Business immigration

The minimum income requirement for dependents: harsh, and not quite fair – but lawful

The Supreme Court has finally settled the legality of a key principle: that the state may impose a minimum income requirement (MIR) on British citizens whose non-EEA dependents apply for entry clearance to join them in the UK. On a day when a British suicide bomber recipient of alleged £1m state compensation grinned from the front pages, the Government needed some good news. The judgement did not all go its way, though.

New immigration fees proposed

The government has announced proposals to change the fees charged for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services. If Parliament approves the change the new fees will apply from 6 April 2014. Some fees for premium services overseas will apply from 31 March 2014.

CoS allocation renewal

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has been sending out reminders that sponsors will need to renew their Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) allocation for the next financial year commencing 6 April 2014. On 5 April 2014 all unused CoS for the current financial year will be cancelled and set to zero. Clients will wish to consider how many CoS they will require for the next financial year.
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