“Gold-plated’ Tier 1 investor visa to be halted Taking effect at midnight on Friday, Caroline Nokes, Immigration Minister has announced a suspension of the Tier 1 Investor Visa until an auditing process is introduced. From next year, independent, regulated auditors will assess applicants who wish to enter the UK through a fast track Tier 1
The EU Settlement Scheme explained In June 2018 the Home Office released a Statement of Intent setting out a Scheme, the EU Settlement Scheme, that outlines specifics on how EU citizens and their families will be able to continue living in the UK after Brexit. At this stage, we know that the EU Scheme will
The Home Office appears to have drawn up potentially controversial immigration contingencies for a no-deal Brexit At the time of writing, absolutely nobody knows how Brexit will pan out or what the implications might be for the 800,000 or so British citizens living on mainland Europe and the three million Europeans living in Britain. What
The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) recently drafted a joint commentary on the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens and their family members living in the UK by the 31 December 2020. The commentary highlighted a number of aspects and issues which are detailed in the following paragraphs. The core policy document taken into account
New funds for settled status applications always mean good news for you! By ROBINA SHAH Are you an EEA National and vulnerable? Do you have financial constraints and are worried about paying for your settled status application?? The most encouraging news on EU citizens’ settled status has officially been released yesterday, the 25th October 2018.
NEW STATEMENT CHANGES TO THE IMMIGRATION RULES By ROBINA SHAH Immigration laws are constantly changing and it is important that you keep up with them at all times as changes are usually in favor of the applicant. Also, some changes mean that there are now alternative routes to your application which may benefit you financially
Are you a victim of Domestic Violence? By ROBINA SHAH What is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence is a violation of one’s human rights. Whilst it can affect men and women from all ethnic backgrounds and societies, it has been identified that migrants are predominantly susceptible due to the status’ they hold in in the UK.
Visit Visa By ROBINA SHAH A visitor is a person who is coming to the United Kingdom, generally for up to six months, for a temporary purpose, for example to travel and explore or to visit friends or family. The visitor may also be travelling to the UK to carry out a business activity which
Time for calm reflection on EU citizens right to remain By ROBINA SHAH Despite the UK government announcing in June that none of the three million EU citizens currently residing in the UK would be asked to leave – and clear confirmation that permanent right to remain is available to those having lived and worked
Refusal of Appeal By ROBINA SHAH Since the 25th of June, 2013 The Home Office enforced there will be no right of appeal against the refusal of a family visit visa application, unless the appeal is on human rights or race discrimination grounds. Even though The Home Office deems it impossible to breach race or
Tis the season to be married By ROBINA SHAH As many will be aware in the current climate immigration is a hot topic with a general perception that there is a need to drive down the number of people immigrating to the UK. The Government has been thinking about putting a cap on the numbers
Employers – are your Brexit ready? By ROBINA SHAH Optimus Law presents a step by step guide for applying for a sponsorship licence. On 18 January 2017 Theresa May’s Brexit speech set out the UK’s 12 priorities negotiating Brexit: Provide certainty Take control of our own laws Strengthen the union between the four UK nations
The Kickstart Guide For Naturalisation in the U.K By ROBINA SHAH Laws for nationality in the U.K. have changed over time. It is important to keep yourself updated if you are planning on applying for nationality in the U.K. The recent guide to naturalisation as a British citizen has been published by the Home Office
Nationality laws in UK By ROBINA SHAH Laws for nationality in UK keep changing time to time. It is therefore paramount for a person seeking the UK nationality to keep him or herself abreast of the current situation and ensure that they are following the regulations to the letter. The recent guide to Naturalization as
Is immigration threatening to isolate the PM? By ROBINA SHAH The topic of UK immigration has never been far from the top of the news agenda since 2016’s EU Referendum result. Whether it’s the City becoming spooked about what future limitations on the free movement of EU professionals might mean, or the topic being repeatedly