Removal of 28-day grace period for FLR extension applications

21 November 2016 The recent changes to the UK immigration rules remove the ’28-day grace period’ which allowed applicants to apply for further leave to remain (FLR) after their current visa or leave to remain had expired. Apart from other

New A2 English language requirement in the family route

15 November 2016 In January 2016, the UK Home Office announced a new English language requirement for foreign nationals applying to extend their existing settlement visa or leave to remain under the family route. Non-EEA partners and spouses of British

UK spouse and partner visa application process after Brexit

11 July 2016 Brexit is a huge topic of conversation in most households in Britain right now. Whilst Leave campaigners are rejoicing, Remain campaigners and those EEA citizens living in the UK that were unable to vote are feeling sad

UK partner and spouse visa fees set to rise on 18 March 2016

7 March 2016 The UK government announced earlier this year that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application fees would increase to reduce reliance on taxpayer contributions. As a result, some visa categories will see a significant increase (up to 25%)

Draft EU agreement may eliminate the EEA Surinder Singh route

17 February 2016 The upcoming referendum over the UK’s position within the EU has significant implications for immigration. Whether Britain votes to stay or to leave, changes are expected that will affect not just foreign nationals currently living in the

Applicants in Australia and New Zealand to pay NHS surcharge

8 February 2016 New Zealanders and Australians were for a long time exempt from the requirement to pay any kind of surcharge for healthcare received while visiting or living in the UK due to reciprocal healthcare agreements, but from 6

Supreme Court upholds English language requirement for partners

20 November 2015 Learning a foreign language can be an important part of moving to a new country, but it is not always a requirement for obtaining a visa. However, anyone applying for a UK settlement de facto, fiancée or

Children’s Commissioner releases report on financial requirements

14 September 2015 On September 9th 2015, the Children’s Commissioner for England released a report examining the effect the UKVI minimum income requirements for partner visas have on migrating children and their families. Since July 9th 2012, sponsoring British citizens

Protests grow over £18,600 income threshold for settlement visas

9 July 2015 Since rules setting out minimum salaries for those wishing to bring a non-EU partner or spouse into the UK on a settlement visa were introduced in July 2012, an estimated 33,000 people remain unable to reunite with

New process for issuing Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) in the UK

1 July 2015 When applying for a settlement spousal, civil partnership or unmarried partner visa to enter the UK, successful applicants are now provided with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) which will need to be kept carefully. The BRP must

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