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Kingsley Napley | United Kingdom | 5 Dec 2014

Positive news for Tier 1 (General) migrants

The immigration minister recently announced some positive changes for Tier 1 (General) migrants in the latest statement of changes to the Immigration Rules. Tier 1 (General) migrants applying to extend their visa before next year's cut-off will be granted either three years (as at present) or the balance needed to take their time in that category to five years.
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Kingsley Napley | United Kingdom | 14 Nov 2014

New statement of changes to Immigration Rules

The Home Office recently published changes to the Immigration Rules. The key changes affect sponsors of Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer) and Tier 2 (General) applications, the Youth Mobility Scheme, Tier 2 (Sportsperson) and Tier 5 (Temporary worker – creative and sporting) and business visitors who are employees of international law firms with offices in the United Kingdom.
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Kingsley Napley | United Kingdom | 7 Nov 2014

MAC launches partial call for evidence on shortage occupations

The Migration Advisory Committee has launched its latest partial call for evidence on certain shortage occupations, after the government received evidence that there are issues with the supply of suitably skilled workers in some parts of the information and communications technology, health and energy sectors. Responses to the call for evidence must be received by December 5 2014.
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Kingsley Napley | United Kingdom | 10 Oct 2014

Further details of NHS health surcharge announced

The Department of Health has published an implementation plan to cover the phased roll-out of an National Health Service cost recovery scheme for some migrants, including EU nationals. With the exception of Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer applicants, all migrants applying for a visa of more than six months' duration will be required to pay the surcharge with their visa application fee.
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Kingsley Napley | China, United Kingdom | 5 Sep 2014

Recent visa developments

The government is continuing to roll out improvements to the visa process for Chinese migrants and business visitors applying for a visa in China, and has recently announced the introduction of two further improvements to the service. In addition, the Home Office has announced that it will reduce the percentage of student visa refusals which can lead to the removal of universities' Highly......
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Kingsley Napley | United Kingdom | 8 Aug 2014

Changes to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route and English language tests announced

The Home Office recently published a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, with some provisions already in effect. The changes restrict the ability of those already in the United Kingdom as Tier 4 (Student) or Tier 1 (Post-study Work) migrants to make an in-country application for an extension of stay under the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route. Certain tests have also been removed from......
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Kingsley Napley | United Kingdom | 4 Jul 2014

Home Office announces new and improved visa services

Home Secretary Theresa May recently announced further improvements to the processing of visitor visas for Chinese nationals. A super-priority 24-hour visa service will soon be rolled out across China for all visitor applicants, while talks are ongoing to introduce a single application procedure for both a UK and Schengen visa. A British-Irish visa scheme will also be introduced for Chinese......
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Kingsley Napley | United Kingdom | 6 Jun 2014

Immigration Bill receives royal assent

The Immigration Bill has finally received royal assent and will now pass into law. The main provisions of the bill have remained intact, with minor amendments. The new Immigration Act 2014 contains 77 new clauses, including the controversial new requirement for private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants to prevent illegal migrants from accessing privately rented......
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Kingsley Napley | United Kingdom | 23 May 2014

Home Office eases administrative burdens for employers

The Home Office has published an updated code of practice on preventing illegal working. Among other changes, the requirement for employers to carry out annual right-to-work checks on all employees with limited permission to reside in the United Kingdom has been removed. The Home Office will also be automating certificate of sponsorship renewals in the Tier 2 General and Tier 5 categories for......
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Kingsley Napley | United Kingdom | 25 Apr 2014

Latest Home Office developments affecting sponsoring employers

The government recently announced its latest plans to tackle a number of additional illegal working practices. The Home Office has increased the maximum fine for employers paying below the national minimum wage and has implemented regulations to tackle recruitment agencies which discriminate against UK workers. The Home Office has also introduced a range of changes to make sponsorship IT......
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