All Articles: Points Based System

How to apply for a frontier worker permit

The end of free movement has, for better or worse, given rise to a number of new visa routes catering for workers looking to establish themselves in the UK. Joining their ranks is the frontier worker permit which opened to new applicants on 10 Decembe ...

18th January 2021 By

New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: CP 361

A new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules was published on 31 December 2020 and took effect at 11pm that night. (We weren’t working at the time, for some reason, so do excuse the delay in bringing you this summary). It is short enough ...

5th January 2021 By

How new visa rules on invalidity will create more overstayers

The Home Office recently introduced a set of new validity requirements for visa applications under the Points Based Immigration System, such as the Skilled Worker route. This is significant because an invalid application doesn’t extend your permissi ...

23rd December 2020 By

Settlement as a Skilled Worker – what you need to know

Since 1 December 2020, migrants who would previously have applied for settlement in the UK (aka “indefinite leave to remain”) under the Tier 2 (General) route now need to apply under the new Skilled Worker route. In this article we explain ...

10th December 2020 By

How to apply for a Skilled Worker visa

The Skilled Worker visa is the main work route under the Points Based Immigration System. It was introduced on 1 December 2020, replacing a visa called Tier 2 (General). Joanna has previously explained the legal requirements for this visa. For example ...

4th December 2020 By

A very short introduction to the new Points Based Immigration System

The new Points Based Immigration System — replacing the old Points Based System that was introduced in 2008 — went live yesterday. The government is hailing it as a “simple, effective and flexible system”, although there are ea ...

2nd December 2020 By

Briefing: what is the English language requirement?

The English language requirement can be generously viewed as the Home Office’s response to the biblical Tower of Babel story: society is undermined by its people’s inability to speak the same language. But as anyone who has ever had the misfortune ...

1st December 2020 By

Employers handed 246 pages of guidance on new worker sponsorship system

The UK’s new immigration system is hurtling towards us at a rate of knots. As of 1 January 2021, newly arrived EU citizens coming to work in the UK are likely to need to be sponsored for a visa by their employer.  If you read the Home Office ma ...

20th November 2020 By

No procedural unfairness in refusing work visa where sponsor doesn’t engage

In the recent case of Topadar v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1525 the Court of Appeal considered two questions: At what point is an immigration application decided by the Home Office? Is it procedurally unfair for the Hom ...

18th November 2020 By

Government ignores its own experts to sever fishing industry lifeline

The Home Office has decided not to take forward the recommendations for a new Shortage Occupation List made by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in September. This has caused concern in many sectors, not least the fishing industry, which would ha ...

16th November 2020 By

The UK Youth Mobility visa

The Youth Mobility Scheme is one of the friendlier parts of the Immigration Rules. The route is designed to enable young people to experience life in the UK and is relatively straightforward to apply for, at least when compared with other options for ...

16th November 2020 By

Changes to Student and Short-term Student routes from 1 December 2020

The Immigration Rules covering student visas were substantially revised in early September 2020, with the changes coming into force on 5 October. As Nath has noted, this means that the student routes were not as affected as other categories by the maj ...

10th November 2020 By

What the new Points Based Immigration System has in store for UK work visas

For work-based immigration, last week’s statement of changes to the Immigration Rules was in many ways rather anticlimactic. The last two years have seen a series of reports and policy statements setting out the government’s plans for a ‘new’ ...

29th October 2020 By

Supreme Court finds treatment of skilled worker unfair

The Supreme Court held today in R (Pathan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 41 that the Home Office’s treatment of a Tier 2 skilled worker, Mr Pathan, was unfair. Mr Pathan had applied for an extension of his visa as ...

23rd October 2020 By

How to apply for a UK domestic worker visa

There is a UK visa for non-EEA domestic workers, first introduced in 2002. Although the Immigration Rules do not define “domestic workers”, the route is typically used by nannies, au pairs, cleaners, chauffeurs, cooks, personal carers and ...

13th October 2020 By

70 new job types being added to Shortage Occupation List

Under the government’s new Points-Based Immigration System, the minimum salary required to sponsor an overseas worker will be £25,600, unless the worker has a PhD — or is being hired for a role that appears on the Shortage Occupation List ...

29th September 2020 By

The end of the Tier 2 cooling-off period is on the horizon

Whilst we are all awaiting new Immigration Rules for the Skilled Worker route, which will replace Tier 2 (General) in the new Points-Based Immigration System, some good news is starting to emerge. The cooling-off period, which has seen many a skilled ...

24th September 2020 By

Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 707 – “new Points-Based Immigration System” rules for students

Is a statement of changes even a statement of changes nowadays if it doesn’t introduce a new appendix to the Immigration Rules? On 10 September 2020, the government laid the first statement of changes of its infamous “new Point-Based Immigration S ...

11th September 2020 By

How to apply for a UK Ancestry visa

People from Commonwealth countries often ask whether they can get a British visa on the basis of their country’s historical ties to the UK. The answer is, generally speaking, “no”. But there is one route which is open only to, althou ...

10th September 2020 By

What is a representative of an overseas business visa and why are people talking about it?

There is something reassuringly self-explanatory about the representative of an overseas business visa. Compared to the crop of new visas that have emerged over the last year, with their irritatingly zeitgeisty names such as “innovator” and “glo ...

20th July 2020 By

Government provides (not much) further detail on the UK’s new points-based immigration system

Immigration lawyers up and down the land leapt out of bed this Monday morning, eager to glut out on the promised detail of the UK’s new points-based immigration system. How disappointed we all are. The snappily titled UK’s Points-Based Imm ...

13th July 2020 By

Downing Street team sent in to investigate work visa system

A science and research plan published today suggests increased central government scrutiny on Home Office work visa rules and operations. The plan promises a new “Office for Talent” operating out of 10 Downing Street, which “will mak ...

1st July 2020 By

Comment: universities, schools and colleges urgently need international student guidance

On 19 May 2020, a number of media outlets reported that there will be no face-to-face lectures at Cambridge University until summer 2021. The university issued a statement the next day in which it said there had been “partial reporting of only o ...

21st May 2020 By

Worried that furloughing or redundancy could affect your visa? Here’s what you need to know

With the UK still reeling from COVID-19, a mega recession looms. The statistics are sobering; 8 million workers on the government furlough scheme, 2.6 million claims for Universal Credit since the lockdown began and the economy already suffering its b ...

20th May 2020 By

New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: CP 232

If you can say one thing about the Home Office, it’s that they have questionable priorities! In the middle of a pandemic, with thousands of migrants not knowing whether or not they will have to leave the UK in just over two weeks, the department ...

15th May 2020 By

How to apply for a Tier 2 sponsor licence

For all the bold talk of Australian-style points based systems, the government’s recent policy statement confirmed what had been known for some time: the post January 2021 immigration system will be centred around the well worn Tier 2 sponsorshi ...

9th April 2020 By

How much does it cost to sponsor someone for a UK work visa?

This week we finally got to see more detail about the 2021 points based immigration system. The government’s announcement confirms that every organisation in the UK — from businesses to charities, schools to local shops — will need t ...

21st February 2020 By

Government abandons “Australia-style” immigration system

The government has released a few more details of what it calls a “points based system” for immigration to the UK after Brexit. To balance out the impending end of free movement of workers from the European Union, it would allow employers ...

19th February 2020 By

Comment: why the MAC report was a letdown for women

Reaction to the Migration Advisory Committee’s latest report, released on 28 January, has largely focused on the MAC’s lukewarm response to the government’s desire for an Australia-style points based immigration system. Very little a ...

6th February 2020 By

New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC56, the Global Talent route

The first of no doubt countless statements of changes of 2020 was published yesterday, 30 January 2020.  The main purpose of this set of changes to the Immigration Rules is to introduce the new Global Talent category, announced by the govern ...

31st January 2020 By
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