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Changes to Entrepreneur Visa

Changes to Entreprenuer Visa 


From 1 September 2015, If you are applying for entry clearance as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) or as an adult dependant (over 18 years old) of the main applicant in this route you must provide an overseas criminal record certificate for any country you have resided in continuously for 12 months or more, in the 10 years prior to your application. You must provide the following specified documents:

NHS Surcharge Mandatory for Applications in or outside the UK

The UK Government is introducing NHS surcharge payments for applicant who will be coming to the UK for more than 6 months from 6 April 2015. If you are already in the UK and are applying to extend your leave to remain in the UK you will also need to pay the surcharge. 

Incentives for officials who hit target of 70% of cases include vouchers, cash bonuses and extra holidays

Home Office officials are being rewarded with shopping vouchers for helping to ensure failed asylum seekers lose their attempt to stay in the country, new documents reveal.

Official guidance obtained by the Guardian shows that immigration staff have been set a target of winning 70% of tribunal cases in which asylum seekers are appealing against government decisions that they should leave the UK.

New Clarification on Two Year Cohabitation Rule

The Upper Tribunal have recently passed down a judgement in the case of Fetle (Partners: two year requirement [2014] UKUT 00267) (IAC).  This is a helpful authority for certain categories of people making an application to join or remain with their partner in the United Kingdom and who may not have lived together for at least two years.


New Good Character Requirement

The Home Office has made changes to the good character requirements in relation to application for Naturalisation. The changes brought to the guisance are detailed and everyone should read them before they make an application for Naturalisation.

Theresa May defends student immigration policy

The home secretary, Theresa May, has defended her plan to expel international students from Britain after graduation, despite criticism fromSir James Dyson that the policy is a short-term vote winner that will damage the economy in the long term.

When May was pressed in the Commons by Conservative and Labour MPs on her response to Dyson, she said something had to be done about the situation in which 121,000 students from outside Europe came to study in Britain each year but only 51,000 left.

The Genuine Entrepreneur Test

The Genuine Entrepreneur Test

If the UK Border Agency has any concerns regarding your Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) application, or if they simply require further information in order to assess whether you are a genuine entrepreneur, then you may be invited to attend an interview as part of the application process.

Immigration Act 2014 - Article 8

Immigration Act: Article 8

Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects the right to respect for
private and family life. A key provision of the Immigration Act, section 19, attempts to
constrain the interpretation and application of Article 8 by the courts in immigration cases.
This Information Sheet discusses the possible impact of that provision.

Changes to Immigration Rules 16 October 2014

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 693, 16 October 2014

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 693, 16 October 2014

Implementation dates 20 October 2014, 6 November 2014, 1 December 2014 and 1 January 2015. Some transitional provisions, as to the 6 November changes what matters is the date of application.

New Curtailment Guidance Published

New guidance on curtailment has been published on 10 Sep 2014. The caseworker will consider curtailment under paragraph 323(i) of the Immigration Rules with reference to paragraph 322(2), if they find that in a previous application for leave to enter or remain under the Immigration Rules, that the applicant -

New Immigration Rules Implement from 1 Dec 2014

The Immigration Act 2014 will be implemented from  1 December 2014. The draft code for practice has been published by the Home Office and will be available to read from their website. The pilot towards to implementataion of this rule will start from Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell. The main aim of the of the project will be concentrating on Immigrants and privately rented accommodation: civil penalty scheme for landlords and their agents and "right to rent". 


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David Cameron announces immigration benefits crackdown


David Cameron is to announce tough action on immigration that will halve the amount of time foreigners can claim benefits in the UK.The Coalition will introduce laws to ensure that European Union migrants can only claim out-of-work benefits for three months, Mr Cameron says in an article for The Telegraph.

Implementation of Changes to Appeal Rights

Today on 28 July 2014 the Home Office (Uk Visa and Immigration) have implemented changes to the Right of Appeal. A new section 94B of the Nationality, Asylum and Immigration Act 2002 has been created.

New Changes to English Language Requirement

From 24 July 2014, more partner and parent visa applicants will be required to meet the A1 level

English language requirement.

Previously, applicants who were long term residents of a country listed by the Home Office as having no approved A1 English test were exempt from this requirement.

UKBA Clarifies Relevance of Fixed Penalty Notices

If within the 12 months preceding the date of the application, the person has been convicted of or admitted an offence for which they received a non-custodial sentence or other out of court disposal that is recorded on their criminal record

A fixed penalty notice (FPN) does not form part of a person's criminal record and is disregarded.

New VIP visa service for wealthy foreigners

Ministers are creating a new visa system for global business leaders amid concerns that moves to tighten immigration rules are deterring “high-value” individuals from overseas.
Around 100 wealthy foreigners will initially be invited to join a new “bespoke” visa service which the Home Office said will ensure their passage through the UK border system is “swift and smooth.”

Home Office wins judgment on minimum income threshold

The minimum income threshold for British citizens to sponsor a non-EEA spouse or partner or child to come and live in the UK was introduced in July 2012. It aims to ensure that family migrants do not become reliant on the taxpayer for financial support and are able to integrate effectively.


1. This explanatory memorandum has been prepared by the Home Office and is laid before Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.

New Changes to Immigration Rules 10 July 2014

From 11 July 2014

• Tier 1 PSW holders are not allowed to switch to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category of the Points-Based System. The changes suspend the provision to switch into the category from student categories and the Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) category, except in certain circumstances. These changes are being made in response to evidence of widespread abuse of provisions by applicants, pending further investigation of this abuse and consideration of other remedial measures.


From 4 July 2014, Home office has made new changes to the point based dependent rules. The settlement criteria for dependent has now been changed in line with the rules for Marriage to a present and settled person. Please consult an Immigration adviser at Imperial Visas to make an application as a dependent. 



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