Category: Immigration Tips

LEGAL MINUTE: visa, Brexit and COVID-19

Coronavirus: Thousands could be forced to leave UK within weeks under current Home Office guidelines. From Independent.

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What is the future for travel and migration in age of Covid-19? Lockdowns are starting to ease but travel and migration will be disrupted for longer. From The Guardian.

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UK universities stand to lose billions if the pandemic keeps foreign students away. From Market Place.

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What coronavirus means for Brexit talks. As discussions over an EU-UK trade deal resume, negotiators are being forced to adapt to new political realities and practicalities. From Independent.

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An NHS healthcare assistant battling terminal bone cancer who is still working to continue supporting her three children in Zambia says she is desperate to bring them to the UK before it is too late. From Daily Mail.

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All foreign key workers who have been on the front line during the pandemic should be part of the government’s free visa extension scheme, say campaigners. Some migrant workers must pay thousands of pounds for new visas to stay in the UK, despite playing a vital role in keeping the country going. From BBC.

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International NHS and social care staff who have worked during the Covid-19 pandemic should be given indefinite leave to remain in the UK with their families, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has said. From ITV News.

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Their father died from coronavirus – now this family fears they could be forced to leave UK. From Independent.

LEGAL MINUTE: immigration and lockdown in the UK

The government must reform immigration rules for foreign-born medical staff working in the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a top professional body for doctors in the UK. From Independent.

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A video featuring UK residents and people of foreign heritage reciting an anti-racist poem has highlighted the crucial role immigrant workers are playing in the Covid-19 outbreak. From The Guardian.

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A woman who has lived in the UK for seven years has been ordered to leave the country within days or face deportation, despite the government advising against all travel during ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From Independent.

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Gaps in Government data are making it difficult to know whether the EU Settlement Scheme is working, immigration experts have claimed. From This is local London.

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After the government banned weddings on 23 March, to prevent the coronavirus pandemic spreading, Liu and Holford have found themselves in immigration limbo. From The Guardian.

Legal Minute: immigration and lockdown in the UK

UK sticks to December 2020 Brexit deadline despite coronavirus. From City AM.

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Companies that employ overseas citizens with soon-to-expire visas may be feeling anxious about how they will be affected by the travel bans and other restrictions brought by the coronavirus. From Personnel Today

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Post-Brexit trade talks are continuing with the EU “in these difficult times”, according to the UK’s chief negotiator. From BBC.

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The world’s most powerful passports in the age of coronavirus. From CNN.

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As several countries relax immigration rules for medically-trained refugees and migrants in the wake of coronavirus, campaigners are calling for Britain to follow suit. From The Guardian.

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There has been a marked change in the immigration conversation as the coronavirus crisis exposes vulnerabilities that had been swept under the carpet during the Brexit process. ].

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The Good Morning Britain presenter’s, Piers Morgan, has insisted that we need to break the stigma when it comes to immigration in the UK when the coronavirus pandemic is over. From Metro.

Immigration Health Surcharge rising to £624 in October 2020

The Immigration Health Surcharge is to increase from £400 to £624 in October 2020, the government has announced.

The rise was confirmed during the Budget, which Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented to Parliament today. An accompanying policy costings document states: 

This measure increases the Immigration Health Surcharge from the current level of £400 per year to £624 per year for each surcharge liable non-EEA temporary migrant (including dependants). The measure also increases the discounted rate for students, their dependents and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme from £300 to £470. The surcharge will also be set at £470 for all children under the age of 18.

This will be implemented in October 2020 and expanded to include future EEA temporary migrants at the increased rate from January 2021.

The Conservatives had promised to increase the surcharge to this level during the 2019 general election campaign, so it is not news in that sense, but the timing of the increase was not previously known.

Migrants already pay for the NHS through their taxes, so what the surcharge really represents is a tax on UK visas. It is levied in addition to headline visa application fees. These do not appear to be rising in 2020/21 — but the health surcharge hike will push up the total cost of many visas anyway.

From Free Movement: https://www.freemovement.org.uk/immigration-health-surcharge-rising-to-624-in-october-2020/