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August 15th, 2011

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Visitors

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the largest sporting event ever hosted in the UK. An estimated 4 billion people will be viewing worldwide. Over 14,000 athletes from 205 nations will be coming to participate.

This event will be hosted in the UK between July to September 2012.

However all visa nationals from outside the European Union must still obtain a visa before entering the UK. If you or a family member require assistance on applying for a UK Visitor Visa, Permits2Work Ltd can represent you.

We would be delighted to assist and advise on your visit to the UK during the Olympic and Paralympic games, to make your visa application a stress free process.

We have been established since 2001 and have years of experience in managing cases successfully; even when they have been refused before.

Our legal team specialise solely in UK immigration law.  We are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner to the highest level.

August 2nd, 2011

Review of Family Migration by UK Border Agency

The Government has recently held a consultation on family migration for overseas nationals in the UK. This has been a central point of interest by the UK Border Agency, who is reviewing how overseas family members integrate into UK society.

This has sparked a debate on migrant’s rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights; where removal of a person breaches these fundamental rights and freedoms.

Please note that this consultation is still open – nothing has been decided yet.

A number of proposed changes included within this consultation are as follows:

  • Sham and Forced Marriages – to agree on a clear definition of what constitutes a genuine and continuing marriage.  To make sham marriages a lawful impediment on the right to marry (applies to England and Wales) where deception is suspected.
  • Minimum Income Threshold – For UK sponsors of partners and dependants, to ensure that family migrants are adequately supported as a basis for integration.
  • Extended Qualifying Period to Settlement – Partners will only for settlement after 5 years (currently 2 years) to test whether the relationship is genuine and to encourage integration into UK society.
  • English Language – Partners and adult dependants (<65) must demonstrate an understanding of everyday English (equivalent to level B1 on the Common European Framework for Languages) when applying to settle.
  • Appeal Rights – To review whether family visit visa refusals should have the full right of appeal.

The number of visa applications granted in these categories (2010) were as follows:

  • 48,900 family visitor visas
  • 40,500 marriage or civil or other partnership
  • 8,400 were granted to other dependants.