Kingdom means that its immigration law is predicted to change over the upcoming months. According to the news, it is almost certainly official that Brexit will be done by the end of January 2020, leading to a […]

Aydogdu, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2852 (Admin)

Aydogdu, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2852 (Admin) – Evidence of Funds

Aydogdu, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2852 (Admin) – Sufficient Evidence of Funds The case Aydogdu, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2852 (Admin) demonstrates how it is crucial to provide adequate evidence of control over […]

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