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Jan
12
2021

UK’s Post-Brexit immigration routes in 2021
#Immigration

The unified immigration system came into force in 2021, coinciding with the end of free movement. As the dust settles, many businesses have now begun to grapple with the consequences of the end of unrestricted mobility to the continent. In this article we look at the key immigration routes for 2021. ...

Jan
08
2021

UK Border Update: Mandatory COVID Test from next week
#Immigration

The Government has updated its policy for all new arrivals entering the UK from next week. Those entering the UK using any mode of travel will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 72 hours from arrival. ...

Dec
11
2020

Post Brexit: Frontier Worker permit applications are now open
#Immigration

The Government has now published detailed guidance on applying for a Frontier Worker permit following the end of the Brexit transition period. The scheme is open to Frontier Workers who have worked in the UK prior to 31 December 2020....

Nov
27
2020

Sponsorship Management System unavailable for essential upgrades
#Immigration

The Sponsorship Management System (SMS) is a key part of a Sponsor Licence. The system is undergoing an essential upgrade in preparation for the new immigration system that is to commence from 1 December 2020....

Nov
24
2020

Brexit: Are your employees working from home abroad?
#Employment #UK Immigration #Brexit

Last month our article discussed the employment law implications to consider if your employees are working from abroad during the pandemic....

Nov
20
2020

Home Office publishes updated Sponsorship policy guidance
#Immigration #Brexit

The Home Office has now published their policy guidance for the new immigration system which goes live on 1 December 2020. The new policy guidance update covers the Skilled Worker and the Intra Company Transfer routes....

Oct
30
2020

Skilled Worker route to replace Tier 2 immigration from December
#Immigration #Brexit

The new immigration rules were announced last week. While most of the changes will be applicable from January 2021, the Skilled Worker route will replace the current General Work visa (Tier 2) from 1 December 2020....

Oct
23
2020

New immigration rules for the post-January 2021 system announced
#Immigration #Brexit

The new immigration rules for the Post-Brexit Immigration system have been laid before parliament today. These rules will govern the entry and exit of all non-UK nationals, including nationals of the EU from 1 January 2021....

Oct
16
2020

Immigration Health Surcharge increase effective from 27 October 2020
#Immigration

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a mandatory fee payable to the Home Office when applying for a long-term visa. The Surcharge, which was initially introduced in 2015, has seen regular increases since its inception. On 27 October 2020, the IHS will increase to £624 for most applicants....

Aug
28
2020

UK Immigration from 2021: Summary of key changes
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
12
2020

Immigration Update: More Visa Centres to Reopen and a Review of the 14-day Quarantine Rule
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

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
#Immigration

Immigration continues to be a key government policy, as it prepares for the end of the transition period in December 2020. ...

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