All Articles: Tier 5

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

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

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

Attracting “the brightest and the best”: the UK’s record on visas for academics and researchers

This autumn will see a decided shift in immigration policy toward being more welcoming to non-EU academics, scientists and researchers; a group commonly defined by the somewhat worn-out phrase, “the brightest and the best”, first coined by David C ...

26th July 2019 By

Home Office rushes in new behaviour tests for employer sponsors

The Home Office regularly updates the guidance documents that it issues to approved visa sponsors, and those thinking of becoming one, under Tiers 2, 4 and 5 of the Points Based System. Tier 4 covers sponsors of international students and Tiers 2 and ...

18th July 2019 By

Home Office to give touring artists and sportspersons green light for entry through Ireland

Over the next 12 months, the government will be rolling out a whole package of measures designed to enhance the UK’s global image. These will include both new and relaxed immigration options for innovators, tech experts, scientists, researchers, ...

4th March 2019 By

Government Authorised Exchange: one visa, 60 options

The Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) category of the Immigration Rules is one of the least known of all the UK’s visa options. Following the recent publication of the government’s immigration white paper, much has been said about th ...

12th February 2019 By

Updates to the Tier 2 and 5 guidance for sponsors

The guidance that Tier 2 and 5 sponsors must follow was updated last week. The new version applies to sponsor licence applications made, and certificates of sponsorship assigned, on or after 18 July 2018. Some of the key changes are: Fees and refunds ...

23rd July 2018 By

Welcome news for sponsored workers who go on strike

Taking part in strike action can be stressful enough. But for migrant workers who are sponsored by their employer, striking has also had the potential to place their immigration status in the UK at risk. This is because the Home Office’s positio ...

23rd July 2018 By

University strikes: the implications for Tier 2 and 5 sponsorship

Thousands of staff at more than 60 universities around the country have gone on strike, starting today. Some members of the University College Union (UCU), which has called the strike, will be non-EU nationals sponsored under the relevant university&# ...

22nd February 2018 By

Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules HC535: analysis

Major changes to the Immigration Rules affecting refugees, Tiers 1, 2 and 5, EEA nationals sponsoring family members under the Immigration Rules, visitors, applications for Administrative Review and knowledge of language and life tests are being intro ...

11th November 2015 By

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