The full launch of the EU Settlement Scheme on 30 March 2019 was a welcome development for many EEA nationals. However, whilst the EU Settlement Scheme has been generally well-received, glitches in the system are materialising.
Increasing immigration costs overall have been in the news again recently. The Independent recently ran an article on the lack of free to use appointments for visa applicants and the Guardian has also reported on the effects of increasing visa fees.
The good character requirement in nationality applications has recently been put in the spotlight with Parliament’s Human Rights Committee expressing its 'deep concern' for children who are being denied their right to claim British nationality. We look at the application of the good character requirement to adults applying to naturalise as British citizens and the possible knock-on effect on their children’s applications to register as a British citizen.
As we head into the summer months, spare a thought for overworked UK farmers who at the peak of the harvesting season are struggling to recruit the workers they need. The National Farmers’ Union has long been lobbying hard for added flexibility in recruitment of non-EEA nationals given the growth in the sector.
Tier 2 sponsors have had to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) of £1,000 per year of the visa, and in January 2019 the Immigration Health Surcharge increased from £200 to £400 per year of the visa. Sometimes the application of the fees can be a little unfair and may catch employers by surprise.