Home Office Policy Changes from 11.01.2018
The Home Office announced a series of changes to its Immigration Policy which are due to take effect on 11 January 2018. The HO’s document is some 75 pages long but here’s a summary of the main changes:
– Take account of the future commencement of the immigration bail provisions in Schedule 10 to the Immigration Act 2016.
– Provide for entry clearance to be issued electronically.
– Allow standard and marriage/civil partnership visit visa holders to transit using the same visa.
– Clarify and remove inconsistencies from the rules relating to indefinite leave to remain for main applicants and their dependants in work categories.
– Double the number of available places in the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category to 2,000, and allow accelerated settlement for certain applicants.
– Consolidate and clarify the rules for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applicants.
– Make new Tier 2 provisions for research positions and for students switching from Tier 4
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