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Home Office Publishes Latest Immigration Rule Changes (September 2023)

By A Y & J Solicitors September 22, 2023

On 7th September 2023, the Home Office published its latest ‘Statement of Changes In Immigration Rules HC1780. The main reason for the statement is to deliver changes to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) and the Appendix Electronic Travel Authorisation. Many of the other changes are minor in nature and will not significantly affect business immigration…

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Immigration News and Updates – July 2023

By A Y & J Solicitors July 27, 2023

In the wake of significant media coverage, the Home Office has made the stunning decision to radically change the Immigration Rules, with less than a day’s notice, restricting students from switching to work visas before completing their course and preventing post-graduate students from sponsoring dependents, unless they are on taught research programmes. While reeling from…

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Is the Home Office About to U-Turn on Hybrid Working Reporting Requirements?

By A Y & J Solicitors May 30, 2023

It appears that the Home Office may be about to ‘u-turn’ on a recent announced policy change requiring sponsors to report changes in working location. In response to the widespread shift towards hybrid working and working from home following the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Home Office had amended its guidance on sponsor reporting mandating…

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Global Talent Visa Tech Nation Endorsement Update (Jan 2024)

By A Y & J Solicitors May 10, 2023

At the end of January 2023, Tech Nation, one of the main approved Global Talent Visa endorsing bodies, announced its intention to cease operations on 31st March 2023. In a more recent announcement, however, Tech Nation confirmed that they have now become part of the ‘Founders Forum Group’. Crucially, this means that they will continue to…

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Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa Deadline For New Extensions

By A Y & J Solicitors April 19, 2023

If you currently hold a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa, it is important to note that the deadline for extension applicants was 5th April 2023. If, however, you held a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa before switching to a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, you still have until 5th July 2025 to apply for an extension of…

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March 2023: New Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules Published

By A Y & J Solicitors March 22, 2023

On 9th March 2023, a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules was presented to Parliament, containing several key immigration changes, many of which will come into force from 12th April 2023. These include the new UK border electronic travel authorisation (ETA), the replacement of the Innovator visa and retirement of the Start-up visa, and…

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India Young Professionals Scheme visa Ballot Open

By A Y & J Solicitors February 28, 2023

The next India Young Professionals Scheme visa ballot opens at 2:30pm (India Standard Time) on 20th February 2024 and closes at the same time on 22nd February 2024. This only provides a narrow window of time for prospective applicants to enter the ballot for the India Young Professionals Scheme. What is the India Young Professionals Scheme Ballot Those who express interest in…

Priority Visa Services

Priority Visa Services Have Resumed For New Marriage and Family Visa Applications

By A Y & J Solicitors February 28, 2023

In a move that further marks the resumption of normal service, the Home Office has announced that it has restarted the priority processing of new marriage and family visa applications from 20th February 2023. This announcement by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will come as a welcome announcement for anyone wishing to apply under the…

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Pending Family Entry Clearance Applications To Be Offered Option to Upgrade To Priority Processing Service

By A Y & J Solicitors January 17, 2023

The Home Office recently confirmed its intention to resume the priority processing service for family visas, including for spouse and child-dependant visa applications. Currently, priority and super priority visa processing services are not available for new family visa applications. As a result, some family visa applicants have been waiting for up to 6 months to…

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