What is in the latest Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules?

The most recent Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules CP (361) was published on 31 December 2020. The Statement of Changes, along with the explanatory memorandum, outline minor changes to the UK’s immigration rules further to the Statement of Changes published in October 2020 which set out the UK’s new immigration system in great detail. For specialist advice on the UK’s new immigration system which now considers applications from EEA nationals in the same way as non-EEA nationals, please contact our immigration team to arrange a consultation.  

What are the latest changes outlined in the Statement of Changes CP (361)?

The latest Statement of Changes contains only minor amendments to the Immigration Rules and is therefore an extension of the hefty changes which were outlined on 22 October 2020. The main amendments are in relation to the T5 (Temporary Worker) category (formally the Tier 5 Temporary Worker). The changes make reference to EU nationals as the Brexit transition period has now come to an end, meaning that EEA and Swiss nationals must now apply for a visa under the Immigration Rules in the same way as non-EEA nationals. This is even if they only wish to come to the UK for short-term temporary work. The specific change to paragraph IA 14.6 is specified below:

“An applicant who is not an EU national may not be granted permission as a contractual service supplier or independent professional for a total period of: (a) if the applicant is a Swiss national or permanent resident covered by a relevant commitment in the Temporary Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Services Mobility, more than 12 months in any 24-month period (the relevant 24 months includes the period of permission the applicant is applying for); or (b) in all other cases, more than 6 months in any 12-month period (the relevant 12 months includes the period of permission the applicant is applying for).”

The latest Statement of Changes also contains minor changes to other routes such as the addition of “(g) market researchers and analysts may conduct market research or analysis for an enterprise located outside the UK” to the permitted activities and additions to the Permit Free Festival List under Appendix V for Visitors.

What is the T5 (Temporary Worker) International Agreement Worker?

The T5 Temporary Worker International Agreement Worker visa is for Applicants who wish to come to the UK to provide a service covered under international law, such as private servants in diplomatic households, employees of overseas governments and international organisations, or under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) or another agreement under which the UK has commitments. Migrants must have been assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (“CoS”) from an A-rated sponsor which was issued no more than 3 months before the application is submitted. Additionally, Applicants must meet the following (where applicable):

  • Genuineness requirement for International Agreement Worker;
  • International Agreement requirement;
  • Private servant in diplomatic household requirements;
  • Employee of an overseas government or other international organisation requirement;
  • Contractual Service Supplier requirement;
  • Independent Professional requirement;
  • Financial Requirement for an International Agreement Worker;
  • Parental consent requirement for an International Agreement Worker aged under 18;
  • Decision on application as an International Agreement Worker.

An International Agreement Worker can stay in the UK for a period between 6 months and 2 years depending on the international agreement. Dependents may also apply to join the main Applicant for the duration of their stay in the UK, however they must also leave when the main Applicant’s leave expires. This route does not lead to settlement.

How can our immigration solicitors can assist Applicants with applications under the new Immigration system?

Our immigration solicitors in London specialise in all visa types of visa applications and prepare applications to the highest standard. We have an impeccable track history of submitting successful UK visa applications for a range of different clients in different visa categories. The key to submitting successful applications is being aware of the relevant Immigration Rules. Our immigration solicitors in London guide Applicants through the requirements and prepare detailed legal submissions in support of the application ensuring a successful result. In addition to the legal representations, our team of solicitors also provides multiple substantial reviews of the application bundle to ensure that the correct documentary evidence is submitted. We also prepare and assist with the submission of the application.

Using our Immigration Solicitors in London to submit a successful UK Visa application in light of the recent Statement of Changes

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with an application to apply for a new Student Visa. Our solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the Home Office’s requirements and meet the Immigration Rules.

Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications, which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your application succeeds, our solicitors and barristers will ensure all specified documents must be provided.

The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.

Successful UK Visa applications with our Immigration Solicitors in London

Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your prospects of submitting a UK Visa application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of a UK Visa application.

We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients.  We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice, and other central London courts.

Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation to discuss an application to the Home Office.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.

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