UK Points-Based Immigration System policy update

On 19 February, the Government published the first details about its proposed new Immigration system planned to be operational on 1 January 2021. The Government’s new system is designed to attract “highly skilled workers”, rather than the low skilled workers. Under the new system, employers will have to hold a ‘sponsor licence’ to employ all […]

Immigration for schools update: sponsored students affected by Coronavirus

The Home Office has released updated guidance to deal with individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). Tier 4 students affected by the coronavirus restrictions Tier 4 students are not normally permitted to undertake distance learning, however if they are forced to due to the current exceptional circumstances, this will not be considered […]

Applying for a visa to come to the UK during the coronavirus epidemic

At present, UK Visas & Immigration case working and compliance teams are still functioning and pending applications are being processed, albeit standard processing times are likely to be impacted. Although global travel is mostly on hiatus it is still technically possible to apply for visa online and some visa application centres are still operational, depending […]

UK announces new immigration system

The new Points-Based Immigration System will award points for an appropriate job offer, English language skills, and a salary threshold. The education threshold will be reduced to A-level (Higher Secondary School Certificate or equivalent) from degree level, and the general salary threshold is being reduced to £25,600 from £30,000. Applicants will be able to ‘trade’ […]

Immigration update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

The Home Office has updated it’s guidance for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19). Due to travel restrictions because of coronavirus some individuals may be facing uncertainty in relation to the expiry date of their current visa or leave to remain in the United Kingdom. As this is because of circumstances beyond […]

New UK Immigration system

Once the UK leaves the European Union (EU), a new immigration system will be introduced to replace the EU’s freedom of movement rule. The government favours a “points-based system” which can take different factors like skills and language into account when awarding visas. The Migration Advisory Committee recommended the use of points – earned on […]

New NHS Visa

The Conservatives are planning to introduce a “NHS visa” as part of their proposals for an Australian style points based immigration system should they win the general election. The aim is to ensure that the NHS is able to source overseas doctors and nurses once EU free movement comes to an end post-Brexit. The Home […]

Changes to the shortage occupation list – More IT jobs added

In May, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its full review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), the first time the SOL had been looked at in six years. MAC recommended that they add more IT roles within the list for example, business analyst, systems designers, programmers and software development professionals. What does this mean? […]

Would an Australian points based system work in the UK?

Boris Johnson has recommended that we move towards an ‘Australian style’ points based system. We already have a points based system in the UK so how would this differ from the Australian one?The Australian system is based upon scoring according to a list of criteria such as language, ability, age, competency, professional qualifications and industry […]

The shortage occupation list should be expanded

The shortage occupation list (SOL) needs to include other occupations. MAC has published its review of the SOL following an extensive period of consultation. The last SOL was reviewed in 2013. The advantages of being on the shortage occupation list are as follows: Not having to conduct a Resident Labour market test. Exemption from the […]

Should the government guarantee the rights of EU Citizens living in the UK?

The Commons Home Affairs Committee said technical issues had ‘blighted’ the scheme with some struggling to navigate the online application system. MPS were not happy with the fact that European residents only get legal status post Brexit if they apply to it. Therefore, they need to take a active step, those who don’t do anything […]

GDPR and Immigration Exemptions

In a few weeks, data protection rules across Europe will experience their biggest change in the last 20 years.  On 25 May 2018, the Data Protection Bill 29017 (that incorporates provisions of GDPR) will come into force in the UK. It will change how businesses and public sector organisations can handle the information of their […]