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21 October 2020 Iain Halliday Blog
  Following two changes to nationality policy, the first in May 2020 and the second in September 2020, EEA nationals who want to become British citizens now need to answer the questions: how do I show I have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI)?

16 October 2020 Grace McGill Blog
 An ancestry visa is a visa that will allow a Commonwealth citizen with ancestral links to the United Kingdom to live and work in the UK and to be allowed to bring family members to live with you. An Ancestry Visa offers full freedom to work in the UK, including working as a self-employed person or starting your own business.  

14 September 2020 Grace McGill Blog
The Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Child) routes will be closed to new applications after 5 October 2020 at 0859. References to Tier 4 have either been deleted from the Immigration Rules or amended where appropriate to reflect the new Student and Child Student rules.

09 September 2020 Grace McGill Blog
The new guidance Adopted children and children coming to the UK for adoption (Version 1.0) was published by the Home Office on 23 July 2020. It applies to applications for entry clearance to, or limited of indefinite leave to remain in the UK as (i) the adopted child of a parent or parents present and settled in the UK or being admitted for settlement in the UK, (ii) the adopted child of a parent or parents given limited leave to enter or remain in the UK, (iii) a child for adoption, and (iv) a child for adoption under the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption 1993.

04 September 2020 Grace McGill Blog
This  information covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

01 September 2020 Jack Freeland Blog
In the year ending March 2020 around 313,000 people moved to the UK on a permanent basis to begin their new lives. We have extensively covered the visa requirements and processes that these new UK residents had to follow to come here, but what about their pets?

15 July 2020 Grace McGill Blog
 On 13 July the Home Secretary announced further details about the Home Office's new points-based system (PBS) which expanded on the  Government’s policy statement released in February 2020. The new PBS system, which brings to an end the right of freedom of movement for EEA nationals from 1st January 2021, will align the visa processes for all European and non-European nationals.

09 July 2020 James Ritchie News & Announcements
Earlier this year Visa Application Centres (“VACs”) around the world took the decision to close shop in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, all out-of-country applications to the Home Office were, in effect, halted. As of yesterday, 8 July, VFS Global announced the gradual reopening of their VACs across the US and beyond. 

22 June 2020 Iain Halliday Immigration
  How can you make Scotland your new home? The UK Government sets Scotland’s immigration policy. The Scottish Government has no power to make immigration law. So, if you want to relocate to Scotland, you need a UK visa from the UK Home Office (a.k.a UK Visas and Immigration).   What are the requirements for a UK visa? Well, it depends. There is no generic, catch-all visa, which will allow you to relocate to the UK.

19 June 2020 Grace McGill Blog
  The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford have produced an updated briefing examining labour migration to the UK, finding that for the first time since 2006, the majority of people migrating to the UK for work in 2019 were non-EU citizens.


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