IELTS For UKVI (Test Guide)

ielts test for ukvi

If you are looking to apply for a UK visa, you may be required by the Home Office to prove your knowledge of the English language by way of a government-approved test, known as the IELTS for UKVI. The following guide looks at the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in the context of UK […]

UK Visa Appointment Centres Start To Reopen

UK visa processing resumes in phases

UKVI has confirmed it is resuming application services on a phased basis, as follows: UK centres A limited number of UKVCAS (Sopra Steria) centres have reopened:   UKVCAS service point     Reopening date Belfast     22 June Birmingham (Core)     1 June Birmingham Premium Lounge     1 June Cardiff Bay (Temporary Core)     22 June Chelmsford     1 June Edinburgh […]

Which SOC Code?

Matching the role you are recruiting for with the relevant SOC code is a crucial step when allocating a Certificate of Sponsorship to a new migrant worker. To hire skilled non-EEA employees under the Tier 2 route, employers must ensure the role they are seeking to fill meets prescribed conditions. The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) […]

Right to Rent (Acceptable Documents Guide)

The right to rent stems from a person’s right to live in the UK. It follows from a person’s immigration status – if they do not have the right to live in the UK then they do not have the right to rent a property in the UK either. Landlords renting out private rented accommodation, […]

Applying for a UK Visa from Hong Kong

If you’re a Hong Kong citizen and want to apply for a visa to visit the UK, the following guide looks at the different types of UK visa, when these are needed and the application process for obtaining a visa.   UK visa Hong Kong: What about British nationals overseas? For a citizen who holds […]

British Citizenship For BNO Passport Holders in Hong Kong

British citizenship for 
British Overseas Nationals
in Hong Kong?

The UK Prime Minister has stated that BNO passport holders in Hong Kong may be given a path to British citizenship, should the Chinese Government proceed with passing new security laws.   Possible changes to BNO passport holder rights Boris Johnson has written in The Times (3 June 2020) that the Government would seek to […]

Travelling to the UK (Quarantine Rules)

travel to the uk quarantine rules

As part of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, a range of new measures are being introduced at the UK border affecting all international arrivals. This includes the introduction of new quarantine rules for those travelling to the UK.   COVID-19 border measures The new rules take effect from 8 June 2020 and will apply at […]

UK Visas Extended Due to Coronavirus

uk visas extended due to covid 19

The Home Office has confirmed that UK visa holders currently unable to leave the UK due to the coronavirus outbreak can apply to have their visas extended until 31 July 2020. This is a further extension on the previous extended date of 31 May 2020. If you have already applied to have your visa extended to […]

Immigration Health Surcharge – How does it Work?

immigration health surcharge

You may need to pay a healthcare surcharge, called the ‘immigration health surcharge’ (IHS), as part of your UK immigration application. You will then be able to use the National Health Service (NHS). You will however still need to pay for certain types of services, such as prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests.   How much […]

Prevention of Illegal Working (Employer Guidance)

prevention of illegal working

The ability to work illegally can leave migrants vulnerable to exploitation and allow unscrupulous employers to undercut compliant businesses. To minimise these risks, all employers in the UK have a duty to prevent illegal working. The following guide provides an overview of the rules relating to illegal working, from how to conduct a right to […]