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.
Two months ago, the Home Office challenged the High Court’s 2013 ruling on the minimum income threshold for spouses/partners and their children. The outcome of the appeal is still being decided, but the government has published some extra info that will hopefully clarify things during this stressful time.
The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa is aimed at graduates who have an outstanding business idea, rather than a job offer from an employer. The 96 institutions listed here are the only bodies able to endorse graduates applying under this route.
The Home Office recently announced a number of changes to the UK’s immigration rules, most of which took effect from 6 April 2014, with many coming into effect on 1 July 2014.
The UK and Bahrain signed an agreement on Sunday that will waiver the need for diplomatic and special passport holders to carry visas.
UK visa application centres in South Africa, Australia, India and Bangladesh have changed location to new addresses. If you’re planning on applying for a UK visa, you’ll need to do it at one of the new centres.
The UKBA is increasing its visa fees on 6 April 2014, with most fees rising by 3% to 4% in line with inflation. You’ll find a list of the main UK visa fee changes in this article.
David Cameron recently announced that the UK government will introduce a new ‘tech visa’ in April 2014 in an attempt to attract the best international IT talent to the UK’s digital sector. This will not be a new visa per se, but will comprise part of the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.
1st Contact is awaiting the outcome of an appeal concerning the income threshold of British citizens with non-EU spouses.
If you’re hoping to renew your British passport from the UAE, you’ll now be able to complete your application form and make your payment online.
Philip Gamble visits Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town in March to conduct another series of free British Nationality Seminars. The seminars are a popular starting point for South Africans hoping to either emigrate or work abroad.
The UK government has proposed a list of fee changes for visas, immigration, nationality applications and premium services. If parliament approves, the new fees will be implemented from 6th April 2014.
The UK government is now allowing visa-free travel to the UK for holders of United Arab Emirates passports. As of 1 January 2014, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates passport holders are able to enter the UK for six months if they have an electronic visa waiver.
On the 1st of January 2014, work restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians were lifted, and they now have the same rights to work in the UK as other EU citizens.
Last month, the Home Office shifted its application and payment process online for 28 countries. Anyone applying for a UK visa from the following countries must now pay exclusively online.
Expats are advised to keep a daily record of their visits to and from the UK after the HMRC introduced a Statutory Residence Test to target non-residency tax claims.
According to European Union statistics, there were almost 400 000 more people in Britain in 2012 compared to 2011. Around a third of this growth came from immigrants, while the remaining two thirds were babies born in the UK – Britain’s biggest baby boom in 40 years.
If you’re considering applying for British citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), you’ll now have to demonstrate knowledge of the English language and sit down for a ‘Life in the UK’ test.
If you’re currently in a relationship with a British national, you’ll now need to spend five years in the UK to qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), and not the two years that were previously required.
There’s a drastic shortage of yellow fever vaccine in Europe, with stock levels expected to return to normal levels as late as February 2014. Fortunately, 1st Contact Travel Clinic is one of only five clinics in the UK to stock emergency supplies at £75 each.