25
Nov

Changes to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas, November 2015

Changes to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

Minor changes to Tier 1 have been made in regards to the Genuine Entrepreneur Test for initial applications, such as, the Secretary of State can now make an assessment based on previous investment made in the UK by an applicant.

25
Nov

Changes to Tier 1 (Investor) visas, November 2015

Changes to Tier 1 (Investor)

Minor and technical changes have been made towards Tier 1 Investor Visa, the main changes are as follows:

  • the provision in Appendix A, at paragraph 65-SD (b), only applies to migrants who previously had leave in the pre-Points Based System (PBS) Investor category;
  • when property is used as evidence for balance of funds, it can only be jointly owned with the spouse or partner of applicant; and
  • investment by way of share or loan capital in investment syndicate companies is not acceptable. In regards, to Investment Syndicate Companies is intended as a measure to specifically prohibit applications which seek to rely upon investment in so-called ‘namecos’, which operate as part of underwriting syndicates in the Lloyds insurance market.
25
Nov

Changes to Administrative Review

Changes to Administrative Review

Administrative Review is for assessing whether the original refusal was incorrect based on the evidence supplied initially.  Under the new rules, additional evidence can now be submitted in certain circumstances according to paragraph AR2.4 of Appendix AR, only if the case worker has made an error (defined in AR2.11(a) or (b)).

25
Nov

Changes to Tier 2 visas, November 2015

Changes to Tier 2 – Premium Service Centre

Since 12 November 2015, applicants who submit their application for consideration via the Premium Service Centre, can only now submit applications online, as the paper application form will be removed from the gov.uk website. The completed online application must be send off to the Home Office afterwards.

Changes to Tier 2 – Dependants

The above will also apply to Tier 2 Dependants, the paper form will be removed and substituted by the online service. In respect of Tier 1 and Tier 5 dependants, the paper format application will remain as it was.

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