Immigration | 28 September 2016

In July 2012, the UK government made significant changes to the adult dependant relative immigration route which previously fell for consideration under Immigration Rule 317. The new rules contained in Appendix FM significantly changed the criteria for this visa category to the extent that, now, comparatively few applicants are successful and the category is all but closed off. The resulting detrimental effect on British families cannot be underestimated. [Continue Reading]

Immigration | 16 June 2016

As the campaigning continues for the forthcoming Referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union (EU), immigration (and its links with national security) is one of the central topics in the debates. Aside from the headline grabbing national security concerns (‘Brexit could trigger World War Three warns David Cameron’ in the Mirror on 10 May 2016 was particularly special), particular focus has been placed on the UK’s immigration policy, the consequences of high net migration and the impact of the EU’s freedom of movement provisions. [Continue Reading]

Immigration | 05 May 2016

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is an independent body commissioned to advise the Government on migration issues. On 19 January 2016, the MAC published its greatly anticipated review of the current Tier 2 category under the Points Based System. Specifically, the MAC was tasked to advise the Government on proposed changes designed to address the increasing number of migrants in this category and to prevent industry reliance on such migrants to fill skills shortages. [Continue Reading]

Immigration | 16 March 2016

Right to rent checks were introduced by the Immigration Act 2014 and, following a successful pilot scheme in parts of the West Midlands, became effective for all private tenants in England from 1 February 2016 (currently, the scheme does not apply in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland). [Continue Reading]

Immigration | 09 December 2015

The government’s policy of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands continues to attract fierce debate among important stakeholders. In a recent development, a number of the UK’s most powerful technology leaders have issued a warning to the prime minister that businesses within the technology sector will suffer if the Home Office presses ahead with plans to reduce the numbers of skilled migrants entering the UK from outside the European Economic Area. [Continue Reading]

Immigration | 13 November 2015

Immigration has become one of the largest public policy issues in the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics, net migration reached an all time high of 330,000 in the year to March 2015. Given the long-term demographic impacts and the effect on public services, the UK government has set ambitious targets to reduce the scale of immigration into the UK. 
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Immigration | 09 October 2015

The L-1 intra-company transferee non-immigrant visa classification was introduced into the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) with the passage of the Immigration Act of 1970. L-1 visas are available to foreign nationals who have worked for a multinational company outside the United States for one continuous year within the three years immediately prior to their proposed US transfer. The transferring employee must have served the company in an executive, managerial or specialised knowledge capacity and be transferring to the US in a similar position. The L-1A visa is accorded to executive and managerial personnel, and the L-1B visa is granted to employees with specialised knowledge – having been created to promote flexibility for US companies in an increasingly globalised and dynamic marketplace. 
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Immigration | 01 September 2015

The Human Rights Act 1998, introduced by the Labour government and in force since October 2000, has been the subject of much controversy. In particular it has been blamed for preventing the government from being able to remove illegal immigrants from the United Kingdom. The Conservative government’s desire to ‘scrap’ the Human Rights Act is undoubtedly linked to immigration being a hot topic in politics and the perceived need to reduce net migration.

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Immigration | 01 July 2015

As the dust settles on the most unpredictable general election in decades, it appears that very little has in fact changed. The immigration policy landscape looks remarkably similar to the way it looked in April. Following endless discussions about coalitions, agreements, hung parliaments and pacts, the Conservatives now have an overall parliamentary majority and have eased back into power without much anxiety or negotiation, leaving their former coalition colleagues floundering with just a handful of parliamentary seats and a looming leadership election.

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Immigration | 01 June 2015

The UK is in the midst of implementing a series of immigration measures made law by the Immigration Act 2014 (the Act). The latest of these is the immigration health surcharge (IHS) for persons coming to the UK for longer than six months, which came into effect on 6 April 2015, together with confirmation of the NHS charges applicable to overseas visitors.

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