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Sep 01, 2022 - Applications submitted under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme with the Scottish Government to be put on hold

The Government of Scotland made an announcement regarding applications submitted under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme indicating the Scottish Government as the visa sponsor.

To ensure those arriving continue to be provided with safe and comfortable accommodation, the Scottish Government has asked the Home Office to phase the processing of applications submitted under the Scottish super sponsor scheme on 11, 12, and 13 July 2022.

Such applications will be held until the Home Office is notified by the Scottish Government of their capacity to support such applicants.

The Home Office is in regular d...

Aug 22, 2022 - New Scale-Up visa for high-growth companies able to attract exceptional talent to the UK went live from 22 August

The UK’s top high-growth businesses will have greater flexibility and power to entice the world’s top talent through the new Scale-up visa.

UK businesses experiencing impressive success will be eligible to sponsor talented individuals, from scientists and engineers to architects and programmers, to support their growth and contribute to boosting the UK’s economy.

Unlike other sponsored visas, the Scale-up visa allows businesses to employ high-skilled individuals who will receive 2 years’ leave to remain in the UK without requiring further sponsorship or permission beyond the first 6 months.

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Aug 18, 2022 - Abolition of police registration requirement for migrants announced – more details and confusion

Earlier this month, the Home Office announced the abolition of the Police Registration Scheme.

We briefly reported on this news on 08 August as well, please see it by the link.

The scheme required certain foreign nationals to register with the police and keep them updated about important changes to their personal details. The abolition of this outdated scheme is very much to be welcomed. It will do away with the need for cumbersome paperwork and removes an onerous ongoing visa condition. 

There is confusion, though. A notice was quietly posted to the Metropolitan Police website announcing imme...

Aug 17, 2022 - No reprieve for durable partners prevented from marrying due to COVID-19

Many predicted that the heady mix of Brexit and COVID-19 would result in litigation, and so it has come to pass. Ending EU free movement law in the middle of a global pandemic – when people faced difficulty travelling, marrying, and getting advice from an immigration lawyer – was bound to cause problems.

For Mr Celik, a Turkish national living in the UK, the problem he faced was an inability to marry his Romanian partner before 31 December 2020.

In Celik (EU exit; marriage; human rights) [2022] UKUT 00220 (IAC) the Upper Tribunal has decided that he — and anyone else in a similar situation — c...

Aug 16, 2022 - Upper Tribunal confirms undocumented extended family members cannot benefit from EU Settled Status scheme

Extended family members who have made an application under the EU Settlement Scheme, without having first obtained a residence document under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016 are not entitled to settled or pre-settled status. This is the conclusion of the Upper Tribunal in Batool and others (other family members: EU exit) [2022] UKUT 00219 (IAC).

The Tribunal also decided that appellants cannot rely on their human rights in EU Settled Status appeals, unless the Home Office consents to this.

Extended family members and the end of the Brexit transition period

Extended family members did no...

Aug 09, 2022 - Ukraine Family Scheme, Ukraine Extension Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine): visa data - as of 09 August 2022

Total Ukraine Scheme visa applications received: 203,100

Data is comprised of:

·         Ukraine Family Scheme: 56,900

·         Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: 146,200

Total Ukraine Scheme visas issued to people: 174,200

Data is comprised of:

·         Ukraine Family Scheme visas: 48,800

·         Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme visas: 125,300

 

All application outcomes as of 09 August 2022:

Scheme  

Visas issued

Applications withdrawn

Applications r...

Aug 08, 2022 - Repeal of requirements to register with the police for visa purposes

The general requirements under the Immigration Rules for certain foreign nationals to register with the police (the "Police Registration Scheme") has ceased. From now nobody is required to register with the police for visa purposes.

This means that the relevant foreign nationals of specified nationalities, aged 16 or over, usually granted more than six months' leave in certain migration categories are no longer obliged to register with the police.

This change applies to those who have already registered with the police and who have a condition to register with the police listed as part of thei...

Aug 04, 2022 - UK interest rates see biggest rise in 27 years

The Bank of England has raised interest rates by the most in 27 years and warned the UK will fall into recession.

Interest rates rose to 1.75% as the Bank battles to stem soaring prices, with inflation now set to hit over 13%.

The economy is forecast to shrink in the last three months of this year and keep shrinking until the end of 2023.

Governor Andrew Bailey said he knew the cost of living squeeze was difficult but if it didn't raise interest rates it would get "even worse".

The main reason for high inflation and low growth is soaring energy bills, driven by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Jul 20, 2022 - The UK has allowed entry of children from Ukraine unaccompanied by their parents

The UK government on Wednesday, 20 July, changed the rules of entry for refugees under the "Homes for Ukraine" program, allowing Ukrainian children to cross the border unaccompanied by their parents.

We would like to draw attention of our readers that we have already published preliminary news on this topic back on 22 June, please see the link.

According to the new rules, a child will be able to enter the UK himself if one of his parents or guardian confirms that "it is in his (the child's) best interests."

Britons who agree to host a child from Ukraine must commit to take him for at least thr...

Jul 19, 2022 - Ukraine Family Scheme, Ukraine Extension Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine): visa data - as of 19 July 2022

Total Ukraine Scheme visa applications received: 194,700

Data is comprised of:

  • Ukraine Family Scheme: 53,700
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: 141,000

Total Ukraine Scheme visas issued to people: 162,000

Data is comprised of:

  • Ukraine Family Scheme visas: 46,600
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme visas: 115,400

 

All application outcomes as of 19 July 2022:

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Scheme  

Visas issued

Applications withdrawn

Applications refused