UK government intends to raise the price of fiancee, partner and marriage visa applications

Following a recent announcement by the UK government, processing fees associated with UK visa, nationality and immigration applications will rise by an average of 4%. Additionally, several new premium services will be made available with the intention of reducing the time it takes to process many application types. These changes are still set to … (read more…)

New TB screening requirement for UK marriage visa applicants from Russia

03/01/2014

As of 31 December 2013 new immigration regulations are in place regarding TB screening for anyone applying for a UK fiancee, spouse or partner visa from Russia. Applicants are now required to be tested for active tuberculosis (TB) and to be confirmed as being free from infection before they can apply for a UK settlement visa … (read more…)

Members of HM Armed Forces and their families subject to new UK marriage visa rules

03/12/2013

New UK immigration rules relating to families of British citizens serving in HM Armed Forces came into force on 1 December 2013. The new regulations will affect UK marriage and partner visa applications made on or after this date. Anyone who applied for a UK settlement visa before 1 December 2013 and is still waiting to hear … (read more…)

Date set for UKBA appeal on minimum income threshold for UK settlement partner, fiancee and marriage visas

Subsequent to the UK High Court making a judgment in July 2013 that the minimum income threshold for British citizens and UK permanent residents sponsoring an applicant for a UK spouse, fiancee or unmarried partner visa were ‘unjustified and disproportionate’, a date has now been set for the government’s appeal. The appeal will be heard between … (read more…)

Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK requirements changing from 28 October 2013

From 28 October 2013, there will be some important changes made to the current UK settlement and naturalisation requirements. The existing Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK requirement will be divided into parts. In order to apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain – ILR) or naturalisation to become a British Citizen, all applicants … (read more…)

EEA family permits under ‘Surinder Singh’ provision give a lifeline to many

The minimum income threshold rules for UK settlement fiancee, partner and spousal visa applications which the UKBA rolled out in July 2012 has meant that many families have been separated because the sponsor – usually the family’s main breadwinner, but not always – does not earn enough to be able to meet the requirements. For many, the … (read more…)

High Court hands down judgment on UK visa marriage visa rules

The High Court has recently revealed its judgment regarding the UK Border Agency (UKBA) imposed salary thresholds for sponsors wishing to bring foreign family members into the country on a UK marriage visa, fiancee visa or unmarried partner visa under the settlement category. In July 2012, levels of earnings for the sponsoring UK citizens and … (read more…)

UK marriage visa priority service recently introduced in Australia and New Zealand as an extra service

Many people in Australia and New Zealand who need a faster decision on their settlement application for a UK fiancee, spouse or partner visa have welcomed the new priority service which means that their application can be fast tracked by the regional British High Commission in Manila. Whilst paying an extra fee for this service by no means … (read more…)

UKBA Sheffield is now the receiving office for UK settlement visas for US residents

Until recently, US residents were required to send settlement applications for a UK fiancee, partner and spouse visa to the British Consulate General in New York that would then undertake to forward them to the UK Border Agency in Sheffield. This system has now changed and from July of 2013 these applications must be sent direct to the UKBA … (read more…)

The UKBA and Home Office are awaiting a decision on the appeal against the High Court judgement on the minimum income threshold

The new financial rules announced by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) on 9 July 2012 related to the minimum income required to sponsor a foreign partner, fiancee or spouse for a UK settlement visa. As soon as they were announced, the minimum income threshold came in for criticism as being far too high. At £18,600 for one applicant, £22,400 for couples … (read more…)
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