April 2015 Entries

IMMIGRATION HEALTH SURCHARGE - QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1. When is the health surcharge being introduced? The surcharge will be introduced on 6 April 2015. It will apply to applications where payment is made on or after 6 April. 2. How much will it cost? The health surcharge will be set at £200 a year for temporary migrants and £150 a year for students. Dependants will generally be charged the same amount as their main applicant. The total surcharge amount for the whole period of leave granted will be payable upfront. 3. Why is the surcharge being introduced? The immigration health surcharge will ensure that temporary, non-EEA migrants coming to the...

Home Office publishes new directions on investigation of marriages involving non EEA national partners

The Home Office has today published new guidance for its decision makers and investigation officers covering: • the factors to be considered when deciding to investigate a proposed marriage or civil partnership which has been referred to the Secretary of State on the grounds that one or both or the partners is neither a citizen of the UK or another EEC country or Switzerland and who might be considered to be gaining an immigration advantage from such a marriage or civil partnership; • the conduct of an investigation in these circumstances; and • In deciding whether or not each of the parties to a proposed marriage...

Asylum seekers forced to travel to Liverpool to submit fresh evidence

A new Home Office rule come into force on March 30th, which requires asylum seekers living in any part of the UK to travel to Liverpool if they need to submit new evidence for their case. No assistance will be provided in the form of fare reimbursement of those needing to do this. Neither will statements or other documentary evidence be accepted through the post - attendance in person will be obligatory for anyone other than people with a disability or severe illness if an applicant needs to take this action. As an example of what this will entail...