With Christmas only a week away and everyone in a shopping frenzy at the moment it is difficult to be enthusiastic about the drama surrounding Brexit and also some serious changes occurring to the Points based system.
I have detailed below some of the changes but we are still awaiting the Statement of Change, which was expected to be issued, but instead Caroline Nokes has issued a shorter announcement.
Who knows what will happen with the Brexit deal at the moment and there is little to update in this regard until the government has a concrete agreement. So lets wait and see how this saga unfolds. Depending on whether we have a deal or walk away with a No deal there will definitely be changes to the position regarding settled and pre settled status EEA nationals.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I am sure my January newsletter will be longer. 
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visas to be scrapped in Points based system 
Caroline Nokes has offered a preview of the changes that will be laid out and these changes include;
·     Introducing the start – up visa that was announced in June 2018
·     Removing the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and replacing it with an Innovator visa
·     Tier 1 (Investor) visa will be going through huge changes starting with the visa category being currently suspended to all your applicants
·     Architects will be allowed to apply under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa
·     Changes to the Tier 5 (Temporary worker) Religious worker visa that will prevent workers from filling roles as a Minister of Religion
·     Introducing a cooling off period for Tier 5 visa that will exclude Religious and Charity workers from securing a second visa until a year has lapsed since the first visa has expired
·     Introducing a pilot scheme for seasonal agricultural workers announced in September this year
Suspension of Tier 1 (Investor) visa
The Home Office last week announced the immediate suspension of the Tier 1 (Investor) but today this has been rowed back and the visa is no longer suspended but will follow some changes.
The press has reported the suspension was due to money laundering but also due to the aftermath of the Salisbury’s poisonings in order to stop wealthy Russians with links to the Putin Government from availing themselves of this route.
Well I think we will all be watching this space for the changes that are likely to occur in this category and the chances are the route will become harder to avail oneself of.
NHS Surcharge to double from the 19thDecember 2018
The NHS Surcharge allows anyone in the UK who is on a work, study or family visa for longer than six months to access NHS services in the same way as a UK Citizen.
The proposal will see the surcharge increase from £200 to £400 per year for non EU nationals and students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme to receive a discounted rate of £300 per year.
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