**United States Diversity Visa Lottery Alert** 

It’s been said a lot over the years, but I now believe we are probably in the waning days of the last ever DV lottery entry period. It is VERY likely that the program will be shut by Congress in the next 6 months, probably letting the DV-2019 run but preventing the DV-2020. ENTER BEFORE 22 NOVEMBER 2017 OR MISS THE PARTY! Diversity lottery accounts for circa 50,000 immigrant admissions per year – by US standards, this is a near-negligible number in the general flow of migrants. Yet, it seems almost nonsensical, as a route for possibly low skilled migrants … Continue reading →

HO finally answers a 2.5 year-old FOI request, says 6150 people are still on Tier 1 general as of October 2017

In the Spring of 2015, when extensions closed for Tier 1 general migrants, I initially filed a FOI request with Home Office, trying to get them to tell me how many people are left in this category. (They initially answered completely off point, and  it took a new request a year ago, and several complaints to the Information Commissioner, to get the correct answers). If these are the correct numbers, I am stunned, because they are way, way more than I expected. I am also pretty sure they are FALSE, because they include people noted as “British citizens”, so clearly … Continue reading →


Effective immediately, from 12 October 2017 I will no longer accept new clients in the UK for applications or tribunal representation, unless some advice and/services have already been quoted or provided to you (you will be notified if you are on the list).  ALL EXISTING CLIENTS CONTINUE AS PLANNED. I will also now provide ADVICE ONLY to the public, by appointment and upon review of relevant documents, which will be completely free.

Read more here: http://immigrationpolicy.org.uk/



Finally managed to bring to paper, so to speak, my thoughts on principal reasons/points why so many Americans misunderstand UK visa requirements and end up having to plead their cases from the front page of The Guardian. Americans and all those in America! )) If you are applying for a UK visa, please read the tips. I highlight the points on which most applictions fail, explain the main features of the UK system and how it contrasts with some corresponding features of the US system. ALSO A SPECIAL FOR ALL THOSE IN THE UNITED STATES, COMPLETELY FREE ADVICE UNTIL END OF OCTOBER 2017!

UK visas from the USA

Home Office apparently starts accepting Lounes early, and wider than Advocate Bot

I just received an approval of a residence card today for a client who had just recently married an EU national who had been naturalised in the UK years ago. The case, the filing of which just before the Lounes heairng in May was precipitated by the discovery of the client’s illegal stay and imposition of reporting requirements during pre-marriage Home Office interview, was filed specifically with a covering letter that explained in bold that we are aware that he doesn’t currently benefit but ask that it be held pending outcome of Lounes case.