Further UK Visa Fee Increases Announced for 2024

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Further increases to Home Office services have been confirmed by the Government. These increases follow the wide-ranging uplifts that took effect in October 2023, as well as the more recent increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge and the uplift in the minimum salary thresholds for Skilled Worker visas.   Increased UK visa & immigration fees […]

UKVI Contacting BRP Holders to Set Up eVisa Account by 31 Dec

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The Home Office has started to contact BRP holders in the UK, advising they will need to take action soon to ensure a smooth transition to the UK’s new eVisa system. eVisas act as digital proof of an individual’s UK immigration status and their rights to work, rent properties and access banking services in the […]

Minimum Salary Increases from 4 April 2024

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Following its announcement in December 2023, the UK Government is increasing the minimum salary thresholds for a number of UK work visas with effect from 4 April 2024.   Skilled Worker Minimum Salary Increases   The minimum salary thresholds for a UK Skilled Worker visa application will rise from 4 April 2024 as follows:   […]

Government Commissions ‘Rapid Review’ into UK Graduate Route

Government Commissions 'Rapid Review' into UK Graduate Route

The UK Government has commissioned a ‘rapid review’ of the UK Graduate route to be conducted by the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). In a letter to the MAC Chair Professor Brian Bell, dated 11 March 2024, the Home Secretary James Cleverly has directed the body to consider five key areas: Whether there is any proof […]

MAC Recommends 21 Roles for UK Shortage Occupation List

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The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has now completed its rapid review into the UK’s Shortage Occupation List (SOL), publishing recommendations on roles to be included on the reformed Immigration Salary List (ISL). The MAC was commissioned by the Government earlier this year to carry out a fast-tracked review in advance of significant increases to the […]

New Visa Extension Scheme for Ukrainian Nationals in UK

The UK Government has announced an extension to its visa scheme for Ukrainian nationals seeking refuge from the ongoing conflict. This scheme, known as the Ukraine Extension Scheme, allows Ukrainians who arrived in the UK before 16 November 2023, to extend their stay for an additional two years. Since March 2022, the UK has opened […]

Updated Right to Work Guidance & Illegal Working Fines Increasing from 13 February 2024

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The UK Government has implemented significant changes to the Right to Work regime which apply to verification checks conducted on or after 13 February 2024. These updates encompass both revised guidance for employers conducting checks as well as a significant increase in civil penalty fines for illegal working.   Changes in Right to Work Guidance […]

Judicial Review Permitted into Government’s Treatment of Individuals with 3C Leave

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The High Court has granted permission for a Judicial Review into the UK Government’s treatment of people with ‘3C leave’. Under Section 3C of the Immigration Act 1971, individuals who make an in-time application to extend their lawful status in the UK are automatically granted a temporary right to stay in the UK which protects […]