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Right to Work Checklist

Employers have a duty to prevent illegal working in the UK by carrying out document checks on people before employing them to make sure they are allowed to work.   It is primordial to firstly have a copy of all your employees’ current passports. Every time their passport expires or is renewed, you should request […]

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules: Written statement – HCWS1159

Tier 1 Entrepreneur According to a recent statement of changes, it was confirmed that the Home Secretary intends to introduce a new route of Innovator, for individuals with the relevant experience in business. Interestingly, this will replace the current Tier 1 Entrepreneur, which is the route for individuals who wish to come to the UK […]

Post-Brexit Rules for migrants published on the Immigration White Paper – 19 December 2018

Post-Brexit Rules for migrants published on the Immigration White Paper – 19 December 2018 The UK government has released post-Brexit rules for migrants in its White paper to provide a clearer picture on what future immigration would look like after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. The Prime Minister has stated that the White […]

Amendment to Extension of leave under Immigration Rules 3C and 3D  – Updated Guidance 17 January 2019

Amendment to Extension of leave under Immigration Rules 3C and 3D  – Updated Guidance 17 January 2019   What is a 3C leave? Where an individual submits a valid application to extend their stay in the United Kingdom within 28 days before expiry of your visa, this is called an ‘in-time’ application. Once an in-time […]

Update: Increase of the Immigration Health Surcharge

Update: Increase of the Immigration Health Surcharge As of today, (08th January 2019) the Immigration Health Surcharge has doubled. The increase is after the announcement on 28th November 2018, whereby the Parliament has approved the Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018, which was planned to come into force on or after 19th December 2018. This […]

Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules – December 2018

The statement of changes to the Immigration Rules has been published on 11th December 2018. References to the ‘UK Border Agency’ have been replaced with ‘the Home Office’ in the introduction to the Immigration Rules. The statement of changes concerns few interesting information that you can find summarised below.   A new category of ‘seasonal […]

Tier 1 (Investor) Visa Changes

The Home Office has withdrawn their decision to suspend Tier 1 (Investor) visas shortly after announcing the suspension on 6th December 2018. The news was a surprise to legal practitioners within the Immigration sector as the announcement came without notice, moreover, it was published by press release. Please refer to our previous article on ‘the […]

EU Settlement Scheme: Step by step

The EU Settlement Scheme should be fully in place from 30 March 2019 and will allow EU nationals and their family members to apply for “pre-settled” status and “settled” status. From 21 January 2019, the scheme will be available to resident EU citizens and their EU citizen family members with a valid passport, and to […]

New Online Right to Work Checking Service for employers

The Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes, announced that from 28th January 2019, employers can rely on an online Right to Work Checking Service to demonstrate compliance with illegal working legislation without having to provide or request documents. This service should give employers access to “up to date, real-time information about migrants’ right to work”, and would […]

After Brexit: EU Settlement Scheme and Pilot Scheme

After Brexit: EU Settlement Scheme and Pilot Scheme

After Brexit: EU Settlement Scheme and Pilot Scheme Once Brexit is triggered next year on 29th March 2019, the EU Settlement Scheme will be fully open on 30th March 2019 to EU citizens and their family members will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme. The […]

The Home Office’s new services: What is changing?

The Home Office’s new services: What is changing?

The Home Office is launching their new services in response to applicants’ needs and criticisms. They are introducing new digitalised services for visa applicants called UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS). From 29th November 2018, existing services and enrolment of biometric information at the Post Office or a Premium Service Centre are not available […]

The Downfall of Golden Visas

The Downfall of ‘Golden visas’

*** UPDATE*** The Home Office has withdrawn their decision to suspend Tier 1 (Investor) visas shortly after announcing the suspension on 6th December 2018. The news was a surprise to legal practitioners within the Immigration sector as the announcement came without notice, moreover, it was published by press release. The Home Office declined to state […]

Immigration Health Surcharge Fees Increase Coming Into Force

The parliament has approved the Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018 on 28th November 2018 and this will be coming into force on or after 19th December 2018. This will effectively mean that the Immigration Health Surcharge, which is currently paid by non- EEA nationals applying for a work, family or study visa to come […]

BREXIT. Yea or nay?

BREXIT. Yea or nay?   The billion-pound question is whether Brexit will happen. Is it a yea or a nay? Through this article, we will show our views on whether Brexit will happen and explore some of the possible scenarios after Brexit. If a deal regarding Brexit is reached between the European Union (EU) and […]

Currency Exchange: Ten Top Tips

Making payments internationally, whether for business or personal purposes, can be confusing and costly, but using a currency specialist, such as Barar & Associates FX Partner, Halo Financial, can help you make your international transfers simply, safely and securely. Halo’s Founding Director, David Johnson, gives his ten top tips for saving money, managing risk and […]

Stricter ‘Life in the UK test’ after Brexit

The government has announced that they will introduce stricter ‘Life in the UK’ test once Brexit is triggered next year. Life in the UK test is a requirement for people who are applying to settle in the UK or become a British citizen. The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid has announced that the government will enforce […]

Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules on 11 October 2018

Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules on 11 October 2018 The government has published the statement of changes to the United Kingdom’s Immigration Rules on 11 October 2018. The main changes published in the Statement of Changes are as follows: (i)                  EU settlement scheme – A non-EU citizen, family member of a British citizen […]

BREXIT: Right to reside for EU nationals and their family members

BREXIT: Right to reside for EU nationals and their family members The situation surrounding Brexit is still unclear and faces uncertainty about its development. Barar & Associates Ltd would like to offer some clarity on the current state of Brexit regarding the right of residence for EU nationals and their family members in the UK. […]

Error Correction Process – Next Steps after a Sponsorship Licence is refused

Applying for a Sponsorship (Sponsor) Licence can be a daunting process, especially when you are a newly incorporated company wishing to expand and are not well versed in the law pertaining to Sponsor Licences. The Home Office tends to scrutinise relatively new companies whom are applying for a Sponsor Licence more than they do with […]

Secretary of State for the Home Department v MS (Pakistan) [2018] EWCA Civ 1776

This was a case concerning 2 separate applications for leave to enter as a spouse of a British citizen and a settled person where they did not meet the minimum financial income. They subsequently, appealed to First-Tier Tribunal where their appeal was upheld. The arguments and the judgement are outlined below. First Appeal The first […]

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