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.
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.
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.”
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.
THE STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN IMMIGRATION RULES
PRESENTED TO PARLIAMENT ON 10 JULY 2014 (HC 532)
1. This explanatory memorandum has been prepared by the Home Office and is laid before Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.
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.
The Home Office has updated its statistics on the number of families with pending applications separated by the £18,600 minimum income threshold for spouses. At the end of December 2013 it was 3,014. At the end of March 2014 it stood at 3,641.
Tier 1 (Investor) - update
Presently the Tier 1 (Investor) route requires an investment of £1 million. It had been expected that following the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC’s) report on the Tier 1 (Investor) category investment thresholds and economic benefits, that was published this February that their recommendations would be implemented into the Immigration Rules in April of this year.
The EU and UK "need" immigration to tackle the "millstone" problem of an ageing population, according to a leading expert in international relations.
Dr Robin Niblett, the director of agenda-setting think-tank Chatham House, said that significant net migration is necessary to keep worker-dependency ratios across the EU at their 2020 levels.
Europe, the UK included, faces the "profound structural challenge" of almost half its population (48.5%) being aged 50 or over by 2050, according to Eurostat.
5 Years Residence Applicable to PBS Dependent
If you have been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK after 9 July 2012 you will only be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after spending 5 years in the UK. People who have been granted eave to enter or remain in the UK before 9 July 2012 will still be able to apply for settlement/Indefinite Leave to remain after a period of 2 years.
New Application forms
UK Visa and Immigration has made changes to most of the Application forms on 2 June 2014, please use the correct version of the form to avoid return of applications.
You can consult an adviser at Imperial Visas for further queries in relation to your application.
The Conservatives have come renewed attack after official figures released on Thursday showed more than 500,000 people came to the UK while net migration was 212,000 in the year to December.
Scotland needs almost 500,000 migrants over the next 20 years to achieve the same balance of pensioners and working-age adults as the UK, according to the Treasury. The increase would be the equivalent of adding another Edinburgh to Scotland's population, the UK Government department said.
Restriction on Right of Appeal
New Immigration Bill 2013-2014 has been granted the Royal Assent.
From 14 May 2014 there is no right of appeal if your application has been refused by the UK Visa and Immigration (Home Office). The only way which is left to get the decision reconsidered is to lodge an Administrative Review.
Threat of EU migration Unreal
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show 140,000 employed in the UK between January and March 2014.
On 1 January, Bulgarians and Romanians gained the same rights to work in the UK as other EU citizens. The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has fallen by 4,000 since employment restrictions were lifted in January.
Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs the reduction was "notable".
New Immigration Bill Coming Soon
The House of Lords has agreed to an amendment that would enable a child born before 1 July 2006 to an immigrant mother who was not married to the natural father to become British citizens automatically and entitle children born out of wedlock to have the same rights as those of married parents.
UK immigration changes aim to boost number of exceptional talent from Outside UK.
Changes to the immigration rules in the United Kingdom will help businesses in order to employ skilled international workers and at the same time support a stronger, more competitive economy, according to UK ministers. Businesses looking to recruit top international talent can take advantage of the changes, which will support the UK digital technology sector and improve links withChina, stated UK Immigration Minister James Brokenshire.
Tier 1 General to Close from April 2015
Changes to the Immigration Rules mean that Tier 1 (General) migrants will no longer be able to apply to extend their leave in the UK after 5 April 2015.
Grant all illegal immigrants an amnesty
Nadhim Zahawi’s provocative call will put him at odds with the party’s leadership, which strongly opposes the move, although it has been advocated by the London Mayor, Boris Johnson. Opponents argue that offering an amnesty would make Britain a magnet for immigrants.