Proposed fee increases
From 6 April the UKBA official fees are set to go up. Please click here for a list of the proposed new fees:
New shortage occupation list published
The MAC published the proposed new shortage occupation list on Thursday 3 March 2011. Please click here for the list.
Tier 1 (post study work) may be abolished from 6 April 2011.
It is unclear if the UKBA will abolish tier 1 (post study work) in its entirety. We are however advising that students who have been awarded a degree in the UK within the last 12 months should consider applying to switch their status to tier 1 (post study work) now providing they meet the criteria even if they intend to continue studying in the UK, in case tier 1 (post study work) is abolished. This is because there is no prohibition on migrants studying under tier 1 (post study work).
Olympic Games concession visa
Athletes, coaches and technical officials, sponsors and rights holding broadcasters accredited by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will be able to apply for a games visit visa. The visa application must be supported by a letter from LOCOG confirming that they are endorsed by LOCOG as a games family member.
The visit visa will be a multiple entry visa valid from the date of issue until 8 November 2012.