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 […]

What is Pre Settled Status in the UK?

pre Settled Status

The following guide looks at the meaning of pre settled status in the UK for citizens of the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, including how you and your family members can apply for settled status having first been granted pre settled status under the current rules.   What is pre settled status UK? […]

Can You Renew Your UK Visa Before It Expires?

As a foreign national living and working in the UK under a points-based system visa, you will need to renew your permission before your previous period of leave ends if you plan to extend your stay. Often, you can renew your visa from within the UK, as long as this is done prior to expiry […]

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance Rules

comprehensive sickness insurance

To apply for British citizenship, applicants must show they meet an extensive range of eligibility criteria. Proof of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI) is one such requirement for some, but not all, UK naturalisation applicants. In particular, EU citizens with settled status may, depending on their circumstances, have to show they held CSI during their period […]

Which SOC Code?

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) […]

Settled Status Requirements: Eligibility & Applications

settled status requirements

To be granted settled status under the EU settlement scheme, an applicant must satisfy specific settled status requirements. These vary depending on where you are from originally, how long you have been resident in the UK and your immigration status within the UK at the time of application. This guide sets out the settled status […]

Right to Rent (Acceptable Documents Guide)

right to rent

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

uk visa 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 for BNO citizens For a citizen who holds a British […]

Settled Status UK: EU Citizens Application Form FAQs

Settled Status UK EU Citizens Application Form

If you are considering making an application under the EU Settlement Scheme, the following guide will answer those all-important questions on how to complete the settled status UK EU citizens’ application form. The settlement scheme requires EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK, together with their eligible non-EEA family members, to protect their […]

Settled Status vs Permanent Residence: What Is the Difference?

Settled status or permanent residence

Is settled status the same as permanent residence? EU settled status and UK permanent residence are not the same. EU nationals currently in the UK – both with or without a permanent residence card – who are wising to remain lawfully in Britain beyond 30 June 2021 will need to take steps to secure their […]