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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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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Changes today, 6th April 2011

The government have been announcing changes to UK visas over the past few months, the following of which have taken place as of today: Tier 1 (General) no longer exists There is a quota of 1000 visas instead for those with ‘exceptional talent’ who have been recognised in their field of science, engineering or the […]

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Changes to Students

The government has announced that the following changes will be introduced to the Student route into the UK, in 2012: All educational establishments that are licensed to admit overseas students (sponsors) must be accredited by Ofsted or equivalent by end of 2012 In addition, all sponsors must become Highly Trusted Sponsors (a higher form of […]

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Shortage Occupation List

In order to qualify for a Tier 2 visa to work in the UK, an employer who is licensed as a Tier 2 sponsor has to be willing and able to sponsor your visa. In order to do so, ordinarily they must demonstrate that there is no-one present in the UK labour market currently who […]

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UK visa offices in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia

The UK Border Agency has recently moved to a ‘hub and spoke’ model of operating.  In essence this means that not all countries have UK visa offices any longer.  In many countries the applications are sent to a UK Embassy or Consulate in a nearby country that acts as the ‘hub’ for that region.  The […]

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Tier 1 (General) quota filled for overseas applicants

The government has announced that no more Tier 1: General applications made outside the UK will be accepted from 23 December 2010 onward.  This is because they have sufficient pending applications that they anticipate the monthly quota of 600 per month between now and April 2011 to be filled. Applicants applying within the UK can […]

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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.