Insight

  • Sponsoring entrepreneurs under the Skilled Worker route

    Since the closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrant route, it has been very difficult for foreign national entrepreneurs to set up a business in the UK. Can the Skilled Worker route provide an alternative in some cases?

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  • The Scale-up route: route to an unsponsored work visa?

    The Scale-up route provides a route for UK businesses, who have demonstrated a sustained period of growth, to sponsor talented individuals who have the skills needed to enable that business to continue growing

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  • What overseas civil partnerships are recognised in the UK?

    It is possible to make an application for permission to enter or stay in the UK based on a civil partnership. But what if that civil partnership was formed overseas: can it still be relied upon in a UK partner visa application?

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  • Why are UK visit visas typically refused?

    If you plan a visit and are a visa national, you will most likely need to apply for a visit visa. In this post we review the main reasons we see given by the Home Office in decisions to refuse visit visa applications

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  • Demystifying immigration time restrictions in British citizenship applications

    This post focuses on the requirement to be free from immigration time restrictions.

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  • Are sponsor licences required for migrant workers operating remotely?

    Remote (and hybrid) working is now commonplace in the UK and abroad. But will businesses need to sponsor migrant workers who are not actually working from the office?

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  • Why would employers want a Scale-up sponsorship licence?

    Increased flexibility for migrant worker employees creates risks for employers. So why would employers want a Scale-up migrant sponsorship licence?

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  • How to choose your immigration lawyer

    Choosing an immigration lawyer is a nightmare. If I wasn’t a practitioner myself, I would have no idea where to start.

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  • When do I need to do the Life in the UK Test?

    The Life in the UK Test is required for individuals making Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or British citizenship applications in the UK. In this article, we will explore the requirements.

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  • Referees in British citizenship applications: why, who, what, where, when, and how

    In this post we discuss the role of referees in British citizenship (also known as naturalisation) applications.

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  • The 6 most common reasons for refusal in citizenship applications

    In 2019 almost 10,000 applications for citizenship were rejected or refused by the Home Office.

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  • Applying for a Home Office fee waiver

    In this note we consider who may be able to apply to the Home Office for a waiver of visa application and Immigration Health Charge fees.

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