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12 September 2019 Amna Ashraf Personal Immigration
In this webinar, we cover specifically the financial requirement which is the most predominant of all five requirements. Introduced in 2012, it requires the UK sponsor to be earning at least £18,600 to sponsor their partner with a further £3,800 for the first non-British child and £2,400 for each additional non-British children. We touch upon the variety of different income streams that are allowed and cover the evidence requirement for the most common income streams: employment income and savings. We also outline the possibility of sponsoring your partner if you are on certain benefits.

13 August 2019 John Vassiliou Blog
With the introduction of eGates across UK airports from 20 May 2019 onwards, what effect might this have on visitors to the UK overstaying their visa? I take a closer look at the policy and possible reprecussions in my recent article on FreeMovement. https://www.freemovement.org.uk/passport-egates/
09 August 2019 Amna Ashraf Personal Immigration
We are commencing a series of webinars addressing the common issues arising in applications for family migration to the UK. We will be providing guidance on the legalities and processes involved in bringing a loved one to the UK. Our first video serves as an introduction to the topic.    

08 August 2019 Grace McGill Blog
The documents can be kept either as paper copies or in an electronic format. There is no prescribed method for storing the documents, but you must be able to make them available to the Home Office on request.

02 August 2019 James Ritchie Brexit & EU Migration
In the wake of Brexit, many EU nationals are looking to formalise their status in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme, with some going a step further and applying to naturalise as British citizens. This article sets out to explain which EU countries allow dual citizenship with the UK, in addition to those who  do so in limited circumstances, and those who  prohibit dual nationality altogether.

18 July 2019 Iain Halliday Blog
Earlier this week a cross-party group of MPs published a highly critical report on the Home Office’s treatment of visit visa applicants from Africa. The report was issued jointly by three All Party Parliamentary Groups: the APPG for Africa; the APPG for Diaspora, Development and Migration; and the APPG for Malawi. It forms part of an ongoing inquiry into the high level of visa refusals for Africans seeking to visit the UK for professional or business reasons. I gave evidence to their inquiry back in January 2019 and was asked to review and comment on a draft of the report prior to publication.

17 July 2019 James Ritchie Brexit & EU Migration
 If you are an EU citizen or the family member of one, who wishes to remain in the UK after Brexit, you must make an application through what is known as the EU Settlement Scheme. Doing so will grant you either 'settled status' or 'pre-settled status', depending on how long you have resided in the UK. In this blog, the settlement scheme process will be broken down into three stages.

15 July 2019 Iain Halliday Blog
Last week I covered the important case of Rehman (EEA Regulations 2016 – specified evidence) [2019] UKUT 195 (IAC) for the Free Movement blog. The case concerned the Home Office’s attempt, through the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016, to implement a mandatory application process, with mandatory documents, for EEA applications. The Tribunal held that, although EU law allows administrative procedures to be put in place to ensure consistency, they cannot go beyond what is strictly necessary to establish the relevant right of residence under EU law.

02 July 2019 McGill & Co Blog
  In our latest contribution to the Free Movement blog Iain Halliday considers the case of Bhavsar (late application for PTA: procedure) [2019] UKUT 196 (IAC), a case which concerned the procedure in the First-tier Tribunal when an application for permission to appeal is received after the 14 day deadline.  The Upper Tribunal held that the correct approach in such cases is for the First-tier Tribunal to refuse to admit the application rather than considering and refusing permission to appeal. The applicant will then have another opportunity to explain the reason for the delay in their application to the Upper Tribunal.

01 July 2019 McGill & Co Solicitors Blog
Those wishing to apply for a UK visa from overseas often encounter difficulties trying to navigate through the myriad of submission procedures. It is essentially a two-stage process; starting with making an application online through the GOV.UK website, and finishing by providing the necessary documents and biometrics through one of the Home Office’s outsourced commercial partners, VFS Global or TLScontact. This post is the first in a series focusing on the second stage of the process, beginning by taking a look at what countries these commercial partners operate in and explaining how they work.

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