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Removal of Spain from the travel corridor exemption list

As a result of a substantial augmentation in the level and number of COVID-19 cases in Spain over the past week, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office took the executive decision to remove Spain from the travel corridor exemption list on 25th July 2020. This list comprises of all the countries where people are not required

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A new visa system for Scotland

As the UK paves the way for the implementation of a points-based immigration system on 1st January 2021, there has been much campaigning from the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, for Scotland to have its own varied visa system. Considering that nations such as Australia and Canada have their own regional visa systems, the

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Further UK Visa Application Centres re-open

Starting from 27th July 2020, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has scheduled for more Visa Application Centres (VACs) to reopen and resume services. This announcement is widely appreciated as the UK border begins to reopen with more travellers now having the ability to book their respective appointments to travel in and outside of the UK.

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Dawn of a new Hong Kong BN(O) Visa

On 22nd July 2020, the UK government published detailed contents on the new immigration route for British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) passport holders and their dependants in Hong Kong. Its emergence is evinced from the UK’s retaliation to the newly enacted national security laws in Hong Kong by the central government of Beijing. These national security

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UK launches Health & Care Visa

On 14th July 2020, the Home Office launched a brand-new visa route, as part of the latest immigration bill, for overseas healthcare professionals to enter the UK. From August 2020, such professionals will be eligible to apply for this visa. “We are indebted to overseas health and care professionals for their tremendous contributions, not just

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Summer Economic and Immigration Statement: A Note for Employers

The Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus: On Wednesday 8th July 2020, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the introduction of a Jobs Retention Bonus. This is an incentive for employers to rehire their furloughed staff in exchange for a monetary payment paid by the UK government to employers. “Our message to business is clear: if

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Post-Brexit immigration planning

July 16, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

As we continue to combat the pandemic, confidences are evidently returning. Business and commerce are re-stimulating plans, and actively re-awakening budgets from an enforced Lockdown slumber. Global mobility is beginning to stir once again. For those that are embracing exciting new opportunity, and engaging in the belief we will recover, there is now a light

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Patel sows the seeds of immigration in Post-Brexit Britain

“Britain is open for business and ready to welcome the best and brightest global talent.” – Priti Patel, Home Secretary. On Monday 13th July 2020, Priti Patel set out the finalised details of the new points-based immigration system which is scheduled to take effect from 1st January 2020. Considering the gradual ending to COVID-19 and

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Light at the end of the tunnel

The UK Visas & Immigration have confirmed that as of Monday 13th July 2020, further VFS Visa Application Centres (VAC’s) will re-open and resume its services. It has been eagerly anticipated by both businesses and individuals; ultimately it is a relief for UK visa applicants as biometrics appointments will recommence, and applicants can now progress

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Are you exempt from quarantine upon arrival into the UK?

As a means of reducing the rate of imported infection of COVID-19, the UK as well as many other EU countries chose to adopt quarantine rules for individuals seeking to travel to different countries during the pandemic. However, considering the falling death rates and cases of COVID-19, the UK has chosen to gradually lift the

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China’s Contentious Control over National Security Laws for Hong Kong

On Tuesday 30th June 2020, China has formally made a heavily criticised proposed national security law for Hong Kong into primary legislation. Imminently since it was signed off, this has sparked waves of protests in Hong Kong as well as international scrutiny. Unquestionably, this agitation could pave the way towards an undeclared war between China

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EU Recommendation for Non-Essential Travellers

On 25th June 2020, the European Commission published a proposal for a Council Recommendation on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU. This is an extension of the Communication created by the European Commission back on 16th March 2020 which imposed an interim ban on non-essential travel from third countries into the “EU+

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The UK Immigration Bill: A Threat to Social Care

As of recent, Prof Brian Bell, the new head of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been probed by MPs into the details of the new immigration bill. The bill is scheduled to take effect from 1st January 2021 and will impose strong barriers to migrants who want to enter the UK. These blocks on

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A Warm Welcome to Kuwaiti Students

On 24th June 2020, Michael Davenport, British Ambassador to Kuwait announced a warm welcome to Kuwaiti students to enter and study in the UK. “I am delighted that during the academic year just ending we welcomed over 6,000 Kuwaitis at British universities and colleges in a wide range of different disciplines… The UK is a

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Trump’s Introduction of Tougher Curbs on US Immigration

“We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protect the lives and jobs of our citizens.”– Donald Trump, President of the United States. On Monday 22nd June 2020, Donald Trump signed an executive order which imposes further immigration restrictions. This is an extension to the current US immigration restrictions implemented just a

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