Visiting the UK from 1 January 2021

The Home Office have recently issued information regarding what you need to know about crossing the UK border and visiting the UK from 1 January 2021.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 04 December 2020)

What do I need when visiting the UK?

  • Irish citizens will continue to have free movement as their current status dictates
  • EU, EEA and Swiss citizens may continue holidays and short trips to the UK without the need of a visa
  • EEA or Swiss national ID cards will no longer be effective to enter the UK from 1 October 2021
  • National ID cards may be used to enter the UK until at least 31 December 2025 if you:
    • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
    • have a frontier worker permit
    • are an S2 Healthcare Visitor
    • are a Swiss Service Provider

Correct documentation must be shown at the UK border from 1 January 2021. Documents not listed here may not be used.

Additionally, If you’re a non-EEA family member of an EEA or Swiss citizen, documents needed to travel will not change until at least 2021. Further information will be provided in due course.

What can I bring when visiting the UK?

From January 2021, there will be changes pertaining to the following when visiting the UK:

  • Pets
  • Goods
  • Merchandise
  • Cash

Can I access healthcare when visiting the UK?

For the latest information pertaining to NHS healthcare, EEA and Swiss citizens should check the latest information here.

Can I drive when visiting the UK?

If you have a non-UK driving license, you will still be able to drive in the UK without an international driving permit (IDP).

“If you have vehicle insurance issued in the EU, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia or Switzerland, you should carry an insurance green card or other valid proof of insurance.

To be valid, other proof of insurance must be a document issued by the vehicle insurance provider which includes the”:

  • name of the insurance provider
  • number plate or other identifying particulars of the vehicle
  • period of insurance cover

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

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on visiting the UK: information for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, 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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EU Settlement Scheme: ID document scanner locations

The Home Office have recently issued guidance on 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 04 December 2020)

How do I make an appointment to get my biometric ID document scanned?

To make an appointment to get your biometric ID document scanned, you will need to contact one of these locations and attend the appointment in person.

Once your ID documents has been scanned, your application can be completed online at a later stage using a compatible device.

What should I bring to my appointment to get my biometric ID document scanned?

When attending your appointment to get your biometric ID document scanned, you must bring:

  • your biometric passport from an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland
  • a mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive email

Are there any charges for getting my biometric ID document scanned?

“You may be charged to use this service. The service provider you use will tell you how much you will need to pay.

In some cases, you may need to attend a further appointment or send us your ID document for a decision to be made on your application. If this happens you will not usually be entitled to a refund.

If you do not provide your ID document if we ask you for it, or if we ask you to attend a further appointment and you do not attend, your application could be refused.”

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

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors 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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Form UKM: Register as a British citizen

The Home Office have recently issued guidance for registering as a British citizen if you were born before 1983 to a British mother.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 December 2020)

What requirements must I meet to register as a British citizen?

You will be entitled to registration if you meet all these requirements:

  • you were born before 1 January 1983
  • you would have become a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by descent if, before 1 January 1983, women had been able to pass on citizenship to their children in the same way as men at the time of your birth
  • you would have acquired a right of abode in the UK because:
    • your mother was, at the time of your birth, a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by birth, legal adoption, naturalisation or registration* in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, or
    • one of your mother’s parents **was a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by birth, legal adoption, naturalisation or registration* in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man at the time of her birth, or
    • one of your father’s parents** was a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by birth, legal adoption, naturalisation or registration* in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man at the time of his birth, or
    • you were resident in the United Kingdom for a continuous period of 5 years before 1983 and had become settled in the United Kingdom by the end of that 5-year period, or
    • you are a woman who, before 1 January 1983, was or had been married to a man with the right of abode in the United Kingdom

Do I need to enrol my biometric details to register as a British citizen?

As part of your application, all applicants are required to enrol their biometric details for the purpose of identity verification. Children under 18 applying for registration as a British citizen must also enrol their biometric details. Children under the age of 6 do not need to provide fingerprints but must have a digital photograph taken of their face.

What documents do I need to register as a British citizen?

For British citizen applications to be considered, the following documents are required:

  • Your passport
  • Your full birth certificate (one which includes the name of your parent(s), (which should be requested from the relevant authorities in your country of origin),
  • Your mother’s full birth certificate, and either
  • Her certificate of naturalisation or registration as a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (or, before 1 January 1949, as a British subject), or
  • Papers showing her legal adoption, or
  • Her expired citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies passport.

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

For more information on Form UKM: registering as a British citizen, 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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Living in the UK: applying from overseas

The Home Office have recently issued guidance for applicants outside the UK. It explains the steps to applying for and being granted permission to live in the UK.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 December 2020)

Making your application to live in the UK

An application to live in the UK can be made online. You can also pay for the service online. Additionally, advice pertaining to dependants who wish to come to UK may also be found online. When submitting applications, you need to:

  • choose the correct application form on GOV.UK
  • pay the fee
  • pay the immigration health charge (if required)
  • provide any required biometrics
  • provide a passport or other document which proves your identity and nationality
  • meet any other specific requirements that are set out by the application route

Additionally, other factors such as:

  • gathering your documents
  • when to apply
  • fees
  • paying for healthcare
  • applying for someone else
  • cancelling your application

are to be considered when making an application to live in the UK.

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

For more information on living in the UK: applying from overseas, 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 Scheme: full eligibility details

The Home Office have recently issued guidance detailing the eligibility for the Windrush Scheme.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 December 2020)

What is the Windrush Scheme?

Established by the Home Office, the Windrush Scheme was implemented to aid Commonwealth citizens, their children, and other long-term residents in acquiring documentation (free of charge), to prove their immigration status.

How do I apply for the Windrush Scheme?

Applications for the Windrush Scheme are made online via the gov.uk website using the relevant form. Applicants living in the UK must select the (UK) version, whereas applicants abroad must select the (Overseas) version.

Please be advised that:

  • there is no application fee
  • applicants are required to provide their biometrics (photograph of face and fingerprints)
  • applications:
    • are considered under existing law and policy
    • are considered in the round based on all evidence
    • which fall outside the scope of the Windrush Scheme will not be considered

What applications will be considered under the Windrush Scheme?

A person in the UK

  • Commonwealthcitizen who was either settled in the UK before 1 January 1973 and has been continuously resident in the UK since their arrival or has the Right of Abode
  • Commonwealthcitizen who was settled in the UK before 1 January 1973, whose settled status lapsed because they left the UK for a period of more than 2 years, and who is now lawfully in the UK and who has strong ties to the UK
  • A child of a Commonwealthcitizen parent, where the child was born in the UK or arrived in the UK before the age of 18, and has been continuously resident in the UK since their birth or arrival, and the parent was settled before 1 January 1973 or has the Right of Abode (or met these criteria but is now a British Citizen)
  • A person of any nationality, who arrived in the UK before 31 December 1988 and is settled in the UK

A person outside the UK

  • Commonwealthcitizen who was settled in the UK before 1 January 1973 but who does not have a document confirming their Right of Abode or settled status, or whose settled status has lapsed because they left the UK for a period of more than 2 years

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

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on Windrush Scheme: full eligibility details 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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Send evidence for your Global Talent extension or Settlement application

“The Home Office have recently issued information pertaining to examples of the evidence you must send to extend your Global Talent permission or to apply for settlement. Additionally, the evidence is broken down by types of employment, for example employed, self-employed and researcher.”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 December 2020)

What is a Global Talent visa?

A Global Talent visa refers to a UK Immigration category for leaders/potential leaders in the fields of:

  • Digital technology
  • Arts and culture
  • Academia or research

Who can apply for a Global Talent visa?

To be eligible for a Global Talent visa, you must have successfully applied for an endorsement from an endorsing body appointed by the Home Office.

How do you send evidence for your Global Talent extension?

“To extend your Global Talent permission or apply for settlement you must show us evidence that you have earned money in the UK linked to your expert field, during your most recent grant of Global Talent leave. There is no minimum level of earnings needed for this.

The Immigration Rules do not specify which documents you should show us. Below are some examples of evidence that may be acceptable. It is not exhaustive: if you have evidence from an independent source which can be verified, a caseworker may accept this as an alternative.”

If you are an employee or a director of a limited company

Examples of evidence are:

  • payslips showing your employer’s name
  • a letter from your employer confirming your earnings
  • personal bank or building society statements clearly showing payments from your employer or a limited company of which you are a director

If you are self-employed

Examples of evidence are:

  • a letter from a fully qualified chartered accountant or certified accountant who is a member of a registered body in the UK, confirming the amount you have earned and if your earnings are a share of the net profit of the company
  • company or business financial accounts which meet statutory requirements and clearly show the net profit made

If you have worked as a researcher

Examples of evidence are:

  • details of the funding provided by an institution (not necessarily based in the UK) – the evidence can be in the form of a letter confirming the details of the funding and should include all of the following:
    • your name
    • the name of the host institution where you are based
    • the title of the post
    • details of the funding provided, including the amount of funding

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

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on sending evidence for your Global Talent extension or Settlement application, 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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S2 Healthcare Visitors: apply for a review of a decision on your visa application

The Home Office have recently issued guidance if you need to ask UKVI to review a decision made about your right to enter or stay in the UK as an S2 Healthcare Visitor.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 December 2020)

The issued guidance has information pertaining to:

  • If you made an application
  • If a decision is made at the border
  • How to apply
  • Sending new information or evidence
  • Getting a decision
  • Withdrawing your request

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

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on S2 Healthcare Visitors: apply for a review of a decision on your visa application, 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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UKRI endorsement: employing or hosting institutions (Global Talent visa)

The Home Office have recently issued guidance if you are working at or hosted by an institution approved by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), you may be eligible for Global Talent. Additionally, you must also hold a research grant or award from an approved endorsed funder.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 December 2020)

UKRI accepts these UK organisations can employ or host an applicant who holds, or provides critical contributions to work supported by, an award or grant from an endorsed funder.

For a complete list of approved research organisations, click here.

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

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on UKRI endorsement: employing or hosting institutions (Global Talent visa), 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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Start up and Innovator visa endorsing bodies: guidance

If you are an organisation and want to find out how to become an endorsing body and how to carry out duties as an endorsing body, the Home Office have recently issued guidance on Start-up and Innovator visa endorsing bodies.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 December 2020)

What is an endorsing body?

Endorsing bodies include leading incubators, accelerators, government agencies and business development organisations. The main requirement is that you must have a proven track record of supporting UK entrepreneurs, including settled workers.

This means you provide funding, mentoring or other forms of support to help entrepreneurs get their businesses up and running. You must have a record of supporting UK entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, who are looking to grow their business.”

What is the role of an endorsing body?

An endorsing body issues endorsement based on the criteria in this guidance. You will have your own measures of what makes a good business idea, and the freedom to apply these criteria as you think best. Your endorsement will be in the form of an endorsing letter. Additionally, as an endorsing body, you will stay in contact with business founders at 6, 12 and 24-month intervals to unsure they are progressing accordingly and not in breach of their visa conditions.

What is a Start-up?

“The Start-up category is for early stage, but high potential, entrepreneurs who are starting a business in the UK for the first time. They may have already begun setting up their business, but it should not yet have commenced trading. Funds are not required by applicants to invest at this stage. Though a one off, 2-year visa may be offered for applicants to focus on cultivating their business, other work can be conducted outside of the business to provide extra income.”

What is an Innovator?            

“The Innovator category is for more experienced businesspeople seeking to establish a business in the UK. Applicants will usually need a minimum £50,000 funding available to invest in their business (This does not have to come from their endorsing body, although some endorsing bodies may choose to offer this funding). Innovators must work entirely on developing their business ventures and may not take on other employment outside their business. This includes anything which effectively amounts to employment, such as using their own business to hire out their labour to another employer.

Successful Innovators are granted leave for 3 years at a time and can bring their family members to the UK. After 3 years, Innovators can apply to extend their stay for a further 3 years or to settle permanently in the UK”.

How do I apply for a Start Up visa?

Applications for Start-up visas must be made online and the method of application is dependent on whether you’re:

You can include your partner and children in your application to stay in the UK if they are eligible.

How do I apply for an Innovator visa?

Applications for Innovator visas must be made online and the method of application is dependent on whether you’re:

You can include your partner and children in your application to stay in the UK if they are eligible.

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

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on entering the UK as an S2 Healthcare Visitor, 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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Skilled Worker visa

The Home Office have recently issued multiple guidance pertaining to Skilled Worker visas.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 December 2020)

Skilled Worker visa: shortage occupations for health and education

For a full list, click here.

Skilled Worker visa: eligible occupations

For a full list, click here.

Skilled Worker visa: eligible salary if you’re under 26, studying, training or in a postdoctoral role

For a full list, click here.

Skilled Worker visa: going rates for eligible occupations

For a full list, click here.

Skilled Worker visa: jobs that qualify for a PhD salary discount

For a full list, click here.

Skilled Worker visa: eligible healthcare and education jobs

For a full list, click here.

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

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on entering the UK as an S2 Healthcare Visitor, 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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