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UK Immigration Law: Marriage and Civil Partnership

June 6, 2023
In the year to March 2022, 29,939 people came to the UK legally on a family visa to live permanently with their partners. If they were not married, they would have to show that they had lived together in a relationship like marriage for two years before they made their application. So what are the rules around marriage and civil partnerships?
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India Young Professionals Scheme

May 24, 2023
The UK has opened a new youth mobility scheme for young Indian nationals enabling them to live in the UK for up to two years, if aged between 18 and 30.
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Ancestry Visas

April 28, 2023
Ancestry visas are available to people with certain types of British citizenship, Commonwealth citizens and citizens of Zimbabwe. However, you must show that you have grandparents born in specific places. Find out more.
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Can My Non-British Parents Live In The UK?

March 30, 2023
In relation to bringing non-British parents to live in the UK, British citizens are at a disadvantage compared to EU citizens living in the UK today.
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Government Increases Checks on Companies Employing Migrant Workers

March 21, 2023
The Government grants Sponsorship licences to employers enabling them to recruit from overseas, if they are otherwise struggling to find staff. There has since been an increase in enforcement activity to ensure employers are not employing migrant workers illegally.
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Priority Service returns for family visas

March 3, 2023
On 20 February 2023, the UK Home Office reintroduced the Priority Service for people applying to enter the UK to live with family members. Find out more about the return of this service and reduced waiting times for visas.
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Long Residence: A route to settling permanently in the UK

February 8, 2023
The Long Residence route to ‘settlement’ in the UK is a way of using different types of permission to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Find out more about this application and discover Michael's story.
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When You Have The Right To Work, But Cannot Prove It

January 30, 2023
Most people with the right to work are already proving this right by accessing their online account and providing a ‘share code’ to their employer. All very simple until it fails to work of course. 
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Children and young adults: Shorter routes to Indefinite Leave to Remain

January 3, 2023
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a permanent status in the UK and the gateway to British Citizenship. Find out the shorter routes to ILR by reading this first hand account.
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From abandoned child to settled adult

December 22, 2022
Discover how immigration legal services helped one young man to make his life in the UK.
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