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Australian visa changes for 2021

February 25, 2021 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, Travel

Like many other countries, Australia is seeking to find ways of boosting its economy post-Covid and one way is through immigration. As such, there have been a number of changes among some of the visa categories, namely, the Business, Investment and Innovation Program, Global Talent Independent program and the partner visa. The aim across all

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What is whistleblowing and how has COVID impacted it?

February 24, 2021 | Company/Commercial, COVID-19, Employment

In short, whistleblowing is reporting wrongdoing. This commonly occurs in the workplace and comes from the saying “blowing the whistle,” meaning alerting attention to something. Whistleblowing in a UK workplace Legal protection for whistleblowers is found under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and incorporated into the Employment Rights Act 1996. Most companies have a

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Recent changes to the Belgium foreign work permit rules

February 23, 2021 | Business, Immigration, News, Travel

Changes to the foreign worker rules in Flanders have been announced by the Belgium government which will come into force on 1st March 2021. The changes are said to simplify the bureaucracy involved in the immigration process for foreign workers in the Flanders region of Belgium.  Key changes: Short term work– a worker who commutes

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Visa routes for family members of EU nationals

February 22, 2021 | Immigration, Travel, UK Government

With talk of Brexit and changing rules for EU nationals, where does this leave family members of EU, EEA or Swiss individuals who are wanting to move to the UK? Family members of EU nationals who started living in the UK before 31st December 2020 You may be able to come to the UK by

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Visit visas for the UK and current travel restrictions

February 22, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel, UK Government

Lately there have been numerous changes to travel rules. As of 15th February 2021, additional restrictions have been put in place for people travelling to the UK.  Current travel restrictions Currently, it is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for leisure purposes. You cannot travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do

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What are “quarantine hotels”?

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government has put in place “quarantine hotels” for those travelling into the UK. From 15th February 2021, all those allowed to enter England who have travelled through or from a country in the last 10 days where travel to the UK is banned (red list countries) must

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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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Rights of employees under the Equality Act 2010

February 10, 2021 | Employment

The Equality Act 2010 was put in place to protect individuals from discrimination and unfair treatment in the work place and in wider society. The act covers the following protected characteristics:  age disability gender reassignment marriage and civil partnership pregnancy and maternity race religion or belief sex sexual orientation Under the Act, you are protected

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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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