From January 2021, changes to Tier 2 will make the route open not only to senior management and professionals, but also for secretarial and junior executive positions, the minimum salary will be lowered, and there will be no restriction on the number of people who can take advantage.
Fee waiver in immigration applications is available in exceptional circumstances only. It can be used family related applications and in applications based on long residence which raise family life or private life issues. Fee waivers are not available for any other immigration category. The test for fee waiver is affordability, not the prospect of becoming destitute, which should make it accessible to more applicants unable to pay.
Zambrano entry clearance – a window of opportunity or the route of last resort for the parents of a British child
Zambrano family permits are for primary carers of a British citizen child who are based abroad and want to relocate to the UK. This route will close later this year. We discuss the advantages and complexities of this route compared to a standard partner visa.
Over the last year, many EU citizens and their family members chose not to apply for a document certifying permanent residence and instead applied for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Immigration specialists have always had concerns about it – the generosity of the EUSS left a good number of holes which could be filled differently depending on the political mood of the time and the type of Brexit in the air.
From 24 August, people from Northern Ireland may no longer need a partner visa to the UK for their loved ones. Appendix EU will incorporate a new concept and bingo!
While the Immigration Rules are expected to change and offer more opportunities for post-study work, this year’s graduates have to navigate the few options available under the current immigration system. We are looking at the categories open to international students, from Tier 2 General, to temporary work under Tier 5, start-up and innovator and global talent options.
Settled status is not identical to indefinite leave to remain. And it does not replace your permanent residence document if you are planning to naturalise. Do not confuse an application for settled status with a settlement visa! And do not assume that a settlement visa will make you settled at once. Oh, immigration terminology, are you part of the hostile environment?
Breakdown of a relationship may be one of the most painful experiences in life. And visa problems would seem small next to it. Yet, visa problems may add a sting. So, does a spouse visa lapse if the marriage breaks down?
What happens in this limbo period when your employee’s visa has ended and the new one has not yet been issued? Can she stay in the country? Does she have the right to work? Is the employer safe if anything goes wrong?
Do I need a visa for my child who was born in the UK? This was a question of a Tier 2 migrant who has been living in the UK for the last three years and has a valid visa for another two years. His wife is in the UK as his dependant.