Nov 02, 2017 - Bank of England base rate increased

On Thursday 2 November 2017, the Bank of England base rate increased from 0.25% to 0.50%.

Oct 31, 2017 - Immigration status and bank accounts

According to the Immigration Act 2014  banks and building societies are required to check the immigration status of the persons who want to open current accounts. The banks and building societies must refuse the applications for a new current account (or an application to add the person as a signatory or identified beneficiary to a new or existing current account) if the applicant has no legal rights to stay in the UK. This applies if the applicant:

  • Entered the UK illegally, i.e. never had leave to enter
  • had leave but stayed after it expired or was revoked
  • are an EEA national subj...

Sep 29, 2017 - Branch office of Law Firm Limited now in Dubai

We are glad to inform you that Lаw Firm Limited  opened their branch office in Dubai. 

Address and contacts in Dubai:

 LFL Consultancy FZE 

19th Floor Conrad Dubai ,Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 5610, Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Tel. 00971 (0)50 9265140

[email protected]

Sep 10, 2017 - The EU Withdrawal Bill has passed its first parliamentary vote in the House of Commons

The EU Withdrawal Bill, previously referred to as the Great Repeal Bill, has passed its first parliamentary vote in the House of Commons. On the second reading of the Bill it was passed with a majority of 36 votes: 326 for and 290 against. While Teresa May celebrates her victory during this historic moment, the Labour party believes the Bill is an "affront to parliamentary democracy".  Labour also claimed that the Prime Minister and her government had made a “power grab”. In other words, the bill allows the government to “correct the statute book where necessary” without a full parliament vote...

Sep 06, 2017 - Proposals of the British government

The British government proposes to lower low-skilled immigration from EU countries following Brexit. It is expected that starting from March 2019 as soon as the transition period is over, the British government will take a “more selective approach” to EU immigrants planning to settle in the UK.  Firstly EU nationals will have to obtain permission to enter UK before taking up employment. This will push employers to recruit locals at the first stage especially in non-highly skilled occupations. Low skilled immigrants will be allowed for a maximum of two year residency only, while high skilled im...

Jul 12, 2017 - Brexit: Government will publish Repeal Bill

The UK government plans to publish a so-called ‘Great Repeal Bill’, which will convert EU law into UK law to ensure smooth legal continuity the day after Brexit. 

The debates on the Bill are not expected to happen before September 2017, however the Bill will in any event need to be passed well before the UK leaves the EU - which is expected to happen during March 2019. The Bill will have to pass through both Houses of Parliament and will come to effect only when the UK actually leaves the European Union. This is going to be the biggest and most significant legislative project ever undertaken i...

Jun 25, 2017 - Government offer for EU citizens in UK

The British government published new information regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit. Theresa May announced certain offers and deadlines for EU citizens planning to stay in the UK. Of course, there are plenty of things that still have to be ruled out and confirmed but as for today this is what UK government offers to EU citizens:

• Introduction of so-called grace period. This is a period when EU citizens and their families can still legally reside in the UK, but during this period they will need to apply and receive a resident document, demonstrating their new settled st...

Jun 22, 2017 - Important changes regarding the information required by the UK Companies Registry

Important changes are taking place on 26th June and 24th July 2017 regarding the information required by the UK Companies Registry. These changes are as a result of the Fourth European Money Laundering Directive.

Changes from 26th June 2017

• Information about those people with significant control (PSC) of a company will need to be registered with Companies House by submitting a separate form (PSC01 for individuals and  PCS02 for non-individuals like other companies or trusts). Previously information about PSCs was submitted as part of a company’s annual return/company structure report.

• Any ...

May 29, 2017 - Customer enquiry service changes

From 1 June 2017, all customer enquiries will be handled by a new commercial partner Sitel UK.

The main changes for customers applying from outside the UK are:

  • all phone numbers and opening hours will change
  • the number of languages offered is reducing to 8 including English
  • customers who contact UK Visas and Immigration by email will be charged £5.48

There are no changes to services for those who contact UKVI from inside the UK.

May 17, 2017 - Uncompromising message from Theresa May

Theresa May would put forward an "uncompromising" message on immigration, saying high levels can harm community cohesion, and would re-commit to bringing net migration down to the tens of thousands.

Also expected on immigration:

  • Commitment to "bear down on immigration from outside the EU" across all visa routes
  • Reduce and control immigration from Europe after Brexit
  • Sources say this means "the end of freedom of movement"
  • Doubling of the "Skills Charge" from £1,000 to £2,000 per employee per year for employers who hire non-EU immigrants in skilled jobs
  • The revenue will go i...