The Youth Mobility Scheme visa is a flexible, short-term visa for applicants who want to stay in the United Kingdom for up to two years. Unlike other forms of UK visas, it does not require sponsorship from an employer. The applicant also does not need to have any intention to work or study in the UK, although they are permitted to, subject to a few exceptions.
The Home Office acknowledged employment and housing as the leading factors for people illegally crossing the English Channel. These changes are intended to disincentivize illegal migration, as well as the businesses and landlords that may try to exploit such activities.
The British government recently announced changes to the EU Settlement Scheme, with particular reference to the method of extending leave (the right to reside in the United Kingdom) under this scheme. The change includes a provision that beginning in September 2023, people with Pre-Settled Status under the scheme will automatically have their status extended by two years before it expires if they have not obtained Settled Status.
On 19, July 2023, the UK government released its second Statement of Changes of 2023 that include changes to the Ukraine Scheme Visa, the Visa Nationals List, the EU Settlement Scheme Route, the Student Visa Route, among others.
The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union provisionally agreed on rules to make the Schengen visa process digital to make the processing of visas more efficient, cheaper and user friendly.
Employers and sponsors of overseas workers, as well as individuals who require permission to live and work in the UK, should take note of the upcoming fee increases and consider making applications early to offset the risk of paying more for future applications.