UK Immigration News
News and Updates
From August 2005, refugees and those granted humanitarian protection were given five years limited leave to remain (LTR) and that leave is due to expire from August 2010 onwards
The UK Border Agency have published an addendum to their policy guidance for migrants who are applying to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system. The addendum affects students who have International Baccalaureate qualifications awarded on 5 July 2010, and those who are using a loan letter to support their application.
On 28th June, the UK Border Agency announced that the pass mark for Tier 1 (General) will be increased from 95 points to 100 points from 19th July.
The number of workers entering the UK from outside Europe will be controlled by a new limit, the Home Secretary has announced.
From autumn 2010, any migrant who wants to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of a British citizen or a person settled here will need to show that they can speak and understand English.
The UK Border Agency have accepted the fact that some travellers who have been unable to leave the UK and whose visas have now expired, have only been unable to do so due to exceptional circumstances beyond their control.
Changes to the Immigration Rules affecting migrant students and educational providers which sponsor them under Tier 4 of the points-based system have now been introduced.
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published its latest report, making recommendations based on its third partial review of the shortage occupation lists for the UK and for Scotland.
On 6 April the UK Government will make significant changes to Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the points-based system, as well as to marriage visas for members of the armed forces, asylum and English for Speakers of Other Languages. The changes were announced today by Borders and Immigration.
Following Parliamentary approval, the new immigration fees announced on 20 January and 10 February 2010 will be introduced from Tuesday 6 April 2010 for all those applying to study, visit, work in or stay in the UK.
Entry to the United Kingdom under the points-based system Youth Mobility Scheme is based on a quota system for participating countries, rotating annually. Currently the countries participating in the scheme are Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand.
From the 22nd February 2010, any migrant who applies to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from their prospective sponsor.
The UK Border Agency has announced that, from 1 February 2010, it is not accepting any new applications under the Tier 4 student route of the points-based system at the following visa application centres: North India – New Delhi, Jalandhar and Chandigarh Bangladesh – Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong Nepal – Kathmandu
From today, identity cards for foreign nationals are being rolled out to another category of migrant: skilled workers and their dependants.
The independent Migration Advisory Committee has completed its review of Tier 1 of the government’s points-based system.
From 30 November 2009, the UK Border Agency is introducing fingerprint checks at the border for passengers with biometric UK visas, entry clearances and identity cards for foreign nationals (ICFNs).