New Health and Care Visa launched today

Health and Care visa

The new Health and Care visa has been launched today for Tier 2 (General) sponsored employees in Health and Care. Applicants for the Health and Care visa and their dependent family members will enjoy reduced visa application fees. The new visa fees have been announced today as follows: Tier 2, Health and Care visa under […]

New immigration route – Hong Kong BN(O) visa

In a new policy statement released yesterday, the government has officially announced introduction of a new visa for British Nationals Overseas resident in Hong Kong. The visa will be open for applications in January 2021. It is estimated that nearly 3 mln Hong Kong residents may potentially benefit from this route. Holders of the BN(O) […]

Concessions due to coronavirus under Appendix FM – policy guidance update

Coronavirus concessions in family visa applications

The Home Office have updated their guidance on the financial requirements in Appendix FM to include concessions for those who lost income during the coronavirus. The concessions are contained in two policy documents, as follows: Appendix FM 1.7: financial requirement Appendix FM 1.7a: maintenance The guidance states its aim to ensure that applicants are not disadvantaged […]

Final date to furlough an employee is 10 June

Job retention scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June. From 1 July, the employers will only be able to furlough employees who have been furloughed for a full three week period prior to 30 June.  This means that the final date by which the employer can furlough an employee for the first time is 10 June for the required three week period to be completed  by 30 June.

Application processing centres will start reopening from 1 June 2020

The Home Office has announced that UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres will partly re-open in June 2020. Applicants for leave to remain or British citizenship who have submitted their applications but were unable to book or attend a biometric appointment, will be contacted by their nearest centre and offered an appointment.

EU nationals may need their PR documents for naturalisation applications

Over the last year, many EU citizens and their family members chose not to apply for a document certifying permanent residence and instead applied for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Immigration specialists have always had concerns about it – the generosity of the EUSS left a good number of holes which could be filled differently depending on the political mood of the time and the type of Brexit in the air.

Emergency Visa extensions will be granted to 31 July 2020

The government has issued a Press Release finally confirming that further visa extensions will be granted to 31 July 2020 to everyone whose visa expires before this date if they are unable to leave the country safely due to the COVID pandemic. This is relevant both to visitors to the UK and those who have held a longer term visa for work or studies.

May 2020 Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

The Home Office has announced a new set of changes to the Immigration rules which will come into effect later this summer. The most far reaching changes are made to Appendix EU and extend the advantages of the EU Settlement Scheme to the family members of the British citizens who were born in Northern Ireland […]

EU Settlement Scheme partly suspended until further notice

Family members of EU citizens who do not hold a biometric residence card are now unable to make an online application for a settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
The same go for EU nationals who do not hold a biometric passport or a national ID card with a chip.

Coronavirus Update – Free visa extension for frontline health workers

The latest announcements from the government: Frontline health workers and their family members who have –  a visa that’s due to expire before 1 October 2020; and –  who work for the NHS or in the independent healthcare sector are eligible to extend their visa for an extra one year free of charge. The extension […]