November 2015 Entries

UK IMMIGRATION RULES CHANGES FOR OCTOBER 2015

Most of the following changes affect applications made on or after 19 November 2015. Asylum EU nationals will not be able to make asylum claims, unless exceptional circumstances apply. Clarifying the circumstances in which refugee status will be withdrawn. Settlement Indefinite leave and naturalisation applicants, who normally rely on an English language qualification, will need to take a Secure English Language Test. The introduction of the £35k minimum earnings threshold for Tier 2 settlement, which will come into force on 6 April 2016. Family/Private Life Child’s application for entry clearance will be refused where the Secretary of State considers that the sponsor or the sponsor’s partner poses a...

Rules restricting the flow of nurses into Britain are to be lifted

Rules restricting the flow of nurses into Britain are to be lifted in response to widespread shortages of workers across the National Health Service. Nurses will now be added to the Government's Shortage Occupation List on an interim basis, pending further work by the independent Migration Advisory Committee.This temporary rule change will mean that nurses from outside the European Economic Area that apply to work in the UK will have their applications for nursing posts prioritised. This change will be subject to review by the independent Migration Advisory Committee, which will present further evidence to the Government by February 2016.

Changes to English Language Requirements for Indefinite Leave and Naturalisation applicants

From the 19 November 2015 Indefinite leave and Naturalisation applicants will have to sit tougher UK immigration English language tests called Secure English Language Tests as part of the new requirements for Indefinite Leave and Naturalisation Applications. Other English language qualifications will no longer be accepted from this date by the UKBA.

Citizens of EU and EEA countries and their family members must now apply for permanent residence card for British nationality applications

From 12 November 2015,Citizens of EU and EEA countries and their family members must now apply for permanent residence card for British nationality applications under the British Nationality (General) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1806).

Travelling to work 'is work', European court rules

The European Court of Justice has ruled in the case of "(Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL and another [2015] IRLR 935 ECJ)" that time spent travelling to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed or habitual place of work should be regarded as working time under the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC). This means Employers including those employing care workers, gas fitters and sales reps may be in breach of EU working time regulations.

Travelling to work 'is working Time', European court rules

The European Court of Justice has ruled in the case of "(Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL and another [2015] IRLR 935 ECJ)" that time spent travelling to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed or habitual place of work should be regarded as working time under the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC). This means Employers including those employing care workers, gas fitters and sales reps may be in breach of EU working time regulations.

New Upcoming Changes to Immigration Rules

Asylum • Not allowing EU nationals to make asylum claims, unless exceptional circumstances apply. • Clarifying the circumstances in which refugee status will be withdrawn. Settlement • Ensuring indefinite leave and naturalisation applicants, who normally rely on an English language qualification, take a Secure English Language Test. • The introduction of the £35k minimum earnings threshold for Tier 2 settlement, which will come into force on 6 April 2016. Family/Private Life • Providing that a child’s application for entry clearance will be refused where the Secretary of State considers that the sponsor or the sponsor’s partner poses a risk to the child. Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) of the Points Based System • Amending the endorsement...

New Upcoming Changes to Immigration Rules

Asylum • Not allowing EU nationals to make asylum claims, unless exceptional circumstances apply. • Clarifying the circumstances in which refugee status will be withdrawn. Settlement • Ensuring indefinite leave and naturalisation applicants, who normally rely on an English language qualification, take a Secure English Language Test. • The introduction of the £35k minimum earnings threshold for Tier 2 settlement, which will come into force on 6 April 2016. Family/Private Life • Providing that a child’s application for entry clearance will be refused where the Secretary of State considers that the sponsor or the sponsor’s partner poses a risk to the child. Tier...