Immigration Law

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Paget, Joel H.
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Immigration Law

The UK’s economy is extremely resilient and continues to provide foreign investors with a stable base to access European markets and beyond. Following the closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, the Tier 1 Investor visa has become the primary choice for a significant number of investors to come to the UK.

The Tier 1 (Investor) visa has, in recent months, been subject to changes in immigration rules requiring further scrutiny and, in some cases, more paperwork. However, this should not deter genuine applicants as they should still be able to obtain a visa by providing the necessary documents.

Read more: Investing in the UK: The Tier 1 Investor Visa

The days of US nationals and nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea waiting in long queues for UK border control are numbered. From June 2019, nationals of these countries will be granted automatic entry to visit using the Electronic gates.

The government announced the widening of e-gate use, currently limited to UK and EU nationals in October last year. These automated e-gates use facial recognition technology to allow faster and efficient border control processing.

Read more: UK E-gates open to US nationals and six other countries from June 2019

Author: Hamza Malik

The government announced the closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) routes on 7 March 2019. In their statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, these routes are to be replaced by the Innovator Visa and the Start-Up Visa. The applications for both routes are now open.

Whilst the Start-up Visa route shares significant similarities with its predecessor, Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route, it is primarily the Innovator Visa which involves a significant change by requiring an endorsement from approved endorsing bodies. The official list of endorsing bodies has now been published.

Read more: The new Innovator Visa & Start-up Visa routes are officially open

Author: Hamza Malik

The Government published yesterday 297-pages of changes to the Immigration Rules. Separately, it also announced changes to the Immigration fees. Most of these changes will be effective from 29 March 2019.

The changes follow the Government’s white paper published in December 2018 and introduces new routes to the UK for entrepreneurs; replacing the existing Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur) categories, overhauling the existing Tier 1 (Investor) route and providing for the full opening of the EU Settlement Scheme.

There are also significant changes to the Tier 2 rules which include the removal of certain type of roles from the £30,000 minimum salary requirement. There are also updates to appropriate salary rates in the codes of practice in Appendix J.

Read more: Major changes to Immigration Rules announced in the UK

Author: Hamza Malik

The Brexit noise is deafening for those wishing to migrate to the UK. However, the UK Immigration routes remain open for business. Businesses who have utilised these routes have been able to utilise global talent to further their business needs.

The Business Immigration Routes to the UK primarily come under the Points Based System (PBS) of UK Immigration Law except for Representatives of an Overseas Business Visa or those entering for the purposes of a Visit. This means that the applicant needs to obtain a certain number of points before they become eligible for a particular immigration route.

Read more: Business Immigration routes to the UK