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Changes to Family Immigration Rules

August 14, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

In July 2017, the UK Government issued a Statement of Changes in relation to the Financial Requirements surrounding the applications to settle in the UK with a family. We have highlighted below the changes which came into effect from 10 August 2017. The main purpose of these changes is to give effect to the Supreme

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New Data Protection Bill – Are you prepared?

The European Union is set to issue and enforce a ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ (GDPR) on 25th May 2018, in which the current British legislation has been amended, in order to comply with this. MP Matt Hancock released a ‘Statement of Intent’ on Monday 7th August 2017, regarding a ‘new data protection bill’ to be

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Can the U.K. manage immigration post-Brexit?

August 9, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

One year into his role as Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Conservative Phillip Hammond has confidently stated, following from the recent Brexit talks in June, that “U.K Immigration will be managed but not shutdown post-Brexit”. However, how far is this statement going to be a warranted one? Since Britain joined the European Union, with Winston

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White Paper on immigration released by South Africa

August 2, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On 28th July 2017, the South African Government has released its anticipated White Paper on immigration that provides a policy framework for comprehensive review and overhaul of South Africa’s immigration system and the introduction of significant changes over the next two years. Some of the significant statements which have been made are: “If you wish

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The Brexit debate: UK-EU freedom of movement

July 28, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

With Article 50 having been triggered, debates are still raging as to what Brexit will mean for the UK’s immigration policy. Will EU citizens still have the right to free movement? Will the UK shut its borders completely? According to Home Secretary, Amber Rudd the process should mean that the freedom of movement will end

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Update on Status of EU Citizens in UK

June 30, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Earlier this week, the UK Government published a paper outlining their offer for EU citizens in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU.  Further information about the offer for EU citizens can be found on GOV.UK: Status of EU citizens in the UK: what you need to know. The full policy paper can be read

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Update on German Immigration – New ICT Directives

June 22, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Effective 1 August 2017, certain new ICT Directives will be introduced. The German Parliament will be implementing changes to their immigration law in to Germany, which will affect the following Directives: 2014/66/EC (ICT) 2014/36 /EC (Seasonal Workers) 2016/801/EC (REST) The new law will allow third-country nationals who have been sent by their employer abroad, to

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Social Security Registration mandatory in France

May 20, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Companies that are looking to send employees to France for assignment will now need to ensure that the employees are covered for social security, whether this be in their home country or in France. From 1st, July 2017 it will be mandatory to show Social Security Registration on the detachment declaration. What does this mean?

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Barista Visas could allow workers two years in UK

May 15, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Being a nation of coffee lovers – Coffee shops and hotels in the UK have expressed concerns and claimed that British people are not interested in working in coffee shops as Baristas, therefore they are pushing for the introduction of  ‘Barista Visas’. Amber Rudd, the home secretary, is being urged to allow young people from

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Fraser Dyer joins Hudson McKenzie

May 15, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Hudson McKenzie is pleased to announce that Fraser Dyer has joined the firm as Director of Acquisitions, acting as a leading property acquisition advisor to the firm’s High-Net Worth (HNW) and Ultra High-Net Worth (UHNW) clients from across the world. Fraser’s breadth of experience in property search in prime central London areas is second to

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Sponsor Licence Compliance and Audits

May 15, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

UK employers who hold a Sponsor Licence will be aware that they have certain duties as part of Sponsor Licence Compliance and Audits, which they must adhere to as a sponsor. They will also be aware that they can be audited by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) officials at any point whilst holding a

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Australian Immigration – Changes to Sub-Class 457 Visa

April 27, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

As of 19 April 2017, several changes to sub-class 457 visa have been introduced which is designed for Temporary Skilled Workers. This category is being replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. It is to be noted that existing sub-class 457 visa holders will not be affected by this change for the duration

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Rights of EU Nationals to remain unchanged

April 13, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Since Article 50 being triggered last month, nationals of the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland have been confused and left in the dark about what their work and residence rights in the UK are. Based on publication from the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) website, we have summarised your rights. What do

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Pay to add a Legal Representative on SMS

April 6, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

In November 2016, we saw the introduction of a new Priority Change of Circumstances service which allowed Tier 2 and 5 A-rated sponsors to apply for faster consideration of four types of change of circumstances requests. The service came at a price of £200 per request and reduced consideration times to 5 working days, as

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Increase in Home Office fees

April 5, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) pursuant to the Legislation laid in Parliament has announced a number of updates to immigration, visa and nationality fees. The key changes are: Fees for visitors, full-time students and workers will be restricted to a 2% increase in line with the government’s inflation target; Application fees for British Citizens

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