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Student numbers and student visas

There have recently been various confusing articles in the media about foreign students – or “international students”, as the current expression goes – dealing with such issues as how many of them are there in the UK? And do they go home when they have completed their studies? And should they go home when they have completed their studies? This was the typical type of newspaper headline (from The Times): Thousands of ex-students allowed to stay each year, which has some

UK Immigration Update Spring-Summer 2019

We thought that the UK was going to leave the EU at the end of March but, because of some “political difficulties”, Brexit has been postponed. The question that some people ask is – is Brexit going to happen at all? But not the Home Office, which has confidently ploughed ahead with the new “Pre-Settled” and “Settled” EU immigration statuses. These applications are remarkably straightforward by Home Office standards and large numbers have successfully applied. What, we wonder, will happen if

Students who want to stay and work in the UK

It is presumably the case that many international students come to study in the UK because British education has a high reputation. Currently around 450,000 international students per year are coming here, and most come under the points-based system Tier 4 Student route. China, the world’s second-largest economy, has in the last year sent over 100,000 students to the UK. Even the United States – whose education system is also highly rated – has sent around 15,000, and a large

New laws for short-hold tenancy fees in England

The Tenant Fees Act 2019, which came into force on 1 June 2019, has made some very significant changes in the law regarding assured shorthold tenancy fees. The Act will apply to all tenancies and tenancy renewals in England from that date, but it will not apply to periodic tenancies where the fixed-term tenancy began before 1 June 2019. As its name suggests, the new Act governs fees and payments that tenants pay to landlords (or their letting agents). The Act

Tier 1 Entrepreneur – were the funds invested correctly?

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur route is now closed to new applicants but those already in the system will still be able to apply for extension or settlement, so it will be with us for a few years to come. And, not for the first time, a genuine and well-meaning entrepreneur has fallen foul of the rules and requirements, as recently recorded by the Court of Appeal in a surprising case called “Sajjad”. Mr Sajjad, a Pakistani national, ran a restaurant business as

Primary carers of British citizens – big change in the rules?

Some years the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ” – the supreme court for EU law) passed a judgement called “Zambrano”. This case is often described as a “landmark” decision, and indeed it was. What happened was that a husband and wife, who were Columbian nationals, were living in Belgium but they did not hold regular immigration/employment status. But they had children who had been born in Belgium and, under Belgian law, the children held Belgian nationality. By the court’s decision the

London house prices: spring surge fails to boost market

The annual spring housing surge has done little to boost London’s flatlining property market, according to Rightmove. The latest figures from the property website reveal house prices in the capital remain down year-on-year, driven by a slump in inner city sales. Compared to 12 months ago, homes in outer London are 0.9% cheaper, whereas prices in inner London have fallen by 3.8%. Overall, homes in Greater London were worth 2.5% less than a year ago, meaning the average cost of a house

UK-based Poles call for revolt against having to apply for settled status

A Polish chef who has worked with Mary Berry and Jamie Oliver is leading a revolt by UK-based Poles against the Home Office’s requirement that EU citizens apply for settled status as part of Brexit. More than 7,000 people have signed a petition launched this week by Damian Wawrzyniak on the UK government and parliament website to change the wording of the settlement status process from “application” to “registration”. At 10,000 signatures, the government must respond. Wawrzyniak, a former chef at Noma

The UK innovator visa: innovative and scalable

At the end of March 2019, the UK government launched its new innovator visa for overseas entrepreneurs and closed the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category to new applicants. The innovator visa is aimed at “more experienced business people” who have £50,000 to invest in an innovative business which could be scaled up fairly rapidly, with less experienced entrepreneurs seeking investment pointed towards a start-up visa instead. This post will lay out the requirements for the UK innovator visa before looking at whether

Overstaying rules – it’s all rather complicated

An overstayer is somebody who has outstayed their welcome, at least as far as the Home Office is concerned: ie somebody who used to have immigration leave but no longer has it. There was always a strange discrepancy between the criminal law and immigration law as far as overstaying is concerned. Somebody who is an overstayer is committing a criminal offence for which – in theory at any rate – they could be prosecuted. But this is a rather vacuous reality