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New era of immigration changes in Singapore

On 27th August 2020, The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) enlisted a batch of notable new changes for Employment Pass and S Pass applicants. This encompasses a tremendous increment in both the minimum qualifying salary conditions for Employment Passes and S passes and the salary requirement for Employment Pass holders working specifically in the financial services

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Dubai embraces retirees

September 3, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

For individuals who are thinking about taking the step towards retirement or have done so already but are looking for a lifestyle change, they may want to look at the new ‘retirement visa’ introduced by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government which has been announced very recently. The new visa provides a more accessible avenue

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UK immigration options from January 2021

As of January 2021, the Brexit transition period will come to an end and the UK will have officially left the European Union (EU). For EEA (European Economic Area) nationals and their employers, this begs the question of how business travellers and citizens from EEA countries can continue to enter and work in the UK

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Global Talent Visa

On 20th February 2020, The Home Office replaced the latter immigration category, Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa, with the current Global Talent visa. This visa has been designed to target individuals who have much talent, brightness and high aptitude, work in specified industries and seek to work in the UK. Eligibility Before starting an application

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COVID-19 Update: Guidance for visa applicants in limited circumstances

Between 14th and 24th August, UK Visas, and Immigration (UKVI) have decided to make temporary concessions for new visa applicants and current visa customers to facilitate travel and immigration in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Additional guidance is now available for those wishing to apply for a visa but their Visa Application Centre

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The EU migrant crisis

Since the end of July and beginning of August 2020, the UK’s Border Force has picked up an extraordinary number of migrant boats attempting to cross the English Channel illegally. A high-rise of 202 migrants were found on 20 vessels on Thursday 30th July 2020 and more than 4000 people have successfully, as well as

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Rights of EU and EEA citizens in need of financial assistance

If individuals have already been granted leave but their financial circumstances change, they may be eligible to apply for access to public funding from the UK government. This can be done by completing an online application requesting for a change of conditions to their leave. Individuals are advised to complete a change of conditions application

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COVID-19 Update: Tier 4 sponsors and applicants

On 5th August 2020, UK Visas, and Immigration (UKVI) updated its policy guidance for Tier 4 sponsors who are sponsoring students engaging in distance learning and its information on visa extensions and the resumption of specified visa services. Tier 4 sponsors It is still permitted by UKVI for sponsors to continue sponsoring students who are

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Public call for opinion on ePassport gates

On Monday 10th August 2020, The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, announced a “call for evidence” on ePassport gates. This is the launch of a brand-new inspection into the operations and utilisation of ePassport Gates by the Home Office. Mr Bolt is now inviting individuals with any knowledge and experience of

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Controversial streaming tool for visa applications

August 6, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Recently, a Judicial Review legal challenge has been launched by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and digital rights group Foxglove, against the Home Office for the utilising a Streaming Tool when processing visa applications. It has been alleged that the Streaming Tool is racist, and it subjects individual applications to a

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COVID-19 Update: Immigration and travel provisions for the UK and Singapore

Between 29th July and 3rd August 2020, the Home Office has made vital updates to the current set of information on visa expirations and the status of Visa Application Centres (VACs). As travel restrictions associated with COVID-19 are beginning to lift on a global scale, the operation of VACs has resumed albeit where local conditions

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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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