On 18 March, George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced the budget for the 2015/16 financial year and beyond. This is a budget directed at savers, pensioners and continuing the national recovery.
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) recently announced updates to the UK immigration rules, which will come into effect on 6 April 2015. We take a detailed look at the UK visa changes and how they may affect you.
The UK Ancestry visa occupies near-mythical status among South Africans, Aussies, Kiwis, Indians and Canadians, many of whom possess close ancestral ties to the United Kingdom. Yet many people never take advantage of their ancestral rights, even though they’re sitting on the proverbial jackpot that is British citizenship. In this article, we look at the […]
Home Secretary Theresa May has announced plans to streamline the UK visa system in an effort to do away with unnecessary and financially unsound bureaucracy.
Gone are the days when people worked for the same company for 35 years to receive a gold watch or certificate at the end of their careers.
With its rich history and interesting blend of cultures, Hammersmith is a vibey, multicultural hub with great parks, riverside walks, excellent restaurants and plenty of shopping. If you’re moving to London, or are already there, Hammersmith is a great place to call home. Here are our six favourite facts about the area.
From 6 April 2015, Tier 1 (General) visa holders will no longer be able to extend or switch their Tier 1 visas. This means that if you are currently in the UK on a Tier 1 visa and need an extension, you’ll need to send in your application before 6 April or risk having to […]
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 […]
According to a report published in 2013, citizens of the UK hold the most valuable passport in the world in terms of ease of travel, with the British passport allowing visa-free access to 173 countries. Although the British passport is considered by many to be the holy grail, there is another route to the UK, […]
Whether you’re leaving the UK, arranging a work transfer or planning your family’s relocation to another country, shipping your excess baggage can be an unwanted stress. We’ve put together a neat guide to show you how to get your goods back home – safely and on time.
From April 2015, South Africans will be able to apply for the UK’s super priority visa service that promises a visa decision within 24 hours.
So you’ve got your visa and you’re heading to the UK, au revoir! Assuming you’ve secured a job and accommodation already, this checklist will tackle the many last-minute issues that are often overlooked in the days before departure.
If you have children of school-going age and are planning to migrate to the UK, one of your main concerns will probably be which school to send your kids to. We’ve put together an easy-to-understand guide to help you choose the right school for your children.
So your time in the UK has come to an end and you’ve decided to pack your belongings and move back home. These three tips will take you safely home with money to spare.
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.