Police Registration Scheme for foreign nationals abolished

On 4 August 2022, the Police Registration Scheme was fully abolished for foreign nationals. The suspension of the outdated scheme will be welcome news for many.  The scheme previously required certain foreign nationals to visit in person at a police station for strict police checks which required a £34 fee;  they would also need to…

UKVI PRIORITY AND SUPER PRIORITY SERVICES RESUMED GLOBALLY FOR SPONSORED WORK

From 12th August 2022, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) priority services have been reinstated for new overseas customers applying for sponsored work and global talent visas. Work visas normally take 15 working days to be processed, under the standard route.  This timeframe has recently been extended due to the impact of the Ukraine crisis, with…

High Potential Visa

The government has now launched its new post-Brexit High Potential Individual (HPI) visa, a scheme designed to attract top graduate students from the best universities around the world.  But the new visa has been criticised, as it limits applications to a heavily Western-biased list of countries – with no option for the brightest students from…

Warning: Emails misusing the name of A & Y Law Limited

Emails have been sent claiming to be from A & Y Law Limited in relation to an immigration matter. What is the scam? Emails have been sent claiming to be from two individual called ‘Govind Raj’ and ‘Bhaskar’ claiming to be ‘Tier 2 General Visa Consultant’ at a genuine firm of solicitors in relation to…

The UK Visa and Immigration Service (UKVI) has announced a rise in application charges

The costs for UK Visas and Immigration applications, as well as nationality applications, are reviewed every year. Different application costs apply to different UK visa categories, depending on whether the application is for entry clearance or in-country processing, as well as the visa’s term in some situations. Before applying, it’s usually a good idea to…

Minister for Safe and Legal Migration announces A Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

A Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules was issued yesterday along with an Explanatory Memorandum. The Minister for Safe and Legal Migration, Kevin Foster MP, announced a statement regarding the amendments which include changes to the Introduction, Part 1, Part 6A, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 13, Appendix AR, Appendix EU,…

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