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Thanks for sharing this list.

From the list it appears that these rule changes are for:
  • Migrants under the points-based system
  • Visitors and
  • Overseas domestic workers

Publication on "Changes affecting employment-related settlement, Tier 5 and overseas domestic workers" can be found at the Home Office Website.
 

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So i saw allot of scary changes to the settlement visa, Has that already changed or is it changing April 6th, As my wife is sending off her binder in a few days
 

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So i saw allot of scary changes to the settlement visa, Has that already changed or is it changing April 6th, As my wife is sending off her binder in a few days
Hey Coops: I don't believe there were any 'scary' rule changes for spouse settlement visa...yet. :)

In fact, as far as I understand scanning through those documents, the Family settlement visa changes are still under consideration and will be announced later this year. The only rules that are changing are focused on non-family related immigration more specifically workers and students.
 

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Thank you for the response always nice to get reassuring messages, The whole spousal visa application has been a difficult scary one for us, But made so much easier by this forum
 

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Thank you for the response always nice to get reassuring messages, The whole spousal visa application has been a difficult scary one for us, But made so much easier by this forum
Family migration seems to be a thorny topic, and no one seems to want to jump into the thicket (except those of us on this forum!) That is why timing is everything. The government will be able to reach their goal of curbing immigration by changing the rules in these different categories over time. They've already achieved a large part of their pledge by making one lot of Tier 2 visa holders already working in the UK subject to a retrospective law: those who applied after 6 April 2011, while at the same time making the majority who applied before that date feel quite secure (because the new rules come into force after 6 April 2016 and don't apply to them!) So they will be able to judge if and/or when would be the most strategic time to implement the family migration changes so as not to overturn the apple cart too quickly and be flooded by challenges in the courts. As well, since they have promised to curb immigration to the 10's of 1000's by 2015, there is a great deal of wiggle room between now and the middle of even 2014 to do whatever they think fit in the family category. Even if they choose to do nothing by 2015 in the family category, they will have attained their goal of slashing immigration to the UK anyway. An effective investment of political capital. :blabla:
 

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They are not making this easy for those of us here on the probationary 27 month visa, that's for sure. I was checking the site two or three times a week but I can't make heads or tails out of the way they've got it set up now. I've been studying for the 'Life in the UK' test and haven't been online much the past couple weeks-I checked the site this morning and it all looks sooooooooooooo different!

I seem to recall a few weeks ago it was easier to find the pages on what to do when it was time to apply for the ILR. Maybe I need to find my oldest link in the bookmarks and see if I can figure anything out from that?
 

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They are not making this easy for those of us here on the probationary 27 month visa, that's for sure. I was checking the site two or three times a week but I can't make heads or tails out of the way they've got it set up now. I've been studying for the 'Life in the UK' test and haven't been online much the past couple weeks-I checked the site this morning and it all looks sooooooooooooo different!

I seem to recall a few weeks ago it was easier to find the pages on what to do when it was time to apply for the ILR. Maybe I need to find my oldest link in the bookmarks and see if I can figure anything out from that?
When are you applying for ILR? Here's a link that might help:

UK Border Agency | Settlement
 

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I had a cursory overview of the official PDF statement outlining every change... in the middle it started showing the increase in prices. It wasn't clear to me if every visa was being affected in the increase, or just the ones manny.j had mentioned above?

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I had a cursory overview of the official PDF statement outlining every change... in the middle it started showing the increase in prices. It wasn't clear to me if every visa was being affected in the increase, or just the ones manny.j had mentioned above?
Yes, there will be an across-the-board increase in visa fees from 6th April:
UK Border Agency | New immigration fees proposed (click on the right to download a PGF document).
Increase is generally 2% but there is a bigger rise for some routes.
 
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