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COVID-19 Update: More Visa Application Centres to re-open

On 19th June 2020, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) updated its policy guidance in respect of re-opening of more Visa Application Centres (VACs), the issuance of Tier 4 concessions and the opportunity for passports to be returned to some individuals. New Amendments From Sunday 28th June 2020, further VACs are scheduled to reopen. VACs that

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COVID-19 Update: Concessions for Entering the UK

On 9th June 2020, the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration released new guidance for visa applicants and temporary UK residents. If you are applying to enter the UK or remain solely for the purposes of family or private life, temporary concessions may apply to you. These interim concessions will apply on condition that

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COVID-19 Update: Progression to Phase 2

Towards the end of May 2020, the UK government published amended guidance to reveal that specified Visa Application Centres (VACs) and UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVACs) would open and resume services, albeit at a reduced capacity, from 1st June. The thoughts behind this localised approach is to commence a phased return of services

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The rise of Hong Kong Brotherhood!

June 8, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On Wednesday 3rd June 2020, Boris Johnson declared that should China implement new security laws, the UK would proffer the citizens of Hong Kong a “route to citizenship”. The new law that China is scheduling to implement has faced considerable criticism from Hong Kong, UK, and its allies such as the United States and Australia.

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COVID-19 Update: International Consular Openings

As we begin to see the spread of the coronavirus diminishing, countries are seeking to gradually ease travel to give visa customers, passengers and the travel and aviation industry a chance of succour. As a steppingstone towards fully opening international borders, multiple nations have scheduled to implement procedures permitting international travel from June onwards, albeit

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UK Quarantine Rule Under Fire from the Travel Industry

On Monday 1st June 2020, multiple travel companies have launched a plea over the UK quarantine rule that is due to take effect from 8th June 2020. This means that people entering the UK from overseas will be instructed to isolate for 14 days. Approximately 200 travel businesses have written a formal letter to the

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Visa Application Centres to re-open

On Thursday 28th May 2020, the Home Office proclaimed updated guidance for sponsors, visa customers and holders inside and out of the UK and short-term residents in the UK. The UK Government website now confirms that Visa Application Centres (VACs) will resume operations and re-open as of 1st June 2020, alongside some UK Visa and

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COVID-19 Update: Health Measures and Visa Extensions

On Friday 22nd May 2020, The Home Office imparted new guidance on the future health measures at the UK border which are due to take effect from 8th June 2020. This guidance also contains supplementary information about visa extensions for migrants in the UK. New Amendments- Entering the UK: Passengers must provide travel and contact

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COVID-19 Update for NHS Overseas Workers

Over the last two days, The Home Office and Department of Health asserted two significant announcements directed to the loved ones of health and social care workers who have died because of COVID-19 and migrant workers in the NHS. On Wednesday 20th May 2020, an extension to the NHS Bereavement Scheme was granted. The scheme

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Immigration Update: The Migration Advisory Committee Call for Evidence

In March 2020, the UK government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to generate a brand-new Shortage Occupation List (SOL) in anticipation of the launch of the new immigration system. The newly discovered points-based immigration system is scheduled to take effect in the UK from 1st January 2021. The new immigration system will take prime

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A Second Review of The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill

The Immigration Bill 2020 is the latest primary legislation associated with UK immigration and will be effective at the end of the Brexit transition period, 31st December 2020. Its significance is that it will create a designated route for the implementation of a revitalised immigration system in the UK; a points-based system. This system will

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Visa Routes for Migrant Entrepreneurs

The Role of UK Immigration: The UK’s immigration system is constantly evolving in line with its steadfast and burgeoning economy. Upon consideration of the entirety of the Brexit process; the persistent rivalry between May and Corbyn, the rise of the present prime minister Boris Johnson and the elongated negotiations with Ministers of the European Parliament

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Spousal Visas

A Spouse visa is an easy and effective means for individuals who wish to join their spouse or partner living in the UK. The partner or spouse who already resides in the UK must either be a British citizen or have obtained ‘settlement status’ (indefinite leave to remain) or refugee/protection status. You will be permitted

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Citizenship by Investment to Evade Worldwide Travel Bans

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many countries across the world have taken the executive decision to shut its borders and reduce the rate of ‘imported infection’. However, wealthy individuals have found a way to circumvent the many travel restrictions imposed because of the pandemic. With the potential prospect of a second peak in coronavirus cases,

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COVID-19 Update: Additional Advice for Entering and Staying in the UK

On Friday 1st May 2020, the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) renewed its current guidance for temporary residents in the UK and individuals who would like to apply for a visa. Amendments: If you are an NHS worker: Some frontline workers will have their visas automatically extended if their leave expires between

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