The Life in the UK test is one of the final hurdles to overcome before settling in the UK or becoming a British citizen. It may seem daunting but rest assured that many others have done it before you and you will succeed with preparation.
The spouse/partner visa application fee is £1,846 as of 4 October 2023. In this article we explore the hidden costs of the visa application process.
The High Potential Individual (HPI) visa was introduced in May 2022 to allow individuals who have been awarded a degree from an eligible overseas university within the last 5 years to live and work in the UK without sponsorship.
Significant increases to the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) announced earlier this year are expected to come into force on 16 January 2024 at the earliest.
Despite its name, Indefinite Leave to Remain or ‘permanent residence’ can be lost by staying outside the UK for two years or more.
The Migration Advisory Committee has recommended that the ‘shortage occupation list’ is abolished in the first review since the Covid-19 pandemic, citing ‘diminishing’ benefits.
From September 2023, those who hold pre-settled status who have not yet obtained settled status (permanent residence) will have their permission automatically extended by two years. This gives those who have pre-settled status more time to make their application to settle in the UK permanently.
The government has published the new visa application fees announced earlier this year. Visa application fees will increase significantly from 9am on 4 October 2023.
The new Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules includes changes to how the English language requirement can be met from 5 October 2023.
On Monday 7 August, the Home Secretary announced that the civil penalty for employers will be raised up to £45,000 per “illegal worker” for a first breach from the previous £15,000, and up to £60,000 for repeat breaches from £20,000.
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