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Hong Kong: Tuberculosis test clinics for a UK visa

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

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 05 May 2021)

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

If you are a resident of Hong Kong 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. Any test conducted by a non-Home Office approved clinic will be accepted.

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

  • Hong Kong Adventist Hospital
  • HKSH Family Medicine and Primary Care Centre
  • HKSH Family Medicine and Primary Care Centre (Island East)
  • Matilda International Hospital
  • UMP Medical Centre (Hong Kong) Limited
  • UMP Medical Centre (Kowloon) Limited
  • UMP Medical Centre (Jordan) Limited
  • Quality HealthCare Medical Centre

How do I make an appointment at a test clinic to be tested for tuberculosis in Hong Kong 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 should I bring with me to test clinic to be tested for tuberculosis in Hong Kong for a UK Visa?

  • Proof of identification, which contains your photograph, such as your passport
  • 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 clinic and refer to their cancellation policy and procedure.

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

Tests fess will vary dependant on the clinic and will not cover treatment if you have tuberculosis.

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 Hong Kong: tuberculosis test clinics for a UK visa, call us now on 01204 531 535 or send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Work in the UK as a leader in arts and culture (Global Talent visa)

The Home office have recently issued guidance pertaining to working in the UK as a leader in arts and culture (Global Talent visa).

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 4 May 2021)

What type of jobs can I do if I work in the UK as a leader in arts and culture under the Global Talent visa?

A global talent visa grants you the opportunity to work in the UK as a leader or potential leader in the fields of:

  • Combined arts, dance literature, music, theatre or visuals arts
  • Architecture
  • Fashion design
  • Film and television, including animation, post production and visual effects

If me, or my family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein can I work in the UK as a leader in arts and culture under the Global Talent visa?

Whether it is yourself or a close family member, you may be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you started living in the UK before 1 January 2021.

If not, you may need a visa to work in the UK.

Additionally, Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.

What can I do if I work in the UK as a leader in arts and culture under the Global Talent visa?

Once you have your Global Talent visa, you can:

Please be advised:

  • There are no language / minimum salary requirements
  • If you wish to stay in the UK longer you visa can be renewed multiple times – as long as you meet the eligibility criteria for an extension to your stay
  • You can apply for indefinite leave to remain after:
    • 3 years if you’re applying as a leader
    • 5 years if you’re applying as a potential leader

What can I not do if I work in the UK as a leader in arts and culture under the Global Talent visa?

Once you have your Global Talent visa, you cannot:

  • apply for most benefits (public funds), or the State Pension
  • work as a sportsperson

Please be advised if your application is successful, you’ll get a full list of what you can and cannot do with a Global Talent visa.

How do I apply to work in the UK as a leader in arts and culture under the Global Talent visa?

When making applications, you will need to apply for an endorsement, as well as the visa.

When making an application for an endorsement:

  • To prove you are a leader / potential leader in your field, you will have to apply for an endorsement
  • The Home Office will send your application to a UK organisation to be reviewed
  • A decision is usually received within 8 weeks

When making an application for the visa decisions are usually granted:

  • within 3 weeks if you are outside the UK
  • within 8 weeks if you are inside the UK

What are the fees to work in the UK as a leader in arts and culture under the Global Talent visa?

It costs £608 to apply and this is paid in two parts as:

  • £456 when making an application for endorsement
  • £152 when making an application for the visa

You will be required to pay the immigration healthcare surcharge fee of £624 per year for each person making an 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 working in the UK as a leader in arts and culture (Global Talent visa), call us now on 01204 531 535 or send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Work in the UK as a leader in digital technology (Global Talent visa)

The Home office have recently issued guidance pertaining to working in the UK as a leader in digital technology (Global Talent visa).

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 4 May 2021)

What type of jobs can I do if I work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

A global talent visa grants you the opportunity to work in the UK as a leader or potential leader in the fields of:

  • Financial technology (‘fintech’)
  • Gaming
  • Cyber security
  • Artificial intelligence

If me, or my family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein can I work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

Whether it is yourself or a close family member, you may be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you started living in the UK before 1 January 2021.

If not, you may need a visa to work in the UK.

Additionally, Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.

What can I do if I work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

Once you have your Global Talent visa, you can:

Please be advised:

  • There are no language / minimum salary requirements
  • If you wish to stay in the UK longer you visa can be renewed multiple times – as long as you meet the eligibility criteria for an extension to your stay
  • You can apply for indefinite leave to remain after:
    • 3 years if you’re applying as a leader
    • 5 years if you’re applying as a potential leader

What can I not do if I work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

Once you have your Global Talent visa, you cannot:

  • apply for most benefits (public funds), or the State Pension
  • work as a sportsperson

Please be advised if your application is successful, you’ll get a full list of what you can and cannot do with a Global Talent visa.

What are the eligibility requirements to work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

To get the visa, you do not need a job offer. Your background can be either:

  • technical, for example you’re a developer, engineer or data scientist
  • business, for example you have commercial, investment or digital product expertise in a technology company that creates software, hardware or that processes data

Please be advised you may also get a visa if you have won an eligible award.

How do I apply to work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

When making applications, you will need to apply for an endorsement, as well as the visa.

When making an application for an endorsement:

  • To prove you are a leader / potential leader in your field, you will have to apply for an endorsement
  • The Home Office will send your application to Tech Nation to be reviewed
  • A decision is usually received within 5-8 weeks

When making an application for the visa decisions are usually granted:

  • within 3 weeks if you are outside the UK
  • within 8 weeks if you are inside the UK

What are the fees to work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

It costs £608 to apply and this is paid in two parts as:

  • £456 when making an application for endorsement
  • £152 when making an application for the visa

You will be required to pay the immigration healthcare surcharge fee of £624 per year for each person making an 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 working in the UK as a leader in digital technology (Global Talent visa), call us now on 01204 531 535 or send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Home Office immigration and nationality fees

The Home office have recently issued guidance pertaining to immigration and nationality fees for all applications made from outside and within the UK.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 4 May 2021)

What type of immigration and nationality fees have the Home Office issued guidance on?

The Home office have recently issued fees pertaining to:

  • Visas and applications made outside the UK
  • Work – applications made in/outside the UK
  • Study – applications made in/outside the UK
  • Optional premium services outside the UK
  • Optional premium services in the UK
  • Discretionary services at the border
  • Other applications made in the UK
  • Nationality
  • Sponsorship

Have there been any changes in the immigration and nationality fees?

Since the last update, there have been no changes in the immigration and nationality fees.

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 Home Office immigration and nationality fees, call us now on 01204 531 535 or send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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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.

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on Cameroon: 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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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.

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on T5 – Youth Mobility Scheme, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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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.

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on Workers and Temporary Workers: guidance for sponsors, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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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

send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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