New visa application fees from 6 April 2014
The fees for a number of visa types will change for applications made on or after 6 April 2014.
Posted on 04 April 2014
Recent changes to the Immigration Rules
On 13 March, a number of changes to the Immigration Rules were announced in the House of Commons, wi...
Posted on 27 March 2014
Malta’s new investor citizenship scheme
In December 2013, Malta became the latest in the list of countries to announce its programme of citi...
Posted on 13 January 2014
Proposals to ‘auction off’ UK visas
Based on concerns that current UK investor visas are not sufficiently working towards supporting the...
Posted on 13 January 2014
Concerns over tenant visa checks
There are concerns that proposals for landlords to check their tenants’ visas could put the safety o...
Posted on 06 November 2013
Boris Johnson proposes London visas
In plans submitted to the Home Office this week, the London Mayor has proposed the introduction of ‘...
Posted on 10 September 2013
Changes to the Immigration Rules from October 2013
This week, a ministerial statement laid out several changes that will be made to the Immigration Rul...
Posted on 10 September 2013
Some family migration applications paused
The High Court has ruled that the UK's Immigration Rules relating to the minimum income threshold fo...
Posted on 09 July 2013
Home Office plans to introduce immigration bonds
The Home Office is planning to introduce a pilot immigration bond scheme that will target high-risk ...
Posted on 28 June 2013
Help with the Canadian Immigrant Investment Programme
Today, we have launched our latest immigration assistance service - we are now offering help with t...
Posted on 20 June 2013
Immigration crackdowns could put off international students
On Wednesday, the Queen made a speech at the State Opening of Parliament that focused on measures to...
Posted on 10 May 2013
Temporary director generals appointed
Two temporary director generals have been assigned to manage the UK's immigration operations.
Posted on 08 May 2013
Changed requirements for UK settlement and naturalisation
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced plans to change the English language requirements for thos...
Posted on 07 May 2013
Home Office makes changes to family visitor appeals
The Home Office has recently announced that it will be removing the full right of appeal for those a...
Posted on 30 April 2013
UK Immigration Debates Continue
The topic of immigration has been a prominent part of political discourse in the UK since the Conser...
Posted on 07 April 2013
UK Border Agency to be split in two
In a statement this week to the House of Commons, Home Secretary Theresa May said that the UK Border...
Posted on 27 March 2013
Garth Coates Solicitors has moved
We are delighted to announce that we have moved to new premises in St James's Park, at the very hear...
Posted on 25 March 2013
Labour criticises the UK's visa system
Labour has warned that the UK's visa system is getting worse, causing unacceptable delays for applic...
Posted on 13 March 2013
Proposals for increased visa application fees
On 25 February, a written ministerial statement was laid out with proposed fee increases for visa ap...
Posted on 25 February 2013
New super priority visa service for Indian applicants
To make it easier and quicker for regular Indian visa applicants to visit or do business in the UK, ...
Posted on 20 February 2013
Changes to the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa Route
Following the discovery of evidence that the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa route was being abused, a mi...
Posted on 04 February 2013
Home Office "taking action" to deal with recently identified immigration backlog
According to a recent report, a new backlog of more than 16,000 immigration cases has been identifie...
Posted on 28 January 2013
Foreign students being put off by immigration crackdown
In 2011, David Cameron promised to reduce the net level of immigration to the UK to below 100,000 be...
Posted on 11 January 2013
Important Changes to UK Immigration Rules will come into force on 13 December 2012
In a written ministerial statement on 22 November to the House of Commons and the House of Lords, ch...
Posted on 04 December 2012
UK government reforms the Judicial Review procedure
In a move that will drastically affect thousands of immigration cases, Prime Minister David Cameron ...
Posted on 29 November 2012
Chief Inspector condemns UKBA's failures in asylum cases
An independent report into the UK Border Agency's handling of outstanding asylum and migration cases...
Posted on 26 November 2012
Boris Johnson: Tough visa rules are damaging the UK economy
Boris Johnson has argued that tough visa rules are stopping highly talented individuals from being r...
Posted on 19 November 2012
London Metropolitan University's licence has been revoked
The UK Border Agency has revoked London Metropolitan University's licence to sponsor students from o...
Posted on 31 August 2012
Changes of Rules for Overstayers
From 1 October 2012 if you have overstayed your leave by more than 28 days any application for furth...
Posted on 01 July 2012
Family migration changes announced
On 11 June 2012 the Government announced changes to the Immigration Rules for non-European Economic ...
Posted on 14 June 2012
Pre-entry screening for migrants to tackle tuberculosis
A pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening programme for applicants wishing to come to the UK will be e...
Posted on 30 May 2012
Summer 2011 interns will be exempted from Tier 2 cooling off period
Students who worked as interns in the UK last summer and want to return to a graduate job with the s...
Posted on 25 May 2012
Priority visa service available in Abu Dhabi and Dubai
All nationals and residents of the United Arab Emirates are now eligible for a priority visa service...
Posted on 20 May 2012
Full Right of Appeal for Family Visitors will be Removed
A clause in the Crime and Courts Bill, published today, will remove the full right of appeal for tho...
Posted on 11 May 2012
Premium Service for Employers Launched
The UK Border Agency launched a premium customer service for sponsors on 6 April 2012.
Posted on 28 April 2012
Tier 1 (Post-study work) route will be closed on 6th April 2012
On 6 April 2012 the Tier 1 (Post-study work) route will be closed. If you wish to apply for permissi...
Posted on 04 April 2012
New and Closing Visa Categories are announced
Las week, a written ministerial statement has been laid in Parliament outlining a number of changes ...
Posted on 20 March 2012
Funds required for PBS applications will be increased from 14 June 2012
From 14 June 2012, the personal savings the Point Based System applicants must have to support their...
Posted on 16 March 2012
No more automatic settlement for foreign workers
The government is reforming all routes of entry to the UK in order to reduce net migration from the ...
Posted on 01 March 2012
Changes in Biometric Residence Permits Regulations
From the 29 February 2012 more foreign nationals could be issued with Biometric Residence Permits (B...
Posted on 29 February 2012
Tier 1: UKBA has introduced new procedure for Exceptional Talent category
Any applicants making an application under Tier 1 Exceptional Talent category and wish for the Arts ...
Posted on 28 December 2011
Taiwan is added to the Tier 5 youth mobility scheme
Taiwan has been added to the list of countries eligible for participation of the Tier 5 Youth Mobili...
Posted on 23 December 2011
New Shortage Occupation List for TIER 2 comes into effect
On 18 October 2011 the government announced that it was accepting recommendations from the Independe...
Posted on 24 November 2011
More Proposed Job Restrictions for Non EU Migrants Entering the UK
The Migration Advisory Committee have made recent proposals that skilled migrants who wish to enter ...
Posted on 23 September 2011
Reduction in the Number of Asylum Appeals Heard At Court of Appeal
Immigration and Asylum courts traditionally followed the view that an appeal could be granted where...
Posted on 15 September 2011
Home Office Ends Consultation for Routes to Settlement
The UK Home Office recently welcomed public responses on its consultation relating to employment rel...
Posted on 06 September 2011
Government's Plans to Reduce Migration Net
As each Government has pledged whilst in power and little succeeded, the current Government has also...
Posted on 14 July 2011
Changes to student visa rules are now in force
The next set of changes to the Immigration Rules affecting Tier 4 - the student tier - of the points...
Posted on 04 July 2011
Radical reform is under way, says Immigration Minister
Immigration Minister Damian Green has today responded to a House of Commons report, saying that it h...
Posted on 21 May 2011
New rules for student visas come into force
Tougher entrance criteria, limits on work entitlements and the closure of the post-study work route ...
Posted on 21 April 2011
Certificates of Approval abolished
On 4 April 2011 Parliament approved the Remedial Order that will abolish the certificate of approval...
Posted on 07 April 2011
Government rolls out the red carpet for entrepreneurs and investors
Foreign entrepreneurs and investors are being given an extra incentive to come to the UK today by ne...
Posted on 16 March 2011
Extended Student Visitor visa for English language students
From 10 January 2011 English language students wishing to attend exclusively English language course...
Posted on 13 December 2010
New English language requirement for partners
From 29th November 2010, any migrant who wants to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of a Brit...
Posted on 12 November 2010
New immigration and nationality fees
Revised immigration fees set at or below the cost of processing have come into effect today.
Posted on 04 October 2010
New version of Turkish Employed (ECAA 1) application form
The UK Border Agency has published a new version of application form ECAA 1 for Turkish workers who ...
Posted on 20 August 2010
New versions of application forms for points-based system applicants
On 30 July 2010, the UK Border Agency published new versions of the following application forms unde...
Posted on 02 August 2010
Refusals based on the points-based system's maintenance (funds) requirement
If you have been refused permission to enter or stay in the UK (known as 'entry clearance' and 'leav...
Posted on 23 July 2010
Changes to Tier 1 (General) visa applications
From 19 July 2010, there are two important changes for migrants who are applying to Tier 1 (General)...
Posted on 19 July 2010
EnglishUK wins Judicial Review on English language levels
I am very pleased to be able to tell that earlier today EnglishUK won the High Court Judicial Review...
Posted on 09 July 2010
Govt to introduce English test for immigrants
Compulsory English language tests will be introduced for non-European migrants applying to come to t...
Posted on 09 June 2010
Identity cards and national identity register to be scrapped
The government plans for identity cards for British citizens to be scrapped within 100 days it was a...
Posted on 28 May 2010
Announcement for expired visa holders whose travel plans have been distrupted by the volcanic ash
The UK Border Agency would like to reassure travellers who have been unable to leave the UK and whos...
Posted on 17 April 2010
Jobless migrants living rough face removal
Migrants who have not found work and are sleeping rough will be deported because they are not protec...
Posted on 10 April 2010
Home Office will not clear the backlog of 450,000 asylum claims
The Home Office will not clear a backlog of 450,000 historic asylum claims by next summer as promise...
Posted on 08 April 2010
Tier 4 changes for education providers and migrant students
Changes to the Immigration Rules came into force yesterday, affecting overseas students and educatio...
Posted on 07 April 2010
New Rules for Tier 1 and Tier 2 and other changes to the Immigration Rules
On 6 April the Government will make significant changes to Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the points-based sys...
Posted on 19 March 2010
UK Announced Tougher rules for foreign students
Foreign students from outside Europe wanting to come to the UK to study will be required to meet str...
Posted on 10 February 2010
Suspension of Tier 4 student applications in North India, Nepal and Bangladesh
The UK Border Agency has announced that, from 1 February 2010, it is not accepting any new applicati...
Posted on 01 February 2010
Sponsorship management system will take place on 22 February 2010
The next scheduled release of enhancements to the UK Border Agency's sponsorship management system w...
Posted on 29 January 2010
Gang jailed for running bogus college
Four people who ran a bogus college and a corrupt immigration advisory firm have been jailed for a t...
Posted on 22 January 2010
Skilled migrant workers get identity cards for foreign nationals
From today, identity cards for foreign nationals are being rolled out to another category of migrant...
Posted on 06 January 2010
Identity cards for skilled workers in January
From next month, skilled migrant workers and their dependants will receive an identity card for fore...
Posted on 10 December 2009
Changes of Immigration Rules For Highly Skilled Migrants
The independent Migration Advisory Committee has completed its review of Tier 1 of the government's ...
Posted on 04 December 2009
Immigration and asylum statistics released
Immigration statistics for July to September 2009 have been released by the Home Office today. This ...
Posted on 27 November 2009
Introducing fingerprint checks at the border
From 30 November 2009, the UK Border Agency is introducing fingerprint checks at the border for pass...
Posted on 26 November 2009
High Tech Border Control at Gatwick Airport
Nearly one million passengers have used the latest face scanning technology at Britain's airports, t...
Posted on 24 November 2009
UKBA officers have arrested 23 illegal workers in Ardwick
UK Border Agency officers have arrested 23 illegal workers at a building in Ardwick following an ope...
Posted on 13 November 2009
Prime Minister gives major speech on immigration
The Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, has set out the case for the United Kingdom's tough ...
Posted on 13 November 2009
Home Office sets out new rules for migrants
Every migrant who enters the United Kingdom will require 'permission' to stay under new draft propos...
Posted on 12 November 2009
Proposals for revised shortage occupation list are published
The MAC published its proposals for a revised shortage occupation list on 21 October. The list sets ...
Posted on 12 November 2009
HSMP Forum judicial review arrangements are in place
The UK Border Agency has put arrangements in place for migrants covered by the judgment of 6 April 2...
Posted on 02 November 2009
UK Border Agency response: Bogus students and the points-based system
The UK Border Agency has responded to allegations that the points-based system is failing to stop mi...
Posted on 02 November 2009
More than 100,000 identity cards issued to foreign nationals
The UK Border Agency has now issued more than 100,000 identity cards for foreign nationals, mostly t...
Posted on 02 November 2009
UKBA has announced transitional arrangements for earned citizenship
The UK Border Agency has announced transitional arrangements for migrants who will be on the journey...
Posted on 23 September 2009
ECAA visa applications from Turkey are now allowed
The UK Border Agency has introduced a visa route for Turkish nationals applying to establish in busi...
Posted on 07 September 2009
Policy changes for dependants of Turkish citizens
The UK Border Agency has changed its policy on the dependants of Turkish citizens who are already le...
Posted on 29 May 2009
Court decides in favour of Gurkhas
The Home Office today reiterated its position regarding outstanding cases by Gurkha soldiers seeking...
Posted on 07 May 2009