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July 31st, 2011

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – Open from 09 August 2011

The new Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route will be open to applicants based outside the UK from 09 August 2011.

This category is aimed at the world’s most talented leaders in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts to come to the UK.

This new category will only apply to migrants who are internationally established or have potential to be leaders in their respective fields.

There will be 1,000 places available within the first 12 months. However, only 500 places will be available between the 09 August 2011 and 30 November 2011 with a further 500 places available from the 01 December 2011 to 31 March 2012.

The UK Border Agency will be advised by internationally renowned competent bodies to ensure that the exceptionally talented migrants are the brightest and best in their fields;

  • The Royal Society, an organisation of the world’s most distinguished scientists will have 300 places.
  • Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts will have 300 places.
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering, Britain’s national academy for engineering will have 200 places.
  • The British Academy, the national academy for the humanities and social sciences will have 200 places.

Migrants on the Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) category will initially be granted permission to stay for 3 years and 4 months. They will then be able to extend their stay for a further 2 years and settlement may be available after 5 years residence in the UK.

July 15th, 2011

Tier 4 General – Proposed Changes to Take Effect

The UK Border Agency has introduced significant changes to the Tier 4 General route of the Points Based System.

These changes, outlined below, apply to international students from 04 July 2011;

  • Restricted employment; Only students sponsored by higher education institutions (HEIs) and publicly funded further education colleges can be employed (part-time during term time and full-time during vacation periods)
  • Dependants; Only certain types of student can bring dependants to the UK.  Family members of students sponsored by HEIs, on postgraduate courses, lasting 12 months or longer can join the main applicant.  This will also apply to dependants of government-sponsored students, on courses lasting longer than 6 months
  • Academic progression; The UK Border Agency now requires institutions to confirm that the course of study represents genuine academic progression from any previous courses studied by the person in the UK
  • Low-risk nationals; Tier 4 students sponsored by Highly Trusted institutions will benefit from a less stringent application process.
July 12th, 2011

Immigration Advisory Service into Administration

The Immigration Advisory Service (IAS), the largest provider of publically funded immigration and asylum legal advice, has been placed under administration.

The organisation represented clients on a large number of significant and prominent UK Visa cases, including the Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.

It was decided that the organisation was unable to sustain itself, and all avenues of support had been exhausted. As a result, the organisation has gone into administration.

This has left a significant number of migrants in a difficult position. The IAS has advised clients to monitor their website ( for updates.

If you are concerned or have questions about your UK Immigration case, please contact us on the following number 01793 836010 and we can provide you with a free assessment and a quote to represent you.