UK Immigration updates | November 2020 | IHS, Spouse, Visitors, EEA, Skilled workers, Students
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- ℹ️ Description
1:06 | 1. IHS fees update and new rates.
2:29 | 2. Spouse Visa finance concessions
3:20 | 3. New Graduate route - PSW visa
3:43 | 4. Home Office statement of changes
4:25 | New Immigration Rules - English
4:50 | New Immigration Rules - Visitors
5:08 | New Immigration Rules - Skilled workers
5:50 | New Immigration Rules - Students
6:23 | New Immigration Rules - Covid-19 concessions
6:52 | 5. Return of EEA paper applications.
7:07 | 6. Corovirus Second wave lock downs and visa delays.
New Immigration Rules
IHS fees update and new rates.
As you know on 27th October 2020 the Home Office had, once again increased the IHS fees. It has doubled every year since 2018.
The current rates are as follows:
For students, Youth Mobility workers and minors it is £470 per year, collected in a single payment upfront for the duration of the entire visa.
For adults and all other visas, save for NHS workers, who now pay nothing, it has increased by £224, it is now staggering £624 per year.
Spouse / partner visa financial requirements concessions.
Changes to the minimum income and adequate maintenance requirements.
If you’ve experienced a loss of income due to coronavirus up to 1 January 2021, we will consider employment income for the period immediately before the loss of income, provided the minimum income requirement was met for at least 6 months immediately before the date the income was lost.
If your salary has reduced because you’re furloughed, we will take account of your income as though you’re earning 100% of your salary.
If you’re self-employed, a loss of annual income due to coronavirus between 1 March 2020 and 1 January 2021 will usually be disregarded, along with the impact on employment income from the same period for future applications.
New graduate Route - PSW
From summer of 2021, international students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or master’s degree will now be able to benefit from two years’ work experience in the UK upon graduation, through the new Graduate Route. Students who complete their PhD will be able to stay on for three years.
New statement of changes - Immigration Rules - HC 813, 22 October 2020
The Home Office has now released their 514 page statement of changes.
Most of the changes come into effect on 1 December 2020, although some kick in on 31 December 2020.
The changes include new appendix names, introducing stricter rules for applications to be valid applications, modified refusal grounds for people who have served time or persistent are offenders.
Also includes rules as regards EEA and Turkish nationals arriving after 31 December 2020 as they will have to meet the UK Immigration Rules rather than Ankara Agreement or EEA rules.
Wider English language options, so you could use GCSE or A Levels as evidence of meeting the English language requirements in certain visa types (p500).
Malta has also been added to the “majority speaking English language country” as previously being an EEA country they did not need to evidence English language skills (p500).
Visitors can now study up to 6 months (p179). If you want to study longer, can apply for short-term study visa, which will give you up to 11 months or a standard student visa for 12 months or more.
Tier 2 Worker route will be replaced by the Appendix Skilled Workers.
The key changes include minimum skill threshold being lowered from RQF level 6 to RQF level 3.
The Minimum salary lowered to £25,600 or even lower if you have a PHD degree and doing a related job (p221).
No more Tier 2 cap to number of visas issued and also there will be no need for your potential employer to conduct Resident Labour Market Test. Also The £35,800 minimum income is being removed and replaced with £25,600 or the going rate for your occupation (p232).
Many other changes we shall cover in our next video.
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