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Cameroon: Tuberculosis test clinics for a UK visa

The Home office have recently issued guidance on where to get tested for tuberculosis (TB) in Cameroon for your UK visa application.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 19 April 2021)

Why would I need to be tested for tuberculosis in Cameroon for a UK visa?

If you are a resident of Cameroon, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau or Mali and you wish to come to the UK for more than 6 months, you must be tested for tuberculosis. Tests must be conducted by a Home Office approved clinic and you must obtain an IOM medical certificate to confirm you are free from TB. Any test conducted by a non-Home Office approved clinic will be accepted.

Are there any instances where I would not need to be tested for tuberculosis in Cameroon for a UK visa?

You would not require a tb test certificate if you:

  • are a diplomatic passport holder travelling on official business or on a posting to the UK
  • qualify for an exempt visa
  • are applying for a certificate of entitlement
  • applying as a returning resident

Please note that as there are no approved test clinics in Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau or Mali, you must travel to Cameroon for a TB test at an approved clinic.

Where are the approved test clinics to be tested for tuberculosis in Cameroon for a UK Visa?

The only approved clinic in Cameroon is:

Jordan medical centre
Nlongkak
Face Province
Rue Elecam
Vaoundé, Cameroon

How do I make an appointment at a test clinic to be tested for tuberculosis in Cameroon for a UK Visa?

Appointments can be arranged via telephone or email. When contacting the clinic to arrange an appointment, you must clarify you need the test for a UK visa application.

What do I need to know about attending a test clinic to be tested for tuberculosis in Cameroon for a UK Visa?

  • You must call the clinic, or walk in to book an appointment at least 10 weeks before you plan to travel
  • You must make it clear that the tb test is for the UK visa application
  • Appointments are usually granted within a few days. In some instances (such as the UK visa peak season between July-October) it may take 10 days
  • If your test shows that you do not have TB, you will be granted a certificate which is valid for 6 months from the date of your x-ray – this certificate must be included in your visa application

What should I bring with me to test clinic to be tested for tuberculosis in Cameroon for a UK Visa?

  • Passport / national ID card / Refugee Asylum Seeker Card
  • UNHCR/MHA registration documents if you are a refugee applicant
  • Ecobank receipt of deposit in the IOM account
  • Tuberculosis test fee
  • Details of previous screening and if possible medical notes if you had tuberculosis in the past

If you’d like an appointment with a female clinician, please ask when you schedule your appointment.

If you need to cancel your appointment you should contact the IOM and refer to their cancellation policy and procedure.

How much does it cost to be tested for tuberculosis in Cameroon for a UK Visa?

  • 11 years and above – £120 USD
  • Below 11 years – £70 USD

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

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Guidance on the T5 – Youth Mobility Scheme

The Home office have recently issued guidance pertaining to T5 – Youth Mobility Scheme.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 6 April 2021)

What is the Youth Mobility Scheme?

Aimed at young people aged 18-30 from a limited number of participant countries and territories, the Youth Mobility Scheme grants access to enter, live and work in the UK for up to two years.

Which nationalities are eligible under the Youth Mobility Scheme?

To be considered an eligible applicant, you must be:

  • a British Overseas Citizen, British Overseas Territories Citizen or British National (Overseas) as defined by the British Nationality Act 1981
  • a national or citizen of a country or the holder of a passport issued by a territory, listed in Appendix Youth Mobility Scheme: eligible nationals

These countries are:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Korea
  • San Marino
  • Taiwan

What are the eligibility requirements for the Youth Mobility Scheme?

To be considered an eligible applicant, you must:

  • apply for and obtain an entry clearance under the Youth Mobility Scheme route before their arrival in the UK
  • not have previously spent time in the UK on the Youth Mobility Scheme route
  • be aged 18 or over on the date their entry clearance will become valid

What are the financial requirements for the Youth Mobility Scheme?

To be considered an eligible applicant, you must:

  • have funds of £2,530 for a 28-day period and as specified in Appendix Finance
  • not have any children aged under 18 who are either living with them or financially dependent upon them

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

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Workers and Temporary Workers: guidance for sponsors

The Home office have recently issued guidance for sponsors pertaining to Workers and Temporary Workers on the Skilled Worker immigration route.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 6 April 2021)

What is the Skilled Worker route for Workers and Temporary Workers?

Replacing the then existing Tier 2 (general) route from 1st December 2020, the Skilled Worker route grants employers the ability to recruit people to work in the UK in specific skilled roles. This applies to both:

  • European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who arrived in the UK after 11 pm on 31 December 2020 (see below); and
  • non-EEA nationals who apply for entry clearance or permission to stay on or after 1 December 2020

What are the Intra-Company Routes for Workers and Temporary Workers?

The two Intra-Company routes are:

  • Intra-Company Transfer: For established employees, this route enables employers to transfer said employee to do a skilled job for an employer linked in the UK
  • Intra-Company Graduate Trainee: For employees partaking in a structured graduate training programme, this route enables employers to transfer said employees to an employer linked in the UK

What do I need to know before I sponsor an International Agreement Worker or Temporary Worker?

The International Agreement Worker route is for a person who wants to come to the UK to provide a service covered under international law, such as private servants in diplomatic households, employees of overseas governments and international organisations, or under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), or another services trade agreement under which the UK has similar commitments.

What do I need to know before I sponsor Government Authorised Exchanged Worker or Temporary Worker?

The GAE route is for individuals who want to come to the UK for a temporary period for work experience, job shadowing or training, to take part in an Overseas Government Language Programme, or undertake research or a fellowship through an approved exchange scheme. GAE Workers can stay in the UK for a maximum of 12 months or two years, depending on the scheme under which they are sponsored.

What do I need to know about before I sponsor Skilled Workers or Temporary Workers?

To be eligible to sponsor a Skilled Worker, you must:

  • Hold a valid sponsor license (dependent on the category of sponsorship)
  • Have a clear understanding of the route and who you can sponsor
  • ensure the worker’s salary meets the requirement
  • assign a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the worker you wish to sponsor, pay the necessary fee and guarantee you understand the difference between a ‘defined’ and ‘undefined’ CoS
  • Pay the Immigration Skills Charge for each worker you wish to sponsor
  • Keep records of each person you sponsor
  • Have personnel in place to meet Home Office requirements
  • Understand and comply with all of your sponsor duties

Who can sponsor Skilled Workers or Temporary Workers?

 Applications must be made online by those who wish to sponsor a Skilled Worker. Additionally, you must offer genuine employment that meets the required skill level for this route.

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

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Assessing the English Language requirement

The Home office have recently issued guidance for assessing the English Language requirements.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 6 April 2021)

What is the English Language requirement?

The English Language requirement refers to applicants being able to meet the specified level of English required for their immigration route. Additionally, each route has different rules.

What are the required levels for the English Language requirement?

Dependent on the immigration route, the levels stem from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The four elements that will be tested are:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening

Which immigration routes require the English Language requirement?

The routes include but are not limited to:

  • Student
  • Skilled Worker
  • Representatives of an Overseas Business
  • T2 Minister of Religion
  • T2 Sportsperson
  • UK Ancestry (Settlement only)
  • Start-up
  • Innovator
  • Global Talent (Settlement only)
  • T5 International Agreement Worker (Settlement only)

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 assessing the English Language requirement, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Become a British citizen by naturalisation (form AN)

The Home office have recently issued guidance pertaining to applications for citizenship by naturalisation if you live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory or if you live elsewhere and want to apply by post.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 6 April 2021)

What is naturalisation as a British citizen?

Naturalisation refers to the legal method an individual uses to change their nationality.

How do I apply for naturalisation as a British citizen?

Before you make an application, you must:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Currently live in the UK
  • Be of “good character”
  • Pass the ‘Life in the UK’ test
  • Meet the English language requirements
  • Have UK permanent residence / granted indefinite leave to remain
  • Lived in the UK for at least 5 years without an absence longer than 450 days
  • Travelled outside the UK for no more than 90 days in the past year

Please ensure that you understand and meet the criteria before making an application as full fees cannot be returned for applications that failed.

Who can apply for naturalisation as a British citizen using form AN?

Form AN is to be used by those who:

  • live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory
  • live elsewhere and want to apply by post

Please note that a separate application form must be used for each individual application.

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 becoming a British citizen by naturalisation (form AN), send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Guidance on Skilled Worker visas

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

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 6 April 2021)

What is a Skilled Worker Visa?

A Skilled Worker visa grants you the opportunity to enter / stay in the UK for the purposes of doing an eligible job with an approved employer. Additionally, a Skilled Worker visa replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa.

Am I eligible for a Skilled Worker visa?

To be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa, there are requirements which must be met. These include:

  • working for a UK employer accredited by the Home Office
  • waving a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ form your employer that contains information regarding your role offered in the UK
  • doing a job on the eligible occupations list
  • being paid a minimum salary – this will be dependent on the role

How long can I stay in the UK on a Skilled Worker Visa?

Before an extension is required, a visa can last up to 5 years. If your visa expires, you change jobs or employer, you will need to make an application for an extension or an update. In Addition, if you wish to stay in the UK longer than the initial 5-year term, an application can be made to extend as many times as you like as long you still meet the eligibility requirements.

Please note that after 5 years, you may be eligible to apply for ‘indefinite leave to remain’. Essentially a permanent settlement in the UK, this grants you the right to live, work and study in the UK and apply for benefits, if you’re eligible.

How do I apply for a Skilled Worker visa?

Applications are done online and are dependent on factors such as:

  • if you’re applying from outside the UK
  • if you’re already in the UK and making an extension to your current visa
  • if you’re already in the UK and making a switch from a different visa

How long does it take to get a decision for my Skilled Worker visa?

Applications can be made up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK. Part of the application process requires you to prove your identity and provide the necessary documents. Also, you may need an appointment to do this so please allow extra time if so.

Regarding getting a decision, once the above has been completed, decisions are usually granted within:

  • 3 weeks, if you’re outside the UK
  • 8 weeks, if you’re inside the UK

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 Skilled Worker Visas including but not limited to:

  • eligible occupations
  • going rates for eligible occupations
  • shortage occupations for health and education
  • shortage occupations
  • eligible salaries if you’re under 26, studying, training or in a postdoctoral role

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South Africa: Tuberculosis test clinics for a UK visa

The Home office have recently issued guidance on where to get tested for tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa for your UK visa application.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 12 February 2021)

Why would I need to be tested for tuberculosis in South Africa for a UK visa?

If you are a resident of South Africa, Lesotho or Swaziland and you wish to come to the UK for more than 6 months, you must be tested for tuberculosis. Tests must be conducted by a Home Office approved clinic and you must obtain an IOM medical certificate to confirm you are free from TB. Any test conducted by a non-Home Office approved clinic will be accepted.

Are there any instances where I would not need to be tested for tuberculosis in South Africa for a UK visa?

You would not require a tb test certificate if you:

  • are a diplomatic passport holder travelling on official business or on a posting to the UK
  • qualify for an exempt visa
  • are applying for a certificate of entitlement
  • applying as a returning resident

Please note that as there are no approved test clinics in Lesotho or Swaziland, you must travel to South Africa for a TB test at an approved clinic.

Where are the approved test clinics to be tested for tuberculosis in South Africa for a UK Visa?

  • Cape Town
    • Intercare
  • Durban
    • Shipmed Medical Services
  • Pretoria
    • Walker Creek Office Park

How do I make an appointment at a test clinic to be tested for tuberculosis in South Africa for a UK Visa?

Appointments can be arranged via telephone or email. When contacting the clinic to arrange an appointment, you must clarify you need the test for a UK visa application.

What do I need to know about attending a test clinic to be tested for tuberculosis in South Africa for a UK Visa?

  • You must contact the IOM office to book a TB screening appointment
  • You miust not attend the cloinic without your IOM confirmation of your TB screening appointment through the IOM office
  • You must make it clear that the tb test is for the UK visa application
  • Appointments are usually granted within a few days. In some instances (such as the UK visa peak season between June – September) it may take 10 days
  • If your test shows that you do now have TB, you will be granted a certificate which is valid for 6 months from the date of your x-ray

What should I bring with me to test clinic to be tested for tuberculosis in South Africa for a UK Visa?

  • your passport or UNHCR/MHA registration documents.
  • proof of payment of the test fee (printed)

If you’d like an appointment with a female clinician, please ask when you schedule your appointment.

If you need to cancel your appointment you should contact the IOM and refer to their cancellation policy and procedure.

How much does it cost to be tested for tuberculosis in India for a UK Visa?

Fees vary dependent on the clinic you select to do your test.

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

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

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 15 February 2020)

What are the Coronavirus guidelines for jobs that qualify for travel exemptions?

To help protect the country from coronavirus, before travelling to the UK, people entering must:

Please note that you must quarantine in a government approved hotel if you have been in a country on the travel ban red list in the 10 days before you arrive.

Are travel corridors impacted by the Coronavirus guidelines for jobs that qualify for travel exemptions?

All travel corridors are suspended. Anyone who is not exempt will need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the UK.

How will restrictions in the UK be impacted by the Coronavirus guidelines for jobs that qualify for travel exemptions?

Once in the UK, you must follow any local / national restrictions:

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 Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions, 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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Understanding your right to work in the UK: EU, EEA and Swiss citizens

The Home office have recently issued guidance pertaining to rights to work in the UK for EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 12 February 2021)

What do I need to know about my right to work in the UK as an EU, EEA and Swiss citizen if I arrived in the UK by 31 December 2020?

You and your family must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you wish to continue living, working and studying in the UK after 30 June 2021. To be eligible, you must have already started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. Alternatively, you must be joining a close family member who holds status, or is eligible to apply to the scheme before 30 June 2021.

What do I need to know about the EU Settlement Scheme in relation to my right to work in the UK as an EU, EEA and Swiss citizen if I arrived in the UK by 31 December 2020?

Application to the scheme is free of charge and you need to complete a simple three-step process online via a mobile phone, tablet, or computer.

You will be granted either ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled status’ if your application is successful. The status is dependent on how long you have been living in the UK at the stage of application. Status under this scheme will allow you to:

  • Travel in and out the UK
  • Access public funds such as pensions and benefits (if you are eligible)
  • Enrol in education / study in the UK
  • Use the NHS
  • Work in the UK

Work can commence before you have made an application, but you must make apply before the 30 June 2021 deadline.

Please note that if you do not apply before the deadline, you can lose existing rights in the UK including the right to live, work, rent and access free healthcare.

How do I prove my right to work in the UK as an EU, EEA and Swiss citizen if I arrived in the UK by 31 December 2020?

Until 30 June 2021, you can prove your right to work in the UK using your passport or national ID card.

If your application to the EU Settlement Scheme is successful, you will be granted online access to your immigration status. This can be used as proof of your right to work in the UK and can be done by using the online Right to Work service.

What do I need to know about my right to work in the UK as an EU, EEA and Swiss citizen if I arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020?

To live and work in the UK, you must have permission to do so under the UK’s points-based immigration system unless you are eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme.

How do I get the right visa to work in the UK as an EU, EEA and Swiss citizen if I arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020?

In most instances, you will have to apply for and be granted a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa before coming to the UK. To be eligible:

  • Your job offer must be from an employer who can sponsor your visa application
  • You must be able to speak English to the required standard
  • The Job offer must be at the appropriate salary and skill level

How do I prove my right to work in the UK as an EU, EEA and Swiss citizen if I arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020?

You will have online access to your immigration status to prove your right to work in the UK if you have a visa under the points-based immigration system and an application was made using the UK Immigration: ID Check app. If you did not use this method, your biometric residence permit will enable you to use the online ‘Right to Work’ service.

Please note that you will not have the right to work in the UK if you:

  • Do not have a visa or status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Entered the UK as a tourist

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 Understanding your right to work in the UK: EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Visit the UK: A Guide

The Home Office have recently issued various guidance pertaining to visiting the UK.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 10 February 2021)

Can I visit the UK?

You can visit the UK:

  • On a business trip
  • For a holiday or to see family or friends
  • For private medical treatment
  • For research

Dependent on the nature of your visit, and where you are travelling from, there are a few things you need to know.

Do I need a visa to visit the UK?

Subject to the country you are from, you may be able to visit the UK without a visa, or by applying for a visa waiver.

How do I apply for a visa to visit the UK?

If you are coming to the UK on a business trip, the visa you can apply for depends if you are:

  • Being paid by a UK to come as an expert in your profession
  • Coming on a business trip and not being paid by a UK company

If you are coming to the UK holiday or to see family or friends, or for private medical treatment you can apply for a Standard Visitor Visa.

Alternatively, there is a different method to apply if:

  • You wish to stay in the UK with family for more than 6 months
  • You are a Chinese citizen visiting as part of a tour group

How do I apply for a family permit to visit the UK?

You may be able to visit the UK on a family permit if your family member is:

  • A British citizen
  • A person of Northern Ireland
  • An EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland citizen

Can I apply for a visa waiver to visit the UK?

You can apply for a visa waiver if you have a passport from:

  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • The United Arab Emirates

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, 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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