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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

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

UK visa fees and health surcharge to rise to meet higher costs.

Whilst no clarity on the timing or dates of implementation has been shared, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, The Rt Hon John Glen MP has announced steep increases to immigration fees and the immigration health surcharge (IHS). The current rate for the immigration health surcharge will increase from £624 to £1,035 per year. Workers […]

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July 17, 2023

Shortage Occupation - Its occupying our minds.

Discussions abound in the House of Lords about labour and skills shortages and there is strong appetite for expansion of the Shortage Occupation List. Further discussions surrounding the inception of a ‘temporary recovery visa’ and as the UK faces its longest recession on record, each week a different Lord or Lady brings an industry from […]

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July 11, 2023

UK Expansion Worker

A UK Expansion Worker visa allows you to come to the UK to set up a branch of an overseas business that has not started trading in the UK yet. You must already work for the overseas business as either a senior manager or specialist employee. If your business is already trading in the UK, […]

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April 11, 2023

UK visitor rules to make it easier and more attractive to do business in the UK

As set out in the Spring Budget, the Home Office is undertaking a review of the current UK visitor rules to make it easier and more attractive to do business in the UK. As part of this review, we continue to work with other government departments and their stakeholders to look at how we can expand the range of short-term […]

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April 3, 2023

SAW Annual Quota

The quota for 2023 is as follows: Horticultural Sector: 45,000 places (available for edible and ornamental roles) Poultry production sector: 2,000 places This increase in the total available quota (up from 38,000 in 2022) follows through on a promise made by Liz Truss during her short time as Prime Minister. This route allows approved scheme […]

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January 30, 2023
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    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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  • 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.

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    Head of Human Resources and Payroll
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    HR Business Partner
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