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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…

Many sectors of the British economy, such as hospitality, engineering, and health, rely heavily on talented workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).  To recruit highly skilled employees, employers require a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence to be able to sponsor them.  They must also comply fully with the duties and responsibilities laid down by…

Receiving a Civil Penalty Notice can cause irreparable financial and reputational damage to an organisation.  This is especially true if the matter becomes a target for media interest.  Not only can a Civil Penalty result in a fine, but your businesses name may also be published by Immigration Enforcement, jeopardising your ability to attract and…

It is a great day when you receive Indefinite Leave To Remain (ILR) in the UK.  Holding ILR means you can live and work in the country without restrictions and, after 12 months, apply for British Citizenship. Applying for ILR can be complex, as there are many different eligibility paths and refusal is common and…

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