UK Immigration News
News and Updates
Advanced notice of changes to the Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme and the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme
On 1 May the Home Office will be replacing the Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme with the new International Graduates Scheme.
Following The FCO announcing new visa levels recently, after agreement by the Privy Council, The Home Office have also set out the policy on a new charging regime for immigration and nationality fees and the new and proposed in-country fee levels. Please see below for full details and contact us with any queries that you may have.
The new visa fees are quoted in pounds sterling below. These fees are effective for all visa applications made from 1 April 2007. Visa applicants should contact their nearest British mission overseas to find out the fee equivalent in local currency and how they can pay for their visa.
From 5 March 2007, visa applicants in Pakistan applying for UK visas valid for stays longer than six months will need to provide with their visa application a certificate confirming that they are free from infectious tuberculosis (TB).
From 5 February 2007, visa applicants in Ghana and Kenya applying for UK visas valid for stays longer than six months will need to provide with their visa application a certificate confirming that they are free from infectious tuberculosis (TB).
If you are planning to apply for indefinite leave to remain (or settlement) in the UK, you will need to be aware of the introduction of new rules for applications made on or after 2 April 2007.
A new quota for the Sectors Based Scheme Food Manufacturing sector has now been agreed, which came into operation on 1 January 2007.
From 1st January 2007 citizens from Bulgaria and Romania will not require leave to enter or remain to reside legally in the UK. All Bulgarian and Romanian citizens will have a right of residence in any EU Member State for the first 3 months of residence on an unrestricted basis and remain legally resident in
Commonwealth soldiers serving in the British Armed Forces abroad can now gain UK citizenship under a change to the rules announced by the Home Office today.
With effect from 18 December 2006, actuaries will be removed from the shortage occupation list.
With effect from 18 December 2006, the following engineering occupations will be removed from the shortage occupation list.
With immediate effect, Overhead Electricity Linesworkers have been added to the shortage occupation list.
7 November 2006:http://www.skillclear.co.uk/ are the first Immigration Consultancy to publish an online points calculator for the new HSMP Scheme. To find out if you will qualify under the new criteria use our new HSMP Points Calculator.
Workers from Bulgaria and Romania will not be allowed free access to Britain's labour market when their countries join the European Union, the government will announce tomorrow.
Closure of the food manufacturing (General/Mushroom) quota.
Due to the high volume of applications received at the Home Office, they are currently unable to meet their service standards of 70% of Worker Registration Scheme (WRS) applications being decided within 10 working days.