The UK government is constantly making changes to its immigration rules. These changes can be significant, so it is important to stay up-to-date if you are planning to immigrate to the UK, or if you are already living in the UK on a visa.
Here are some of the latest changes to UK immigration rules:
Introduction of an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme for non-visa nationals: From October 2023, non-visa nationals will need an ETA in order to transit through the UK, stay for six months as a visitor, or stay for three months on the Creative Worker visa concession. The ETA scheme is being launched in a phased manner, starting with specific nationalities. Residents of Qatar will require an ETA from November 2023, and residents of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will require an ETA from February 2024.
Changes to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS): From September 2023, individuals with pre-settled status under the EUSS will automatically have their status extended by 2 years before it expires if they have not already obtained settled status. Additionally, the government has removed the right of Administrative Review for EUSS refusals.
Introduction of a new Appendix Children: Appendix Children is a new section of the Immigration Rules that provides guidance on how to apply for a visa for a child who is under the age of 18. The appendix also includes information on the requirements for children who are born in the UK to British citizens or permanent residents.
These are just some of the latest changes to UK immigration rules. Be sure to check the government website for the most up-to-date information before you apply for a visa or make any changes to your immigration status.
The UK government also announced a number of changes to the Immigration Rules in July 2023, including:
A new route for international students who are studying at PhD level or above
A new route for international students who are studying at a select number of world-leading universities
A new route for skilled workers who are earning a salary of at least £25,600
The government has also stated that it is planning to introduce a new points-based immigration system in 2024. The new system will be based on a skills and salary threshold and will be open to applicants from all over the world.
You will be contacted by letter or email if we need more information on your visa application.