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Hong Kong BN(O) visa

January 21, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

On 31st January 2021, the UK government is introducing a new visa for Hong Kong British nationals overseas.  This visa is suitable for British overseas nationals by connection with Hong Kong, which are those who were able to register as British overseas before 1st July 1997. Those who are eligible can apply to enter or

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Disability discrimination in the workplace

January 20, 2021 | Employment, News

The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal for an employer or future employer to discriminate against individuals based on disability. The Act defines a disability as being “a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial or long term negative effect on your ability to do daily activities.”  “Substantial” refers to an impairment which is

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If Data is the new Oil, China is the new Saudi Arabia

It seems as though China is heading towards becoming the first “global superpower” for artificial intelligence (AI). Why? An interesting quote by author Abishur Prakash summarizes China’s position: “China is betting on Artificial intelligence (AI) and investing in AI and deploying AI on a scale no other country is doing.” What is artificial intelligence (AI)?

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Go where you are treated best

January 14, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel

We are now living in a world that is so connected, it is easy to communicate with someone on the other side of the globe and movement between countries is the norm. With COVID, many of us are working from home. 2020 has taught us that, providing you have an internet connection and a laptop,

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What happens to GDPR post Brexit?

Now that the transition period is over, as of 31st December 2020 and the UK has left the EU, where does this leave data protection laws in the UK? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was drafted and passed by the EU. GDPR applies to the personal data of individuals and regulates how that data

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What is a skilled worker visa?

January 12, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. It allows people from outside of the UK to obtain work with an approved employer in an eligible job in the UK. If you are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, and you have been in the UK before 31st December

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Frontier worker permit

In light of Brexit, the UK has introduced a new type of visa for EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein nationals who previously benefited from the free movement of persons.  The free movement of persons allowed EU, EEA and Swiss nationals to move freely between the respective member states. Nationals could live, work, study and

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The UK faces a third lockdown

After a brief relaxation of the rules over the Christmas period and many areas across the UK moving into Tier 4, the UK faces yet another national lockdown as the struggle with COVID-19 continues into 2021.  Unlike the last lockdown in November 2020, schools, colleges and universities will be closed, with exams said to be

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Brexit new rules: What to do if you’re an EU citizen working in the UK?

January 5, 2021 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The UK voted to leave the EU in 2016, since then there have been endless debates and negotiations back and forth. After a turbulent time, the UK and European Union agreed a deal which came into place on 31st December 2020. From 1st January 2021 new rules came into play for everyone, including EU nationals

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Reduced quarantine duration upon arrival in the UK

Travellers returning to the UK from the Canary Islands must now self-isolate as of Saturday 12th December because of growing infection rates. This means that many Britons are trying to get a flight home as soon as possible, so they do not have to isolate themselves over Christmas. In addition, it has been recently announced

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UKVI Service update

December 11, 2020 | Immigration, News, UK Government

As of 1st December 2020, UK Visas, and Immigration (UKVI) are implementing changes to the services it provides to visa applicants and customers. These changes have been introduced to simplify processes and carry out its procedures more easily and efficiently. The changes that are going to be carried out from December onwards are the following:

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Is individual expression unwanted by employers?

December 11, 2020 | Employment, Latest Thinking

As large tech companies such as Facebook, Netflix, Twitter and so forth supposedly promote and encourage the campaigning and a feed for worldwide issues, such as BlackLivesMatter, the outcome of the US election and the release of a vaccination for coronavirus, more and more employees want to post their perspective content visa social media. Although

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The UK’s new immigration system: what does this mean for EU citizens?

December 11, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

As of 1st December 2020, the UK’s new points-based immigration system went live. This means that all new visa routes under the new system are open for applications for non-EU nationals. This includes an extension for receiving applications from EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens for these visa routes, including the Skilled Worker route, so they

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Calling all foreign investors to UAE

The latest reform in the UAE for overseas business investors is that they will be legally permitted to take 100% ownership of business from 1st December 2020. This new piece of legislation is now known as the Foreign Direct Investment Law and will replace the existing Commercial Companies Law (CCL) No 2 of 2015. Under

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Danish employment update: compulsory COVID-19 testing

December 11, 2020 | COVID-19, Employment, Latest Thinking, News

In Denmark, the Danish government has only just recently passed legislation on Thursday 19th November that will permit compulsory mass coronavirus testing for company employees. Companies will be allowed to enforce mandatory coronavirus testing on their employees, including employees being obliged to disclose their test results to their employers. This new law is scheduled to

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