Right to rent checks: Landlords will be required to check immigration status from December 2014

24 September 2014: From December 2014, landlords renting out properties will begin to be required to carry out ‘right to rent’ checks on prospective tenants. This system will be trialled in the Midlands ahead of national implementation.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Immigration Bill 2014: Re-cap on how the changes affect you

19 June 2014: The latest changes to the Immigration Rules came into effect on 14 May 2014. According to the Home Office these reforms make 'fundamental changes' to the system. Specifically it will, 'limit the factors which draw illegal migrants to the UK [and] make it easier to remove those with no right to be here'.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Changes to Immigration rules: 14 March 2014

13 March 2014: Changes to the Immigration Rules have been presented to Parliament which affect all tiers of the points based system. These include broadening of the Exceptional talent route to include the digital technology sector, as well as extending the length of stay to five years for successful Tier 2 applicants.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Changes to immigration fees considered by Parliament

17 February 2014: A range of changes to the fees charged for visas and immigration services have been presented to Parliament. If approved, the new charges will apply from 6 April 2014. Most fees are set to increase by at least 4% according the the UKBA announcement.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Compulsory online visa payments applied to more countries

19 December 2013: The UKBA have made it compulsory for visa applications and payments to be completed online for a wide range of countries across the world. This announcement follows another recent one. It should be expected that more countries will be added to the scheme in the coming weeks.        [Read More ...]

       
 

UKBA’s tuberculosis screening programme going worldwide

19 December 2013: The UKBAs tuberculosis screening programme has been expanded again. The rapid expansion of this scheme seems set to cover all countries where there is any risk of someone carrying tuberculosis.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Change to document requirements for visa applications submitted in Egypt

05 December 2013: With effect from 10 December the UKBA now require all visa applications submitted in Egypt.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Rules changes for armed forces personnel and their families

04 December 2013: On 8 November 2013 new Immigration Rules were laid before Parliament affecting members of HM Forces and their families.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Tuberculosis screening programme reaches Asia

04 December 2013: Countries across Asia have been added to the UKBA's growing tuberculosis screening programme.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New applications forms for Further Leave to Remain (FLR) published

04 December 2013: The UKBA have published new versions of applications to be used for applications for Further Leave to Remain (FLR) with effect from 1 December 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Online visa payments become compulsory for many countries

04 December 2013: The UKBA have made it compulsory for visa applications and payments to be completed online for a wide range of countries across the world. The changes come into effect through November and December 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Updated list of approved English language tests for partners

25 November 2013: The UKBA have published an updated list of approved language tests for applications made under under tier 1, 2 and 4 of the points based system as well as by spouses and partners.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Document requirements change for ILR, citizenship and extension of stay

18 November 2013: The UKBA have updated their document requirements so that you no longer need to provide the original passport of the British or settled person supporting your application. Instead they will now accept a photocopy of their passport or travel document.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New priority visa services launched

04 November 2013: New priority services have been launched for countries across the world, providing access to new services which will let you speed up your visa application.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Tuberculosis screening programme expands again

29 October 2013: More countries have been added to the UKBA's growing tuberculosis screening programme.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Updated list of approved English language tests

29 October 2013: The UKBA have published an updated list of approved English language tests for applications made under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points based system and spouse/partner applications.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New settlement/ILR forms published by the UKBA

29 October 2013: The UKBA have released new versions of the application forms used for applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), also known as settlement.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New Tier 2 Priority form published

14 October 2013: The UKBA have published a new form for Tier 2 Priority applications made from inside the UK.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Immigration Bill 2013 presented to Parliament

10 October 2013: The government have presented a new Immigration Bill to Parliament. The proposed changes are focused on making it easier for the government to remove illegal migrants, and restricting the rights of those who remain in the UK. The changes are due to be implemented from summer 2014 onwards.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Apply online service unavailable from 30th Sep - 1st Oct

30 September 2013: The UKBA's 'Apply online' service will be unavailable from 17:00 on Monday 30 September until 08:00 on Tuesday 1 October whilst maintenance work is carried out.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New application forms in use from 1 October 2013

30 September 2013: New versions of some application forms are being published by the UKBA to be used from 1 October onwards.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Changes to the Immigration Rules due in October 2013

10 September 2013: Changes to the Immigration Rules, due to come into effect on 1 October 2013, have been laid before Parliament. The planned changes will make it easier for graduates and intra-company transfers but also introduce more controls and powers of removal.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Premium appointment booking process changes

21 August 2013: From 18 August 2013 applicants booking premium appointments at a public enquiry office will have to pay their full application fee up front using the UKBA's new online system.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Apply online service unavailable from 17-19th August

16 August 2013: The UKBA's 'Apply online' service will be unavailable from 13:00 on Saturday 17 August until 6:00 on Monday 19 August whilst maintenance work is carried out.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New applications forms and guidance published

07 August 2013: The UKBA have published new forms and guidance affecting child and dependent applications across the points based system. The new forms come into use on 7 August 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

UKBA advice for entrepreneur visa applicants

01 August 2013: The UKBA have published guidance for people completing Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa applications. The guidance note is intended to help people provide correct and complete information.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Prime time appointments available in Malaysia

30 July 2013: With effect from 1 August 2013, the prime time appointment service for anyone making a visa application in Malaysia will be available for a fee. This service is only available until 14 September 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Passport returns for Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer) applicants

30 July 2013: If you are applying for a Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer) visa from inside the UK after 22 July 2013 you will get your passport back before a decision has been made.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Home Office to appeal ruling against family visa income thresholds

30 July 2013: The Home Office have decided to appeal against a ruling made by the High Court which found that the salary thresholds for sponsoring non-EEA spouses and partners were 'onerous and unjustified'.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Consultation on migrant access to NHS and health care announced

15 July 2013: A consultation on how migrants access health services has been announced by the government. The declared aim of the consultation is to 'respond to longstanding public concern that the current rules regulating access to those services are ... too generous.'        [Read More ...]

       
 

Priority visa services for more EU countries

15 July 2013: New priority services have been launched in July for more countries across Europe, providing access to new services which will let you speed up your visa application.        [Read More ...]

       
 

500,000 immigration case backlog will take 37 years to clear

15 July 2013: A parliamentary watchdog has reported the the current backlog of over 500,000 unresolved immigration and asylum cases will take 37 years to process at current rates of progress. The Home Office also cannot confirm if this is the total extent of the backlog.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New rules for armed forces family migration from 1 December 2013

08 July 2013: The Immigration Minister, Mark Harper, has announced new migration rules which apply to members of HM Armed Forces and their family members. The new rules come into effect on 1 December 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Provisions for tier 4 student applicants with International Baccalaureates

08 July 2013: The UKBA have announced they are making provisions for students coming to the UK on a Tier 4 visa who are relying on International Baccalaureate qualifications awarded on 5 July 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Family migration decisions on hold after court upholds challenge against income thresholds

08 July 2013: New rules setting earning thresholds for anyone wanting to sponsor non-EEA spouses to come to the UK have been declared 'onerous and unjustified' by the High Court. The ruling means that applications that would be refused solely on the grounds of insufficient income are currently on hold.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Pre-entry tuberculosis screening for more countries

01 July 2013: More countries have been added to the UKBA's growing tuberculosis screening programme.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New application forms from 1 July 2013

01 July 2013: The UKBA have published updated application forms for visa applications across all tiers of the points based system. The new forms should be used for all relevant applications from 1 July 2013 onwards.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Student visa interviews for South Africa and Kenya

28 June 2013: From 27th June if you are applying for a student visa from Kenya and South Africa you may be called to sit an interview as part of your application.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Appeal rights for family visitor visa decisions revoked

25 June 2013: With effect from 25 June 2013 the right to appeal a visa decision for a family visitor visa has been revoked.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Nepal and Sri Lanka added to student visa interviews list

24 June 2013: Student visa applicants from Sri Lanka and Nepal are the latest countries to be added to the interview system as part of the student visa application process.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Tier 4 student visa interviews for Turkey and Zimbabwe

21 June 2013: Turkey and Zimbabwe are the latest countries to be added to the student visa interview system. This means that applicants from these countries may be called to interview as part of their visa application process.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Tuberculosis testing for Morocco and Zambia

17 June 2013: With effect from the end of June 2013 residents of Morocco and Zambia will need to be tested for tuberculosis (TB) as part of an application for a long stay in the UK.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Tuberculosis testing requirements introduced across Asia from 1 July 2013

13 June 2013: Visa applicants in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Macau will have to be screened for tuberculosis (TB) with effect from 1 July 2013. The new requirement is part of the UKBA's growing TB screening programme.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Tier 4 student visa interview programme expands again

11 June 2013: The UKBA have added more countries to the student visa interview system. This means that applicants from these countries may be called to interview as part of their visa application process.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Changes to the Immigration Rules on 1 July 2013

11 June 2013: Minor changes to the Immigration Rules come into effect on 1 July 2013. The changes amend things such as supporting documentation required for applications and new requirements for some countries such as tuberculosis screening.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New Tier 2 application form from 4 June 2013

05 June 2013: The UKBA have published a new version of the form used for applications through Tier 2 of the points based system. This new form should be used for all applications submitted on or after 4 June 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Appointments at visa application centres in China from 3 June 2013

03 June 2013: With effect from 3 June 2013 applicants in China must book an appointment to attend a visa application centre. This means you can no longer attend the visa application centre without an appointment, even if you have an urgent application.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Student numbers drop causing net migration to fall to lowest level for a decade

30 May 2013: Net migration has fallen to 153,000 in the year to September 2012, which senior Conservative ministers are hailing as a success. The majority of the drop came from reduced numbers of students coming to the UK despite ongoing debates about whether students should be counted as migrants.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Student visa application interviews for Ukraine

29 May 2013: With effect from 29 May 2013, Ukraine is the latest country to be added to the list requiring student visa applicants to sit an interview before qualifying for a visa.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Indian student visa application interviews

28 May 2013: With effect from 20 May 2013, anyone applying for a Tier 4 visa from India may be called to sit a short interview when attending the visa application centre.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Tuberculosis screening in Ethiopia, Uganda and Vietnam

28 May 2013: Residents from Ethiopia, Uganda and Vietnam hoping to come to the UK for longer than 6 months will now have to be tested for tuberculosis before they will be granted a visa.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Priority services launched across Europe

28 May 2013: New priority services will launch in June in countries across Europe, providing access to new services which will let you speed up your application.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Tier 4 student visa interviews start from May 2013

08 May 2013: The UKBA will introducing interviews for people applying for Tier 4 student visas. With effect from May 2013 you may be required to sit a short interview when you visit your visa application centre if you are applying from certain countries.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Right to appeal family visa refusals withdrawn

29 April 2013: With effect from around 25 June 2013 the full right of appeal for anyone refused entry to the UK as a family visitor will no longer apply.        [Read More ...]

       
 

London Metropolitan University granted probationary licence to sponsor Tier 4 visas

26 April 2013: The UKBA have granted London Metropolitan University a probationary licence to sponsor students with effect from 9 April 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Home Office and Capita launch visa reminder pilot

26 April 2013: On 9 April 2013 the Home Office launched a new pilot scheme in conjunction with Capita, which will look to remind people whose leave to remain in the UK is due to expire in the near future to either extend their stay or leave the country.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Online payments for visa applications in India from 1 May 2013

26 April 2013: People applying for visas to travel to the UK from India will be able to use a new online system to pay their visa fees with effect from 1 May 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New booking process for premium service appointments

26 April 2013: With effect form 6 April 2013 there are significant changes to how you book and pay for premium service appointments. The UKBA have said that the changes are being made 'to tackle those abusing the public enquiry office booking system and to help genuine customers to access public enquiry office appointments.'        [Read More ...]

       
 

Statement of intent for new requirements for ILR and citizenship

26 April 2013: The UKBA have announced proposed changes to the requirements for anyone applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or naturalisation as a British citizen. The changes will be made in October 2013 and will increase the requirements for applicants.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Overseas visa applications go online and single-currency

26 April 2013: From 30 April 2013 applications from certain countries will have to be made online and payments of any fees made in either Euros of US dollars, depending on the country. The new rules apply to all applications made for a UK visa from Ukraine, Moldova and Turkmenistan.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New application forms from 6 April 2013

05 April 2013: As part of the changes to the Immigration Rules being made on 6 April 2013 the UKBA have announced updated version of application forms to bring them in line with the new rules.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New citizenship test launched

25 March 2013: The new citizenship test is now in effect meaning that all tests taken from 25 March 2013 onwards will be based on the new citizenship test materials published recently.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Biometric enrolment systems upgraded at Post Offices

19 March 2013: Improvements have been made to the biometric enrolment software at Post Offices to make it easier for people to register their information. The improvements particularly help people with particular issues, such as blindness, which previously prevented them from using Post Offices to register biometric information.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Changes to the Immigration rules in effect from 6 April 2013

18 March 2013: A range of changes to the Immigration Rules have been announced by the UKBA, which come into effect on 6 April 2013. The changes affect Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur) and (Exceptional talent) routes, Tier 2, Tier 4, the shortage occupation list and the salary thresholds for skilled workers.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Tier 4 rules changed to prevent downgrading of studies after confirmed CAS

18 March 2013: The Tier 4 visa rules will be updated on 6 April 2013 to prevent students with confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) from downgrading the level of their course.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Post-study work exemptions for PhD and MBA students

18 March 2013: From 6 April 2013 onwards to help MBA and PhD graduates stay on in the UK after their studies to find work. Other changes to the Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) route will also make things easier for applicants in this route.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Updated practice tests for A Guide for New Residents, valid from 25 March 2013 launched

18 March 2013: You can now take practice tests based on the new citizenship test materials, Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents, valid for all tests taken on or after 25 march 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Life in the UK Test Handbook 2013 published

12 March 2013: The brand new Life in the UK Test Handbook 2013 has been published on 12 March 2013. The Handbook is valid for all tests taken from 25 March 2013 and gives you everything you need to prepare for, and pass your test.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Online payments for visa applications in China from 14 March 2013

11 March 2013: People applying for visas to travel to the UK from China will be able to use a new online system to pay their visa fees with effect from 14 March 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Prime time visa appointments available in Manila

06 March 2013: With effect from 26 February 2013, the prime time appointment service for anyone making a visa application in Manila will be available for a fee.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Applications from Namibia must be made online from 11 March 2013

06 March 2013: With effect from 11 March 2013 all applications for a UK visa made in Namibia must be completed and payment made online.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Premium visa application centre opens in Ho Chi Minh City

06 March 2013: A new UK visa application centre has opened in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, which is run by VFS Global, the UKBA's commercial partner in south east Asia. The new centre will accept all categories of visa applications for a fee.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Temporary concessions for Syrian nationals in the UK extended

06 March 2013: With effect from 28 February 2013 the concessions given to Syrian nationals under the Immigration Rules have been extended for a further year until 28 February 2014. This means that Syrian nationals in the UK will continue to have extra ways to extend their stay.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Biometric information required for applications from St Lucia

06 March 2013: With effect from 18 February 2013 the UKBA now require biometric information to be submitted with all visa applications.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Pre-entry tuberculosis screening in the Philippines

06 March 2013: With effect from 28 February 2013, anyone planning to come to the UK for longer than six months from the Philippines must be screened for tuberculosis (TB) to qualify for their visa.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Indian ‘super-priority’ visa service to be launched in March

06 March 2013: A new scheme for Indian nationals applying for visas at application centres in Delhi and Mumbai has been announced. The scheme will be launched later this month.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New priority visa services around the world

06 March 2013: A new range of priority visa services have been opened in a range of countries. The priority services allow people to ensure their visa application gets processed faster. The services are optional and an additional fee must be paid to use them.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Tier 2: Changes to salary thresholds and skilled occupations list on 6 April 2013

04 March 2013: The UKBA have published a statement of intent detailing changes to the appropriate salary rates for specific occupations, visa salary thresholds and the skilled occupations list. The proposed changes will be made on 6 April 2013. Whilst the final changes made may differ from what is given here, these are a good indication of what changes will be made.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Increases to immigration fees on 6 April 2013

28 February 2013: The Immigration Minister, Mark Harper, has laid changes to the immigration and visa fees system before Parliament. The changes proposed include increases to fees for applications made both overseas and in the UK.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Apply online service unavailable between 1 and 4 March 2013

27 February 2013: The UKBA Apply Online service will be unavailable between 18:00 on 1 March 2013 and 06:00 4 March whilst maintenance work is carried out.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Settlement visa delays in Thailand

21 February 2013: The UK Border Agency have advised that there are delays in processing settlement visa applications made in Thailand.        [Read More ...]

       
 

No transitional period for the new Life in the UK test

06 February 2013: According to advice published on the official Life in the UK Test booking page, there is no transitional period for the new Life in the UK Test. This means that anyone hoping to take the test based on the 2nd edition of the study materials has to take their test by 24 March 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route rules change in response to suspected abuse

30 January 2013: Changes to the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route application process will come into effect on 31 January 2013 following suspected abuses of the visa category.        [Read More ...]

       
 

3rd Revision of UK Citizenship Test announced for release in March

28 January 2013: Publication of the long-awaited 3rd revision of the UK Citizenship test has been announced by the Immigration Minister, Mark Harper MP. The new test will be launched on 25 March 2013 and this latest version of the test will be the first update to the materials since 2007.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New backlog of cases found at UKBA by Chief Inspector

24 January 2013: The latest report published by John Vine, Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, has revealed a backlog of over 16,000 cases where the UKBA has not responded to requests to re-consider refusal decisions or made an initial decision on applications for further leave to remain. The backlog stretches as far back as 2003.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Apply online service unavailable from 25-28 January

23 January 2013: The UKBA Apply Online service will be offline for 3 days from 25 January whilst the UKBA carry out maintenance work on the system.        [Read More ...]

       
 

UKBA statement on Capita Business Services

16 January 2013: Following recent media coverage of Capita Business Services' handling of UKBA contracts the UKBA has released a statement on the company's activities.        [Read More ...]

       
 

UK visa application centre in Singapore relocated

16 January 2013: The UK visa application centre in Singapore will be relocated to new premises on 1 February 2013.        [Read More ...]

       
 

British Future thinktank publishes the 2012 State of the Nation report

14 January 2013: The thinktank, British Future, has published its second State of the Nation report, bases on 2,515 British residents. The published document offers a snapshot of public attitudes on British life, and includes some interesting observations on immigration and integration.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Higher education statistics show changing mix of international students

14 January 2013: Statistics published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) have revealed some large changes in the mix of nationalities coming to the UK to study from outside the EU. The data has also revealed a drop in postgraduate numbers leading universities to express concern about the state of the international education sector in the UK.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Good character requirement changes for citizenship applications

10 January 2013: The UKBA have changed the way they assess the good character requirement for citizenship applications. The changes mainly deal with the handling of criminality such as convictions and police cautions.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Final visa decisions made for London Met students

07 January 2013: The UKBA have announced that they are writing to all students affected by the withdrawal of London Metropolitan University's license to sponsor overseas students. All affected students are being contacted with final decisions regarding their visas.        [Read More ...]

       
 

UKBA starts moving overseas application processing to Croydon hub

02 January 2013: With effect from 7 January 2013 the UKBA will make decisions for all visa applications submitted in Sweden, Estonia, Norway, Iceland and Finland at the Croydon processing centre.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Pre-entry Tuberculosis testing for South Africa and Zimbabwe

02 January 2013: The pre-entry tuberculosis screening programme launched by Damian Green MP has been expanded to include South Africa and Zimbabwe.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Census data show Scottish population at record high

18 December 2012: Initial population figures from the 2011 census have been released for Scotland and show that the country's population is now a record high of over 5 million.        [Read More ...]

       
 

New application forms for Tier 1, ILR and FLR

13 December 2012: The UKBA have published new versions of a large number of application forms covering Tier 1 visas, as well as applications for ILR and FLR.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Theresa May’s facts about immigration

13 December 2012: Further to the Home Secretary's speech on immigration given yesterday the Home Office have published a condensed list addressing 7 'misconceptions' around immigration policy.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Interview programme for ‘high-risk’ student visa applications to be expanded

12 December 2012: Theresa May has announced that consular staff will interview more than 100,000 prospective students hoping to come to the UK as art of ongoing efforts to reduce abuses of the visa system.        [Read More ...]

       
 

2011 Census data published for England and Wales

11 December 2012: The census data from the 2011 population survey has been released by the Office for National Statistics. This nationwide poll represents the most up to date and accurate picture of the population of England and Wales.        [Read More ...]

       
 

Biometric residence permits compulsory for stays over 6 months

03 December 2012: The UKBA are making it compulsory for all non-EEA migrants grated permission to stay in the UK for longer than 6 months to apply for a biometric residence permit. The new rule came into effect on 1 December 2012.        [Read More ...]