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This little gem of a page will enable you to keep track of the juggernaut of changes that happen to the Immigration Rules. You can update staff when required, and trace back when particular changes occurred. We think having this information in one place is gold mine. You're welcome!  
 
INFORMATION FOR EEA NATIONALS 
Published 6 January 2018 
You will no doubt have seen the announcements in December 2017 as the UK and EU moved into the next stage of the negotiations. This is as a result of “making sufficient progress” on securing the rights of EU citizens in the UK (note – no mention of EEA citizens!) and of British citizens residing in EU countries. This document gives further detail and includes our interpretation of where we are now. 
DUAL NATIONALITY 
Published 10 May 2019 
With the pressures and uncertainty of Brexit, we have had numerous queries on dual nationality. This article discusses the considerations over whether to apply for citizenship - and how to find out if this is possible. 
EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME: TWO SUMMARY 
Published 9th January 2019 
This document summarises everything you need to know about the EU Settlement Scheme: key dates; what the two different statuses mean; what the application process involves and what documentation is required.  
EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME: APPLICATION PROCESS 
Published 10th July 2019 
Here we provide detailed information on the application process, both via the app and the online desktop application. We walk you through each step, and discuss family member applications too.  
 
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SPOT AN IRREGULARITY 
Published 12 March 2019 
Everyone worries what to do in the situation where a person presents identity documentation that does not match either the individual, or the information that they have provided. The key thing to remember is that you have time to consider your next move... 
RIGHT TO WORK CHECKS: Who What Why Where When How 
Published 12 March 2019 
All employers must check an individual's right to work in the UK prior to their employment. This is regardless of the size of the company, and is necessary to comply with the law. This article explains more about right to work checks and the process your organisation should be following. 
RIGHT TO WORK CHECKS: 3 STEP PROCESS 
Published 12 March 2019 
UKVI advocate a three step check to conduct a right to work check: Obtain; Check; Copy. We add in a fourth... 
IMPOSTER FRAUD 
Published 12 March 2019 
The most commonly encountered fraud with identity documents is someone pretending to be someone else. When problems arise, more often than not the document is genuine, it is just that it is not being used by the rightful owner. Face to face checks are vital in order to link the document to the person using it. So, how do we check for imposter fraud? 
GENUINENESS 
Published 12 March 2019 
Once you have ensured the person in front of you is not an imposter, the next stage in checking a document is determining it is genuine, by finding some security features.. 
TOOLS FOR FURTHER DOCUMENT ANALYSIS 
Published 13 March 2019 
Occasionally these document checks will cause some concern which needs checking further. In this article we explain the options available to you. Please note we do not recommend making the following checks in front of the person... 
 
TIER 2 BASICS 
Published 13 May 2019 
This article provides a broad overview of what being a Tier 2 sponsor entails. From becoming a sponsor, to maintaining the licence via sponsor compliance, and what happens if there is a breach of duties. 
TIER 2 SPONSOR DUTIES 
Published 13 May 2019 
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COMPLIANCE BREACH 
Published 13 May 2019 
This article considers what happens if a sponsor fails to adhere to their duties and there is a breach of compliance. We discuss what factors UKVI will consider within their decision process, and what happens to the sponsor - and their migrants - if their licence is either downgraded or revoked. 
CERTIFICATES OF SPONSORSHIP 
Published 13 May 2019 
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IMMIGRATION SKILLS CHARGE 
Published 13 March 2019 
The Immigration Skills Charge is an extra fee, payable at the time a Certificate of Sponsorship is issued. This article explains everything you need to know... 
THE RESIDENT LABOUR MARKET TEST 
Published 13 March 2019 
Employers need to bear in mind that, except in certain situations, they must take a resident worker over and above someone requiring sponsorship. This article explores how to ensure your recruitment is compliant with UKVI requirements. 
SWITCHING FROM TIER 4 TO TIER 2 
Published 13 March 2019 
Any student on a Tier 4 visas can switch into Tier 2 sponsored employment (once they have finished and passed their studies). They will require employer sponsorship to do so; this article outlines some of the considerations for employers when looking to sponsor graduate students. 
CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK FOR TIER 2 APPLICANTS 
Published 10 August 2019 
Certain individuals applying for a Tier 2 visa from overseas (i.e. new entrants, not those wishing to extend their visas) will need a criminal record check for any country they have resided within for 12 months or more within the 10 years preceding the visa application. This article explains more about who is affected by this requirement, and how to obtain a criminal check to support a Tier 2 entry clearance application. 
ACCIDENTAL LICENCE EXPIRY 
Published 13 June 2019 
If you fail to renew your sponsor licence before the expiry date, it goes without saying that a new sponsor licence application must be submitted as soon as possible. Whilst speed is essential, ensuring the application is strong is more important. This article discusses what steps to take. 
CHANGES TO TIER 2  
Published 17 July 2019 
Here you will find all the changes made to the rules surrounding Tier 2, accumulated within one article so they are easy to see chronologically. Changes happen so often and are hard to keep track of, so we hope this article helps you navigate the minefield.  
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FIVE OR TEN YEAR ROUTE TO SETTLEMENT 
Published 01 May 2019 
Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules provides two routes to settlement on the basis of family life as a partner or parent. This article explains what this means. 
NATURALISATION 
Published 27 March 2019 
There are two main routes for naturalisation as a British citizen. The first route opens once you have obtained and held settled status within the UK for one year (either via Indefinite Leave to Remain, or Permanent Residence); the second route is for spouses of British citizens. This article explains the various eligibility requirements, and what is required within the application process.  
NATURALISATION APPLICATION TIPS 
Published 27 March 2019 
Here we provide useful nuggets for anyone considering an application for naturalisation. We explain the importance of the date of application; what supporting documentation will be required, and explain the process in more detail.  
GOOD CHARACTER 
Published 01 May 2019 
As the Home Office is now refusing multiple applications on the basis of good character, we urge applicants to familiarise themselves with what factors are considered . This article summarises the key areas considered by the Home Office to negatively impact upon a person's character, and therefore the person's eligibility for citizenship. 
LIFE IN THE UK TEST 
Published 10 May 2019 
Most individuals who wish to apply for settlement or British citizenship will need to take the Life in the UK Test. This article provides more information on what the test involves, and useful information about the assessment process. 
POLICE REGISTRATION 
Published 10 August 2019 
Nationals of certain countries are required to register with the police if they are staying in the UK for a period in excess of six months. This article clarifies which nationals are affected, and how to go about police registration.  
CALCULATING ABSENCE FOR ILR APPLICANTS 
Published 17 July 2019 
For those individuals who will likely apply for indefinite leave to remain (settlement), it is important to keep track of absences from the UK. When it comes to applying for settlement, they will need to show five years continuous lawful residence in the UK, and will need to show evidence of any absences. This article helps clarify the 180-day absence rule. 
ENTRY CLEARANCE: APPLYING FROM OVERSEAS 
Published 16 June 2019 
This article outlines the steps an applicant needs to make to apply for an entry clearance visa; information is provided on application centres, online applications, sopra steria and UKVI services.  
FAMILY VISAS: PARTNER 
Published 20 September 2019 
This page looks at the partner visa route; from outside the UK (entry clearance), to extension applications and then indefinite leave to remain. There are useful downloads that cover the requirements and considerations when applying for a partner visa.  
FAMILY VISAS: CHILD 
Published 24 September 2019 
This page looks at the child visa route; from outside the UK (entry clearance), to extension applications and then indefinite leave to remain. There are useful downloads that cover the requirements and considerations when applying for a child visa.  
VISITOR VISAS 
03 January 2019 
Here we outline the main route for visitors to the UK: a standard visitor visa. Other possible visit routes include marriage/civil partnership; permitted paid engagements; and transit visas. All visa routes have a specific permitted duration & eligibility criteria. 
IMMIGRATION HEALTH SURCHARGE (IHS) 
Published 31 October 2019 
When applying for a UK visa, individuals may have to pay a healthcare surcharge as part of the visa application. This will enable access to the National Health Service (NHS). This article summarises the who, what, why, where and when surrounding the IHS. 
ANCESTRY VISA 
Published 03 October 2019 
Ancestry visas are a great option for anyone who is eligible to apply, as there are no restrictions upon work, studying and bringing family members with you. This article provides a summary of eligibility criteria, visa details and the application process. 
 
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