Spouse Visa Financial Requirement & Exemptions

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If you are applying for a spouse visa to join your partner in the UK, or are switching visa categories to remain here on the basis of your relationship, one of the eligibility criteria you will need to meet is the financial requirement. Following a government announcement in December 2023, the financial requirement for the […]

Spouse Visa Extension Rules 2023

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If you are a UK spouse visa holder and your period of leave is due to expire, you will need to apply for a spouse visa extension to remain in the country with your partner. The spouse visa extension application can be just as rigorous and demanding as your initial visa application. You will again […]

eVisa: Prove UK Immigration Status


eVisas are being brought in as proof of an individual’s immigration status in the UK. The UK’s immigration system is undergoing a process of digitisation, whereby the way in which visas are issued and the way you prove your status in the UK are changing. The following guide to the new UK eVisa system looks […]

IHS Refund Rules

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a fee levied on visa applicants seeking leave to enter or remain in the UK. In this way, visa holders will have access to NHS services. As a successful visa applicant, you can start using these services once you have paid the IHS or if you are exempt from […]

Indefinite Leave to Remain Conditions

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Being granted indefinite leave to remain (ILR) is a significant step, giving you the right to live, work and study in the UK for as long as you like. However, even though the grant of ILR will allow you to permanently settle in the UK, there are certain conditions that must be met to maintain […]

ETA UK: Electronic Travel Authorisation for Visitors

Under the UK’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme, certain travellers, including non-visa nationals and Creative Worker visa holders, will have to secure authorisation in advance of coming to the UK. In this guide, we explain what the ETA UK is, who will need an ETA and how to apply. We also look at how much an […]

Immigration Health Surcharge: IHS Rules

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As part of your UK immigration application, you may need to pay the ‘immigration health surcharge’ (IHS). Failing to pay the IHS where it is due will mean your application will be rejected and not processed. In this guide, we answer frequently asked questions from visa applicants, including what the immigration health surcharge is, who […]

How to Avoid Employing Illegal Immigrants

Employers across all sectors may find themselves falling foul of immigration compliance and facing allegations of employing illegal immigrants. Under current immigration rules, employers operate under specific duties under the prevention of illegal working regime. Where employers are found to be in breach of their immigration compliance duties and are alleged to be employing illegal […]

UK Discretionary Leave to Remain Explained

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The UK’s Immigration Rules allow numerous routes under which overseas nationals can apply for leave to remain. If, however, you aren’t eligible under any of these routes, there are certain circumstances in which it may still be appropriate for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to grant you discretionary leave to remain in the UK. In […]

Changes to Ukraine Extension Scheme

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The UK currently operates three different Ukraine Schemes designed to support those who wish to either come to or remain in the UK: Ukraine Family Scheme – for those with family members who are already settled in the UK Homes for Ukraine – for those sponsored by a UK household for 6 months Ukraine Extension […]