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An organisation representing the future of technology in the UK has launched a manifesto highlighting the significance of the global digital revolution to the UK economy, and the importance of enabling technology companies to recruit skilled workers from overseas.

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The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that net migration has apparently fallen by a quarter since its 2005 peak, from 320,000 to 243,000.

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There is a growing trend among China's richest to use their wealth to move themselves and their families abroad. This is done primarily in the form of investment visas. However, wealthy Chinese hoping to move abroad have overwhelmed the immigration departments of both Canada and the US this year.

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According to new research conducted by Lloyds Banking Group, skilled foreign workers - also known as ‘inward talent’ or ‘inpats’ - are playing an increasingly vital role in the United Kingdom’s professional workforce, and add an estimated £210 billion to our economy. The research showed that foreign workers have doubled since 1997 to 4.6 million in 2014, meaning they make up 15% of total employment in the UK.  

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Richmond Chambers is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the Modern Law Awards 2014 in the categories of 'New Entrant of the Year' and 'ABS of the Year – up to 25 employees'.

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Inward talent is making an increasingly important contribution to the UK’s professional workforce and helps the economy prosper, according to new research by Lloyds Bank.

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As the transfer deadline day looms for UK football teams, many clubs will be anxious to sort out the visas of their latest illustrious star player, who they will be hoping to get on to the pitch as soon as they can. In this blog we will attempt to explain how immigration can hold up this process for clubs and players.

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Richmond Chambers is pleased to announce that it has won the 'Best Immigration Set of the Year - UK' award at the 2014 Acquisition International Global Mobility & Immigration Awards.

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Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics reveal a sharp increase in the number of UK investor and entrepreneur visas granted during the first and second quarters of 2014.

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London Attracts Chinese Investors

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A recent report has revealed that London proved to be the biggest magnet for Chinese commercial and residential investors in the first half of 2014.

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Despite a ruling from the High Court ordering the Government to review the asylum support rates, it has been announced by the Home Office that there will be no increase.

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In the recent case of Ahmed and another (PBS: admissible evidence) [2014] UKUT 365 (IAC), the Upper Tribunal held that the prohibition of new evidence under s.85A(4) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 applies to the non-points scoring aspect of the rules, even though the prohibition relates to new evidence that goes to the scoring of points.

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Whilst it has always been necessary to submit evidence demonstrating that the requirements of a particular rule, policy or other provision are met, the Immigration Rules increasingly include requirements for specified evidence – setting out not just the type of evidence required but also the format for that evidence. Get the evidence wrong and the application will be refused, irrespective of any other perceived merits.

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Over 10,000 children seeking safety from war, violence and persecution with their families are being pushed into poverty by alarmingly low-levels of support, according to The Children’s Society.

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Silicon Roundabout (or Tech City) may be the plucky younger sibling to the established Silicon Valley, but this hasn't stopped businesses shunning California's sunshine shores and flocking to London's tech hub. London may be a smaller centre but with a series of beneficial tax policies and funding on offer, it is easy to see why London is attracting some of the world's best digital talent.  From an immigration law perspective, though, how do you move or expand your existing tech entreprise to the UK?

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The Government has recently announced a series of measures that it says are designed to tackle potential abuse of the student visa system.

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Once your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa has been granted, it is important that you comply with the requirements of the Immigration Rules throughout your stay in the UK. If you fail to comply with the requirements as set out in Immigration Rules, your leave to remain may be curtailed by Home Office.

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The law in relation to adult dependant relatives changed on 9th July 2012. Two years on, there is still confusion amongst those wishing to bring their elderly relatives to the United Kingdom, about what criteria have to be met and whether they should make this expensive application. This is the first of three blog posts on the topic. This post will examine what the criteria are, and common problems faced by persons applying in this category. The second post will look at possible ways of marshalling evidence to meet these criteria and the third will look at the campaigning work that is being undertaken to change the law on this issue.

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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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