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UK attracts foreign investors with business tax cut

April 4, 2013 | News

In the latest budget, Chancellor George Osborne announced that the corporation tax rate in Britain will be cut by an additional one per cent to 20 per cent by April 2015. This is in stark contrast to the previous 28 per cent rate which stood in June 2010 when the coalition Government came to power.

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Changes to the Immigration Rules coming into effect on 6 April 2013

March 15, 2013 | News

The written ministerial statement was laid in on 14 March 2013 in the House of Commons by Theresa May and in the House of Lords by Lord Henley. As a result of this, the UK Border Agency is making the following changes as detailed below. Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) New provisions are being made to

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Arrangements for assigning Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) on the Sponsorship Management System (SMS) in March and April 201

March 5, 2013 | News

The UK Border Agency has announced that they will be updating the lists of occupations skilled to different levels to reflect the new SOC 2010 system which will replace the current codes of practice using the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2000 system. How will this affect preparing Certificates of Sponsorship? The SOC 2000 list will

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Changes to the Good Character test for British citizenship (naturalisation or registration) applications

January 22, 2013 | News

On 13 December 2012, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) as part of the wider immigration changes announced the way it will assess the ‘good character’ requirement for naturalisation applications. It is pertinent to note that criminal convictions will no longer be considered ‘spent’ but will be evaluated according to a ‘sentence based threshold’. These changes

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Important update for Sponsor Licence Renewals

January 22, 2013 | News

Sponsors who applied for and obtained their Sponsor Licence immediately following the introduction of the Points Based System in 2008, have been receiving notifications from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in relation to renewing their licence. We have been supporting several employers through this process and it has come to our notice that the sponsor

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Important Clarification regarding the Tier 2 Cooling-off period

January 18, 2013 | News

There has been considerable confusion surrounding the cooling-off period and we have been advised by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) that the 12 month period during which a Tier 2 migrant must remain outside the UK can commence from the date the migrant actually leaves the UK, rather than the expiry date of the visa

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Changes to Immigration Rules

December 11, 2012 | News

As part of its on-going programme of reforms to the UK immigration system, the Government has announced changes to the Immigration Rules that will affect all Tiers of the Points Based System. The majority of the changes are due to come in to force on 13 December 2012. The key changes are as follows: Tier

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New UKBA Priority Postal Service

October 1, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has started a new priority postal service for Tier 2 migrants whereby they are aiming to give a decision to applicants within 10 working days of submission. This service was introduced on 8 October 2012 and at present there are 30 slots available daily. At present, this service is available

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Russia-US agreement eases visa formalities

September 25, 2012 | News

The Russian and US governments entered into a bilateral agreement on 9 September 2012, which aims to simplify visa procedures for nationals of both countries who seek a business, private, humanitarian or tourist visa. Key changes are expected to include: Visas should be issued within 15 calendar days of receipt of the application. In urgent

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Licence Revocation of Capital Care Service (UK) Limited

September 13, 2012 | News

In a recent ruling by the Court of Appeal delivered by Laws LJ, it has been held that the Secretary of State for the Home Department was entitled to revoke a Sponsor Licence granted to Capital Care Services (UK) Limited in circumstances where it was mistakenly granted in the first place and was subject to

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An update on pending Sponsor Licence applications

September 13, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency has notified that any progress checks on pending Sponsor Licence applications will now be dealt with via email. Sponsors whose applications are pending should send an email to sponsorprogress@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. They are no longer entertaining progress checks over the phone. Where Hudson McKenzie is listed as Level 1 user/Legal Representatives on the

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Amendments to rules regarding Visa Extensions

August 16, 2012 | News

We would like to send a reminder to our clients that with effect from 1 October 2012, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) will automatically refuse any applications for further leave to remain for migrants who have overstayed their visa for a period of 28 days or more. This change will affect applicants applying for further

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New tuberculosis screening tests for applicants from India

August 16, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency has announced that with effect from today, all applicants for settlement visas in India will need to undertake a pre-entry Tuberculosis screening. Applicants will need to obtain a certificate from an approved clinic in order to demonstrate they are free of Tuberculosis before they submit an application. Children aged 11 and

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It’s time for Sponsor Licence Renewals

August 13, 2012 | News

The first batch of Sponsors who applied for and obtained their Sponsor Licence immediately following the introduction of the Points Based System in 2008, will now be receiving notifications from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in relation to renewing their licence. The UKBA will send emails to Level 1 users. They will send further notification

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The UKBA announces changes in dealing with sponsor requests

August 1, 2012 | News

Beginning 30 July 2012, Sponsors will now be able to track the progress and results of their sponsor requests by logging into the Sponsorship Management System (SMS). This could potentially mean that in certain cases Sponsors will no longer be notified by email or letter when requests to change sponsor details have been approved. Sponsors

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