Month: October 2020

LEGAL MINUTE: immigration system changes

Immigration Health Surcharge rises to £624 from 27 October 2020. As a result, UK immigration applications sent in before the 27th will be hundreds of pounds cheaper than those completed after that date. From Free Movement

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is prepared to fully leave the European Union without a deal when the Brexit transition period ends, his spokesman said on Thursday, but the British leader still believes there is a deal to be done. From Reuters

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UK tech visa applications hit new high. Despite Brexit and Covid-19, the UK is still an attractive location to kickstart a tech business. From IT Pro Portal

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The UK had set a deadline of Thursday to decide whether it was worth continuing talks. Both sides have indicated they want to carry on but the EU has said it is up to the UK to make the next move. From BBC

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On 30 September 2020 the Home Office updated its good character policy for naturalisation to make it even harder for EU nationals to become British citizens. From Free Movement

LEGAL MINUTE: more news about Brexit

Boris Johnson’s flagship post-Brexit immigration bill is facing the prospect of multiple defeats in the House of Lords, as peers demand greater safeguards for EU children in care and unaccompanied refugees. From Independent

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The government has faced a string of defeats in the House of Lords over its post-Brexit immigration bill. From BBC

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City urges government to fix ‘unfair’ UK visa process. The local authority said the UK immigration system needs to be streamlined to help the UK’s economic recovery. From FN London

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“Coronavirus has made me into an undocumented immigrant in Britain”. From Independent

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Despite early predictions that the coronavirus pandemic would cause international student numbers to decline, the UK is set for a record increase, with enrolments from non-EU international students up 9% this academic year. From The Conversation

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Two-thirds of British voters think EU nationals should not have free movement. British social attitudes survey reveals a nation that is still divided on the impact of Brexit. From The Guardian

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Applications to EU settlement scheme top 4 million. From Irish News

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How does the point-based immigration system work?

How applicants can reach the 70 points required for a UK visa

From January 2021, under the new points-based immigration system, anyone wishing to work in the UK must meet certain requirements.

In this way, visas will be granted to applicants who reach sufficient points.

Skilled workers

Under the new system, anyone who comes to the UK to work needs to demonstrate that:

· Has a job offer from a company licensed by the Home Office
· Qualification with skill level equivalent to high school
· Fluent English
· Salary equal to or greater than £ 25,600

If the job offer is for a lower salary – but not less than £ 20,480 – the candidate will still be able to negotiate some characteristics related to his qualifications and obtain the necessary number of points.

70 points to work in the UK

Job offer – 20 points

Appropriate skill level – 20 points

Fluent English – 10 points

Salary from £ 20,480 to £ 23,039 – 0 points

Salary from £ 23,040 to £ 25,599 – 10 points

Salary £ 25,600 or more – 20 points

Work in occupation with disabilities in manpower – 20 points

PhD in a relevant subject – 10 points

PhD in a relevant STEM discipline – 20

O que ainda está em discussão sobre o Reino Unido e a Irlanda com Brexit

LEGAL MINUTE: post Brexit immigration

The end of freedom of movement after Brexit will increase pressure on the social care sector in the midst of a pandemic unless ministers make jobs more attractive to UK workers by increasing salaries, government advisers have said. From The Guardian

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Campaign launched to ready businesses for points-based immigration system. From Gov.UK

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Applying for settled and pre-settled status requires genuine residence. From Free Movement

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Home Office plans to evict thousands of refused asylum seekers. People in England whose cases have been refused will be given 21 days to leave UK, letter states. From The Guardian

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Is Brexit Britain pro-immigration and what does it mean for business? How have British feelings about immigration changed in the past four years, since the Brexit referendum – and where does the UK go from here? From Relocate Magazine

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Thousands of EU nationals could face problems accessing essential services because the government is refusing to issue physical proof of their right to live in the UK. From The Guardian

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Wealthy Britons step up citizenship shopping as Brexit deadline looms. From Financial World

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