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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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Travel Whilst Awaiting an Immigration Decision

Out-of-Country Applications Often individuals applying for UK visas that involve them relocating, such as through the Skilled Worker visa would like the option to go to the UK in advance of their work start date to organise their new lives. Understandably this is a reasonable request, especially with everything that needs to be prepared including […]

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October 18, 2023

Fading Relevance: The Uncertain Future of the Shortage Occupation List

What is the Shortage Occupation List (SOL)? The SOL is a list of roles deemed to be in shortage in the UK and where immigration has been assessed as a suitable measure to help tackle those shortages. The current SOL comprises 37 UK-wide roles, one role for Scotland alone and 15 health and education roles […]

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October 9, 2023

What are Public Funds?

Additions have been made to the list of public funds that cannot be accessed by a person with the ‘no recourse to public funds’ restriction on their grant of leave or visa. The ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) condition can be applied to a person’s permission to enter and permission to stay (also known […]

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September 19, 2023

Increase in Visa Application Fees

On Friday the 15th of September the Home Office announced new immigration fees to come into effect on the 4th of October 2023. This is the first major increase for most categories of visas since before the Pandemic. The fees for a Skilled Worker visa, certificate of sponsorship, settlement (indefinite leave to remain), and priority […]

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September 19, 2023

Immigration Rules Updated: Detail which might affect you or your business

Skilled workers Prison officers are being made eligible for this route and will be added to the list of Skilled Occupations. Seasonal Workers The seasonal worker route has been amended to clarify the minimum 32-hour pay-per-week requirement for those working in horticulture and seasonal poultry workers. Youth mobility scheme enhancements For Australia and Canada, the […]

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September 19, 2023

Have I passed? - Secure English language test (SELT)

To assess a Secure English Language Test (SELT), applicants must provide a reference number on their application form. This number is used to verify the SELT using an online portal. The applicant must score at least the minimum level required for the route in each relevant component of the test, which must be taken in […]

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September 5, 2023

How expensive are we talking?

Please be advised that there will be a significant increase in visa fees commencing this October. According to our sources, it is anticipated that an official announcement regarding a 15% rise in prices for Visits and Skilled Worker visas will be made on 13th of September 2023. These changes are expected to take effect on […]

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September 4, 2023

Welcome our newest team members

We are delighted to announce that our team has recently expanded with the addition of several new members. Specifically, over the summer months, we welcomed a summer intern, two legal assistants, and a new business administrator.

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September 4, 2023

Unlock Your Career Potential as an OISC Level 1 Caseworker with UK Visas

Who We Are UK Visas is a long-established and highly reputable immigration firm based in Horsham, West Sussex, with direct rail links to Croydon and London Bridge. We are a small, busy practice, with several hundred corporate clients of varying sizes and a large number of individual clients, many of whom we have worked with […]

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September 1, 2023

Who cares? That is the question.

The discovery that almost 100 care homes in the UK are unoccupied, sitting vacant, or repurposed, whilst 37,000 elderly people have a need for residential care is a shocking revelation recently made recently by the Liberal Democrats.

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August 21, 2023
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  • 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!

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    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
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    HR Business Partner
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    HR Administrator CVS Vets
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