Gherson is a London law firm specialising in UK immigration, nationality, extradition and Human Rights law.
As the UK immigration world is continuously evolving, with new immigration routes, new guidance and new rules being implemented regularly by the Home Office, it is essential to keep up-to-date with the latest immigration news and announcements. We aim to report on the majority of these changes via our blogs. We also often post overviews of the various immigration routes and discuss requirements within the different visa categories.
So what have we been talking about this week?
Are you currently on an Intra-Company Transfer visa (“ICT”) and considering switching to the Skilled Worker route?
The new immigration Points Based System was introduced on 1 December 2020 and with it came new changes to the UK Immigration Rules. One such change is that those currently on Tier 2 (ICT) visas are now permitted to switch to the new Skilled Worker route from within the UK. The main attraction for switching to the Skilled Worker visa is the ability to obtain settlement in the UK, as those currently holding an ICT visa will not qualify for settlement, regardless of the length of period they have resided in the UK.
For more information about switching to the Skilled Worker route, please see the full blog here: https://www.gherson.com/blog/are-you-currently-intra-company-transfer-visa-skilled-worker, posted 15 February 2021.
Who is eligible for the COVID vaccine in the UK?
By 15 February 2021, 15 million people in the UK had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. At least a further 1.2 million invitations had been sent to the over-65s and clinically vulnerable and by today’s date it is likely that over a million more invitations have been sent, with millions more vaccinations administered.
To read about who is eligible to receive the COVID vaccine, please see our blog: https://www.gherson.com/blog/who-is-eligible-covid-vaccine-uk posted, 16 February 2021.
Home Office Says 5 Million Applications Made Under the EU Settlement Scheme
On 11 February 2021, the Home Office released updated statistics in respect of applications submitted under the EU Settlement Scheme. The update confirmed that over 5 million applications have now been made to the Scheme. This serves as a crucial reminder of the deadline of 30 June 2021, by which date EU, EEA and Swiss nationals currently residing in the UK must have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme in order to regularise their immigration status in the UK.
Read more about the latest figures and impending deadline here: https://www.gherson.com/blog/5-million-applications-made-under-eu-settlement-scheme, posted 16 February 2021.
Does the Home Office Have An Obligation to Notify An Applicant of Weaknesses In their Visa Application?
With the large volume of immigration applications being made every year, this is an important question for those submitting applications to the Home Office. In this blog we explore the types of weaknesses that may occur with reference to decided cases.
Read more here: https://www.gherson.com/blog/obligation-notify-applicant-weaknesses-their-visa-application, posted 18 February 2021.
Gherson has extensive experience in all aspects of UK immigration law. If you have any queries relating to the blogs published, or are interested in talking to us about your specific circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us for further advice.
The information in these blogs is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in these blogs. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.
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