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The Government has recently announced a number of improvements to the UK visa system in China, as part of measures to promote the UK’s visa service to key tourism and business partners.

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In order to extend your leave to remain in the UK as a Tier 1 Investor, you must show that you have £1 million in the UK, you have invested £750,000 in specified ways within 3 months of your specified date and that you have maintained your investment since.

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The National Audit Office (NAO) has recently published its report ‘Reforming the UK border and immigration system’, in which it says that the two new Home Office directorates that replaced the former UKBA have made progress in some areas but not across the whole business.

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Since 9 July 2012 the Secretary of State has primarily considered Article 8 claims within the context of the Immigration Rules. Appendix FM to those Rules sets out the circumstances in which entry clearance or leave to remain will be granted on the grounds of family life. Paragraph 276ADE of the Immigration Rules sets out the circumstances in which the Secretary of State will grant leave to remain in the UK on the ground of private life.

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The Court of Appeal has recently upheld the Home Office's appeal over the lawfulness of the income threshold under the new family migration rules.

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On 11 July 2014 the Court of Appeal upheld the lawfulness of the minimum income threshold for spouses/partners and children applying in the family route.

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In a previous article, we looked at the visa options available to artists and entertainers who wish to visit the UK for a short period. In this article, we examine the three main routes under the Points Based System for artists and entertainers wishing to come and work in the UK.

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Report on Low-skilled Migration

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The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has found that failures to comply with or enforce labour regulations puts low-skilled migration workers at risk of exploitation.

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In a Statement of Changes released today, the Home Office has announced a number of wide ranging changes across various parts of the immigration rules, including in-country switching applications in the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category. These changes come into force tomorrow, and have serious implications for anyone with leave to remain as a Tier 4 Student or as a Tier 1 (Post Study Work) Migrant who will in the future wish to switch into the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Category.

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In Durrani (Entrepreneurs: bank letters; evidential flexibility) [2014] UKUT 00295 (IAC) the appellant held leave to remain as a Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) migrant and applied for further leave to remain in the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category of the points-based system. He applied together with another applicant as one half of an entrepreneurial team.

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If you are an artist or entertainer over the age of 18 coming to the UK for a visit or work, there are a number of immigration routes available to you. In this article we provide an overview of the two main visitor visa routes for artists and entertainers. In a subsequent article we will examine the three main routes under the Points Based System for artists and entertainers wishing to come and work in the UK.

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The Home Office can suspend an institution's Tier 4 sponsor license temporarily if they are investigating the institution. The result of the investigation will be either that the license is reinstated, or that it is revoked completely.

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The UK Government has formally approved a new restraint system for managing people being escorted during deportation.

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On 13 March 2014 the Home Office announced new minimum maintenance requirements for Points Based System (PBS) applications. The new requirements apply to all new applications made by Points Based System migrants and their dependants submitted on or after 1 July 2014, with the exception of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) migrants, Tier 1 (Investor) migrants and their dependants (as they are not required to meet any maintenance requirements).

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The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine, has called upon the Home Office to develop and implement a ‘clear strategy’ across all departments to address the issue of sham marriages and partnerships.

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For self-employed individuals wishing to bring their partners or other family members to the UK, note should be taken of the recent judgment in the case of Hameed (Appendix FM – financial year) [2014] UKUT 00266 (IAC).

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Cash savings may be relied upon to meet the whole or part of the financial requirement under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

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Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has recently published details of asylum decisions in the EU28.

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A new inquiry has been launched into the possible impacts for the UK of the closure of the Post Study Work route.

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