Defending a relocation application – what to consider?
From 13 December 2012, changes were made to the Nationality Instructions that affect anyone applying for citizenship on or after that date. The main changes deal with criminality and how it is assessed in terms of the good character requirement in citizenship applications. Some of the main amendments are summarised below:
Further details of the changes have also been explained in our latest blog Applying to naturalise as a British Citizen – are you of good character? and on the UKBA website.
Changes to the Investor Rules Affect Professional Sportspeople
Changes to the Immigration Rules in December now prevent Tier 1 (Investor) migrants from working as professional sportspeople. In the past, the investor route had been used during the January transfer window by football players to circumvent the stringent Sports Governing Body endorsement criteria in the dedicated sporting routes in Tier 2 and Tier 5. Current Football Association (FA) rules dictate that unless a player has played at least 75% of international matches for their country in the last two years, they are ineligible for a UK visa. However, most transfers could avoid this requirement by subscribing to the investor category.
It is expected that this change in the Rules may prevent sportsmen and women as well as coaches and other sports professionals from moving to the UK.
For more information, please contact a member of the immigration team.
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