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 […]

New Zealand partner visa applications to be reconsidered by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) following Ombudsman investigation

November 25th, 2013

15/11/2013 After receiving a number of complaints from New Zealand partner visa applicants, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has been forced to re-evaluate hundreds of visa applications processed by its Mumbai and New Delhi offices. The initial 14 complaints were received regarding whether or not these offices had properly considered applications from partners of current student […]

Home Office appeal regarding High Court judgment on UK marriage visa financial requirements set for March 2014

November 2nd, 2013

  An important date has been set regarding the future of the financial threshold requirements related to UK settlement visa applications for partners, fiancees and spouses of British citizens and UK permanent residents wishing to live permanently in the UK. In July 2013, the High Court decided that although the income requirements set by the […]

Changes to the KOLL requirements for those seeking UK settlement or naturalisation

October 25th, 2013

There are some changes being made to the existing UK settlement and naturalisation requirements. These changes will be put in place on the 28th October 2013 and will affect most applicants who wish to settle in the UK or become a British Citizen by naturalisation. The new requirements are as follows: Most applicants must meet […]

The use of EEA family permits under the ‘Surinder Singh’ provision

October 7th, 2013

In 1992 a precedent was set, since known as the Surinder Singh provision, making it technically possible for a British citizen to bring in a non-EEA partner or spouse to the UK on an EEA permit. Until the new financial thresholds for sponsorship under the settlement category came into effect last year setting minimum earnings […]

New technology is introduced for New Zealand partner visa applications

August 26th, 2013

New Zealand has been planning for some time to make the visa application service totally digital by 2015 and in the next step to reach that target deadline, INZ (Immigration New Zealand) has recently unveiled plans to start using a new technology, Immigration Online. Also known as the Immigration Global Management System, or IGMS, Immigration […]

The cost of Australian partner visa applications rises as more fees are announced

August 12th, 2013

The Australian DIAC (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) has made a recent announcement unveiling new increases on the cost of applying for a fiancée visa (officially known as subclass 300 prospective marriage visa). There is a similar rise in the cost of applications for an unmarried partner/spouse visa (subclass 820/309). These rises apply to all […]

High Court judgment on income threshold for UK marriage visas revealed

August 5th, 2013

Since July of 2012, the minimum income threshold for those wishing to bring a foreign partner to the UK on a settlement fiancee or marriage visa has been £18,600 a year. In rules laid out by the UK Border Agency, if the sponsoring UK citizen or legal permanent resident wishes to include a child in […]