Important Announcement from the Home Office

The Home Secretary announced some significant changes to the immigration rules this week that are expected to be implemented in Spring 2024. The most important changes are: 1. Students (except doctoral students) will not be allowed to bring dependents to the UK. 2. The minimum wage for skilled worker visas will rise to £38,700. 3. […]

Visas for Medical Reasons

The Court of Appeals has confirmed the process that the Home Office must follow when a person applies for a visa on medical grounds: 1. The first stage of the process requires the applicant to provide strong evidence of the seriousness of the illness, including the treatment involved and the consequences of witholding treatment. 2. […]

EU Settlement Scheme Rejections on the Rise

The latest statistics show a huge increase in application rejections under the EU Settlement Scheme. Due to recent changes in the way EUSS applications are processed, in the month of September alone almost 14,000 applications were rejected. To give you an idea of what this means, the average number of rejections in the previous three […]

Rwanda – The Supreme Court’s Decision

In April 2022 the government announced an agreement with Rwanda in which some of the asylum seekers in the UK would be sent to Rwanda to have their asylum claim processed and, if successful, stay and reside there. After more than a year of litigation in the courts, and a payment of £140 million by […]

What will happen when my residence card expires in December 2024?

The Home Office has announced that biometric cards expiring at the end of December 2024 will be replaced by “eVisas“. Limited information has been given, but it is expected that in the future people will create an online account to view and share relevant information about their immigration status with third parties. The Home Office […]

EU Settlement Scheme – Important Information for Applicants

For most people, the deadline for registering under the EU Settlement Scheme was 30th June 2021. The rules have changed, and from October this year (2023) people who still need to register under the EUSS will have to prove that “compelling reasons” exist to justify the delay in submitting their application. If this is not […]

Confirmed: NHS Surcharge Cost to Increase Significantly

Next year (2024) will see a significant increase in the cost of the NHS surcharge that is paid with many visa applications. This increase will come into effect no earlier than 16th January 2024 and the increase will be from £470 to £776 per year for children and from £624 per year to £1,035 per […]

Increase in the Cost of Visas

As of 4th October 2023, there has been an increase in the cost of visa/nationality applications, and it is expected that before the end of this year or early next year the NHS surcharge will increase significantly.

Support for Asylum Seekers*

If you have applied for asylum and have nowhere to live, or have a place to live but not enough money to support you, you can apply for asylum support from the government. The time to apply for support is when you have your first asylum interview or when the need arises once you have […]

New immigration fees to apply from 4 October 2023

The government has published the new visa and nationality application fees that will be implemented from 4 October this year. Below you will find a table with the new fees that I consider to be the most relevant for the Latin American community in the UK. Fee Category Current Fee New fees from 4th October […]