Immigration often has negative associations in the press: we have all heard stories about failed Asylum Seekers with criminal convictions being allowed to stay in the United Kingdom because they have a cat or because of their gym membership. However, UK Immigration Law can affect us all to a varying degree. You may be an employer who wishes to employ an employee or an employee from outwith Europe. You may be a non-European student or employee who wishes to work or study in the United Kingdom. You may be or may have a non-UK husband or wife. You may have resided in the United Kingdom for a number of years and have made the important decision to apply to be naturalised a UK citizen.
Immigration Law constantly changes. In recent years the Points Based System has been introduced for students and workers. This has resulted in employers requiring to register with the Home Office as sponsors in order to employ non-EEA employees. The most recent changes have overhauled spouse’s applications by setting minimum financial requirements and extending the probationary period from two to five years before an applicant can apply for indefinite leave to remain.