Immigration Archives - Hudson McKenzie


Can I stay in the UK after I have graduated?

October 26, 2021 | Immigration, News

In short, graduates can stay in the UK if they are successful in applying for another visa. Since the Graduate route was introduced on 1st July 2021, graduates now have more options to remain in the UK. Options as a graduate  Graduate visa This visa gives graduates an opportunity to live and seek work for

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Migration Advisory Committee review of ICT route summarised

October 22, 2021 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Home Secretary commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to carry out a study of the Intra-Company Transfer visa route and provide recommendations. The following points were raised and are summarised: Skills threshold: The minimum skills threshold for the ICT route was increased to RQF6 in 2012. The MAC recommended that the skills threshold remains

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Isreal extend the validity for experts on the short-term work visas

October 19, 2021 | Business, Immigration, Travel

B-1 Short Employment Authorization (SEA) visa holders can now stay longer in Isreal. Previously these visas were valid for 45 days annually, however, this has been extended to 90 days per calendar year. The B-1 visa allows expert foreign nationals who have a unique skill or knowledge to undertake urgent foreign work in Isreal.  Within

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New Zealand to introduce residence visa for temporary residents

October 19, 2021 | Business, Immigration

New Zealand is creating a new visa pathway called 2021 Resident visa. This is a one-off visa for temporary workers currently in New Zealand. The visa is said to become available on 1st December 2021 for some eligible applicants and from 1st March 2022 for remaining eligible applicants. Those who are eligible include individuals who

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What are the UK’s immigration sponsorship reforms for 2022?

October 14, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

The UK government plans to make sponsorship reforms for 2022. The focus for 2021 has been on removing perceived barriers so that businesses can feel confident in making investment decisions and employing migrant workers.  For 2022, changes will be made to deliver a faster and simpler system to help sponsors access overseas talent.  What are

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UK opens up a temporary visa for HGV food drivers and poultry workers

October 12, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, News

The UK government are opening a temporary visa scheme specifically for poultry workers or HGV food drivers. The visa route is expected to open on 11th October 2021. This has been announced in response to the shortage of haulage drivers to move fuel and other supplies around the country and poultry workers required ahead of

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Greece introduces new digital nomad visa

October 6, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

Greece is joining other countries in introducing a digital nomad visa or remote working visa for foreign nationals who wish to live in Greece whilst working. This is the first visa of its kind to be launched in Greece. There is no doubt that the pandemic has changed the way in which we work and

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Oman launches long term residency scheme

October 6, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Investment Promotion of Oman has announced a new long term residency scheme for eligible foreign investors as of September 2021. Applicants are said to be able to apply for permits from the beginning of October.  Prior to this announcement, foreign nationals were only able to secure residency for a

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Latest UK immigration updates

Tier 1 Entrepreneur: Under the Covid-19 concession those whose businesses were impacted by the pandemic were able to extend their leave under this route if they were able to create the equivalent of 2 full time jobs for settled workers. They do not have to show that the jobs had existed for a minimum of

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Relaxation of immigration rules in Vietnam

September 29, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

The Vietnamese government have issued a new resolution to relax certain immigration rules for individuals who fill skills gaps in order to build back the economy after Covid. Many other countries have initiated the same strategy. In Vietnam, concessions are being made for experts, specialists and technicians. How are the rules being relaxed? Proof of

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UK 2021 statement of changes explained

September 28, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

The UK has amended the immigration rules in the new 2021 statement of changes. The following is a brief rundown of the notable changes that affect immigration.   Launch of the international sportsperson route The new international sportsperson route is to replace the Tier 2 and Tier 5 temporary worker routes. The Home Office state that

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New rules for Australia to prioritise Skilled Visa applications

September 21, 2021 | Immigration, News

The Australian government has come up with a plan to process visa applications. Under the new rules, Temporary Skill Shortage visas and other skilled visas for Hong Kong nationals will be processed as a priority.  This has been decided as Australia aims to recover the economy after being impacted by the pandemic. Top priority applicants

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US Green card requirements for permanent residence

September 16, 2021 | Immigration, News, US Immigration

According to a new Centres for Disease and Control (CDC) prevention order, From 1st October 2021, Green card holders in the US will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid to be able to obtain permanent residence.  As part of the eligibility criteria for permanent residence in the US, a medical test is required.  The

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How to prove a “genuine vacancy” for the Skilled Worker visa

September 14, 2021 | Business, Employment, Immigration, News

When employers are looking to recruit skilled migrant workers, the resident labour market test is no longer applicable. The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. It allows people from outside of the UK to obtain work with an approved employer in an eligible job in the UK. For those employers

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UK right to work measures extended

September 7, 2021 | Business, Employment, Immigration, News

A further right to work check extension has been put in place by the UK government. Since the pandemic, the way in which right to work checks have been completed have temporarily changed. Physical documents are not required and documents can be checked digitally. Originally, right to work checks would require that employers be in

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