All Articles: Points Based System

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

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 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

Britain’s Got Talent? What the new Global Talent visa means for universities and researchers

Monday’s announcement of a new ‘Global Talent’ visa, a rebranded and expanded version of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent), will come as particularly welcome news for universities and the research sector. But the detail may leave some people s ...

30th January 2020 By

Government advised not to bother with points based gimmick for migrants with job offers

The government should think twice about re-introducing a points based immigration system after Brexit, and lower the minimum salary necessary to get a work visa, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended. In a report published today, the ...

28th January 2020 By

Tribunal takes trip down memory lane with student visa appeal

The headnote of Rana (s. 85A; Educational Loans Scheme) Bangladesh [2019] UKUT 396 (IAC) deals with two matters: 1. There was nothing in s 85A of the 2002 Act preventing the Secretary of State from adducing evidence. 2. The requirement to show that a ...

21st January 2020 By

If something is required by the Immigration Rules, it must be possible, appeal judges declare

Prior to the closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route, the main requirement was evidence that an applicant had access to funds for investment in their proposed venture. The Immigration Rules permitted applicants to rely on their own funds, or altern ...

20th January 2020 By

5 Brexit New Year’s resolutions for employers

By today, most businesses around the country will have reopened following the festive break. With energy levels topped up and a whole new year to embrace, if the business — large or small — hasn’t already done so, now is the time to ...

6th January 2020 By

Decline and fall of the Points Based System

The UK needs a world class migration system to attract the brightest and the best from across the world… That is why I am so pleased today to be able to publish this points-based system for the UK. – Home Secretary Charles Clarke, March 20 ...

3rd January 2020 By

Briefing: the Tier 1 (Investor) route

The Tier 1 (Investor) visa allows foreign citizens to get permission to live in the UK in return for an investment of £2 million in the British economy. The investment can be in shares or bonds issued by UK companies. Around 12,000 people have come t ...

19th December 2019 By

Tribunal shoots down £100m investment visa loan scheme

The Upper Tribunal has shot down a scheme under which people looking for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa would borrow money from one company and invest in a closely related company. In a judicial review against the Home Office for refusing the Tier 1 (Invest ...

19th December 2019 By

The Conservative plan for immigration after Brexit

The Conservative Party has won the general election and a mandate for its policy of an “Australian-style points based system” for immigration, whatever that means. The party manifesto leaves readers none the wiser. We can reveal that more ...

13th December 2019 By

University strikes: what do they mean for international students and staff?

Today sees the start of industrial action, including strikes, across 60 universities. Members of the University and Colleges Union are striking over pensions, pay and conditions for the next eight days, with other forms of action planned when they ret ...

25th November 2019 By

New NHS visa announced

You wait ages for a new visa route and three come along at the same time… Hot on the heels of the announcements earlier this summer of new visas for graduates and for scientists comes today’s news that the Conservatives are planning to introdu ...

8th November 2019 By

Why can’t politicians get over the idea of an Australian-style immigration system?

For politicians with an agenda to push and votes to win, talking up an “Australian-style points based system” seems like a catchy, quick-fix solution to public anxiety over immigration. During the referendum campaign it was a popular trope of the ...

8th November 2019 By

The clock is ticking for £1m investors

A right of residence in the UK can be purchased with a six-figure investment. Until a few years ago, the amount required was £1m. While new investment visas can no longer be obtained at that price — the minimum investment has doubled — ex ...

4th November 2019 By

Will the Graduate Immigration Route live up to expectations?

With the Brexit psychodrama continuing to monopolise airtime and public attention, it would be easy to overlook the government’s recent announcement of a new visa route for foreign students in the UK. Providing a bit of relief from the general d ...

30th October 2019 By

Last gasp of the take-away rule

Just when you thought the rule excluding chefs at take-away restaurants from the Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List had been tested to destruction, there arrives yet another valiant attempt to navigate this uber-niche corner of a corner of the Immigratio ...

28th October 2019 By

Plague of incorrect Biometric Residence Permits causes havoc across education sector

September and October are important and busy enrolment periods for Tier 4 student visa sponsors. Immigration compliance teams had enough to contend with this academic year with the introduction of passport eGates, which means having to find evidence o ...

16th October 2019 By