UK Visa Processing Times (Latest from UKVI)

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UK visa processing times continue to be affected by the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. The Home Office confirmed in January 2021 that although UKVCAS appointment levels are now above March 2020 levels, ie prior to COVID-19 disruption, high demand for all appointments and the requirement to maintain COVID-secure facilities is restricting the “ability to […]

ENIC & English Language Requirements


When applying for entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK or British citizenship, you may need to prove your knowledge of the English language if you’re aged 18 or over. There are various different ways to meet this requirement, including having a degree-level qualification that was taught or researched in English. However, if […]

Appendix KoLL Requirements & Exemptions

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Appendix KoLL of the UK Immigration Rules contains a number of provisions for applicants looking to settle in the UK on a long-term basis. Below we look at the circumstances in which Appendix KoLL applies, including the exemptions under the rules and, where applicable, how these provisions can be met.   What is Appendix KoLL? […]

General Grounds for Refusal Explained

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When applying for either entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK, applicants must meet various suitability requirements and avoid general grounds for refusal. The suitability requirements are set out under the UK Immigration Rules. They apply to almost all immigration routes and are in addition to the specific validity and eligibility requirements of […]

UKVCAS (What Applicants Need to Know!)

What is UKVCAS and what does it mean if you’re making a Home Office application? UKVCAS stands for ‘UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services’. It’s the system for processing immigration applications made from within the UK for further leave to remain, including all extension applications, and any switching between visas, as well as applications for […]

Remaining in the UK Following Relationship Breakdown

The breakdown of a relationship between a couple with international backgrounds can lead to complex immigration issues, especially when one partner relies on the other’s immigration status to remain in the UK. There is no automatic right to remain for spouse visa holders, unmarried partner visa holders or civil partnership visa holders. Civil partnership dissolution, divorce or […]

Overstaying in the UK (Expired Visa Rules)

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If you remain in the UK after your visa or Home Office permission has expired, you may be considered an overstayer. Overstaying can result in a blemished immigration record, impacting any future UK immigration applications. The Home Office does not remind individuals of their visa expiry date. If you are unsure if you have overstayed, […]

Hong Kong BNO Visa (Application Guidance)

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The UK’s Hong Kong BNO visa allows British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) from Hong Kong, and their immediate family members, to live, work and study in the UK. The BNO visa is a route to indefinite leave to remain and British citizenship.   What is the Hong Kong BN(O) visa? Prior to 31 January 2021, BNO […]

Curtailment Letter (Work Visa Cancelled?)

A curtailment letter is issued by the Home Office to an individual, to notify them that their permission to remain in the UK has been withdrawn. For visa holders, receiving a curtailment letter will be hugely concerning if you intend to remain in the UK. For employers, if a sponsored worker receives a curtailment letter, […]

Permitted Paid Engagement Visa Guide 2021

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The UK visa application process can often be challenging for international entertainers who are planning to perform in the UK, but there are ways to improve prospects of making a successful application to the British Home Office. If you’re a professional performer, you will only be granted entry into the UK and the required permission […]