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Jashwha Moses died in late October 2019, without having his last wish fulfilled.  He dreamt of one last holiday “just to be free” before his death, but his dream never came true.  As one of the Windrush generation, who came to settle in Bristol from Jamaica 50 years before his death, for decades he had…

What are the new changes to the Tier 2 category that have taken effect this month, October 2019? Shortage Occupation List (SOL) Expansion The expansion of the Shortage Occupation List following the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) review earlier this year is the most notable change affecting the Tier 2 category. The list has been significantly…

The Legal 500 Directory has once again recommended A Y & J Solicitors in the field of Business Immigration for 2019. The Legal 500 is widely considered one of the world’s most highly respected legal directories.  Each year it ranks and commends individual solicitors and firms based on feedback from 250,000 in-house peers.  Recommendations by…

In September 2019, the British Government released a Statement of Change to the Immigration Rules. These changes come into effect on 1 October 2019.  Of special interest are the variations to the rules relating to the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa and the Tier 2 (General) Category. The changes are as follows: Tier 1 Exceptional…

Gaining entry to the UK on a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is provides a unique advantage to successful applicants.  Not only can Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa holders work in any capacity they choose, be that employed, self-employed or freelance, they can also work towards being granted Indefinite Leave to Remain and ultimately, becoming…

European Union migrants were thrown into panic the week of the 19th August 2019 when Downing Street announced unexpectedly that freedom of movement would end on 31st October 2019, if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal. Few details were given regarding the announcement.  EU nationals would still be able to come for holiday in…

For the past two months, the world has watched the ‘pearl of the East’, officially known as Hong Kong, erupt in violent protest. This is the second time in recent years unrest has engulfed the territory; in 2014 the Umbrella Movement.  For nearly three months, Hong Kong saw a series of sit-ins, rallies, and road-clogging…

The Immigration Act 1971, section 8(3) provides for an exemption to immigration control to diplomats and their family members who form part of their household.  But what happens after a diplomatic post ends, or if the family relationship breaks down (as in divorce).  Do the family members have to leave the UK, or can they…

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