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Changes To Migrant Worker Salary Levels Explained

May 21, 2024
Effective 4th April 2024, the minimum salary for migrant workers has increased from £26,200 to £37,800 per year before tax, or the job's 'going rate', whichever is higher. This article reviews the updated rules and provides examples.
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The New UK eVisa - Immigration Status Goes Digital

May 8, 2024
From 31st December 2024, migrants will transition to a new e-visa system, replacing physical documents with digital records for immigration status. Explore the implications of this change and how it will affect migrants, along with tips on how to prepare for the transition.
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UK Unmarried Partner Visa Rules Relax

April 26, 2024
A well-used visa route to settling in the UK is the ‘partner’ route. A partner can be a wife or husband, a civil partner or an ‘unmarried partner’. The definition of an ‘unmarried partner’ has recently changed and, unlike other developments in immigration law, appears to relax the rules and make this route slightly easier for applicants. Find out more.
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Lost Biometric Residence Permit: What To Do Next And How To Replace It

March 25, 2024
Lost your Biometric Residence Permit while abroad? You will need to report the loss to the Home Office and apply for a replacement BRP visa to return to the UK.
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Sudden Closure Of The Ukraine Family Scheme

March 6, 2024
The UK Government has cut back on routes to the UK for Ukrainians as the Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Extension Scheme both come to an end.
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What Is The UK Electronic Travel Authorisation Scheme?

February 23, 2024
The UK Government has introduced a new scheme for nationals of certain middle eastern countries. The Electronic Travel Authorisation is broadly for visitors who do not need a visa for short stays to the UK, or who do not already have a UK immigration status prior to travelling.
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UK Visitor Visa Updates 2024: Working In The UK Whilst Visiting

February 12, 2024
In general, overseas visitors cannot work in the UK whilst visiting. However, due to the rise in remote working, the Home Office has issued new UK visitor visa guidance regarding certain work permitted activities.
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Government Announces End To Sponsor Licence Renewals

January 26, 2024
From 6 April 2024, employers holding sponsor licences to employ migrant workers will no longer need to renew their licence every four years. Any sponsor licences dues to expire on or after 6 April 2024 will not need renewing. The licence will be automatically extended by ten years.
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The Home Office Gets Tough On Late Applications For EU Settled Status In The UK

January 10, 2024
EU citizens and their family members living in the UK before Brexit had to apply to confirm their status in the UK by 30 June 2021. At first the Home Office were fairly laid-back about late applicants but no more. Since last August, those who apply late must show they have ‘reasonable grounds’ for missing the 2021 deadline.
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How to Come to the UK to Expand Your Business

November 27, 2023
The Business Expansion visa allows established overseas businesses to send senior managers and specialist employees to the UK to set up a branch or subsidiary company there. Find out more about the The Global Mobility Business Expansion Worker Route.
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