EU Settlement Scheme: Updates To Pre-Settled Status
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by Sallie Davies
1M ago
More Confusion For Those Without Settled Status On 21st May 2024, the Home Office announced more changes to the EU Settlement Scheme -  the scheme put in place after Brexit for EU citizens and their families. There are two types of status under this regime – Settled Status for those who have lived continuously and legally in the UK for five years and Pre-Settled Status for those who have not yet lived continuously in the UK for five years. The recent changes particularly affect those who have not yet obtained Settled Status (this is permanent residence). These people have Pre-Settled Stat ..read more
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Immigration Fraud Advice: Tricks & Scams To Watch Out For
Immigration Legal Services
by Sallie Davies
1M ago
Table of Contents Home Office Issues Immigration Fraud Advice How Do The Fraudsters Make Contact? Immigration Fraud Scams Known To The Home Office The Home Office Guidance Can Be A Little Confusing How To Protect Yourself Against Immigration Fraud Report Any Suspicions Of Fraud Home Office Issues Immigration Fraud Advice The Home Office has become aware of a number of scams operated by those trying to trick people who need help with immigration matters or who are already in the UK immigration system. We were contacted by a woman in Spain who had been in video conversations with a man claimi ..read more
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Changes To Migrant Worker Salary Levels Explained
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by Sallie Davies
1M ago
The UK Government Raises Migrant Worker Salary Thresholds To Control Immigration Before 4 April 2024, the minimum salary for a Skilled Worker coming to work in the UK from overseas was £26,200 per year before tax or the ‘going rate’ for that job, whichever was higher. From 4 April 2024 the minimum migrant worker salary requirement is £37,800 per year before tax or the ‘going rate’ for the job, whichever is higher. This is a big increase. Every Skilled Worker must have a ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’ (COS) in order to work in the UK. If the worker has a COS which was issued before 4 Ap ..read more
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The New UK eVisa - Immigration Status Goes Digital
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by Sallie Davies
2M ago
Introducing The New UK eVisa Many migrants in the UK carry ‘Biometric Residence Permits’ (BRPs) which enable them to re-enter the UK when they have travelled abroad. Some use the permit to prove their legal immigration status in the UK. Since 2020, all BRPs have an expiry date of 31st December 2024. This does not mean the permit holder’s legal status expires on that date, it is the date when the immigration status system goes digital. Residence permits will no longer be a valid way of proving immigration status or re-entering the UK. Over recent years, the Home Office has increa ..read more
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Lost Biometric Residence Permit: What To Do Next And How To Replace It
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by Sallie Davies
3M ago
Lost Biometric Residence Permit You’ve gone on holiday, had a great time and now it’s time to return to the UK. But you can’t find your residence permit  – the biometric one – otherwise known as a BRP. You need this to get back into the UK because it shows you have permission to stay or Indefinite Leave to Remain. You go to the airport hoping that someone will take pity on you but that fails of course. So you panic - then report it as lost to the Home Office on their website here. Replacement Biometric Residence Permit Visa Next step is to apply for a ‘Replacement BRP ..read more
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Sudden Closure Of The Ukraine Family Scheme
Immigration Legal Services
by Sallie Davies
4M ago
Government Cuts Back On Routes To The UK For Ukrainians As The Ukraine Family Scheme Ceases The Ukraine Family Scheme allows people already in the UK to bring Ukrainian family members here. We recently helped a Romanian national living in the UK to bring his Ukrainian wife and son to safety here. On 18th February 2024, the Government made an announcement that this scheme would cease immediately.  It claimed it was shutting the scheme down quickly to  “prevent a rush of applications to pre-empt the changes to the rules which have, in part, been made to mitigate risks of misuse of ..read more
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What Is The UK Electronic Travel Authorisation Scheme?
Immigration Legal Services
by Sallie Davies
4M ago
New Scheme For 'Non-Visa Nationals' The UK Government has introduced a new scheme for nationals of certain middle eastern countries. The Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) is broadly for visitors who do not need a visa for short stays to the UK, or who do not already have a UK immigration status prior to travelling. The scheme is open for nationals of Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, who will now need an ETA to travel to the UK. In general terms, a foreign national visiting the UK will have to obtain a visa beforehand. However some ‘non ..read more
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UK Visitor Visa Updates 2024: Working In The UK Whilst Visiting
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by Sallie Davies
4M ago
Following an update to UK Visitor Visa laws, we are often asked ‘Can I work while I am visiting the UK?’ Generally speaking overseas visitors cannot work in the UK whilst visiting. Visitors cannot:   take up employment in the UK; work for an organisation or business in the UK; establish or run a business as a self-employed person; undertake a work placement or internship; directly sell to the public; or provide goods and services What Work Can Visitors Do? There are some exceptions. These are called ‘Permitted Activities’.  Visitors can: attend interviews, meetings, conferenc ..read more
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Government Announces End To Sponsor Licence Renewals
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by Sallie Davies
5M ago
Sponsor Licences Extended For Ten Years From 6 April 2024, employers holding sponsor licences to employ migrant workers will no longer need to renew their licence every four years. Any sponsor licences dues to expire on or after 6 April 2024 will not need renewing. The licence will be automatically extended by ten years. This is good news for employers. Sponsors currently have to renew their licence every four years and pay a renewal fee. It is easy to forget to do this and lose the licence, resulting in migrant workers losing their permission to work in the UK.  Remember Home Office ..read more
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The Home Office Gets Tough On Late Applications For EU Settled Status In The UK
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by Sallie Davies
5M ago
An Extra Hurdle For EU Citizens Applying For EU Settled Status In The UK After Brexit Brexit happened three years ago in December 2020. EU citizens and their family members living in the UK before Brexit had to apply to confirm their status in the UK by 30 June 2021. At first the Home Office were fairly laid-back about late applicants but no more. Since last August, those who apply late for EU Settled Status must show they have ‘reasonable grounds’ for missing the 2021 deadline. One of the reasons for this clampdown is that, when someone applies for status under EU scheme, they ..read more
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