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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......

Mar
23
2020

COVID-19 update: Secure English Language Tests (SELT) suspended until 17 April 2020
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The Government announced the closure of all schools on Friday, 20 March 2020... ...

Mar
23
2020

UKVCAS Update
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If you have an upcoming biometric appointment at a Sopra Steria UKVCAS visa centre then you should read the below carefully....

Mar
18
2020

Immigration in the time of Corona
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The Coronavirus has peaked in China, and the number of new infections there are steadily declining. Whilst Europe is now at the forefront of this novel virus, it seems that there are effective measures which can be taken to prevent the spread. The new world has taught many new lessons in distance working, but there are many who still have to travel and brave these uncertain times....

Mar
18
2020

Do sponsors have to report migrant worker activity related to Coronavirus?
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Due to Coronavirus, the government has provided a concession for some points-based system visa categories, to ensure both migrants and employers are not disadvantaged by the Coronavirus pandemic. ...

Mar
17
2020

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to increase in October 2020
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The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a fee which is levied on most visa applications in the UK. ...

Mar
10
2020

Immigration guidance on the Coronavirus: March 2020
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The Government has said that it continues to monitor the immigration implications of the Coronavirus, which has prevented travel to various regions of the world....

Mar
05
2020

Spouse Visa - What sources of income are not permitted?
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Previously we have focused on the sources of income which can be counted towards the financial requirement, but in this blog we will shed some light on the sources of income which are not counted towards the financial requirement. ...

Mar
05
2020

Immigration Bill to end freedom of movement to be introduced today
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The Government has announced that it intends on introducing the Immigration Bill to the House of Commons today, 5 March 2020. This bill will end freedom of movement for EU nationals once the transition period ends, and will provide a unified immigration system from 1 January 2021....

Feb
28
2020

What is the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) and how much do you have to pay?
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The Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) is a levy on companies who sponsor migrant workers. This levy was imposed on 6 April 2017. The Government states that the charge has been levied to contribute towards addressing the skills gap in the local economy....

Feb
20
2020

The Global Talent Visa is here: What are the key changes?
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The Global Talent visa officially opened today and has been added to Appendix W (or Workers) of the Immigration Rules. Ironically, this latest visa category is not within the Point-Based System, and it is unclear how it will function when the new Points-Based System route opens in 2021....

Feb
19
2020

An end to low-skilled migrant workers: Government announces its policy for the 2021 immigration system
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The Government has today released its Policy Statement on the UK’s Points Based Immigration System. ...

Feb
18
2020

Unable to return to China due to Coronavirus?
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Are you unable to return to China due to Coronavirus and are you afraid that you will be overstaying or breaching the conditions of your visa? The Home Office published guidance on 17 February 2020. ...

Feb
13
2020

The British passport and Brexit
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An unlikely contender to the list of key Brexit issues has been the burgundy British passport. Ardent Brexiters have advocated for the return of the ‘blue’ passport, which to their delight is set to return this year. ...

Feb
12
2020

Are we punishing the academics?
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With the introduction of the Global Talent Visa, there comes the new rule that any absences from the UK for the purposes of research will not be taken into account when considering settlement under this visa route. ...

Feb
10
2020

New Global Talent Visa: 'Immigration Update In 10' Podcast, February 2020
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Join your 'Immigration Update in 10' host, Bhavneeta Limbachia for the second of our new monthly podcasts. This time the focus is on the new Global Talent Visa, which the government will officially launch on 20th February 2020. ...

Feb
06
2020

Top 10 mistakes: Maintaining your Sponsor licence
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Maintaining a Sponsor licence can be hard work, and sometimes the unexpected can hit you when you least expect it. You only find out about this either from reviewing an old file, your solicitors (them again!) or the Home Office....

Feb
05
2020

Developing your recruitment strategy for a Post-Brexit world
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The UK left the EU without much of a bang, but this partly because we now enter the second stage of Brexit – the transition period. As we explained in our earlier blog, there will be little change to Immigration Law until the end of the transition period. ...

Feb
03
2020

Beyond Brexit - EU Settlement Scheme
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If you are an EEA national, family member of an EEA national or a business who intends to sponsor EEA nationals, are you worried about what will happen now that Brexit has taken place? ...

Jan
30
2020

Impact on Immigration (Brexit): What happens after 31st January 2020?
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The withdrawal agreement has now become law and is known as the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020. The Act provides ratification for the Withdrawal Agreement to allow the UK to leave the EU at 11PM on 31 January 2020 and gives effect to a transition period which will end on 31 December 2020....

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