Nicholas Hobson

Nicholas Hobson

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Immigration Update 2015

Biometric Residence Permit regulations will begin rollout in March. New regulations will require individuals from overseas who apply for a visa for more than six months to obtain a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)...more

2/12/2015 - Immigration Procedures UK Visas

Changes to the UK Immigration Rules

The changes relate to amendments being made to the Tier 2 category, business visitors, and several Tier 1 categories and will affect employers in the UK....more

10/31/2014 - Amended Regulation China Immigration Procedures India Ireland UK

Unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship Allocation Renewals in the UK to Be Automated

The Home Office has introduced a new automated renewal of Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Certificate of Sponsorship annual allocations. All Tier 2 unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship...more

5/14/2014 - Hiring & Firing Right to Work UK Visas Work Visas

UK Immigration Tier 1 (General) Category Due to Close

Changes to the Immigration Rules mean that Tier 1 (General) migrants will no longer be able to apply to extend their leave in the UK after 5 April 2015....more

5/6/2014 - Extensions Highly-Skilled Workers Visa UK Visas

Further Changes Announced to UK Immigration Rules

The changes will include longer visas for Tier 2, new minimum salary thresholds for Tier 2, and an increase in maintenance fund thresholds for Point-Based System migrants....more

3/26/2014 - Immigrants Immigration Reform UK

UK Home Office Announces New Technology Sector Visa Route

The exceptional talent route has opened up through Tech City UK. The UK Home Office has announced that, starting 6 April 2014, it will open up a new visa route for the technology sector to reflect London’s growing...more

3/17/2014 - Technology UK Visas

Latest UK Immigration Law Developments

Employers in the UK should be aware of key legal developments, including a proposed increase to application fees and upcoming changes to the codes of practice....more

3/11/2014 - Immigrants UK Visas

UK Government Announces Further Changes to Immigration Rules

Changes to the business visitor rules, Tiers 2 and 5 of the Points-Based System, application documentation requirements, and the Life in the UK Test take effect on 1 October. On 6 September, the UK government announced...more

9/13/2013 - Immigrants Immigration Reform New Legislation UK

UK Immigration Law Update

Employers in the UK should be aware of key legal developments, including an increase in unannounced compliance visits and recent updates to the Sponsorship Management System. Over the last few months there have been a...more

8/29/2013 - EU Immigrants Immigration Reform UK Visas

UK Tier 2 Annual Allocations

UK Border Agency issues reminders regarding the annual allocation requests for unrestricted Tier 2 certificates of sponsorship for the year beginning 6 April 2013 and ending 5 April 2014....more


Changes Announced to UK Immigration Rules

UK Border Agency amends Tier 2 "cooling-off period" and intra-company transfers, supplementary employment allowances and youth mobility places for Tier 5 migrants, and indefinite-leave-to-remain rules. The UK Border...more


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