Changes to Settlement Rules - April 2011
The UK Border Agency has introduced new rules for indefinite leave to remain to be effective from 6 April 2011. From April all ILR applicants will have to be clear of unspent convictions when they apply for indefinite leave to remain. Applicants for Tier 1 (General) visa will now be expected to meet the same income criteria that applied when they last extended their permission to stay in the UK.Applicants in Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) categories, or those with work permits must be paid the appropriate rate. Also applicants in Tier 1 and Tier 2 categories must now pass the Life in the UK test rather than an ESOL with citizenship course. There will also be an accelerated route to settlement for Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applicants who comply with the new criteria. A statement of changes to the Immigration Rules (HC 863) contains full details of all the changes that came into effect on 6 April 2011.
English language tests - April 2011
The UK Border Agency has published a new list of approved English language test providers for applications made under Tiers 1, 2, and 4 of the points-based system and for spouse or partner applications.