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Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules: The Financial Requirement may now be satisfied with other credible sources of funds

On 20th July 2017 the Home Office published changes to the Immigration Rules following the decision of the Supreme Court in MM (Lebanon) & others v Secretary of State for the Home Department 2017 UKSC10 relating to the Financial Requirement for applications for leave to remain made by partners of British citizens and those settled… Read more »

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route attracts more applicants

With the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, reports are surfacing that more foreign investors are looking to the UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route, which allows foreign national investors ‘gain a foothold’ in the Western European market. What is a Tier 1 Entepreneur Visa?: The Tier 1 Entrpreneur route is avaliable to foreign entrepreneurs with £50,000 or… Read more »

Stamp Duty – Second Homes and First Time Buyers

Benjamin Franklin famously said that ‘In this world nothing can be certain, except death and taxes’. Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is tax on land transactions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland payable to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The current threshold for SDLT payable on transfers of residential properties is £125,000. A Stamp Duty… Read more »

Employment Law: Tribunal fees

Further to the recent abolition of Employment Tribunal fees, Employment Judge Wright last month ruled that a claimant whose earlier Employment Tribunal claim had been rejected due to non-payment of fees should nonetheless be permitted to bring her claim against Tesco (Dhami v Tesco Stores Ltd). The claimant had previously attempted to bring a claim… Read more »

Tier 1 (General) closure – applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain

The changes to Immigration Rules affecting Tier 1 (General) migrants is fast approaching. From 5th April 2018 those en route to settlement will no longer be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Tier 1 (General) of the Points Based System has been closed to overseas applicants since 23rd December 2010. However, dependants (husband,… Read more »

How will Brexit impact EEA nationals living in the United Kingdom?

In the wake of the EU referendum, approximately 3 million EEA nationals living in the UK have been left to contemplate an uncertain future. However, it has been confirmed by No. 10 that freedom of movement for EEA Nationals will end in March 2019. It remains to be seem if this happens post March 2019… Read more »

Fresh challenge to Brexit:

The Guardian reports that a crowdfunded legal challenge is being mounted in the High Court in Ireland to seek clarification as to whether the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is reversible. The applicant, Jolyon Maugham QC, intends for the question to be referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union…. Read more »

No reform to restrictive Adult Dependent Relative Immigration Rules

  Following a recent review of Appendix FM and the law in relation to Adult Dependent Relatives it was confirmed that the policy objectives of the introduction on new rules relating to Adult Dependent Relatives in July 2012 have been met and therefore there will be no change to the Immigration Rules. Appendix FM was implemented… Read more »

Changes to the UK Immigration Rules

The Home Office has recently announced changes to the UK Immigration Rules affecting the following categories…