New Visas Still Struggling

With scant warning and very nearly no consultation with lead industry stakeholders, the Home Office launched the Innovator and Start-up visas in April 2019 aimed at “experienced business people” with an “innovative, viable and scalable business idea”. The Immigration Statistics for Q3 of 2019 have now been released by the Home Office, albeit in a[…]

Is the UK Open for Business?

At the time of writing the UK Government’s ‘new’ style of Entrepreneur Visas, the “Start Up Visa” and the “Innovator Visa” are into their eighth month of operation and the feedback and stories we are receiving and hearing from both front-line immigration practitioners and end user clients is that no-one really has a handle on[…]

UK Tier 1 Visa Changes

In the summer of 2018, you would be forgiven if you missed an incling from the Minister of State for Immigration, Caroline Noakes, when she made a statement to Parliament regarding future changes to the UK Immigration Rules including all Tier 1 visa routes. On December 6th 2018, the minister again made a statement to[…]

UK Immigration Statistics 2018 – Merry Christmas!

As 2018 draws to a close, it is worth reflecting on a successful year for prospective Tier-1 Entrepreneurial applicants, with visa approval rates rising from 51% at the end of last year to 57% during Q3 of 2018. Much of this success is down to the professionalism and expertise of immigration specialists, lawyers, advisers and[…]