The fourth of the Visa Bulletin, which is released every February, is a comprehensive report of changes and updates from the United Kingdom's immigration laws. The bulletin covers everything from family visa issues to work permit requirements for British citizens who live in Ireland. It would be difficult for an individual to keep up with all the changes and requirements, but the resources on offer would make it possible to do so. Details on all aspects of UK immigration law are provided, including: types of work that are eligible for the Employment Pass; and what documents would be needed when applying for these passes. This would include the Home Information Packs, evidence of UK citizenship or nationality, and a statement confirming that the individual is not married and has children.
The UK Immigration Law Centre would also provide information on how to apply for a visa. A sample application form is available free of charge on their website, while more detailed guidance on various aspects of UK immigration issues would be available in the Visa Bulletin. In addition to the online version, the centre would also deliver three different printed versions for users to peruse, including a premium format for use in the workplace and at home, an e-reader version for individuals who are self-sufficient and intend to stay in the country for three years or more, and a hard copy for those who intend to remain in the UK permanently. These printed documents would include details on the grounds for the proposed visa, the duration of the intended stay, any family members that need to be accompanying the individual, as well as the date of issue. An individual may also apply for a visa online via the website but would still need to visit an office in person if he or she needs to apply for a visa for a particular purpose.
Those applying for either a family visa or an employment pass would need to submit proof of their identity, as well as details on their dependants. Examples of this would be details of the employer and other employees, and specified dates of arrival and departure. For family visa applications, details of children (if applicable) would also have to be submitted. The visa office would then process the application, before issuing a visa.
Employment pass applications would need to be submitted to the F visa office in the same way as a family visa application. Details of the position for which a person is seeking work would have to be provided. This could include details of the employer and his/her address, contact number, fax number, email address and the hours of work each week. An employee would also need to provide details of their passport or travel insurance details, as well as details of any form of income support they receive. The UK Immigration authorities would process the application for a work permit after a two-month period of in-removal leave has passed.
The month of February will see a change in the number of periods of in-removal leave that an immigrant will be eligible for. After the previous immigration rules came into effect, an immigrant who had not received a three-month leave would only be eligible for one month of leave. However, from February onwards all employees who are employed under the Skilled Working Visa scheme will be eligible to . . . . . . take three months of leave at the latest. The same goes for students who are registered on the ESOL scheme.
The changes introduced in the February 2021 Visa Bulletin would make it easier for many foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence in the United Kingdom. However, it would also encourage British employers to offer higher pay and more attractive working conditions, as well as attracting the best workers from overseas. This in turn could have a significant positive impact on the productivity levels of the United Kingdom, thus contributing to its economic recovery.