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UK’s landmark Immigration Bill

March 8, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On Thursday 5th March 2020, the latest Immigration Bill was unveiled to the House of Commons. This Bill is a watershed in the history of the UK’s immigration policy and relationship with the EU, by signalling an end to free movement and taking a significant step to leave the EU for the first time in

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Points based style Immigration System and an End to Free Movement

February 19, 2020 | Employment, Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On 19th February 2020, the Home Office published a policy paper, The UK’s points-based immigration system which announces pivotal policy changes to UK immigration. In alignment with the UK government’s manifesto commitments to end free movement, reduce net migration and only attract skilled labour into the UK, it has delivered the following changes: – No

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Schengen Visa Update

February 5, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

A Schengen Visa is designed to be short-stay visa that grants nationals of non- EU countries access to any of the 26 countries in the Schengen area, 22 of them being within the European Union. It is one of the world’s most renowned visas, with visa applicants continually increasing.  The current EU Visa Code, also

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New Changes to the UK’s Points Based System

January 29, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is an independent advisory body that provides its recommendations on multitudinous issues to the UK Government. Considering these recommendations, the Government then decides to set a policy. The previous Home Secretary requested MAC to proffer its recommendations on what the salary thresholds should be for migrant workers entering the UK

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Global Talent Visa

January 29, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Boris Johnson has just announced that a new Global Talent visa will be launched on 20 February 2020, aiming to attract individuals who work in a ‘qualifying field’ and have been endorsed by a recognised UK body. This is a new innovation to the current Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa route. The fundamental foundations of

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Is the answer to the UK’s skills gap widening migration from overseas?

December 24, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The changing political landscape in the UK, and the overwhelming uncertainty in the wake of impending Brexit, is undoubtedly having a significant impact upon recruitment; the messages are nothing, but mixed. In these uncertain times, we are currently facing a major talent shortage and the combination of increased employability and the instability of EU settlement

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New Brexit Landscape- Opportunity or Hurdle?

December 17, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Conservative Party had a sweeping majority last week; therefore, it is almost certain that Boris Johnson will now be in a position to deliver Brexit on 31st January 2020, as promised. Whilst, as we all know, there are sound arguments for and against Brexit, the firm’s Managing Partner, Rahul Batra outlines the opportunities it

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New fast-track NHS Visa

November 8, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel has unveiled plans for the introduction of a new NHS Visa, which would fast-track entry into the UK for Doctors and Nurses to fill job shortages. The visa should be introduced after the UK leaves the EU, and the UK Visas & Immigration have indicated that it would cost half

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Latest on EU Settlement Scheme

November 5, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

We have stated below the latest information on the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens living in the UK as published by the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI). The EU Settlement Scheme has been fully operational since 30 March 2019 and over 2.2 million applicants have successfully applied. EU citizens and their family members have

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Latest Statement of Changes – No-Deal Brexit

October 25, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The UK Government has this week released the latest Statement of Changes outlining the terms of a No-Deal Brexit. We outlined these in our article dated 9 September. Click here to read the article. We have outlined the details as part of the most recent statement of changes following on from our previous article. Should

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Cyprus Investment Programme (CIP) undergoes change

September 11, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Following a meeting of the Council of Ministers held in July 2019, the Cyprus Investment Programme (CIP) has been revised, and the changes are already effective. These are summarized below: The requisite donation will now be payable only after the Citizenship application has been approved by the Council of Ministers. The Council of Ministers will

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Return of Post-Study Visa

September 11, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Following the abolishment of the Post-Study Work Visa (PSW) by Theresa May in 2012, the scheme will return next year. Students studying at a British University in the UK who graduate with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree will qualify to work in the UK for 2-years. At present students have 4-months to work in the

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Expanded Skilled Occupation codes added to Shortage Occupation List

September 9, 2019 | Immigration, News

Following the review of the Shortage Occupation List in May 2019, the UK Government has announced that the shortage occupation list has been expanded, effective today. These new additions mean the UK business has more and improved access to skilled workers under the Tier 2 Points-Based System. Seem Kennedy, Immigration Minister has stated: “Giving British

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Are EU citizens secure in the event of No Deal Brexit?

September 9, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The UK has announced the immigration arrangements for EU citizens in the event of a No Deal Brexit. The main points are outlined below. EU/EEA and Swiss citizens residing in the UK before 31 October 2019 (11 pm): will retain their rights to settlement and access to services as they currently have. They will need

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UK Ancestry Visa

August 16, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Citizens from Commonwealth countries who have a grandparent born in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man can apply under the Ancestry route. This visa allows them to live and work in the UK unrestricted. Requirements An applicant can apply for an Ancestry if they are able to meet the below criteria. They

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