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Posted by on in Right to Work

On 16 October 2014 the Home Office published its latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. The new Immigration Rules came into force on 6th November 2014, introducing a number of changes to the business immigration categories, including: Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (ICT), Tier 2 (Sportsperson), Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting), Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme), Tier 1 (Investor), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Business Visitor categories.

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On 6th November 2014, the Home Office published new Immigration Rules which have introduced a number of changes to the business immigration categories. One of the most important changes for employers to be aware of is that the Home Office now has power to conduct checks to ensure that advertised vacancies are "genuine". This change affects applications under both the Tier 2 General and Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer categories.

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Around 818,000 people acquired citizenship of an EU28 Member State in 2012, according to recent figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. This is an increase of 4% compared with 2011.

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The British Ambassador to China, Sir Sebastian Wood, together the Irish Ambassador, Paul Kavanagh, have announced a joint visa initiative between Ireland and the United Kingdom to assist Chinese visitors.

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Posted by on in Investors

A 24 hour visa service that aims to attract more investment in Britain is to be extended, the Government has announced.

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The Home Office has today (11 November 2014) launched an open consultation with the public over proposed amendments to the Code of Practice about the sanctions for non-compliance with the biometric registration regulations issued by the Secretary of State under the UK Borders Act 2007.

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With the new Immigration Rules for Tier 1 Investor visa applications in force from today, 6 November 2014, much has already been written about the widely anticipated increase in the investment funds requirement from £1 million to £2 million. However, the new Immigration Rules also introduce other, less widely publicised, changes which must be anticipated by new investors. In this article we focus on the new requirements for the maintenance of investment.

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Immigrants coming to the UK from other EU countries have had a positive impact on the UK economy, according to a newly published report.

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In R (on the application of Jennifer Kerr) v. SSHD IJR [2014] UKUT 00493 (IAC) the applicant was a citizen of Jamaica who entered the UK in May 2001 as a visitor. She had remained in the UK unlawfully following the expiry of her visitor visa. On 24 September 2011, she married her husband, a British citizen. About 12 months later she applied for leave to remain in the UK under Article 8 on the basis of the family life that she had developed with her husband in the preceding 12 months.

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A report by the Public Accounts Committee into the performance of the UK border and immigration system has revealed the continued existence of a backlog of asylum claims.

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A recent report from thinktank RSA has called for more power and responsibility to be devolved from Whitehall to UK cities at the same time that additional devolved powers are being negotiated for Scotland.

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Those who apply for leave to remain as a Tier 4 Migrant, as a partner of a Tier 4 Migrant and/or as a child of a Tier 4 Migrant on or after 20 October 2014 will have their right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal removed following the introduction of The Immigration Act 2014 (Commencement No. 3, Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2014, SI 2014/2771.

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We are delighted to announce that Richmond Chambers won the 'ABS of the Year 1 to 25 employees' award at the 2014 Modern Law Awards held earlier this week. We were also Runners Up for the 'New Entrant of the Year' award.

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In its latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules published today, 16 October 2014, the Home Secretary has announced various changes to the Tier 1 Investor visa category. The changes follow a review by the Migration Advisory Committee.

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The Government's policy on immigration is having a negative impact on scientific discoveries in the UK, in the opinion of John O'Keefe, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his research into the brains inner "GPS system".

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In the case of Nwaigwe (adjournment: fairness) [2014] UKUT 418 (IAC) the Upper Tribunal stated that in most cases, the main question to be determined in an application for an adjournment is whether the refusal would deprive the appellant of a fair hearing. The question for the Upper Tribunal on appeal is not whether the First-tier Tribunal Judge acted reasonably, but whether there was in fact a deprivation of the affected party's right to a fair hearing. The official headnote reads:

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The new Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Rules 2014 laid before Parliament on 29 September 2014 will come into effect on 20 October 2014.  Amongst other developments, they make provision for the awarding of costs in limited circumstances. Currently, costs cannot be awarded in circumstances other than to cover the cost of the appeal fee.

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Richmond Chambers is delighted to have been 'Commended' in the Legal Industry Pioneers category of the FT.com Innovative Lawyers Report 2014.

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