Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Long Term Visitor Visa to the UK

If you travel to the United Kingdom frequently on business, leisure or for family reasons, then you may want to consider the option for a long term, multiple entry visitor visa.

The main benefits of applying for this kind of UK Visa are:

unlimited entries to the UK, for up to 6 months at any one time for the duration of the long term visit visa

time saving, applicant's only need to submit their Biometric information once during the entire validity of the long term visit visa

identifies the holder of such a visa as trusted person by the UK govt

protects the holder of such a visa from further Visa Fee Increases for the entire validity of the Long Term visit Visa

helps to prevent any chance of mistaken identity

For further information on the Long Term and other kinds of Special Visitor Visas to the United Kingdom please click HERE

More stable outlook for the UK despite spending cuts looming

Tier 4 Student Visa Guidance Change

Last week the UKBA edited the Guidance Notes of the Tier 4 UK Student Visa.

The previous Tier 4 Policy Guidance states that a student wishing to study with a new tier 4 sponsor before the existing visa has expired must make their new application inside the United Kingdom

If a student made their new application from outside the United Kingdom, under the previous Tier 4 Guidance they would be refused...

HOWEVER Students with existing Tier 4 Visas will now be able to submit their new applications from outside the United Kingdom. The new Tier 4 Guidance will be amended to reflect this change

Monday, 13 September 2010

George Osbourne plans to cut 2.5 Billion from Benefits

UK Visa Fees set to change again

9 September 2010
The UK Border Agency announced that they intend to increase the immigration and nationality application fees for those applicants looking to visit, study, work or stay in the United Kingdom. From the 1st October 2010.

For the full written ministerial statement on the proposed visa fee increases click here

Monday, 6 September 2010

UK Student Visa Crackdown

Damian Green, the UK's Immigration Minister, has announced that there will be a large change in the immigration system, specifically within the UK Student (Tier 4) system that will reduce tens of thousands from the number of foreign students intending to study in the United Kingdom.

It has also been reported that he intends to reduce the number of work permits and marriage visas issued to non-EU nationals by at least half. In a recent interview he has confirmed that in each category of visa there will be a reduction in the number of visas issued BUT the Student Visa route will be his main focus.

This comes as recent research demonstrates that less than half of the foreign students are currently undertaking degree level courses. These findings showed that the previous picture many had of the foreign student situation in the UK was incorrect. More than 90,000 of these students are attending smaller colleges offering GCSE"S or some type of vocational training.

Mr. Green further confirmed that a cap on the number of foreign students entering the UK is unlikely instead the general idea will be to make it harder for foreign students to be allowed in to the UK.