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New Salary Thresholds - What are these?

Understanding the New Salary Thresholds and Their Impact As of 4th April 2024, the UK's Skilled Worker Visa program sees an increase in the general salary threshold, affecting numerous immigration routes. This critical change signifies higher income requirements for visa applicants, with the Skilled Worker route experiencing a substantial rise from £26,200 to £38,700 annually. […]

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April 22, 2024

5 common reasons your visit visa might be refused and how to overcome them

Visit visas are some of the most commonly and seemingly arbitrarily refused visas you can apply for. Here are the 5 top reasons the Home Office might refuse a visit visa and some advice on how to make sure this doesn’t happen to you. 1. The Home Office does not believe you will leave at […]

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April 22, 2024

Routes for investors

Even though the investor visa option is no longer available, we are actively assisting individuals in relocating to the UK through various alternative visa routes. These include the Innovator Founder route, the UK Expansion Worker route, and the Global Talent route. Each of these pathways allows applicants to work in the UK and bring their […]

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April 17, 2024

Esports and Visas

Esports has become a global phenomenon with millions of fans worldwide. As the popularity of esports continues to rise, there is a growing need for international recognition of esports players as professional athletes. One important aspect that has gained attention in recent years is the issuance of international sportsperson visas for esports athletes. International sportsperson […]

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April 16, 2024

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Basic Compliance Audits for Educational Establishments

When United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) evaluates a sponsor during a Basic Compliance Assessment, it checks if they meet certain core requirements. These requirements include: • a visa refusal rate of under 10%, • an enrolment rate of at least 90%, a • and a course completion rate of at least 85%. All these […]

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April 1, 2024

New Entrant Threshold

Are you aware of the New Entrant Threshold in the UK? If not, let me explain. It is the minimum requirements that a new participant must meet to enter a particular market or industry. These requirements are set by regulatory bodies to ensure fair competition and protect the UK's workforce and economy. Exciting news! The […]

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March 27, 2024

Talented Individuals - Creative Workers

The Creative Worker (CW) visa currently provides employers with the flexibility to bypass a labour market assessment linked to this visa if the relevant occupation is listed on the Shortage Occupation List. Following their recent 'Rapid Review' of the Immigration Salary List (formerly referred to as the Shortage Occupation List), the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) […]

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March 26, 2024

Statement of Changes

Are you curious about the latest updates to the Skilled Worker route and the minimum income requirement for partner routes? Well, mark your calendars because these changes will take effect from the 4th April 2024! To give you a quick rundown, the changes to the Skilled Worker route aim to ensure that businesses invest in […]

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March 25, 2024

Immigration Salary List – MAC Rapid Review

The Home Secretary revealed major changes to the immigration system for Skilled Workers (SW) on the 4th of December 2023. Following this, the government assigned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to promptly assess the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). After a thorough review, the MAC has made recommendations for the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) to […]

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March 24, 2024

Changes to the Ukraine Schemes: What You Need to Know

The United Kingdom has been providing temporary sanctuary for Ukrainian citizens for almost two years now. With nearly 230,000 people welcomed under the Ukraine schemes, the British government has announced changes to ensure the sustainability of these programs. Here's everything you need to know about the changes to the Ukraine schemes: 1. New Ukraine Permission […]

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March 23, 2024

Good news for Business Visitors

Since January 31, 2024, the Immigration Rules for visitors have been relaxed to allow a broader range of activities for business visitors, including intra-corporate activities, remote working, legal services, and research. The Permitted Paid Engagement visitor route has been extended and merged into the standard visitor route, enabling visitors to stay for up to six […]

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March 22, 2024

ETA Roll out

Starting from 22nd February 2024, citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Jordan will no longer require an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) or a visa to enter the UK. Instead, they will need to apply for the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), which costs £10 for two years. This change will help to "digitise […]

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March 21, 2024

Employing a Worker from Outside the UK

At UK Visas we understand that the global market brings incredible opportunities. That's why we are here to assist you in navigating the process of employing a worker from outside the UK. With our expertise in international hiring, we can guide you through the necessary steps and provide you with the resources and support you […]

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March 20, 2024

Immigration Health Surcharge - How much do you now have to pay?

To determine the exact amount, you will need to pay for your visa, you must first know its length. Keep in mind that a visa may be longer than your period of study or employment.   For a one-year visa, the cost is £776 for students, their dependants, and those on a Youth Mobility Scheme […]

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March 11, 2024
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