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Changes to the Chinese Foreign Work Permit system

February 11, 2021 | Business, Company/Commercial, Immigration

The Chinese government has made changes to it’s  Foreign Work Permit system. A new online portal has been launched whereby employers must now register and re-verify their accounts to be able to make work permit applications in future. This means that the previous work permit application process is no longer valid and all applications should

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Going from indefinite leave to remain to becoming a British citizen

February 9, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

Once you have indefinite leave to remain (ILR), what happens next? In most circumstances, you can apply for British citizenship once you’ve been in the UK for 5 years and you have held ILR for at least 12 months. However, if you are married to a British citizen, you will not have to wait for

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Sponsor licence duties for skilled workers and the effects of COVID

As a sponsor licence holder who employs migrant workers, there are certain duties and obligations that need to be met such as, recording keeping duties and reporting duties. As mentioned in a previous post, certain rules have been relaxed due to the pandemic, such as not having to report absences related to coronavirus and not

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Indonesia seek economic recovery through job creation scheme

In an attempt to increase employment and ease of doing business, the Indonesian government has introduced a “job creation law” which reduces restrictions on foreign and domestic employment and investment. In addition, a new government regulation is due to be announced at the end of February 2021 to give up-to-date information on the positions open

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What is the COVID Visa Concession scheme?

February 2, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel, UK Government

The UK government has introduced a COVID Visa Concession scheme (CVC) which is aimed at those individuals who are outside of the UK and either had leave to remain or were seeking to apply to stay in the UK. The concession scheme applies to those who left the UK before 17th March 2020 and due

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Living in the EU post Brexit

The number of UK nationals living in the EU is said to amount to around 1.3 million. The UK government has published guidance for UK citizens planning to live in each EU member state post brexit. For UK nationals planning on staying in an EU country for more than 3 months, immigration rules apply depending

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Visa postponements and restrictions for New Zealand

January 27, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, Travel

New Zealand’s borders are closed to most travellers, however New Zealand has updated information on their various visa routes due to restrictions caused by the pandemic. The government has passed legislation which allows them to make changes to visa requirements, amendments and extensions during COVID-19. Student visa: The New Zealand government is allowing a limited

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What is the English language requirement for UK visas?

January 27, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

The English language requirement can be confusing for people applying for UK visas. Some people may think that they do not need to meet the requirement because they speak English well or they are from a country which speaks English day-to-day. However, the Home Office has specific requirements in Appendix B of the immigration rules,

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Hong Kong BN(O) visa

January 21, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

On 31st January 2021, the UK government is introducing a new visa for Hong Kong British nationals overseas.  This visa is suitable for British overseas nationals by connection with Hong Kong, which are those who were able to register as British overseas before 1st July 1997. Those who are eligible can apply to enter or

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If Data is the new Oil, China is the new Saudi Arabia

It seems as though China is heading towards becoming the first “global superpower” for artificial intelligence (AI). Why? An interesting quote by author Abishur Prakash summarizes China’s position: “China is betting on Artificial intelligence (AI) and investing in AI and deploying AI on a scale no other country is doing.” What is artificial intelligence (AI)?

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Go where you are treated best

January 14, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel

We are now living in a world that is so connected, it is easy to communicate with someone on the other side of the globe and movement between countries is the norm. With COVID, many of us are working from home. 2020 has taught us that, providing you have an internet connection and a laptop,

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What is a skilled worker visa?

January 12, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

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. If you are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, and you have been in the UK before 31st December

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Frontier worker permit

In light of Brexit, the UK has introduced a new type of visa for EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein nationals who previously benefited from the free movement of persons.  The free movement of persons allowed EU, EEA and Swiss nationals to move freely between the respective member states. Nationals could live, work, study and

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Brexit new rules: What to do if you’re an EU citizen working in the UK?

January 5, 2021 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The UK voted to leave the EU in 2016, since then there have been endless debates and negotiations back and forth. After a turbulent time, the UK and European Union agreed a deal which came into place on 31st December 2020. From 1st January 2021 new rules came into play for everyone, including EU nationals

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UKVI Service update

December 11, 2020 | Immigration, News, UK Government

As of 1st December 2020, UK Visas, and Immigration (UKVI) are implementing changes to the services it provides to visa applicants and customers. These changes have been introduced to simplify processes and carry out its procedures more easily and efficiently. The changes that are going to be carried out from December onwards are the following:

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