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19 February 2020 Jack Freeland Blog
Today the Home Office released a policy statement on the UK’s new “points-based immigration system”, setting out their approach for how immigration to the UK will work post-Brexit. Hailing the scheme as revolutionary, the Home Secretary Priti Patel said that “we will attract the brightest and best from around the globe, boosting the economy and our communities, and unleash this country’s full potential.” So, how will this new system work? And what’s different?

19 February 2020 Amna Ashraf Blog
If you are an Indian national and looking to move to the UK to reside with your British partner, then you’ll need an appropriate visa for your initial entry in order to reside here long term. For a general overview as to visa types, evidence required and application procedures, feel free to watch our short webinars. If a fiancé(e), partner or spouse visa is what is you want to apply for, our guide below to getting a UK visa for Indian citizens will help you understand the process.

10 February 2020 James Ritchie Personal Immigration
If you are a South African national intending to come to the UK as the spouse or partner of a British citizen, or someone settled in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa to do so. In this blog we will discuss the stage after submitting a spouse visa application and outline the process which must be completed using the Home Office commercial partner active in South Africa, TLS Contact.

06 February 2020 Grace McGill Blog
  The EU Settled Status Scheme ( EUSS ) under Appendix EU to the Immigration Rules, opened to all applicants on 30 March 2019. A significant amount of applications have now been processed with either pre settled status or settled status being issued. Indeed Home Office statistics indicate that as of  31 December 2019, over 2.7 million (2,756,130) applications had been received with over 2.4 million (2,450,220) applications had been concluded .

03 February 2020 Iain Halliday Brexit & EU Migration
The UK has left the European Union. As of 11pm on 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be a member of the EU. However, due to the transitional period provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement, EU law continues to apply until 31 December 2020. This includes free movement law. As such, EU nationals and their family members can continue to come to the UK until the end of this year.

30 January 2020 Amna Ashraf Blog
If you are a Pakistani citizen with a partner who is either a British citizen or holds indefinite leave to remain in the UK, you’ll no doubt be actively on the hunt for ways to plan your future together. You may already know that there are a number of different visa options depending on where both of you intend to live and what your present circumstances are. For a general overview of the visa types and evidential requirements, check out our short 6 minute introductory webinar here.

22 January 2020 Jack Freeland Blog
Australian nationals who want to come to the UK as the spouse or partner of a British citizen, or someone settled in the UK, will need to apply for a visa before coming to the UK. Any other non-EU nationals living in Australia will need to follow the same process. Below we examine the second stage of the submission process for all applicants applying for a UK family visa from Australia and provide some helpful pointers in navigating the heavily criticised VFS Global website.

15 January 2020 Amna Ashraf Blog
Locked between the snow peaks of the Himalayas and the seething Ganges plain, Nepal is home to a wealth of natural wonders, most notably, Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world. But as the saying goes, home is where the heart is. So if you are a resident of Nepal but looking to settle in the UK because this is where your partner resides, then read our helpful guide below.

09 January 2020 Iain Halliday Specialist Advice & Litigation
There is a 3 month time limit for lodging a petition for judicial review against a Home Office decision which does not attract a statutory right of appeal. When does this 3 month period start: on the date decision was made; or on the date the decision was received?  

18 December 2019 Amna Ashraf Personal Immigration
Are you a non-European citizen in a relationship with a British citizen and thinking of moving out of picturesque Czech Republic (also known as Czechia in short-form) to the UK? You look online and see a wealth of information, take a few days to try and digest it all, but several pages of printouts and scribbles later, you have a number of questions and a very confused overview. Our guide to your UK spouse visa application below sets out the procedure involved in order to make navigation easier for you.   

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