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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: What about British nationals overseas? For a citizen who holds […]

Apply for British Citizenship with Settled Status?

british citizenship with settled status

One of the common questions we are asked by EU citizens living in the UK is “Can I Apply for British Citizenship with Settled Status?”. Put very simply, it is possible where the applicant is eligible and they can provide robust evidence they meet the various stringent requirements for naturalisation – including the strict residency […]

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 […]

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 […]

Start Work Before Tier 2 Application Decided?

Starting work before Tier 2 visa granted?

Can an individual start work before the Tier 2 visa is granted? While delayed UK visa processing is causing wide-spread disruption to employers, it may in some cases be possible for Tier 2 visa applicants to start working for their sponsor before their visa is decided. Guidance published on 9 April now allows for sponsored […]