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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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Visa-on-Arrival Scheme in Nigeria for Business travellers

March 31, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

In an effort to improve its international business climate and steer the economy back to growth after four quarters of consecutive recession, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has expanded its visa-on-arrival scheme for “frequently travelled business persons of international repute” and “executives of multi-national companies” whose home countries have no Nigerian consular post as it

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Comprehensive Sickness Insurance for EU nationals

March 28, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

There has been a fair amount of reports recently whereby European Union Citizens who reside in the UK and left for holidays and/or business purposes, have been stopped at the UK Border control when trying to re-enter the UK, due to the fact that do not have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance. No doubt this has heightened

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Article 50 is being triggered

March 27, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

After the referendum on 23 June 2016, whereby the people of Britain voted to leave the European Union, it has finally been announced that Mrs. Theresa May will formally notify Mr. Donald Tusk, the EU Council President, on Wednesday 29 March 2017, by way of a letter, that Britain are going to trigger Article 50.

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Changes to the UK’s Immigration Rules in April 2017

March 17, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Hudson McKenzie would like to remind employers about the changes to the UK’s Immigration Rules to take effect from 6 April 2017. The main changes being introduced on 6 April are: Tier 2 Criminal Record Checks Last year there was news of Criminal Record Checks for Tier 2 migrants and their adult dependant relatives, however, it

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Online application forms for EEA family members

February 28, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Home Office has introduced online application forms for EEA family members in relation to Certificate of Registration and Permanent Residence Applications. This service was earlier only available to those from the European Economic Area and were single. Anyone applying with family members had to applying using the regular and lengthy paper forms. This online

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Upcoming Changes to Tier 2 visas

February 23, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The latest version of the Tier 2 & 5 Guidance was published on 15 February 2017, with an Addendum to changes which will be taking effect from 6 April 2017. Sponsors will need to make note of the following changes which has been taken from the guidance and may possibly affect their businesses. Skills Charge

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Brexit White Paper published

February 13, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Government has published the Brexit White Paper setting out the Prime Minister’s plans for leaving the European Union. It comes after MPs voted in favour of Theresa May triggering Article 50 by 498 votes to 114. The 77 page document sets out the government’s vision of what they are seeking to achieve from UK exiting

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Latest immigration law changes in South Africa

February 2, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Department of Home Affairs, South Africa have issued an urgent alert regarding visa rectifications, visa transfers and appeals on applications rejected. We have outlined a summary of the directive. Rectification of visas Effective January 2017, the Department of Home Affairs and VFS will only accept applications for rectification of visas under the following conditions:

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Brexit by Convention- fallout from the Supreme Court Ruling

January 30, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Last year, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she would invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in March this year. However, on 24 January 2017 the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament must vote on whether the Government can start the Brexit process. Without the Parliament vote, the plans Ms May had to commence talks

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UK Immigration changes in 2017

January 11, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

In the last few years, the UK immigration system has become increasingly complex. To add to the misery of both employers and migrant employees alike, the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) keep announcing new changes ever so often. We will be seeing further UK immigration changes in 2017, which are listed below. Tier 2 Criminal

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UKVI considering reducing number of student visas

December 15, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Recent news indicates that the (UKVI) are considering reducing number of student visas by half in the future. The news, no doubt has come as a big surprise and disappointment to universities and international students alike. The current number of students coming to the UK from overseas stands at 300,000 yearly at present, this may

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