General Immigration

Major changes to Immigration Salary and Sponsorship Rules from April 2024
December 2023

The Home Secretary has announced a series of changes to UK Immigration Rules which will radically alter the landscape for sponsored skilled workers, and for British citizens and UK residents with partners from overseas. In news largely overshadowed by the announcements on sponsored workers, British citizens and those permanently resident in the UK will now have to meet a much higher salary requirement if they want to bring their foreign partners and children to the UK.

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How to prepare for a Home Office sponsor licence compliance check
November 2023

We are seeing an increasing number of companies applying for a Home Office sponsor licence to sponsor and employ migrant workers from both EU and non-EU countries. At the end of 2023’s first quarter, the number of organisations on the UK’s register of work sponsors reached 61,153 compared with 41,621 at the end of the Q1 2022, a staggering increase of over 20,000 organisations registered as sponsors for migrant workers in just 12 months.

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The UK’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) Scheme – Your Questions Answered
June 2023

2023 will see the introduction of the UK’s Electronic Authorisation (ETA) scheme. The scheme was announced in February 2022, when the UK government issued a policy paper confirming that:

‘As part of our transformation of the border and immigration system, we are introducing a universal ‘permission to travel’ requirement, which will require everyone wishing to travel to the UK (except British and Irish citizens) to seek permission in advance of travel.’

In order to request permission to travel, individuals will need to apply through the ETA scheme, which is similar to the systems already used by the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The government is hoping that the scheme will ‘give the UK more control of our borders’.

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Don’t Make Me Wait – UK Visa Processing Times
May 2023

Whether it’s backlog from the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of staffing or priority services taking precedence, delays seem to be an inevitable fact for most applications to UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI).  

To provide some clarity on how long a visa applicant can realistically be expected to wait for a decision, we’ve laid out the wait times provided by the Home Office and compared those with our actual experience. We conducted our research in May 2023, and obviously things can change, so check in with our team if you need updated advice.

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