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UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)

  1. First virtual citizenship ceremony welcomed by Home Office minister

    Home Office Minister Kevin Foster attended the UK’s first virtual citizenship ceremony today.

  2. New working group launched to address challenges faced by Windrush generation

    The Home Secretary has launched a cross-government working group to address challenges faced by the Windrush generation and their descendants.

  3. Home Office extends bereavement scheme to NHS support staff and social care workers

    The bereavement scheme has been extended to the families and dependants of NHS support staff and social care workers who die as a result of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19).

  4. NHS frontline workers visas extended so they can focus on fighting coronavirus

    Doctors, nurses and paramedics with visas due to expire before 1 October 2020 will have them automatically extended for one year.

  5. Visas extended for those currently unable to return home due to COVID-19

    Leave extended to 31 May for individuals who are currently unable to return home at the end of their visa.

  6. Landmark Immigration Bill to end free movement introduced to Parliament

    The bill will end free movement and give the government full control of UK borders for the first time in four decades.

  7. New Director General appointed to HMPO and UKVI

    Abi Tierney has been appointed as the new Director General of Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

  8. Home Secretary announces new UK points-based immigration system

    New points-based immigration system will open up the UK to the brightest and the best from around the world.

  9. Windrush Compensation Scheme extended by 2 years

    Changes are being made to the Windrush Compensation Scheme to make it more flexible and to keep it open for longer.

  10. More than 3 million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme

    The milestone was reached less than a year after the scheme was fully launched to the public, with more than 2.7 million already granted status.

  11. Boost for UK science with unlimited visa offer to world's brightest and best

    Top scientists to be given fast-tracked entry into the UK.

  12. Global Britain to attract more top scientists with fast tracked entry

    More top scientists and researchers are to be given fast tracked entry to the UK.

  13. Home Office launches £1 million advertising campaign for EU Settlement Scheme

    A new £1 million wave of UK government advertising to encourage EU citizens to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme has launched today.

  14. Two million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme

    Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced that there have been 2 million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.

  15. 1.5 million people apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

    Latest published statistics show that there were almost 300,000 applications to the scheme in the month of August.

  16. Expansion of the shortage of occupation list

    The shortage of occupation list has today been expanded to include a range of skilled occupations, following changes to the Immigration Rules.

  17. Government announces immigration plans for no deal Brexit

    If there's a no deal Brexit, border controls will be introduced to make it harder for criminals to enter the UK.

  18. Windrush Compensation Scheme and taskforce community events

    To raise awareness of the Windrush Compensation Scheme a series of community events will be held across the country.

  19. One million granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme

    New statistics up to the end of July show more than 950,000 applications from England, 50,000 from Scotland, 15,000 from Wales and 12,000 from Northern Ireland.

  20. PM sets out vision to cement UK as a science superpower

    The world’s top scientists will be encouraged to move to the UK under a shake-up of immigration rules announced by the Prime Minister today.