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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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Changes to the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006

July 30, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency has announced that on 16 July 2012, the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 will be changed. The amended regulations will set out the rights of EEA nationals and their family members to enter and reside in the UK and will also confirm the criteria for rights to permanent residence. The

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Hudson McKenzie becomes Official UK Advisory Network Partner

June 14, 2012 | News

Hudson McKenzie, one of the major immigration law firms in London, proudly announces that the firm has been accepted as a member of the UK Advisory Network (UKAN), a service provided in partnership with the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Government Agency. You will now find Hudson McKenzie featured on the UK Trade & Investment

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UK Immigration -Family migration changes announced

June 12, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency has announced changes to the Immigration Rules for non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) nationals applying to enter or remain in the UK under the family migration route. The new Immigration Rules will also unify consideration under the rules and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, by defining the basis

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New Guidance on Preventing Illegal Working in the UK

June 7, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency has published a new guidance on preventing illegal working. The guidance can be accessed by clicking the following link. http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/employersandsponsors/preventingillegalworking/ The Preventing Illegal Working guidance is intended to assist employers in carrying out right to work checks by providing information on which documents are acceptable when proving a right to work

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Summer 2011 interns exempt from Tier 2 cooling off period

May 25, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency has confirmed that students who worked as interns in the UK last summer and want to return to a graduate job with the same company are temporarily exempt from the “cooling off” rules. Cooling off rules, introduced to Tier 2 (General) in February this year, mean those who have left Tier

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Employers facing long delays in Certificate of Sponsorship allocations

May 2, 2012 | News

It appears that the UK Border Agency are currently experiencing high volumes of requests from sponsors who have applied to renew their allocation of certificates of sponsorship for 2012-13. The annual allocation period for certificates of sponsorship ended on 5 April 2012 and any certificates remaining on the Sponsor Management System were set to zero

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Changes to the Sponsorship Management System

April 17, 2012 | News

All licensed sponsors in the UK will have received communication from the UK Border Agency outlining the changes introduced in the updated policy guidance for Tiers 2, 4 and 5 sponsors, published on 15 March 2012. This guidance became valid from 6 April 2012 and on this date there were also a number of changes

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