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First virtual citizenship ceremony welcomed by Home Office minister

On 20 July 2020, Home Office Minister Kevin Foster attended the UK’s first virtual citizenship ceremony.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 20 July 2020)

  • “Those aged 18 or over who have successfully applied to become a British citizen must attend a citizenship ceremony. During the ceremony, individuals make an oath or pledge; the event is administered in the local authority by a registrar”
  • “Local authorities will now be able to conduct citizenship ceremonies for individuals and households virtually”
  • “As a result of coronavirus restrictions, group citizenship ceremonies have been suspended. However, citizenship ceremonies will now be allowed to take place via video conferencing. The move will allow applicants to complete their unique citizenship journey and become British citizen”
  • “These measures are expected to be temporary. It is anticipated that local authorities will resume providing group ceremonies in official premises once it is safe to do so and subject to national or local social distancing guidance”

For more information on advice on virtual citizenship ceremonies, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Sponsor a Tier 2 or 5 worker: guidance for employers

For a guide on how to apply for a Tier 2 or 5 sponsor licence and how to sponsor a migrant worker, please click here.

(Updated as of 16 July 2020)

For more information on guidance for employers sponsoring a Tier 2 or 5 worker, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Windrush: engagement events

Before coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the Home Office ran a series of public events around the country to raise awareness of the Windrush Compensation Scheme and the work of the Windrush Taskforce. Engagement events are now taking place online. These events are open to everyone of any nationality.”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 15 July 2020)

  • “Home Office staff present regularly at events”
  • “At all events, information is provided on who may be eligible for the Windrush Compensation Scheme, what kinds of losses and impacts it covers and how to apply. There is also an opportunity to ask questions”

For a list of upcoming online Windrush engagement events in August, please click here.

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New immigration system: what you need to know

From 01 January 2021, the UK will introduce its new points-based immigration system.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 13 July 2020)

Visa application process

  • From Autumn 2020, new immigration routes will open allowing applications to work, live and study in the UK
  • Biometric information will be required and the process for this is:
    • EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will need to provide a digital photos of your face using a smart phoneno fingerprints necessary – for a small number of visa routes (to be confirmed) you’ll need to go to an overseas visa application centre to have your photo taken
    • Non-EU citizens will continue to submit fingerprints and have photos taken at overseas application centres

Skilled workers

  • From January 2021, the offered job will require a skill level of RQF3 or above (A level equivalent) – You also need to speak English and the minimum salary threshold is £25,600
  • If you do not meet the required salary, there are other ways to apply – please get in touch for more information
  • Further details regarding the points system can be found here 
  • If you’re not already a licensed sponsor and you think you’ll want to sponsor migrants through the skilled worker route from January 2021, you should apply now.

Global talent scheme

  • Highly-skilled scientists and researchers from the EU, EEA and Switzerland can come to the UK without a job offer

International students and graduates

  • As an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen you will be able to apply for a visa to study in the UK if you:
    • have been offered a place on a course
    • can speak, read, write and understand English
    • have the sufficient funds to support yourself and pay for your course
  • For graduates who have completed a degree in the UK from summer 2021, there will be a new graduation immigration route where you’ll be able to work, or look for work in the UK at any skill level for up to 2 years 

Visiting the UK

If you’re visiting the UK for up to 6 months, visas will not be required to enter if you’re an EU, EEA, Swiss citizen or a non-visa national.

EU citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020

“If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen living in the UK before 31 December 2020, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.”

Crossing the UK border

“Citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States of America, Singapore and South Korea – with a biometric chip in their passports – will continue to be able to use ePassport gates to pass through the border on arrival. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will also be able to use ePassport gates (this will be kept under review). EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will continue to be able to cross the UK border using a valid passport.”

“Until at least January 2026 we’ll continue to recognise identity cards used for travel by EU citizens and their EU family members who are both resident in the UK before the end of the transition period and hold status under the EU Settlement Scheme. We will also recognise ICAO compliant identity cards from this group beyond 2026.

For newly arriving migrants, we intend to phase out the use of insecure identity documents and will set out further details on this shortly.”

Proving immigration status in the UK

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will use an online service to view their immigration status and to prove their status to others.

Employers, landlords and public service providers will continue to accept EU citizens’ passports and identity cards as evidence of their immigration status until 30 June 2021.

Guidance for employers is available on carrying out right to work checks on EU citizens and their family members in the UK.

Non-EU citizens will continue to use a physical document to prove their immigration status.

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

For more information on the new immigration system, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): travellers exempt from border rules in the UK

For a list of information regarding travellers exempt from border rules in the UK, click here.

(Updated as of 31 July 2020)

For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19): travellers exempt from border rules in the UK, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Application for change of conditions of leave to allow access to public funds if your circumstances change

Circumstances change; that’s a given in any situation. If you’ve already been granted leave based on your private or family life and your financial situation changes, you may still require access to public funds.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 06 July 2020)

Overview

Apply online for a change to your conditions if:

  • since being granted leave to remain your financial circumstances have changed and you have become destitute, you are at imminent risk of destitution, there are now particularly compelling reasons relating to the welfare of your child on account of your very low income, or there are now exceptional circumstances in your case relating to your financial circumstances
  • you were destitute, at imminent risk of destitution, there were particularly compelling reasons relating to the welfare of your child on account of your very low income, or there were exceptional circumstances in your case relating to your financial circumstances, at the time your application was being considered, but you failed to provide evidence of this and you now wish to send in this evidence

Eligibility

You’re eligible to apply for a change of conditions if:

  • “you have leave to remain under the 10 year partner, parent or private life route, where the applicant claims that refusal of that application for leave to remain would breach their rights (or the rights of other specified persons) under ECHR Article 8 (the right to respect for private and family life)”
  • “you have leave to remain on the basis of other ECHR right”

“You can also be eligible to apply if you have leave to remain under the 5-year partner/parent route. If you’re accepted, you would be considered to have moved on to the 10-year route to settlement and as such any future applications for leave will be considered under the 10-year route. However, when you come to reapply if you feel that you again meet the criteria under the 5-year route you should be aware that any leave you had previously accumulated under the 5-year route will not count towards your new 5-year period.”

Evidence required

To make the request for an amendment to your conditions of leave you need to:

  • complete your application online
  • provide your existing Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) where relevant, or passport (including your Leave to Remain vignette where relevant)
  • include documentary evidence that you meet the policy on granting recourse to public funds

Evidence of your financial circumstance and living arrangements will be required such as:

  • 6 months bank statements for all accounts held by all members of your household, even those belonging to children or ones that are rarely used. These should be fully annotated to explain significant/regular transactions
  • recent utility and other relevant bills
  • letter confirming duration of employment, the hours worked and salary (the person writing should state their position in the company and provide contact details)
  • recent letters from family or friends who are providing support, giving full details regarding the extent of this and how often it is provided

Biometric residence permits (BRP)

“If you meet the requirements for an amendment to the conditions of your leave to allow recourse to public funds we may send you a letter giving information about enrolling your biometric information. You would need to do this at a Service & Support Centre (SSC) for which you may qualify for travel assistance. We will then issue you with a biometric residence permit.”

Timeframe for assessing the request

“No service standards apply to the assessment of whether the applicant qualifies for a change of condition code, but caseworkers will make reasonable efforts to decide such requests promptly, especially those involving a child or an applicant who is street homeless, disabled or otherwise in vulnerable circumstances.”

Get help to apply online

You can get help with completing the online form if you:

  • do not feel confident using a computer or mobile device
  • do not have internet access

You can only use this service if you’re applying to switch to this visa in the UK.

Please be advised that the above information is not an exhaustive list as there are more requirements and points to consider when making an application

For more information on application for change of conditions of leave to allow access to public funds if your circumstances change, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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Windrush applicant information

If you are an applicant to the Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme, you may require further information found here.

(Updated as of 02 July 2020)

For more information regarding Windrush applicants, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Applying for a UK visa: USA

If you are in the USA and wish to apply for a UK visa, there are a few things which must be done.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 03 July 2020)

To apply for a UK visa in the USA you need to:

  • apply online
  • pay your fee
  • book and attend your biometric appointment
  • Attend an Application Support Centre (ASC)
  • post your application

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

For more information on the applying for a UK visa if you’re in the USA, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Applying for a UK visa: New Zealand

If you are in New Zealand and wish to apply for a UK visa, there are a few things which must be done.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 July 2020)

“To apply for a UK visa in New Zealand you need to:

You should read the guidance if you’re making an application for:

Apply no earlier than 3 months before your intended travel date, unless you are applying under the Youth Mobility Scheme, where you can apply up to 6 months before.

If your visa is valid for more than 6 months, you will be given a 30-day travel window based on the information provided in the application form. If successful, your temporary visa will be valid for 30 days and you will need to travel within this period. If you cannot travel during this 30-day window, you will need to submit an application for a vignette transfer.

Do not book your travel until you receive your visa, as UKVI is not liable for any costs incurred if you do not receive your visa before your intended travel date.”

For more information on the applying for a UK visa if you’re in New Zealand, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Guidance on applications under Global Talent

If you are applying for a visa or to extend your stay in the UK under Global Talent and you want to understand the details of the policy for it, the Home Office have issued new guidance.

Click here to find out more.

(Updated as of 01 July 2020)

For more information on Guidance on applications under Global Talent, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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