Category: Legal Advice

EU Settlement Scheme: ID document scanner locations

“For those applying to the EU Settlement Scheme, the Home Office have recently issued locations where you can go to get your biometric ID document scanned if you do not have an Android device with near field communication (NFC).”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01October 2020)

  • Some ID document scanning locations are closed due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • The purpose of the scan is to confirm your identity so that you will be able to make an application to the EU Settlement Scheme.
  • You must not start your application for settled status before you attend your appointment
  • Contact the location to book an appointment to use this service. You’ll need to attend this appointment in person.
  • Once your ID document has been scanned you can make the rest of your application online later using a computer or any other device you choose to access the internet.
  • You must bring your biometric passport from an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and a mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive email.

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

For more information on EU Settlement Scheme ID document scanner locations, 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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Immigration health surcharge: applying for reimbursement

“The immigration health surcharge (IHS) was set up in 2015. Most non-EEA nationals applying for temporary leave to enter or remain in the UK for longer than 6 months must pay an IHS to the Home Office at the point of visa application. On 21 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced plans to exempt health and care workers from the IHS “as soon as possible”. The Health and Home Secretaries subsequently agreed that these exemptions would be backdated to 31 March 2020.”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 October 2020)

There is a list of qualifying criteria that must be met to successfully apply for this refund:

  • You must have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge for your current visa;
  • You must have worked in an eligible health or care role for at least (an average of) 16 hours per week during the six-month period since 31 March 2020

“Reimbursements are paid in 6-month instalments, and applicants will need to reapply every 6 months to continue to be reimbursed. To claim the refund, you will need to provide supporting evidence including copies of your payslips for the 6-month period you are applying for a reimbursement for. The refund will only cover the IHS you have paid for from 31 March 2020 onwards.

If you meet the above criteria, you are also entitled to claim a refund for your partner or dependents. When applying you will need the following details: full name of main applicant; IHS number; payslips for the 6-month period you are applying for; the payment method that was used for the initial IHS payment; and, if applicable, dependant’s details.”

For more information on Immigration health surcharge: guidance for reimbursement 2020, 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): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions

For a list of information regarding jobs that qualify for travel exemptions, click here.

(Updated as of 28 September 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 a Visa4UK application refund

The Home Office has recently issued a form to request to cancel a Visa4UK visa application and request for a refund if you applied outside the UK.

Here’s what you’ll need to know.

(Updated as of 24 September 2020)

Your visa application fee will only be refunded:

  • if your application is withdrawn using this form
  • before you submit your biometric information
  • before any processing of your application has taken place if the submission of biometric information is not required for your application

You must submit one form for each visa application.

For more information on Application for a Visa4UK application refund, 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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Recruiting people from outside the UK from 1 January 2021

The Home Office has recently issued guidance for employers who from 1 January 2021, will need to have a sponsor licence to hire most workers from outside the UK.

Here’s what you’ll need to know.

(Updated as of 24 September 2020)

“From 1 January 2021, freedom of movement between the UK and EU will end and the UK will introduce an immigration system that will treat all applicants equally, regardless of where they come from. Anyone you want to recruit from outside the UK, excluding Irish citizens, will need to apply for permission first.

The requirements are different for each visa.

The new system will not apply to EEA or Swiss citizens you already employ in the UK. EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020, and their family members, can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. They have until 30 June 2021 to apply.”

Skilled workers

“From 1 January 2021, anyone you recruit from outside the UK for the Skilled Worker route will need to demonstrate that”:

  • they have a job offer from a Home Office licensed sponsor
  • they speak English at the required level
  • the job offer is at the required skill level of RQF3 or above (equivalent to A level)
  • they’ll be paid at least £25,600 or the ‘going rate’ for the job offer, whichever is higher.

Intra-company transfers

If you want to transfer a worker from a part of your business overseas to work for you in the UK, they can apply for the Intra-Company Transfer route. Applicants will need to be existing workers who will undertake roles that meet the skills and salary thresholds.”

From 1 January 2021, workers transferring to the UK will need to:

  • be sponsored as an Intra-Company Transfer by a Home Office licensed sponsor
  • have 12 months’ experience working for a business overseas linked by ownership to the UK business they will work for.
  • be undertaking a role at the required skill level of RQF6 or above (graduate level equivalent)
  • be paid at least £41,500 or the ‘going rate’ for the job, whichever is higher

If you’re already a Home Office licensed sponsor

“If you’re already a licensed Tier 2 (General) visa sponsor, you’ll be automatically granted a new Skilled Worker licence.

If you’re an Intra-Company Transfer sponsor, you’ll be automatically granted a new Intra-Company Transfer licence.”

Apply for a sponsor license

“If you think you’ll want to sponsor migrants from 1 January 2021, you should apply for a sponsor licence now.”

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

For more information on recruiting people from outside the UK from 1 January 2021, 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.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

For the latest advice regarding visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus, please click here.

(Updated as of 24 September 2020)

For more information on advice for visa applicants and temporary UK residents, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Tuberculosis test clinics for a UK visa

If you want to come to the UK for more than 6 months, you must be tested for tuberculosis.

(Updated as of 21 July 2020)

If you’re from Zambia click here.

If you’re from Gambia click here.

If you’re from Rwanda click here.

If you’re from Uganda click here.

If you’re from Tanzania click here.

If you’re from Uganda click here.

If you’re from Cameroon click here.

If you’re from Botswana click here.

If you’re from India click here.

If you’re from Kazakhstan click here.

If you’re from Myanmar (Burma) click here.

If you’re from Ghana click here.

(Updated as of 25th September 2020)

For more information on Tuberculosis test clinics for a UK visa, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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British Nationals (Overseas) in Hong Kong

For a guide on British Nationals (overseas) in Hong Kong, please click here.

(Updated as of 22 September 2020)

For more information on British Nationals (Overseas) in Hong Kong , 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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Frontier workers in the UK: rights and status

If you’re a frontier worker who wishes to continue working in the UK or wish to begin employment in the UK, the Home Office has released new guidance.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 21 September 2020)

On 1 January 2021 the UK’s points-based immigration system will come into effect, and there are some changes frontier workers need to be aware of.”

“You’re a frontier worker if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you are employed or self-employed in the UK but live elsewhere.”

Frontier working before January 2021

“You’ll be able to keep your frontier worker status if you’re frontier working in the UK by 31 December 2020, but you’ll need to apply for a frontier worker permit.

Irish citizens will not need a frontier worker permit but may apply for one if they wish.

You may also keep your frontier worker status if you’ve previously been a frontier worker and one of the following applies:”

  • you’re temporarily unable to work because of an illness or accident
  • you were working in the UK but are now involuntarily unemployed, and are looking for work in the UK
  • you’re in vocational training while involuntarily unemployed
  • you’re in vocational training while unemployed, and the training is related to the work you carried out in your previous work
  • you’re temporarily unable to work as a result of pregnancy or childbirth
  • you’re on maternity or paternity leave, and you will return to your previous employment, or find another job, at the end of this period

Frontier worker permit

“Later this year, the government will launch a frontier worker permit scheme. You’ll be able to apply if you have frontier worker status.

Applications will be free. You’ll be able to apply online from inside or outside the UK.

From 1 July 2021, you’ll need to hold a valid frontier worker permit, as well as your valid passport or national identity card, to enter the UK as a frontier worker.”

Frontier working from 1 January 2021

“From 1 January 2021, non-British, non-Irish workers who wish to begin employment in the UK while remaining resident outside the UK will need to apply through the UK’s points-based immigration system.”

For more information on Frontier workers in the UK: rights and status, 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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Prove your English language abilities with a secure English language test (SELT)

“For visa or citizenship applications, you may need to prove your knowledge of English by passing a secure English language test (SELT).”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 21 September 2020)

  • There are 2 types of test as different immigration routes require different levels of English language ability. The test you will need to take depends on what you are applying for
  • SELT’s will only be available from approved providers
  • For your results to be accepted, your test must:
    • be on the list of approved English language tests
    • have been sat at an approved test location
  • You will need to provide evidence of your identity at the test location before you can take the test. Your identity document must:
    • be current and valid
    • be an original, not a photocopy
    • include a photo of you
    • match the information you gave when you booked the test
  • After you pass the test, you will be given an SELT unique reference number which you must use when making your application. If you do not include your reference number, your application may be refused.
  • You can make special requests when you book your test if, for example, you have a disability and need extra equipment or help accessing the test location.
  • You will not need to take an English language test if you:
    • currently have a Tier 4 (Child) student visa
    • have completed a course in the UK as a Tier 4 (Child) student – the course must have been at least 6 months long and have ended in the past 2 years
    • are from a majority English-speaking country
    • have previously completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in a majority English-speaking country

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

For more information on proving your English language abilities with a secure English language test (SELT), 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.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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