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.
1st Contact is now conducting foreign birth registrations for Irish citizenship. If one of your grandparents was born in Ireland, you may be eligible for Irish citizenship and an Irish passport.
The UK government is finally taking steps to recover money spent by the NHS (National Health Service) on “health tourists,” according to UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The UKBA (UK Border Agency) published new versions of its Tier 1-5 application forms at the start of October. Below is a list of the visas that have been affected.
The EU parliament recently passed a new bill that makes it easier to transport pets between countries. Although health controls will still be strict, pet owners will be relieved to hear that the paperwork is now a lot simpler.
UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) have launched a three-month pilot project aimed at SMEs that need to hire employees from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).