Family migration: adequate maintenance and accommodation

The Home Office have recently issued guidance on considering family migration applications that are not required to; or cannot meet the minimum income threshold.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 12 November 2020)

Additionally, this guidance also has information pertaining to, but not limited to:

  • Definition of ‘adequate’ maintenance
  • Assessing adequate maintenance
  • Income
  • Evidential requirements
  • Accommodation
  • Refusal wording
  • Covid-19 concessions

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

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EU Settlement Scheme: community support for vulnerable citizens

The Home Office have recently issued information pertaining to organisations funded to provide support to vulnerable and at-risk EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 11 November 2020)

“Charities, local authorities and voluntary organisations across the UK are being funded to provide help and information to vulnerable EU, EEA and Swiss citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Practical support is available for a range of needs including disabled people, children, those with severe mental health conditions, victims of human trafficking or domestic abuse, those without a permanent address, those who are homeless and those who are elderly or isolated.

The 72 grant funded organisations are located across the UK to ensure services are available to those who most need it.”

For a list of organisations funded to provide support to vulnerable and at-risk EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme, visit here.

For more information on the EU Settlement Scheme, 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): get support if you’re a migrant living in the UK

The Home Office have recently issued information explaining the support you can get if you do not have permission to live permanently in the UK.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 11 November 2020)

“You may not be able to access public funds but you may be able to get support from the UK government if you’re a migrant living in the UK.

You can apply for access to public funds by making a ‘change of conditions’ application if you have a UK family or private life visa and either:”

  • you’re destitute or at risk of destitution
  • your child’s welfare is at risk due to low income
  • you’re in other exceptional financial circumstances

Additionally the guidance includes information on:

  • If you need medical treatment in the UK
    • If you’re considered vulnerable because of a medical condition
    • If you are asked to self-isolate
  • If you’re employed in the UK
    • If you’re self employed
  • If you’re studying in the UK
  • If you cannot afford housing costs
    • If you’re renting the house
    • If you’re paying the mortgage
    • Local authority support
  • If you’re an asylum seeker

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

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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 11 November 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

“On 10 December, 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.”

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

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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 16 November 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
  • For the following application routes, you will need to take a test that assesses your reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities”:
    • Innovator
    • Start-up
    • Tier 2 (General)
    • Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)
    • Student
  • “For the following application routes, you will need to take a test that assesses your speaking and listening abilities”:
    • Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
    • Representative of an Overseas Business
    • Partner
    • Parent
    • Settlement (also known as indefinite leave to remain)
    • Citizenship

“The level of test you will need, known as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level, will depend on the route you are applying for. To find out which level you need, see the specific guidance for your immigration route.”

  • 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 SELTunique 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.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions

The Home Office have recently issued information pertaining to Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions.

Here’s what you need to know

(Updated as of 07 November 2020)

“The following jobs qualify people for exemptions from completing the passenger locator form or self-isolating, or both.”

  • Diplomatic missions, international organisations and conferences
  • Representatives of a foreign country or territory or British overseas territories
  • Defence personnel, visiting forces and government contractors
  • Essential border security duties – UK officials and contractors
  • Essential border security duties – non-UK officials and contractors
  • Crown servants or government contractors
  • Regular work abroad
  • Regular work in the UK, living abroad
  • Bus and coach drivers
  • Drivers of goods vehicles
  • People transiting airside through the UK
  • Civil aviation inspectors
  • Eurotunnel workers
  • Eurostar International workers
  • Channel Tunnel system workers
  • Network Rail workers
  • Seamen and masters and inspectors and surveyors of ships
  • Aircraft pilots and crew
  • Seasonal agricultural workers
  • Water supplies and sewerage services workers

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

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Health and Care visa (Tier 2)

The Home Office have recently issued information pertaining to Health and Care visa (Tier 2).

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 05 November 2020)

You can apply for a Tier 2 (Health and Care) visa if:

  • you have a job offer from the NHS, an organisation providing medical services to the NHS or an organisation providing adult social care
  • you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
  • your sponsor has told you that you are eligible for it

You must be a qualified:

  • doctor
  • nurse
  • health professional
  • adult social care professional

Additionally, the guidance includes information on:

  • Getting sponsored
  • How long it will take
  • Fees
  • If you’re applying to extend or switch in the UK
  • Get a faster decision on your application
  • Eligibility
  • Knowledge of English
  • Documents you must provide
  • Apply
  • Extend your visa
  • Family members
  • Taking a second job

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

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EU Settlement Scheme: ID document scanner locations

The Home Office have recently issued information pertaining to 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 05 November 2020)

The guidance includes information on:

  • Make an appointment
  • What to bring to your appointment
  • Where this service is available
  • Charges
  • Additional information

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

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Points-based system: Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

The Home Office have recently issued information pertaining to applications in the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category of the points-based system (PBS).

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 05 November 2020)

The guidance includes information on:

  • Entry or extension requirements
  • Documents not in English
  • Genuine entrepreneur test
    • Paper consideration
    • Stages
    • Arranging the interview
    • Interviewing
    • After the test
  • Extension applications
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Temporary extension applications
  • Indefinite leave to remain (Settlement) applications
  • Attributes
    • Initial application
    • Extension application
    • Indefinite leave to remain
  • Access to funds for investment
  • Acceptable investments

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

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Application for Secretary of State immigration bail

The Home Office have recently a form if you have been detained under immigration powers and want to make an application to the Secretary of State to be released on bail. Completed application forms should be returned to an immigration official within your place of detention.

(Updated as of 05 November 2020)

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