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May 27, 2022 - Now it is free to get a BRP card confirming ILR status for those who received it in the past under the old rules

Since 6 April 2022, it has become free for those with indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK obtained under the old rules (and whose ILR status was usually attached in the passport as vignette) to make a ‘No Time Limit’ application, which provides them with confirmation of their UK immigration status in the form of a biometric residence permit (BRP).

Key benefits of having a BRP include holders being able to prove their right to work in the UK and right to rent in England using free online services. A BRP will also facilitate straightforward travel in and out of the UK as well as passin...

May 26, 2022 - Children can now apply for a waiver of British citizenship fees

Families who can’t afford British citizenship for their children can now get it for free. A new “citizenship fee waiver for individuals under 18” policy was published today. It allows under-18s to apply to have the £1,012 fee on applications for registration as a British citizen waived. The policy applies where the fee is unaffordable because paying it would compromise the child’s essential living needs, although lots of supporting evidence is required.

The test for when a fee waiver will be granted is “affordability”: the child and (more to the point) their parent(s) can show that they “canno...

May 20, 2022 - EU citizens’ rights group launches CSI Justice campaign

Campaigners are pursuing compensation for EU citizens wrongly found to be unlawfully resident for lack of private health insurance.

The CSI Justice campaign, launched by lobby group the3million, follows the decision of the Court of Justice ruling in the case C‑247/20 VI v Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, which was reported in March 2022 and which held that EU nationals did not need Comprehensive Sickness Insurance to be legally resident in the UK as students or self-sufficient persons. The Home Office and UK courts had always insisted that they did, despite having the right to use the NHS.

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May 20, 2022 - Deprivation of citizenship has legal effect even if later withdrawn

When the Home Office withdraws a decision to deprive someone of their British citizenship, does the person get their citizenship back (prospective) or was it never lost in the first place (retroactive)? This was the deceptively simple question that the High Court grappled with in E3 & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWHC 1133 (Admin), eventually concluding that the effect of withdrawal is prospective only.

In 2017, the Home Office made orders stripping the applicants, “E3” and “N3”, of their British citizenship. At the time, officials thought they would not be rendered ...

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

Total Ukraine Scheme visa applications received: 147,500

Data is as of 19 May 2022 and comprised of:

  • Ukraine Family Scheme: 48,700
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: 98,800

Total Ukraine Scheme visas issued to people: 107,400

Data is as of 19 May 2022 and comprised of:

  • Ukraine Family Scheme visas: 38,700
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme visas: 68,700

Total arrivals of visa-holders in the UK: 53,800

Data is as of 19 May 2022 and comprised of:

  • arrivals via Ukraine Family Scheme: 20,800
  • arrivals via Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: 33,000

May 12, 2022 - Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine): visa data - as of 12 May 2022

Total Ukraine Scheme visa applications received: 132,900

Data is as of 12 May 2022 and comprised of:

  • Ukraine Family Scheme: 45,700
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: 87,200

Total Ukraine Scheme visas issued to people: 102,300

Data is as of 12 May 2022 and comprised of:

  • Ukraine Family Scheme visas: 37,500
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme visas: 64,800

Of those issued under the Sponsorship Scheme, visas issued where the sponsor was from:

  • Scotland: 7,700 (of which Scotland is super sponsor for 5,000)
  • Wales: 3,300
  • Northern Ireland: 750
  • England: the rest of visa applications...

May 09, 2022 - Recognised Providers: Organisations who can help guests from Ukraine find sponsors in the UK

This is a list of voluntary and community sector organisations running schemes which provide support for and help match people coming from Ukraine with sponsors in the UK, as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

These organisations can help you find a sponsor and provide more information about what it’s like to be sponsored in the UK. They are not immigration advisors and cannot guarantee to find you a sponsor in the location of your choice.

At the moment, organisations may have limited capacity to take on new guests from Ukraine, but this will change over the coming weeks. The government  ex...

May 06, 2022 - Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine): visa data - as of 06 May 2022

Total Ukraine Scheme visa applications received: 125,100

Data is as of 06 May 2022 and comprised of:

  • Ukraine Family Scheme: 44,200
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: 80,900

Total Ukraine Scheme visas issued to people: 95,500

Data is as of 06 May 2022 and comprised of:

  • Ukraine Family Scheme visas: 36,300
  • Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme visas: 59,100

Of those issued under the Sponsorship Scheme, visas issued where the sponsor was from:

  • Scotland: 6,400 (of which Scotland is super sponsor for 3,920)
  • Wales: 2,800
  • Northern Ireland: 670
  • England: the rest of visa applications
  • ...

May 05, 2022 - UK interest rates raised from 0.75% to 1%

The Bank of England has warned that the UK economy will shrink this year as it raises interest rates to try to stem the pace of rising prices.

Rates rose to 1% from 0.75%, their highest level since 2009 and the fourth consecutive increase since December.

Inflation, at its highest for 30 years, is set to breach 10% by the end of the year, with fuel, energy and food costs soaring partly due to the Ukraine war.

Raising rates makes it more expensive for consumers and businesses to borrow. The idea is that people start spending less, helping cool demand for goods and services and, in turn, slowing ...

Apr 29, 2022 - Raise minimum wage for social care workers rather than loosening visa rules, states МАС

There should be a higher minimum wage just for social care workers rather than looser visa rules, the Migration Advisory Committee has recommended. Releasing a new MAC report on the impact of Brexit on adult social care, chair Brian Bell said:

We maintain that only a significant rise in pay can hope to address the problems of recruitment and retention in the sector. A key recommendation is therefore that the Government introduces a fully funded minimum rate of pay for care workers in England where care is being provided through public funds. We propose a starting point of £10.50 per hour which...