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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 […]

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

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 […]

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) recently released data for Tier 1 (Investor) Visa applications granted during the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Is the UK still open for Investment?

Is the UK still open for Investment?   The Office of National Statistics (ONS) recently released data for Tier 1 (Investor) Visa applications granted during the 3rd quarter of 2019. The data shows a fall in Tier 1 (Investor) visa granted by over 60%. This fell from 124 visa granted to 49. So, what does […]

The minimum salary requirement of £30,000 per annum for UK work permits applies equally to all parts of the UK.

Minimum salary threshold for UK work permits

Minimum salary threshold for UK work permits The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)* recently provided a helpful response to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on the minimum salary threshold for UK work permits. Different regional salary thresholds One of the main issues with the current UK work permit system is that the minimum salary requirement […]

The Tier 2 of the points-based system was recently updated. The Tier 2 category allows UK employers to recruit skilled workers.

Update on the Tier 2 of the points-based system

Update on the Tier 2 of the points-based system The Tier 2 of the points-based system was recently updated. As outlined in our previous series of news articles, the Tier 2 category allows UK employers to recruit skilled workers to fill a particular vacancy they cannot fill with a worker from the UK domestic workforce. […]

No deal Brexit – Update

No deal Brexit – Update Right to entry and stay in the UK for EEA nationals and their family members   Brexit is coming. Here are some recent updates that you may want to know in case of no deal Brexit. The UK Government has issued a statement of changes in the Immigration Rules on […]

Statistics on the EU Settlement Scheme

Statistics on the EU Settlement Scheme

Statistics on the EU Settlement Scheme EU nationals and their family members residing in the UK are required to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme until December 2020. In order to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, they should complete the following steps: – proof of identity – evidence of residence in the UK – […]

Update on English language requirement for Tiers 1 and 2 visa applications

Update on English language requirement for Tiers 1 and 2 visa applications

Update on English language requirement for Tiers 1 and 2 visa applications English Language requirement is one of the requirements which must be met by applicants for Tiers 1, 2 and 4 visas. This requirement is of great significance under the UK Immigration Rules. By providing relevant valid documents where possible, an applicant would be […]

Coming soon, as everyone is now aware, Brexit will have a significant effect on EU nationals and their family members residing in the UK.

Immigration status for EU nationals and their family after Brexit

Immigration status for EU nationals and their family after Brexit Coming soon, as everyone is now aware, Brexit will have a significant effect on EU nationals and their family members residing in the UK. It is interesting to note that Irish citizens’ right to reside in the UK should not be affected by Brexit because […]

2-year post-study work visa for international students and other changes in the UK immigration system announced by the UK government.

2-year post-study work visa for international students and other changes

2-year post-study work visa for international students and other changes   2-year post-study work visa for international students The UK government has announced that all international students on Tier 4 visa who graduate from a UK university can apply for a 2-year visa to work or look for work in the UK. This new visa […]

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