UK settlement priority visa application service will speed up processing in Australia and New Zealand

August 2nd, 2013

Australian and New Zealand residents who are applying for a UK fiancee, spouse or partner visa are now able to get their settlement application fast tracked by the regional British High Commission in Manila. It is important that applicants understand that this priority service is not a guarantee of approval. What it does is put […]

New rules affecting US applicants for UK marriage visas

August 1st, 2013

Changes made effective from July 2013 now require all US residents who wish to apply for a UK settlement visa as a fiancee, partner or spouse of a British Citizen or UK legal permanent resident to send their applications and supporting documents to the UK Border Agency in Sheffield. Before July, these applications would be […]

The Home Secretary has lodged an appeal on the High Court decision on minimum income threshold

July 29th, 2013

The decision in July 2012 the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to introduce a minimum income requirement for anyone wishing to sponsor a foreign partner, fiancee or spouse to enter the country on a UK settlement visa was widely criticised. It was not just the levels at which this threshold was set but the basic principle […] reviews

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UK government recent changes to immigration policy affecting family applications

October 7th, 2012

Recent changes to UK immigration rules affecting fiancee, partner and marriage visa applications made under settlement category A number of changes to the UK settlement visa application process came into effect on 9th July 2012. The changes to the UK immigration Rules apply to individuals from outside the European Economic Area wishing to join their […]

Australian Partner Visa Process Overview

March 13th, 2011

There are a number of possible visa options for those Australian citizens and residents wishing to bring their loved ones to permanently reside in Australia. In order to obtain a migrant visa that enables Australian citizens and lawful permanent residents (including eligible New Zealand citizens permanently living in Australia) to bring their foreign fiancée, de […]

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December 4th, 2010

JCWI Voices UK Language Test Concerns (Date: 01.12.2010)
Almost as soon as the new English language test came into force on 29th November there have been criticisms of the scheme.
The most vocal organisation is the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigration (JCWI), whose concerns regarding the fairness of the new test are gaining extensive publicity. The JCWI is calling for people to contact their local MPs in order to help publicise what it sees as a series of unfair and unequal requirements arising from the test.
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UK Marriage Visa Fee Increase (Date: 22.11.2010)
Beginning 22 November 2010, processing fees for the UK settlement visas most often applied for by fiance(e)s, partners and spouses of British Citizens and lawful permanent residents will increase from current £644 to £750 or the equivalent in foreign currencies.
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Information Regarding the New English Language Test (Date: 19.11.2010)
Following the announcement by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) on 26th July 2010, the new English language test is set to come into force on 29th November 2010.
Read more Information Regarding the New English Language Test

Partner visa fee increased in Australia

August 1st, 2010

The visa application fees for offshore prospective marriage (fiancée) visa and temporary marriage and de facto partner visa will increase from previous AUD$1,705 to $1,735.  read more at marriage visa help

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American wins fight to remain in the UK

December 24th, 2009

An American mother living in Scotland has been given bittersweet news this Christmas. Angela Faye Smith, 41, had been facing deportation following the breakdown of her marriage and an unsuccessful visa application. Ms Smith, who had initially entered the UK on a marriage visa, had been informed that she would need to leave the UK […]