No cap on applications – UK’s new immigration system treats EU and non-EU citizens equally

Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced more details of the UK’s “brand new” immigration system today (19/02/19), which will take full effect on 1 January 2021, which the government has said will open up the UK to the brightest and the best from around the world.   Interestingly, rather than being branded as an Australian […]

Exceptional Talent now becomes Global Talent in the UK

There is a new name given to the Exceptional Talent visa category – it will be called the Global Talent route under Tier 1 from 20th February 2020 onward. This will replace the Exceptional Talent route. This category is mainly targeted for individuals in the fields of Science, Engineering, Digital Technology and Humanities with the […]

Coronavirus: immigration guidance if you’re unable to return to China from the UK

Coronavirus has been at the front of everyone’s mind over the past few weeks. It is a scary situation when an illness like this one begins to spread, and it is very easy for people to start thinking the worst and panicking.   One thing that has been done to reduce the spreading of coronavirus […]

British travellers may be turned away from airports due to this new rule!

British travellers looking to visit countries in the European Union will have to jump a new hurdle due to Brexit, the Home Office has confirmed.   During the transition period for the remainder of 2020, UK passports are valid for travel anywhere in the EU up to and including the date of expiry.   However, […]

Windrush Debate – Compensation and Crime

The Windrush Generation has once again been claiming headlines as the government continues to deport offenders who came to the UK as children, in the face of large scale anti-deportation protests.   Who are the Windrush Generation?   A quick refresher on who comes under this label:   Those arriving in the UK between 1948 […]

Life after Brexit – how will it affect YOU?

As you may have read in our recent article, the UK is currently going through a ‘transitional period’ during which Boris Johnson and his political colleagues will hold extensive negotiations regarding the relationship between the UK and the EU with European leaders.   These negotiations will be completed and the results announced by 31 December […]

Huge numbers of Brits applying for non-UK passports post-Brexit!

More than 350,000 Brits have applied for a non-UK passport as an insurance policy post-Brexit, in the hope that it will grant them immunity from any negative outcomes of exiting the EU.   This surge has been rising steadily since the result of the EU referendum back in 2016, with some even forfeiting their British […]

What’s the score with Brexit’s Transitional Period?

Whether you are for it or against it, Brexit will be officially happening at 11pm tonight (31.01.20). This means the UK will be separate from the EU from this point forward, but the effects on everyday life will not become obvious due to a ‘transitional period’ which will last until the end of the year. […]

Tonnes of Talent! New Visa Type Explained in Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules

Boris Johnson has said numerous times that he wants the UK to be seen as a country of ideas and that a major part of his time as Prime Minister will be dedicated to attracting the ‘brightest and best’ people from around the world to live and work here.   A statement of changes to […]

A new dawn for UK immigration? Here is what to expect.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is hugely influential on the Home Office and the rules they bring in when it comes to migrants coming to work and settle in the UK. Today (28.01.20), they have released their official report on how they believe the Home Office should operate in this area.   We have summarised […]

Boris Johnson signals to get rid of £30,000 threshold for immigrants by 2021

The Prime Minister is planning on wavering plans on putting a £30k minimum wage threshold for immigrants coming to work in the UK after Brexit, according to recent reports.   This comes as part of Boris Johnson’s new immigration policy post-Brexit, for which he is said to be inspired by the current Australian system.   […]

UK Immigration Rules to be Completely Overhauled!?

The Immigration Rules are the document that set out the precise criteria for granting or refusing permission to enter and remain in the United Kingdom. It is a massively important document, but often people who use it the most (legal professionals, visa applicants) complain that it is very poorly constructed and difficult to understand.   […]

New update on family reunions and biometrics collection information

There is a minor update and change in the Family reunion application category in regards to their location of the application and place for the biometric information to be taken from now onward.   All applications made in the UK for the family re-union must be sent to:   UKVI Family Reunion Team, Admin Team […]

Immigration law at music festivals – what’s the score?

Music festivals can be great fun, and are becoming more popular than ever. Attendances have been increasing steadily, with around 4 million people in the UK now attending at least one per year.   When music-lovers are pitching their tents and discussing which of the performers they want to watch during their time at the festival, immigration law and […]

Missing the EU Settlement Scheme Deadline – A Word of Advice

First things first:   The deadline to apply for a post-Brexit status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021 or, If the UK leaves the EU without a deal   You are required to be residing in the UK before it leaves the EU to apply. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.   You can […]

Custody battle between parents – how to make the best of a bad situation

The love between a parent and their child forms the base of the strongest bond imaginable between humans, and most families will do whatever it takes to stay together. However, sometimes life gets in the way and family situations are not always going to be perfect. We recently handled a sensitive family case, and are […]

Tax avoidance case successfully handled! Client saves over £70,000!

The running of a business can take its toll. From balancing finances, looking after staff, providing a good service and everything in-between, it is no wonder that thousands of business owners in the UK frequently experience high levels of stress!   That stress is multiplied tenfold when you are accused of running your business in […]

Sole Representative of an Overseas Company Visa – The Do’s and Don’ts

Sole Representative is a UK visa category allowing an employee/member of an organisation to enter the UK as a representative of an overseas company for the purpose of establishing a wholly owned subsidiary or branch in the UK for the overseas parent company. This visa has become a very common and famous choice for corporate […]

Family reunions – A success story from Lisa’s Law

To be separated from your family for a long time is one of the hardest and most heart-breaking ordeals a person can go through. This is heightened when it is a parent who is separated from their child, with hardly any means of reuniting.   Even when the child grows to be almost 18, in […]

Administrative review – who, what, how?

If you have been denied a UK visa, an Administrative Review is a way to challenge the decision of the Home Office. Your application will be reviewed by a Home Office official. However, you must be aware that you cannot submit any new evidence in order to challenge the decision or rectify the shortcomings at the […]

Home Office can make serious errors, but how can we deal with them?

A recent Home Office blunder meant that a man was refused leave to remain to care for his terminally ill partner.   The Home Office denied O’Neill Wallfall’s application because he could not prove that ‘travelling back to the Iraq would put his life at risk’.   However, Wallfall, as a Jamaican national who had […]

Success story from Lisa’s Law – Settlement visa attained for mother and child

The overarching reason why Lisa’s Law exists is because we want to help people. Whether this be supporting someone just starting out to get their first business up and running or assisting a family in moving into their first home, we aim to be a pillar of support throughout the entire journey.   We recently […]

£1m investor visa – time is of the essence!

A few years ago, an investment of £1m into the UK was enough to ensure a right of residence for the investor. Since November 2014 the required amount has been increased to £2m, but for those who already hold a Tier 1 (Investor) visa on the back of the original £1m route are still able […]

10 years continuous residency – the do’s and don’ts

After living anywhere for an extended period of time, immersing yourself in the surroundings and carving out a place for yourself the community, you will begin to think of that place as your home. It is with this in mind that the Home Office offers the 10 year continuous residency route to indefinite leave to […]

No-deal Brexit possibility sparks further changes to the immigration rules

While the chances of a no-deal Brexit are growing increasingly slim, the Home Office have issued some changes to the immigration rules which will only come into play should the UK leave the EU without a deal.   Brandon Lewis, the Minister of State for Security and Deputy for EU Exit and No Deal Preparation, said […]

New changes to the Tier 4 Visa Route – International students to receive warmer welcome!

As many of you will be aware the immigration rules have seen many important changes that came into force at the beginning of October this year. Some of these rules directly affect students wanting to study in the UK.   We know how stressful student life can be at the best of times, so we […]

Tier 1 Visa Routes Updated: What has changed?

The Home Office published some new changes to the UK Immigration rules recently, and many of them have now come into effect this month. The purpose of this article is to communicate the changes made to the Tier 1 visa routes that are on offer.   Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa:   The Tier 1 […]

New additions to post-Brexit immigration policies unveiled!

Yesterday, the Queen made a speech which contained details of rather large scale reforms brought in by the Conservative government. More than a third of the new and returning bills are directly involved with new arrangements following Brexit.   The proposed immigration bill highlights its purpose to bring an end to free movement and will lay the foundation […]

New arrivals and new services at Lisa’s Law!

What a fantastic time we have been having recently here at Lisa’s Law! Not only have we worked with many new clients and successfully handled tonnes of really interesting cases, we have also had the pleasure of welcoming some very experienced legal professionals into our ranks.   Introducing Bhavini Bhatt: Immigration Supervisor   Bhavini is […]

Brexit chaos deepens after Supreme Court ruling. How will Brexit affect your everyday life?

Now that we have officially set foot into the Brexit month. There are only less than 4 weeks until the official Brexit deadline: Thursday 31 October 2019.   But with all the uncertainties and political dogfighting, MPs voted to try to block a no-deal Brexit and with the Supreme court stepping in, the future of […]

A unique case study: the rights of family members of EU citizens is often a grey area

The rights of family members of EU citizens is a topic that we have visited frequently in recent months, with issues surrounding this area of law becoming something of a theme in news reports around the continent. The case we will be focusing on today again brings up some new issues, and highlights that the […]

Exceptional talent visa – Appeals now accepted in terms of endorsement refusal

An update has been made to the endorsement review form available for the Exceptional Talent visas from September 2019. It now allows the applicants the chance to request a review on a decision made against them in terms of endorsement.   This will be of great interest to anyone pursuing this visa route. You can take […]

More Brexit confusion – what is happening with free movement?

The Home Office has hinted that EU free movement rules will end immediately if there is a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, sparking mass confusion and offering no concrete information.   This change could affect the rights of EU citizens who arrive in the UK from November onward.   Former Prime Minister Theresa May was […]

New Innovator visa attracts shockingly low applicants!

The Home Office’s newest flagship visa route, the Innovator visa, has attracted just four applicants in its first three months of operation.   By contrast, the visa it replaced — Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) — had 1,900 applications in 2018.   These low numbers will be sure to raise questions surrounding the design of the Innovator […]

NHS – No Free Pass for Human Rights Applicants

The NHS has been the pride and joy of the United Kingdom ever since it was established in 1948 as part of the major social reforms following the Second World War. It is, at once, an institution the British people are very protective over and also, understandably, a target for people outside the UK who […]

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa – Risen from the dead?!

Many of our readers probably already know about the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa being largely replaced by the new visa type known as the Innovator visa. The Innovator visa is aimed mainly at people who have a good business track record and are wanting to branch out to the UK, with an endorsement granted by […]

Failing to create an equal work environment may lead to revocation of Tier 2 Sponsor Licence!

There have been recent updates made to the Home Office’s guidance document for the Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsors, otherwise known as employers.   The main information can be found on the first page of the document, here:     What’s important to note is the fact that this is ‘effective immediately’. Any sponsors […]

Home Office error results in 2,500 students deported!

The Home Office have recently come out about some mistakes and misjudgements on their part which resulted in are 34,000 foreign students being wrongly accused of cheating in an English Language test in 2015. This test was important to their status in the UK and as a result of these errors many of them have […]

Good character testing on youths – a help or a hindrance?

The ‘good character’ tests conducted by the government are carried out with the general public’s interest in mind, with their main purpose being to exclude any non-desirables from being granted citizenship in the UK. It may be safe to say that these tests and those carrying them out, on the whole, would be met with […]

The Jihadi Bride – Banned From Britain or Welcomed Back?

When she was 15 years old, Londoner Shamima Begum left the UK with two of her friends to join ISIS forces in Syria, and married an ISIS fighter. During her four year stint out there she lost two babies to illness and now that she is pregnant for a third time, and her husband has […]

Immigration rules should be relaxed when it comes to families, say campaigners.

The government is under increasing pressure from MP’s and charities to ease up on some of the rules that are currently prohibiting refugee families from reuniting. The current rules only allow for adult refugees to apply for their married or civil partners and children under 18 years old. Grandparents, siblings and children over 18 are […]

Money Talks! How can cash lead to quicker UK settlement?

It is no secret that having plenty of money is an extremely helpful and advantageous situation to find yourself in. It brings added security and comfort to your life. Although finding yourself in this situation is difficult and often requires tonnes of hard work, some luck and lots of support; however, it can indeed make […]

When the Court’s Judgements Conflict Each Other, What Will Happen?

Although it is quite common for judges sitting in Courts such as the County Court and the High Court to give oral judgements right after a hearing, the judges at the first-tier Immigration and Asylum Tribunal were not allowed to give oral judgements prior to 20th October 2014. They would have to reserve their judgements […]

Global Talent Visa – Home Office to add another UK visa option

The Home Office will launch a new fast-track immigration scheme for selected individuals who have skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM subjects). This will act as an extension of the already existing Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa route. The fast-track immigration route will be designed to attract elite researchers and specialists in science, […]

Overstaying may have an effect on your potential UK citizenship! Find out why now

Evidence of overstaying in the last 10 years will have a significantly negative impact on people applying for UK citizenship, as new rules are introduced by the UK Home Office. Essentially, all people who have stayed on in the UK after their visas have expired will be refused citizenship apart from in certain circumstances. The […]