Today, the Financial Times have revealed Theresa May’s plans for overseas workers, students and business individuals to take a ‘British values’ test in order to obtain a visa to enter the UK. Ms May has attempted to justify the introduction of this new requirement for international visitors in the UK to counter extremism and seek out those who come to the country to promote terrorism. This is just another requirement on a long list that migrants are facing if they want to work, study or visit the UK.
Students, Business Individuals & Workers to Demonstrate ‘British Values’
We have reported over the last year the number of universities and businesses across the UK complaining about the restrictive immigration policies stifling the economy and talent into the UK. From Oxford University’s Migration Observatory describing the UK visa system as ‘hostile’ towards international students to China’s ambassador, Premier Li Keqiang suggesting visa restrictions put on tourists and businessman will effect the UK’s economic position. The draft report which has only been seen by the Financial Times apparently states:
“We want to make clear to those seeking to visit, work or study in the UK, and those granted protection, that they need to abide by and respect British values throughout their stay in this country.We will make British values an integral part of applying for a visa.”
The stringent Immigration Rules have reflected in the Home Office’s figures which states that in 2014 one out of every two Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application submitted were refused. Consequently, talented entrepreneurs who are being refused are setting up their businesses in their home countries or elsewhere. It is yet to be seen if the Home Secretary’s plans will actually come into fruition, as she has yet to make any announcements.
UK Immigration Advice for Individuals Coming to UK
Whether you want to come to the UK to study, work, visit or for business purposes our expert Immigration Solicitors based in the heart of London will be able to assist you with your visa application. Detailed assessments will be made of your current situation and you will be provided with options that are best suited to your circumstances.
Our Solicitors have had a successful run of the following visa applications under the Points-based system:
- Tier 1 UK Entrepreneur Visa category: is for business persons who would like to establish a business in the UK or join and invest into an existing business.
- Tier 2 (General) category: is for non-European migrants who have been offered a highly skilled job by a UK employer to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker.
- Tier 4 Student category: are for international students who wish to come to the UK to study and experience life and culture in the UK.
Legal Advice & Successful UK Visa Applications
Our team of experienced and professionally qualified immigration solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of making a visa application to the UK step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of law.
Contact us so that we can review your case and provide you with an assessment.