Bricklayers and Carpenters Visas

Overseas bricklayers and carpenters could be able to get work visas more easily in the UK after the government updated its shortage occupation list. The list, which now also includes roofers and plasterers, highlights occupations that employers are struggling to fill. The five occupations approved by the committee are: Bricklayers and masons Roofers, roof tilers […]

When (HMRC) records go wrong

Becket Bedford is currently embroiled in the intricacies of EEA deport notices. They involve public law arguments and the slow process of incremental gains e.g., R (Costea) v SSHD [2021] EWHC 1685 (Admin) or R (Mendes) v SSHD [2021] EWHC 115 (Admin). So, courtesy of Jay Islam at Fountains Solicitors, it felt good to be in the tribunal this month […]

The points-based immigration system: The Graduate immigration route

The UK has a world-leading education sector and welcomes talented and high potential students to universities, further education and English language colleges every year. The Graduate route provides an opportunity for international students who have been awarded their degree to stay in the UK and work, or look for work, at any skill level for […]

An insight into the career of an immigration solicitor

Introducing Faysal  We recently caught up with Faysal Yaqoob, an immigration solicitor at Fountain Solicitors’ busy Manchester office. Fountain Solicitors are a national firm of solicitors with offices in Walsall, Newport, Birmingham and Manchester specialising in a wide range of areas, including immigration, asylum and human rights law. Faysal kindly shared his career highlights, challenges, […]

Red list countries added!

Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh and the Philippines have been added to England’s coronavirus “red list”. This will take effect from 4am on Friday, 9 April, is in response to concerns about new variants of COVID-19, like those first detected in South Africa and Brazil. It means international visitors who have departed from or transited through those […]

Priti Patel promises overhaul of asylum seeker rules

Article by our Solicitor Keerum Akhtar 24.03.021 Yet again, Priti Patel claims the headlines with her plans to “crack” down on asylum. Whilst a fair asylum process,  more reasonable then the one we currently have is welcomed the information projected is not in touch with the reality that many asylum seekers  face. As practitioners  who […]

Is your Visa expiring soon?

If you or anyone you know is currently in the UK with limited leave to remain, it is vital that an application to extend that leave is made within the correct timeframe. Applications for further leave to remain can be submitted from 28 days before expiry of the visa. We recommend coming to us around […]

Have your or any of your family members recently gotten married abroad?

Spouse, civil partners or fiancés who are outside of the UK will need to apply for entry clearance. They will need to meet all requirements relating to suitability, relationship, finance/income, accommodation, and English language. Fountain Solicitors have an expert team with a brilliant success rate in a range of Entry-Clearance matters. We can ensure you […]

An unworkable new regime: ‘inadmissible’ asylum seekers

“Inadmissible asylum seekers will have to endure the limbo of the “reasonable period” until the Home Office grudgingly agrees to consider the claim in the UK.” Immigration lawyer Lauren Butler considers what the new Home Office inadmissibility policy means for asylum seekers. Lauren Butler, Mon 1 Feb 2021 Before January 2021, whenever my mobile rang before […]