Sponsor Licence Renewal No Longer Required

In news that will be positively received by thousands of UK sponsoring employers, the Home Office announced on 24th January 2024 on the Sponsor Management System (SMS) home page that as of 6th April 2024, licenced sponsors will no longer need to apply to have their sponsor licence renewed every 4 years. This change in…

HC 246

On 7th December 2023, the Home Office published its latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. The new Statement of Changes:HC 246 Amend the Immigration Rules for the EU Settlement Scheme  Increase the number of permitted activities under UK visitor visas Relax the travel documents requirements for educational groups arriving from France and Expand…

Civil Penalties for Illegal Working to Triple in 2024

On 7th August 2023, the Home Office announced its plan to triple fines for businesses that employ illegal migrants in the UK. The government has now published draft legislation setting out the details of the increases entitled, ‘The Immigration (Employment of Adults Subject to Immigration Control) (Maximum Penalty) (Amendment) Order 2023’. The draft order confirms…

EUSS Automatic Updates for Pre-settled Status Holders To Be Rolled out in 2024

On 17th July 2023, the UK government announced a key change to the immigration rules for pre-settled status holders under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS). The changes mean that as of September 2023, those with EUSS pre-settled status and who have not already obtained settled status will have their status extended automatically by a…

Home-Office-Loses

On 15th November 2023, the Supreme Court published its long-awaited decision on whether the Home Office’s controversial ‘Rwanda policy’ is lawful and whether the appeal court was right to overturn the decision of the Divisional Court that the policy was, in principle, lawful. In the end, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed that the appeal court…

Substantial Increase in Immigration Health Surcharge Expected in the New Year 2024

The Home Office is expected to raise the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) substantially in the new year (2024) for visa applicants coming to the UK. The details of the changes have been set out in the draft ‘Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2023’. The order will come into force on either 16th January 2024 or…

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