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 […]

Applying for a UK Visa from 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 […]

Immigration Health Surcharge – How does it Work?

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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 […]

UK Visa Processing Times (Latest from UKVI)

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The following guide will help you gauge the likely UK visa processing times for your application, including an update on UK visa processing in light of the coronavirus outbreak.   UK visa processing times during the Coronavirus outbreak Due to the pandemic, all applications are being held for 240 days to allow time for biometric […]

Entry Clearance (UK Guide)

If you are a non-EEA national looking to come to the UK, the following guide will help you to understand the rules and requirements relating to entry clearance, from what this actually means to the rules on transiting though the UK.   What is entry clearance? Under UK Immigration Rules, if you are a non-EEA national coming […]

UK Visa Requirements (Applicant Guidance)

13 minute read Last updated: 30th November 2019   In this article, we look at what travellers need to know about meeting the UK visa requirements and making a successful application to the Home Office. If you are a national of a non EEA (European Economic Area) country or Switzerland and you wish to enter […]

Spouse Visa After Divorce (How to Stay in the UK)

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8 minute read Last updated: 31st October 2019   If you are living in the UK under a spouse visa, it will be important to understand how your immigration status will be affected in the event you divorce or separate from your British citizen spouse or civil partner.   This article covers: Immigration status: impact […]

Disclosing Spent Convictions

A private members bill has been put to Parliament in July 2019 which would reform the law on disclosing spent convictions and rehabilitation periods under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If the proposals go ahead, fewer convictions will have to be revealed to employers, educational institutions, insurers and housing providers and in theory there will […]

Appendix FM & UK Family Visa Applications

Appendix FM is an extensive document setting out the rules and requirements for individuals to be able to come to the UK by reason of their family life. Who does Appendix FM apply to? Appendix FM of the UK Immigration Rules applies to nationals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland applying to […]