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COVID-19: Visa Extensions Granted and Advice for Visa Customers, Visa Holders and Short-Term Residents:

March 26, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On Tuesday 24th March 2020, the Home Office publicly announced visa extensions to be granted to those who cannot leave the UK for reasons such as self-isolation and travel restrictions because of COVID-19. Individuals whose visas expired after 24th January 2020 will be able to apply for such an extension until 31st May 2020. This

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Travel guidance for British citizens during COVID-19 pandemic

March 24, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On 23rd March 2020, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated the travel notices on the UK government’s website to include further guidance and certain travel restrictions imposed as a result of the current COVID-19 climate. This advice takes effect immediately. The FCO has now launched exceptional travel advisory notices for British people travelling overseas.

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COVID-19 Update: Relaxation of Sponsorship Duties

As a consequence of the global outbreak of Coronavirus, the Home Office has now relaxed some of the duties carried out by sponsors of visa applicants. The radical reason for this is because Tier 4 students and Tier 2/5 employees are likely to be inhibited from working or attending universities, for self-isolation and restricted travel

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Increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge

March 11, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) grants visa holders’ access to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. This charge is calculated based on the duration of the visa applied for and it is a paid aspect of visa applications. Visas must extend to a period beyond 6 months and it applies to family, work

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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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UK’s new immigration system- what’s coming?

February 23, 2020 | Latest Thinking

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. Essentially, the UK Government’s manifesto on immigration are to end free movement, reduce net migration and ultimately attract skilled labour into the UK. To guarantee a strict but fairer immigration system,

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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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Shareholders’ Disputes

It is not uncommon to see shareholder disputes arising during the course of a business. Several factors can be attributed to such disputes, the most common ones being underperformance by shareholders or  who are no longer working towards best interests of the business, difference of opinion with management, conflicts of interest, dividend distribution, breach 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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