New Opportunities in the UK

I am a director at Primarc Solicitors. This is a law firm specialise in Immigration, properties (sale and purchase of houses, flats and shop Leases) and family law (Divorce, Divorces from Philippines, Child Contact and financial settlements) and Wills and Probates. We are Lexcel and CQS and Legal aid accredited and has an excellent track record in providing high class legal service.
The UK Govt has recently reinstated the “Graduate Route” (post study work) route for the new graduates in the UK. This is a very important announcement for the International students especially the students from English speaking countries like Philippines, India and certain countries from African continent. This route was in existence before and it was subsequently closed due to the new immigration policies introduced by the UK Govt. It is one of the best routes available for the international students to explore the possibilities in the UK. At the same time the Government consider that by re introducing this route will attract creamy young international students to the UK. This new announcement will certainly a happy new for all the universities in the UK and the overall UK labour market.Those completed a course of study in any subject at undergraduate level or above at an approved UK Higher Education Provider in 2020/21 will only qualify this route. This means those who graduate before this date will not be qualified for a Post Study Work visa.
The visa will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies.
The most important attraction of this route is that there is no restriction to work in the UK. They may also be eligible to engage in business activities and will also get an opportunity to switch into most of the immigration categories including work permit (Tier 2) within the UK.
The new announcement has more relevance in light of the Brexit as it may be an answer to the anticipated shortage in UK’s labour market.
However, one must be extra careful while selecting your course to come to the UK. This is because if you select a wrong course, you may not be eligible for the PSW route. It is ideal to do your own research accordingly to your current qualification and academic interest and do proper homework about the job opportunities before selecting your Course of study. You also must be utmost careful while selecting your universities as the above factors may affect your future opportunities in the UK.
“Primarc solicitors” is a specialised immigration firm in dealing with all sorts of immigration matters and our solicitors are highly qualified professionals. If you are one of them who need help to accomplish your dream to come to the UK and settle, please contact our office to book an appointment.

Brexit and your House Purchase

I am a Director at Primarc Solicitors. This is a law firm that specialises in Immigration, properties (sale and purchase of houses, flats and shop Leases) and family law (Divorce, Divorces from Philippines, Child Contact and financial settlements) and Wills & Probates. We are Lexcel , CQS and Legal aid accredited and has an excellent track record in providing high quality legal services.
Buying a home in the UK is everyone’s dream and forms a part of our settlement. It happens only once in most of our lives. Houses are very expensive in the UK therefore buying a house is an expensive affair, however you can save thousands of pounds on your mortgage payments instead of the rent that pays someone else’s mortgage and also if you buy at the right time. One has to do their homework properly and choose your location and make the decision on time which are the key things you may have to follow in order to save money. Most of the houses in the UK are purchased with an assistance of mortgage therefore it is equally important for you to buy when the interest rates are low.
The house prices were stagnated until 2013 and market started showing upward trend till the beginning of this year. The housing market started slowing down from this year onwards and this was assuming due to the political and financial uncertainty developed over the widely discussed Brexit. Of Couse there are two level of thoughts, the optimistic Brexiters believe that the Brexit will bring financial security, property stability and more jobs etc. whereas the others believe that if the country leave EU, this will be a catastrophe. What is evident now is that the economic activities have slowed down, and the situation has led to a dilemma among the public.
The housing market is considered to be buyers’ market when the market is stagnated in other words the house price is low and interest rates low. It is always advisable to enter into the house market when it is the so called “buyers’ market”. If you purchase your house in the right time, your equity may rise when the market is back to normal and you can even consider taking equity out of your first house to buy your second house.
When you purchase a house, it is very important for you to choose the right location which is either near to your workplace or close to your children’s school or ideally both.
The area where your house is located is important as this will affect the future house prices and if you ended up purchasing your house in a wrong area, it may affect the resale value of your house.
If you are unable to finance your purchase, you may also be able to explore the possibility of purchasing under the shared ownership scheme. The government is also encouraging the first-time buyers as they are exempted from paying stamp duty when buying their first house up to a value of £300,000.00
When it comes to the purchase of your dream home, I believe now it is a buyers’ market and this may give you more choices and bargaining power. The same principle applies to purchase of a business such as shops and Leases etc.
Primarc solicitors are CQS accredited and accepted by most of the mortgage lenders in the UK. We are specialised in dealing with the purchase and sale of houses and leasehold shops and other business etc. Please contact our office if you are interested in getting a free conveyancing quote.

Brexit and Immigration

I am a Director at Primarc Solicitors. Our law firm specialise in Immigration, Property (Sale, Purchase, Re-mortgage of Houses, Flats and Shop Leases) Family law (Divorce, Divorces from Philippines, Child Contact and financial settlements) and Wills & Probates. We have various high standard accreditations like Lexcel, CQS, Legal aid and have an excellent track record in providing high standard legal services.

UK is one of the hot spots for the economic migrants around the world. The enormous job opportunities available in this country, the influence of English language are the main reasons for making UK on top of the priority list. Being an immigration practitioner for the past 20 yrs, I understand that there are many from Philippines and around the world who would like to come and settle in the UK and others here are however struggling to settle in one way or the other. In this session I would like to discuss the concerns of the Filipino migrants in view of the Brexit in simple words avoiding legal jargons.

Although UK has always been an attractive destination for migrants all around the world, the Country had strict immigration control in place which restricted the immigrants coming to the UK. The political view changed in late 90’s and there was an inflow of migrants especially nurses, carers, students and highly skilled migrants etc. This policy was widely criticised as the number of migrants increased alarmingly and it became a main agenda for the new governments to bring strict measures to limit the net migration.  As a result the UK government adopted the successful Australian style point-based system in order to curb the net migration and closed most of the immigration routes. On the other hand the EU citizens were not affected by any of these restrictions as they always had the privilege of free movement by exercising the EU treaty rights.

The statistics shows that there have been an increasing number of EU state nationals coming to the UK to work and majority will settle. Since they do not have restrictions to work in the UK, this was considered to be the main work force replacing the non EU community. When UK comes out of the EU as a result of Brexit , the EU national citizens will not have the free movement’s rights anymore and they will also require permission to work in the UK. This will probably create more job opportunities and offer better prospects for the non EU citizens to come , work and settle in the UK. I hope the Philippines will be most beneficial community as most of them speak English and they are highly skilled in their respective profession.

Interestingly the UK government as a first step has reinstated Post Study Work (PSW Visa) with a view to encourage international students to come and study – work – settle. The new policy is widely appreciated as this will attract more foreign students and make UK as one of the most attractive destinations.

UK is anticipating a real short fall in its work force during the post Brexit period. There are also unofficial reports that Mr Johnson may even declare amnesty and this will help the illegal migrants to regularise their immigration status and become part of the UK work force and the economy. There are hundreds of illegal Non-EU citizens living in the UK and I hope if this happens, the whole community will be able to make the benefit of the post Brexit situation.

If you think you or anyone who you know are one who would benefit from the current explained situation, we would be happy to guide and assist you to accomplish this task.

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