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Aug
28
2020

UK Immigration from 2021: Summary of key changes
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The UK immigration system will face its most significant change in recent history from 1 January 2021. The changes will impact most sectors in the UK. In this blog we have a brief look at the key changes to expect....

Aug
21
2020

Immigration Update UKVCAS IDV App released
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The UK Visas & Immigration service continues to face a backlog owing to the COVID-19 lockdown. Since the reopening of centres in June ...

Jul
29
2020

'Grace period’ announced for those unable to leave the UK by 31 July 2020
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The UK government has published ‘last-minute’ guidance for individuals who are unable to leave the UK by 31 July 2020. The additional extension is termed a ‘grace period’, which means that individuals will not be penalised if they have overstayed their visa between 24 January 2020 to 31 August 2020....

Jul
24
2020

The Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa route opens from January 2021
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The UK government has finally published official guidance on the new Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa....

Jul
17
2020

2021 Immigration System detail published: FAQs
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The Government published further detail on the 2021 immigration system. The policy statement dated 13 July 2020 provides important detail on how the new system will function. In this article we look at the key facts and takeaways on UK’s new immigration system....

Jul
10
2020

UK Visa Centres in the US to Resume and Quarantine Rule Dropped
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UK visa centre have continued to reopen worldwide since 1 June 2020. The reopening has been phased and has been dependant primarily on the country where the visa centre is located. ...

Jul
03
2020

Immigration Update: More visa centres open, air bridges announced and the Office for Talent
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The UK Home Office has announced the opening of further visa centres in the UK and overseas. This follows the gradual reopening of centres on 1 June, 9 June and 21 June 2020....

Jun
19
2020

Applying for a Spouse Visa? Read the Updated COVID19 Immigration Policy To See How it Affects You
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UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) have published further guidance on applying for a spouse visa, if you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes allow those who have experienced a loss of income or are unable to provide specified documents to apply by relying on this guidance....

Jun
12
2020

Immigration Update: More Visa Centres to Reopen and a Review of the 14-day Quarantine Rule
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UK Visa centres began to reopen from 1 June 2020, in a phased resumption of services. The second phase of visa centres are now expected to reopen from 22 June 2020. With increasing opposition to the 14-day quarantine requirement for all travellers to the UK......

Jun
05
2020

Immigration update: switching concession extended to 31 July 2020 and 14-day quarantine rules
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The Home Office has finally updated its COVID19 immigration policy on the ‘switching concession’, and despite opposition, ...

May
29
2020

Immigration update: reopening of visa centres and the 14-day quarantine rule
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UK visa application centres across the UK and the world will start to reopen from 1 June 2020. The reopening of these centres will allow applicants to ...

May
22
2020

Immigration Update: Changes to the immigration rules, Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for NHS workers waived and COVID-19
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Immigration continues to be a key government policy, as it prepares for the end of the transition period in December 2020. ...

Apr
29
2020

Has your 30-day UK visa vignette expired? These are the steps you should take before travelling to the UK.
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The UK government issued 30-day visa vignettes for those applying for long-term visas (longer than 6 months). The applicant must travel during the validity of this initial visa, and then collect their......

Apr
23
2020

Received a sponsor licence decision – these are the next steps you should take’
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The long wait is over, and you now have a sponsor licence decision. If everything was done correctly, you should either have a grant, which means you are now licenced to sponsor migrant workers, or your application has been refused. In this blog, we look at how to deal with these decisions......

Apr
20
2020

What is a Sponsor licence and why should you apply for one now? Part 1
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The UK Government strictly regulates the immigration of migrant workers to the UK. As a part of its immigration system, it requires companies to have a sponsor licence before they can sponsor non-EU employees......

Apr
15
2020

Government publishes further guidance on the ‘new points-based system’ for 2021
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The UK government has published further guidance on the ‘new points-based immigration system for 2021’. The guidance re-iterates that all non-UK nationals arriving after 1 January 2021, will require sponsorship......

Apr
14
2020

HMRC provides further guidance on furloughing migrant workers
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The HMRC has provided further guidance on furloughing migrant workers......

Apr
07
2020

How to sponsor overseas workers
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A business will usually consider sponsoring overseas workers when they require a particular skill for their business that cannot be sourced in the UK. ...

Apr
06
2020

Can you furlough Tier 2 workers?
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Employers who are also licenced sponsors, have numerous staff on Tier 2 visas. Following the Government’s announcement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, employers have been unsure on whether they can furlough Tier 2 workers. We tackle this question in this article....

Apr
01
2020

Citizenship ceremonies on hold
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Once a citizenship application has been granted, an applicant usually has 3 months to book their citizenship ceremony. However, in light of Covid-19 as ceremonies are put on hold,......

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