A Step-by-Step guide to Settlement Visas!

This guide is for partners of either British Citizens or British residents who hold Indefinite Leave to Remain, who are outside the UK. Settlement visas (also known as partner visas or ‘to join family’) can be a cause of great stress to try to understand. The financial requirement is complex, and a comprehensive list of […]

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Biometrics Residence Permits for all

Biometrics Residence Permits (BRPs) will now be mandatory for all categories of visa issued within the UK for stays of 6 months or more including Settlement (ILR), as of 29/2/12. By 10 April there will be 104 locations across the UK where biometrics (fingerprints and a digital photo) can be enrolled, including some Post Offices, […]

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Visit rules to allow fee-paid activities

The Government have announced that there will be changes to the visitor rules to allow a defined group of professionals to undertake specific fee-paid activities for short stays of up to 1 month without formal sponsorship requirements. From 6/4/12, this group will be those: visiting to give a lecture, examining students, participating in or chairing selection […]

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Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommendations

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended the following: Retaining the same quota as 2011-12 of 21,700 Certificates of Sponsorship available for the coming year 2012-13, following an estimate of only 10,000 being issued in 2011-12 Keeping an eye on the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) route for third party contracting, with three recommendations for amendments if […]

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Tier 2 visa holders no longer automatically eligible for settlement

The government has announced that, following a consultation in the autumn, the link between Tier 2 temporary workers and Settlement (or ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’) will be broken, and the amount of time given at Tier 2 will be capped at 6 years. However, there will be exceptions, who will still be eligible to apply […]

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Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) in, Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) out

As of 6 April 2012, Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) will not longer be available. Graduates of UK universities will be able to move into Tier 2 quite easily, however, if they have a job offer from an employer licensed as a Tier 2 sponsor with the UK Border Agency, and are being offered a salary at […]

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Maintenance requirement increases

The UK Government have announced that, for the first time since the Points Based System was introduced, the ‘Maintenance’ requirement for all Points Based System applications will be increased, as follows: Tier 1 (Entrepreneur): £3100 if applying from outside the UK, £900 if applying from inside the UK; held for 3 months, for applicants applying […]

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Biometrics Residence Permits

The government has announced that various changes with Biometrics Residence Permits will come into effect from Spring 2012.  Biometrics Residence Permits are only given to those already in the UK who apply to change their immigration status to certain visa categories. All those applying to stay longer than 6 months will be required to get […]

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Youth Mobility Scheme for Japanese nationals

There will be a change to the way the Youth Mobility Scheme is run for Japanese nationals for 2012.  There are only 1000 visas available, and instead of operating on a ‘first come first served’ basis as previously, those who wish to apply for 2012 must e-mail: YMS2012-APPOINTMENT@vfshelpline.com between 12pm 4th January to 12pm 6th […]

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Student visas – next changes 4 July

As of 4th July 2011, the following changes will be introduced to Tier 4 Student Visas: only those studying at Higher Education Institutions, or publicly funded Further Education colleges, will be allowed to work; Study Abroad programmes will continue to be able to offer work placements nationals of ‘low risk’ counties will not be required […]

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About Nikki de Prey

de Prey Consulting is an immigration consultancy based in Edinburgh, UK. Nikki advises clients on the variety of visa applications for entering or remaining in the UK. For more information read about her background in About dPC.