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UK Immigration Bulletin March 2013


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We are sending out this URGENT UK Immigration bulletin to advise you of important changes to immigration fees, Tier 2 visa changes from 6 April 2013 and changes to the Life in the UK Test from 25 March 2013.   If you think you may be affected by the changes you may wish to apply sooner rather than later.

UK Immigration fees increasing 6 April 2013 - Apply NOW!

From 6th April, there will be a huge 35% increase in visa fees for dependents applying from within the UK. Major changes include:

Dependents applying for Tier 1 General extensions, Tier 2 visas, and indefinite leave to remain (permanent residence) will pay substantially higher fees. There will be a non-refundable appointment fee of £100 for appointments at the public enquiry office.

We can help with your application. We process UK visas on a same day basis. We have a limited number of slots so apply now. Call our London Office on 0344 991 9222 for further details.

Tier 2 Visa changes 6 April 2013

Please note that from 6 April 2013 there will be changes to the Tier 2 visa system.  There will be an increase in minimum salary requirements, changes to the skilled occupation list and more stringent job advertising requirements. If you intend to apply for a Tier 2 visa, you should consider applying now.  The changes are likely to make it harder to obtain a Tier 2 visa from 6 April 2013.

Tier 2 Sponsorship Licences – Enabling UK employers to hire international workers

We can help your company renew its Tier 2 sponsorship licence or apply for the first time. Your firm must hold a licence to employ international workers. Please note that the procedure for sponsoring employees will become more difficult from 6 April 2013.

Life in the UK Test

From 25th March 2013, the Life in the UK Test will become harder. It will also feature questions on the UK’s culture and history. We advise you to apply now and take the old test. You will have to wait for between one and three weeks for a slot so apply today.  Once you have passed the test you can use it for a residence or citizenship application at any time.

Tier 1 (General) visa extensions

This tier is closed to new applicants.   We can still help you apply for a Tier 1 (General) extension if you are already in the UK as an existing Tier 1 (General) visa holder or on a HSMP visa or under one of the previous self-employed visa categories.  If you wish to stay longer in the UK and you have a job offer you may be able to come under the Tier 2 visa scheme.

Tier 4 visas

Last month UK Prime Minister David Cameron told Indian TV station Sunrise TV 'there is no limit on the number of students who can come from India to study at British universities’.

If you are intending to study in the UK you must apply for a Tier 4 student visa. The application process is not that straightforward, despite what Mr Cameron says.

Immigration to Canada and Australia

We can also help you with applications to many other countries including the popular destinations of Australia and Canada which allows entry of skilled professionals and tradespeople as well as others.

If you want to benefit from our 25 years of experience in the immigration business call our London office on +44 (0)344 991 9222 or our New Delhi office on +91 011-45660800. Alternatively, complete one of our online forms. You can also subscribe to the workpermit.com immigration newsletter for regular news and updates.

We hope to hear from you soon.

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