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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,......

Mar
31
2020

NHS workers and Covid-19
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We can all agree that NHS workers have been the true heroes throughout these unprecedented times of Covid-19......

Mar
31
2020

Updated Right to Work Checks
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We expect the government measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic to continue until 6 months. This means that a large majority of employees will continue working from home. ...

Mar
30
2020

COVID-19 update: Immigration applications
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The EU Settlement scheme is still open however the Home Office are no longer accepting documents by post....

Mar
25
2020

EU Settlement Resolution Centre closes
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Unfortunately, the EU Settlement Resolution Centre has closed presumably due to Covid-19. It has not been published on the website yet and therefore many may not be aware. When we recently called the helpline,......

Mar
25
2020

Immigration policy on Coronavirus updated to include all foreign nationals
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The Home Office has finally updated its immigration policy on Coronavirus (COVID-19). Previously this policy only related to Chinese nationals, and automatically extended their leave until 31 March 2020,......

Mar
24
2020

COVID-19 update: Closure of USCIS centres for UK visas across USA
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The U.S. government has suspended operations across their Application Support Centres run by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These centres are also used to submit biometrics for UK visas made from the U.S.A......

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