November 2016

Changes to the Surinder Singh Route

New Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016 were laid before parliament on 3rd November 2016. One of the major changes included the Surinder Singh route, which came into effect on 25th November 2016. The Surinder Singh route is the route for applying for an EEA family permit as a family member of…

Immigration and Asylum Appeal Fees Reversed

Earlier this year, the government announced their intention to increase the Tribunal fees for immigration and asylum cases. The fees came into force 10th October 2016. The government have since reviewed the fees and decided to reverse the 500% increase. From 25th November 2016, all appellants will instead be charged…

Immigration Explained: BBC Wiltshire Asks Us For The Answers

Our very own immigration consultant, Steven Williams was interviewed by BBC Wiltshire radio earlier this month.  The topic of discussion was immigration and why people come to the UK to work from overseas. Steven has been with us since 2007 and has extensive experience dealing with family based applications, citizenship…

Tier 2 & 5 Priority Service Change of Circumstances

From 7th November 2016, a new Priority Change of Circumstances Service was introduced for Tier 2 and 5 sponsors. This new service means that A-rated Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsors are given the option of paying a fee of £200 for a faster consideration (within 5 working days) of…

Changes to the Immigration Rules

Earlier this year, the government announced that changes would be made to the Immigration Rules, following a review undertaken by the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). On 3rd November 2016, the government confirmed these changes, the majority of which will take effect on or after 24th November 2016. The main…