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February 1st, 2016

English Language Requirement for Family visas

On 18 January a new English language requirement was announced for applicants seeking to extend their stay in the UK in family visa categories.

Non-EEA national partners and parents in the family routes will be required to pass a speaking and listening test at level A2 to be eligible, after two-and-a half-years in the UK, for further leave to remain on the five-year partner or parent route to settlement. New English language test requirements will be implemented from October 2016.

Migrants applying for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) under the same route have been required to meet level B1 or above in speaking and listening skills and pass the new Life in the UK test, as per rules in place since November 2010.

If you require assistance with your application please contact our office, 01793 836 010.

January 12th, 2016


On the 11 January 2016, the government set out its proposed changes to the fees for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services for 2016–17.

Specific fee changes for 2016–17 will apply after further legislation is laid in Parliament by April this year.

The new legislation will set new maximum levels on the amounts for broad categories of fees that can be charged by the Home Office over the next 4 years. There are no current plans to raise fees to the maximum levels.

The increases will help, according to the Home Office, to reduce taxpayer contributions towards the border, immigration and citizenship system.

The Home Office hope that by 2019–2020 the system is self-funded by those who use it.

The main changes are:

  • small increases (2%) for visit, study and work visas
  • fees for settlement, residence and nationality will increase by 25% in 2016–17
  • targeted increases have been applied to premium services, such as the priority visa service

Submission fees for all sponsorship categories will stay at the current rates.

It is therefore important that any applicants who are only able to apply after April 2016 ensure they pay the correct fee.

If you believe you can submit before April 2016 please contact our office, 01793 836 010, and we can assist with your application.

February 26th, 2015

Tier 1 (General) Category will be Closed from 6th April 2015

You can’t apply for a Tier 1 (General) category visa if you’re outside the UK, and you normally can’t switch to it from other immigration categories. From 6 April 2015 it will be closed to applicants who want to extend their visa.

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November 7th, 2014

Changes for Tier 1 (Investor) visa

There have been some key changes to the Tier 1 (Investor) visa from 06th November 2014:

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June 30th, 2013

Tier 4 student visa interviews for Turkey and Zimbabwe

Turkey and Zimbabwe are now added to the student visa interview system, which means that applicants from these countries might be called for an interview as part of their visa application process. Read the rest of this entry »

June 18th, 2013

New Super Priority Same Day Visa Service in Chennai

The Home Office has added a super priority same day visa service at the application centre in Chennai following the success of the service at the Delhi and Mumbai centres. Applicants wanting to use the service will need to pay additional fee of £600. Read the rest of this entry »

June 14th, 2013

The Home Office warns of High Workload

The Home Office has advised that it is currently a very busy time of year for UK visa applications. If you are applying to come to the UK you should ensure you allow enough time for your application to be processed. You are able to submit applications up to 3 months before your intended travel date. Read the rest of this entry »

June 11th, 2013

Spousal Visa Refusals Double

Following changes made to the immigration rules last July 2012, the UK has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of spousal visas being issued. Read the rest of this entry »

June 11th, 2013

Tuberculosis pre-entry screening for UK Visas

The Home office has added further countries to the pre-entry Tuberculosis screening programme. Applicants from these countries, applying to come to the UK for more than 6 months will be required to produce a valid medical certificate confirming they have undergone the screening and the disease was not present. Read the rest of this entry »

June 10th, 2013

The Home Office announce Changes to the Immigration Rules

The Home Office has announced a number of changes to the immigration rules which will come into effect on 1 July 2013. Read the rest of this entry »