Oct 19, 2022 - Changes to the Creative Worker route

An amendment is being made to remove the ability for those on the Standard Visitor and Permitted Paid Engagement routes to switch into the Temporary Work – Creative Worker route as this is incompatible with the requirements of the Visitor route.

Oct 19, 2022 - Changes to the Ukraine Extension Scheme

The Ukraine Extension Scheme enables Ukrainian nationals who held permission to enter or stay in the UK on 18 March 2022 (or who held permission which expired on or after 1 January 2022) to continue their stay in the UK.

From 9 November 2022, the immigration rules for the Ukraine Extension Scheme are updated to:

  1. Extend the timeframe for applications within the rules. Applications can be made by people with limited leave up to 16 May 2023.
  2. Create a deadline of 16 November 2023 which would be the end date for the scheme.

Oct 19, 2022 - Changes to simplify the process for giving effect to travel bans

Currently, applications from individuals subject to travel bans, also known as immigration sanctions, are refused under primary legislation (the Immigration Act 1971).

However, the legislation does not refer to entry clearance and therefore cancellation of an entry clearance is on the grounds that the person’s presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good.

Non-conducive covers a broad range of factors and assessments can be complex and time consuming. This technical change will simplify processes for caseworkers to give effect to travel bans imposed by the United Nations Security Coun...

Oct 19, 2022 - Global Business Mobility routes

According to the current amendments, residents of Australia and New Zealand can now qualify under the Service Supplier route where the services they provide are covered by the free trade agreement with those countries. Australian nationals and permanent residents of Australia providing services under the free trade agreement with Australia will be able to stay for 12 months at a time in the Service Supplier route.

Oct 19, 2022 - Changes to the Global Talent category

The Global Talent category is for talented and promising individuals in the fields of science, digital technology and arts and culture wishing to work in the UK.

The evidential requirements for arts and culture applications are being amended to require applicants to provide letters of support from organisations or individuals who have directly worked with the applicant and can therefore comment on their skills through personal experience rather than via reputation.

This is intended to ensure that the authors have first-hand knowledge of the applicants work and prevent the submission of more ge...

Oct 19, 2022 - Changes to the provisions for adult children within the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) route

The changes being made to Appendix Hong Kong British National (Overseas) (HK BN(O)) include provision to enable children of BN(O) status holders to apply to the BN(O) route independently (that is, without needing to form part of their parents’ household or apply at the same time as them).

This change will apply to those who:

• have at least one BN(O) parent;

• are aged 18 or over;

• were born on or after 1 July 1997; and

• reside in Hong Kong, the UK or the Crown Dependencies.

Partners, dependent children, and adult dependent relatives of the adult child may also apply with them.

This change w...

Oct 19, 2022 - Inclusion of the poultry sector in the Seasonal Worker route

This is the only change to take immediate effect, as of 4pm 18 October 2022.

As a result of the statement of changes HC 803, which came into force on 1 November 2021, pork butchers are allowed to come into the UK as Seasonal Workers for up to six months. The route has now been expanded to include all roles in the poultry production sector, allowing seasonal workers in the sector to enter the UK to work from 18 October – 31 December each year. The new rules state:

“If the Certificate of Sponsorship confirms that the role is in the poultry production sector, the date of application must be on or...

Oct 19, 2022 - New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 719

The Home Office published a new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules (HC 719) yesterday, on 18 October.

The explanatory memorandum confirms that the changes are largely focused on the government’s continued efforts to simplify the rules, and on implementing policy changes that have recently been put in place.

The majority of the changes take effect from 9 November 2022, unless otherwise stated. 

Most significantly, the government has made clear in the Nationality and Boarders Act 2022 that confirmed victims of human trafficking or slavery are eligible for temporary permission to stay ...

Oct 18, 2022 - British ministers considering сap on dependents for international students

The UK’s recently revamped government is reportedly looking at ways to tighten the immigration rules to limit the number of dependants international students can bring to the UK.

The idea is being considered by ministers as part of a wider plan to tackle so-called “bad migration”, and to ensure the immigration system supports growth whilst maintaining control.

Newly appointed Home Secretary Suella Braverman told the Tory party conference that her long term aim was to reduce net migration to the “tens of thousands,” an old government target previously axed by Boris Johnson.

International studen...

Oct 17, 2022 - Chancellor statement: certainty on some mini-budget tax measures

New Chancellor Jeremy Hunt confirms off-payroll working will remain and that income tax rates will not change.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that corporation tax rates would increase from April 2023, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced the reversal of many tax measures that were introduced at the mini-budget on 23 September. This announcement was made ahead of the Medium-Term Fiscal Plan on 31 October.

The Chancellor stated in his speech that more difficult decisions will have to be made on both tax and spending. In light of this, government departments will be asked to find eff...