Immigration News

New Health and Care Visa launched today
The new Health and Care visa has been launched today for Tier 2 (General) sponsored employees in Health and Care. Applicants for the Health and Care visa and their dependent family members will enjoy reduced visa application fees. The new visa fees have been announced today as follows: Tier 2, Health and Care visa under...
Hong Kong
In a new policy statement released yesterday, the government has officially announced introduction of a new visa for British Nationals Overseas resident in Hong Kong. The visa will be open for applications in January 2021. It is estimated that nearly 3 mln Hong Kong residents may potentially benefit from this route. Holders of the BN(O)...
Concessions due to coronavirus under Appendix FM - policy guidance update
The Home Office have updated their guidance on the financial requirements in Appendix FM to include concessions for those who lost income during the coronavirus. The concessions are contained in two policy documents, as follows: Appendix FM 1.7: financial requirement Appendix FM 1.7a: maintenance The guidance states its aim to ensure that applicants are not disadvantaged...
Final date to furlough an employee is 10 June
Job retention scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June. From 1 July, the employers will only be able to furlough employees who have been furloughed for a full three week period prior to 30 June.  This means that the final date by which the employer can furlough an employee for the first time is 10 June for the required three week period to be completed  by 30 June.
Application processing centres will start reopening from 1 June 2020
The Home Office has announced that UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres will partly re-open in June 2020. Applicants for leave to remain or British citizenship who have submitted their applications but were unable to book or attend a biometric appointment, will be contacted by their nearest centre and offered an appointment.
Coronavirus update
The government has issued a Press Release finally confirming that further visa extensions will be granted to 31 July 2020 to everyone whose visa expires before this date if they are unable to leave the country safely due to the COVID pandemic. This is relevant both to visitors to the UK and those who have held a longer term visa for work or studies.

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