There are thousands of expats living in the UK who are aiming for permanent residency status and, eventually, a British passport. But with immigration laws being as complicated as they are, the thought of entering this bureaucratic minefield is dissuading many from pursuing Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Our visas team has put together a simple […]
The Home Office has outlined its plans to clamp down on students who fraudulently switch to entrepreneurial visas without the intention of starting a business. As part of the crackdown, students will now only be able to switch their visa status using funds from a government-approved source.
In 1992, a shipping container carrying 30,000 toy rubber ducks, turtles, beavers and frogs was lost at sea. These “Friendly Floatees” have been floating around for more than 20 years, teaching us a thing or two about oceanic currents – as well as the risks of shipping your goods internationally.
More than one million people in the UK will see a pay increase of as much as £355 a year once the new minimum wage (NMW) is introduced on 1 October 2014.
If you’ve just arrived in the UK, take 10 minutes to familiarise yourself with the scams doing the rounds at the moment. These are often targeted at second-language English speakers, many of whom are unaware of the tips and tricks to avoid being scammed.
The UK is looking to clamp down on the benefits received by temporary migrants. If the Treasury’s proposal goes through, temporary workers from outside the UK will no longer receive their £10,000 tax-free personal allowance.
A new visa deal which aims to revise the UK government’s immigration policies for Australians is currently in the works. Under the new law, more Australians could be allowed to live and work in the UK as early as from 2015.
IXP Visas, previously known as Global Visas, has been liquidated, leaving thousands of customers in the lurch.
South Africans have been flocking to the UK for decades, many on ancestral visas or by way of securing a British passport through proven ancestral ties. Even if you don’t plan to leave South Africa, you may be wondering what your options are in case one day you plan to emigrate.
The UK’s current backlog in passport applications has surged since June and now stands at 508,000. This has caused a spike in the number of holidaymakers paying to fast-track their passport applications in time for their travels.
On Friday, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Home Office’s £18,600 minimum income threshold, rejecting a legal challenge by three UK citizens to sponsor their foreign-born spouses to live with them in the UK.
Today, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Home Office on the financial requirement of the Spousal Visa. This means that no changes will be made and applicants will need to meet the £18,600 minimum income requirement.
At the SDW 2014 conference in London, Frank Smith, strategy co-ordinator for the Home Office biometric programme, identified passport microchips and electronic visas as an important security measure for passports.
It’s been more than 15 months since Home Secretary Theresa May abolished the UK Border Agency (UKBA), yet immigration signage in UK airports still display the old UKBA logo.
The Home Office has once again been in the spotlight over the past month, due to two separate cases involving South Africans caught up in immigration bureaucracy.
If you’re in the UK on a Tier 1 (General) visa, you’ll need to apply for an extension as soon as possible.
With so much focus on British nationality and ancestry rights, it seems that Irish ancestry has stayed under the radar. But our research shows there are many people who aren’t aware that they may qualify for Irish citizenship through their grandparents.
The UK Ancestry visa allows Commonwealth citizens with a grandparent born in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man to live and work in the UK without restriction for an initial five-year period. This visa is mainly used by South Africans, Australians, New Zealanders and Canadians, who have historically possessed close ancestral ties to […]
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), a division of the Home Office, is now responsible for the UK visa system after the abolishment of the UKBA last year.
UK spousal visas are intended to make life easier for genuine couples who want to live together in the UK, despite their different nationalities. Here’s everything you need to know about this visa – and how to meet the government’s application criteria.