UK settlement application processing from Jamaica has changed

September 3rd, 2014

3 September 2014 Anyone wishing to make an application for a UK settlement fiancee, partner or spousal visa from Jamaica and certain other Caribbean locations on or after 2 September 2014 will be required to send their documents to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) processing centre in Sheffield. This is an important change from the […]

Heavy partner and spouse sponsorship backlog hits Canadian families

July 17th, 2014

3 July 2014 It has recently come to light that many Canadian families are caught in a backlog of spousal and partner sponsorship applications that is currently taking around 11 months. Applicants have always been told to expect a six month wait for approval of phase one of the family immigration process, but this additional […]

Canadian Citizenship Act receives a great deal of criticism

July 17th, 2014

25 June 2014 The long-awaited final reading of the Canadian Immigration Bill, also known as the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, or C-24 has now received royal assent and is officially in effect. Criticism has been wide and vociferous, with many experts as well as those who will be affected having a lot to say about […]

Sponsored spouses may face new requirements to live in Canada permanently

April 10th, 2014

10 April 2014 In a recent series of meetings, the Canadian federal government has been considering the possibility that it may become necessary to add language and education requirements for anyone wishing to live in Canada permanently as a sponsored spouse or partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. This proposal was put forward, […]

New Canadian government ad campaign to warn against sham marriages

March 15th, 2014

15 March 2014 The Canadian government is making a concerted effort to highlight the problem of sham marriages and so-called ‘marriages of convenience’. The Department of Citizenship and Immigration has released a series of videos highlighting the problem and how innocent parties can be duped into such relationships, leaving them both out of pocket and […]

New UK fiancee, partner and marriage visa application fees proposed

March 2nd, 2014

  The UK government has announced its intention to raise the cost of visa, nationality and immigration application fees as of 6 April 2014, and 31 March 2014 for some overseas premium services. Although the fee increases are still due to be fully ratified by Parliament, it is fully expected that the rises will go […]

1053 Australian partner visas revoked since July 2010

February 15th, 2014

  Since July 2010, more than 1000 spouse and partner visas have been revoked by the Australian government. This is due to such abuses of the immigration system as sham marriages and fake relationships discovered by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) as part of routine checks, including home visits. Although the largest […]

5000 parent and grandparent family sponsorship applications accepted in Canada this year

February 2nd, 2014

2 February 2014 In 2011 the Canadian government decided to freeze all applications regarding the immigration of parents and grandparents into the country as sponsored relatives. This decision was made based on the fact that there was an eight year backlog at the time in dealing with such applications. At the beginning of this year, […]

UK marriage visa applicants in Russia subject to mandatory TB screening since 31 December 2013

January 12th, 2014

05/01/2014 At the end of December 2013, UK Visas and Immigration – UKVI (formerly the UK Border Agency) added Russia to the list of countries where applicants must be tested for active tuberculosis (TB) before they can apply for a UK spouse, fiancee or unmarried partner visa. Effective 31 December 2013 anyone wishing to apply […]

New UK marriage visa rules for families of HM Armed Forces

January 12th, 2014

05/12/2013 There has been a change in the way UK settlement visa applications by non-EEA family members of HM Armed Forces personnel are processed from 1 December 2013. Those who applied for a UK marriage or partner visa before that date will still be considered under the old immigration Rules. The purpose of the changes […]