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5-year and 10-year routes to settlement

Settlement refers to the process of obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK, which grants individuals the right to live and work in the country without any restrictions. It is a significant milestone for those who wish to establish their long-term residency in the UK.   There are two main routes to settlement: […]

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December 6, 2023

Changes to Minimum Salaries for Overseas Workers - Announced

The government is set to review the Health and Care visa, which has seen a significant number of visas granted to care workers and their dependents, by implementing a restriction that prevents overseas care workers from bringing their dependents to the UK. Moreover, care providers in England will now only be able to sponsor migrant […]

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December 5, 2023

Possible Increase in Skilled Worker Visa Minimum Salary

In an effort to control the soaring levels of legal migration, the government is expected to raise the minimum salary for foreign workers. Specifically, the minimum salary for a skilled worker visa is anticipated to increase from its current value of £26,200. Additionally, there will likely be restrictions on visas for healthcare professionals and limitations […]

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December 4, 2023

Sponsor Licences – What's the Difference Between a Small Company and a Large Company?

If you want to sponsor overseas workers (including those from the EU after 01/01/2021) you will need a sponsor licence. The fees and costs associated vary depending on whether you are a small, large or charitable sponsor. Here we’ll explain how to determine which category you fall into and what difference it makes. Small Companies […]

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November 29, 2023

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Top Reasons Why UK Visa Applications Get Rejected

Every year, thousands of UK visa applications are rejected by the Home Office as a result of mistakes made either by the applicant or their sponsor. Something as seemingly trivial as submitting a photograph in the wrong format can lead to the application being rejected and the process having to be started again. Has the […]

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November 21, 2023

UK Visas Cast-Iron Guarantee

Peace of Mind is Guaranteed! We stand behind our services with a 100% cast-iron money-back guarantee for all sponsored visa applications. If your application is refused, we'll either credit the full amount towards a new or alternative visa application or provide a full refund.  This includes not only our fees but all the associated Home […]

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November 20, 2023

Can I Switch My Tier 2 ICT Visa to a Skilled Worker Visa?

With the new Skilled Worker visa now having replaced the old Tier 2 (General) visa there are several changes which will be relevant to those present in the UK on the old Tier 2 system. One of the most common questions we get asked is whether individuals currently present on a Tier 2 (ICT) visa […]

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November 20, 2023

Employer Right-to-Work checks

All sponsors must ensure that all  staff or potential recruits have current visas.

All employers in the UK have a responsibility to prevent illegal working. You do this by conducting simple right to work checks before you employ someone, to make sure the individual is not disqualified from carrying out the work in question by reason of their immigration status.

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November 20, 2023

Introduction of the Innovator Founder Visa

The Innovator Founder visa replaced the Innovator and Start Up routes on 13th April 2023. The Innovator Founder route maintains the requirements for individuals to demonstrate an “innovative, viable and scalable” business idea, which needs to be endorsed by a Home Office approved endorsing body. However, this route removes the £50,000 minimum funds requirement that […]

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November 14, 2023

Unlocking the World: How the Start-Up Visa is Empowering Entrepreneurs

Introduced to support talented overseas individuals with innovative, viable, and scalable business ideas, allowing them to develop and work on their businesses in the UK. From 13th April 2023, the Start-up route is only available to those who already hold a valid start-up endorsement. Those with endorsement have until 13th July 2023 to apply for […]

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November 14, 2023

IHS Reimbursements: Maximizing Your Financial Health

In a previous post, we looked at the process for obtaining refunds of immigration and nationality application fees. On top of the application fee, many migrants to the UK are also required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). The rules determining whether this is refundable, and the processes for obtaining a refund, are separate […]

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November 7, 2023

High Potential Individual Visa

The United Kingdom has always been a magnet for ambitious international students looking to expand their horizons. With its prestigious academic heritage and diverse cultural tapestry, it's no surprise that numerous recent graduates from leading global universities aspire to work or seek employment opportunities in the UK. To meet this growing demand, the UK has […]

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November 6, 2023

UK ENIC Proof of English Assessments

If you are 18 years or older and plan to work, study, apply for leave to remain in the UK, or seek British citizenship, you must demonstrate English language proficiency. Please note that we do not provide assistance in obtaining an ENIC or proof of English Language Assessments. This can be fulfilled by possessing a […]

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November 6, 2023


UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is developing an innovative digital immigration system that will replace physical documents with an online record of your immigration status known as an eVisa. Millions of customers have already received their eVisa online since 2018. An eVisa is an online record that contains information about your immigration status and the […]

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October 31, 2023
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    Sarah Bond
    Human Resources Advisor
  • I can honestly say everyone that I deal with at UK Visas are very efficient, super helpful and informative and extremely nice (especially Ana and Garima). Also patient with all my questions – nothing is ever too much trouble, and very prompt with their responses.

    Jackie Thompson
    HR Assistant
  • I’ve worked with UK Visas for almost 10 years now, and the support and advice never fails. From the sponsorship of new employees to training for the whole team, UK Visas are always extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend their services!

    Helena Wittenbach
    Head of Human Resources,
  • Having worked with UK Visas for more than eight years, I cannot recommend their services enough. We have worked with them on a wide variety of immigration topics, including complex licence matters (following acquisitions), day to day sponsorship processes, and reporting; and we have always received an amazing service.

    Members of the team are responsive and come back to our queries quickly, they are always polite, and go out of their way to be as helpful as possible. Thank you to all of the team for the wonderful ongoing support you provide!

    Amy Gadsby
    Director, Human Resources - EMEA
  • We have worked with UK Visas for a number of years and the service that is provided is excellent.

    No query is too big or too small. Always accommodating and helpful. Thank you team!

    Louise Goddard
    Executive Business Partner to CEO and the Board
  • We have worked with UK Visas for over 10 years, since we initially requested obtaining a Sponsor Licence. From day one, their guidance, communication, professionalism, efficiency and support has been and continues to be exemplary, with no request too much.

    Thank you and we look forward to continuing the relationship.

    Sara Searle
    Head of Human Resources and Payroll
  • I’ve worked with UK Visas for over 6 years and always find them helpful, friendly and experts in what they do. I know I can always call them up or send them an email and I will get a detailed response, fast. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone to help and support with your visa journeys.

    Gerry Weiss
    HR Business Partner
  • We have been using UK Visas for many years and service is always expeditious, even as number of requests have increased in recent years. The team advise on a wide range of queries and are always supportive, informative and clear in their advice.

    Jodie Plom
    HR Administrator CVS Vets
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