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Tier 1 changes and other planned changes

New Statement of Changes on the Immigration Rules being planned in December 2018, which should be implemented post Jan 2019. Some of the key points to take from the announcement is as follows: The Tier 1 Investor route is likely to be suspended, so that new changes can be planned by UKVI. The current policy and rules on the Tier 1 Investor route can be found here: https://icslegal.com/tier1-investors.php. Our understanding following the Immigration Minister's statement is that the Tier 1 Investor route is currently being used by organised crime and money laundering. The current Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is being replaced with the new "Innovator" route, which would bring forward new changes and requirements for those seeking to set up or buy a UK based business. Nokes' full written statement to the Commons is below: "My rt hon Friend, the Home Secretary, will shortly be laying before the House a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules. "The Government is clear that entrepreneurs play a key role in creating jobs and driving economic growth, which is vital to the prosperity of the UK. In June of this year, we announced a new Start-up visa route. This will build upon the successes...

Medical Training Initiative

The Medical Training Initiative (MTI) is a national scheme designed to allow a small number of doctors to enter the UK from overseas for a maximum of 24 months, so that they can benefit from training and development in NHS services before returning to their home countries. Through the MTI, trainee doctors from countries outside the European Union are offered the opportunity to learn from experienced consultants within the UK national health system. From April 2017 the Department of Health, Health Education England and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges agreed changes to the arrangements for processing applications for MTI Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) from applicants from countries other than those identified as Department for International Development (DfID) priority countries or World Bank Low Income and Lower Middle Income Countries (LI & LMI). New applications from countries not considered DfID priority or LI&LMI countries will be placed on a revised waiting list and will be processed only if and when there is capacity at the end of each calendar month. While we do not turn away applications for doctors based in other countries, applicants from these countries and employers will need to recognise that the waiting list may become quite...

£2.3 billion boost and 1,600 jobs created as UK tech goes global

The Prime Minister will host a raft of cutting-edge companies for a roundtable, as part of London Tech Week, to showcase Britain as the best place in the world to run a tech company. This event kicks off a series of roundtables to drive inward investment in key sectors. Companies announcing investment today include: Salesforce, who are investing of $2.5 billion in the UK over the next five years, which will include the opening of a second UK data centre in 2019 Mubadala, who are launching £300 million European investment fund based in the UK NTT data who are investing £41million to open a new office and Innovation Centre, creating up to 200 jobs over the next three years The Prime Minister will in turn make a number of commitments so that tech companies will also benefit from government funding, and greater access to talent and data under new plans. These announcements will include: a new £2.5 billion British Patient Capital programme, which is expected to attract a further £5 billion in private investment, to support UK companies with high growth potential to access the long-term investment they need to grow and go global a new Start-Up Visa for entrepreneurs...

PM speech to Times CEO Summit: 26 June 2018

Introduction As business leaders, you will understand exactly what the nineteenth century American politician Daniel Webster meant when, as a young man, he was considering what career to pursue. After some thought, he decided to become a lawyer. His friends told him it was a bad idea. It was highly competitive. Most people who tried it did not succeed. Hadn’t he better choose a field in which it would be easier to find a place? No, he replied. ‘There’s always room at the top.’ Real success does not come from setting your sights low. It comes from striving to be the best. That is what British businesses have always done. You create the wealth and the jobs that provide the backbone of our economy. Your innovation and creativity are vital ingredients in our success as a nation. A Conservative government will always listen to your voice and back you every step of the way as you help grow our economy and create more good jobs. And what’s true for businesses is true for nation states in a globalised economy – to stand still is to fall behind. The United Kingdom is not standing still. In leaving the EU we are...

PM: We will deliver a farming policy which supports agriculture and improves the environment

The UK will maintain environmental protections, safeguard animal welfare and support the production of high quality food, the Prime Minister will say tomorrow as she meets farmers and food producers at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, Powys. Theresa May will set out the government’s plans for a post-Brexit farming policy which works for farmers and food producers, while improving the environment, by replacing the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy – which awards subsidies based on the amount of land farmed – with a new system of public money for public goods. In a roundtable with farmers and agricultural organisations including the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Farmers Union Wales, NFU Cymru and the CLA, the Prime Minister will also reiterate her commitment to maintaining current funding levels until the end of this Parliament to ensure farmers have the certainty they need to plan for their business. Prime Minister Theresa May said: This Government is committed to supporting the half a million people who work in agriculture and growing our world leading food and drinks sector, which contributes over £100 billion to the UK economy. But we also need to protect the farmed environment for future generations. Leaving the EU presents us...

PM’s speech in Cape Town: 28 August 2018

Good morning everyone, and thank you all for joining us today. It’s a pleasure to be here in Cape Town, a city whose recent past lends it a special resonance for many around the world, and which symbolises the transformation experienced by South Africa. Out in the bay lies Robben Island, where for so long so many were unjustly imprisoned for dreaming of a country in which the colour of your skin made no difference to your rights and opportunities. Foremost among them was, of course, Nelson Mandela. As the world marked the 100th anniversary of his birth earlier this year, a memorial to the great man was unveiled in Westminster Abbey. There it sits alongside tributes to the kings and queens, poets and scientists who have shaped my nation’s history – a fitting recognition of the lasting impact Mandela made on the world. Mandela’s walk to freedom – and that of South Africa – was long and arduous. But 28 years ago, barely a mile from here at Cape Town City Hall, he spoke for the first time following his release from decades behind bars. Four years later, on Grand Parade, the newly inaugurated president of South Africa spoke...

New UK aid package will “stop dirty money in its tracks” and recover millions of pounds for developing countries

A series of major new UK aid programmes will help bring criminals to justice and recover millions of pounds of illegal assets in developing countries, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has announced. Illicit finance sees “dirty money” diverted away from people in poor countries to individuals involved in crime, terrorism and fraud. This not only harms economies and legitimate financial sectors, but also erodes the confidence of potential investors. The package, announced as Prime Minister Theresa May visits Kenya, will: create new centres of British expertise in major financials hubs to tackle financial crime more effectively; strengthen efforts in southern and eastern Africa to recover illegal money flows from crime, fraud and corruption through the courts; support Kenyan authorities to bring people committing financial crimes to justice by helping to identify proceeds of crime and seizing criminal property; train and mentor law enforcements officials in southern and eastern Africa to improve criminal justice systems by tightening legislation and strengthen investigation techniques, which will help to build their capacity to clamp down on serious organised crime, ranging from drugs and people trafficking to rhino and elephant poaching; and make use of British asset recovery experts by connecting them with counterparts across...

Historical background information on nationality

Historical background information on nationality British nationality remains one of the most complex part of British law, due to changes in the Nationality Law's as well as countries gaining their independence. The history of British nationality law falls into 4 periods, which are marked by key pieces of legislation: before 1915; between 1915 and 1948; between 1949 and 1983; after 1983. The 1948 Act, which came into force on 1 January 1949, introduced the status of citizen of the UK and Colonies (CUKC) whilst retaining the term British subject to cover every citizen of a Commonwealth country, including the UK and the Colonies. Between 1947 and 1951, the 9 Commonwealth countries which became independent (for nationality purposes) on 1 January 1949 introduced their own citizenship laws. The dates of the citizenship laws were as follows: Australia - 26 January 1949. Canada - 1 January 1947. Ceylon - 1 January 1949. India - 26 January 1950. Newfoundland - 31 March 1949. New Zealand - 1 January 1949. Pakistan - 13 April 1951. South Africa - 2 September 1949. Southern Rhodesia - 1 January 1950. UK - 1 January 1949. Persons closely connected with the UK or existing British territories remained British...

Baigazieva v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1088

Neutral Citation Number: [2018] EWCA Civ 1088 Case No: C9/2017/3535 IN THE COURT OF APPEAL (CIVIL DIVISION) ON APPEAL FROM THE UPPER TRIBUNAL (IMMIGRATION AND ASYLUM CHAMBER) The Royal Courts of Justice Strand, London, WC2A 2LL Friday, 20 April 2018 Before: LORD JUSTICE SINGH - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Between: BAIGAZIEVA Appellant - and – SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT Respondent - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (DAR Transcript of WordWave International Ltd trading as DTI 8th Floor, 165 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2DY Tel No: 020 7404 1400 Fax No: 020 704 1424 Web: www.DTIGlobal.com Email: TTP@dtiglobal.eu (Official Shorthand Writers to the Court) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The Appellant did not appear and was not represented The Respondent did not appear and was not represented - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Judgment (Approved) LORD JUSTICE SINGH: 1.     Introduction Because of the relatively...

Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC1154, 15 June 2018

Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC1154, 15 June 2018 The purposes of the main changes are to: Make provision for returning residents, including those affected by Windrush. Create a route for Afghan locally engaged staff to apply for settlement in the UK and to extend the ex-gratia redundancy scheme by six years, to include those made redundant on or after 1 May 2006. Create a new settlement route for Turkish ECAA business persons, workers and their family members. Create a new form of leave for people, transferred to the UK under the Dubs amendment, who do not qualify for international protection. Exempt all doctors and all nurses from the annual Tier 2 (General) limit.  Create new provisions in the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category. The changes to Part 7 set out in paragraph 7.2, to Part 8 set out in paragraphs 8.1 and 8.2, to Part 11 set out in paragraph 11.1, to Appendix A set out in paragraphs A14 to A17 and A21 to A25, to Appendix ECAA set out in paragraph ECAA1., to Appendix FM set out in paragraphs FM1. to FM4. and to Appendix FM-SE set out in paragraphs FM-SE1. and FM-SE2. of this...