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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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Fast-Track Global Talent Visa

August 14, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On 8th August 2019, the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) announced that they will be introducing a new fast track visa to ‘cement the UK as a science power’. This visa scheme has been created to attract selective individuals with skills in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) subjects and is designed on the existing

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Priti Patel: The UK’s new home secretary and her plans

August 1, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Priti Patel, MP of Witham was endorsed by the PM and left the Home office last week as the new home secretary. A leading member of the 2016 Vote Leave campaign, Patel promises to revamp the UK’s immigration system in her new position.  In a recent interview with Dailymail, Patel announced her immigration plans with

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Review of Shortage Occupation List

August 1, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has completed a full review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) in May 2019. There are currently 34 occupations with 143 job titles on the list. The main benefits it provides are priority in the event of the cap being reached for Tier 2 (General) work visas issued by the

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July 2, 2019 | Latest Thinking

Shortage Occupation List to be reviewed

June 19, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recently published its review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). MAC has recommended adding several occupations to the SOL, including veterinarians, web designers and architects, and broadening others, including engineering, IT, the arts and healthcare, to include all roles within that occupation. Other recommendations include: Medium-skilled occupations may become

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Hudson McKenzie listed in UK Investment Support Directory

We are delighted to be listed in the UK Investment Support Directory which has been launched yesterday. The Directory is a smart, new digital tool which promotes private sector expertise in the UK to investors across the globe. To coincide with this launch, the Minister for Investment, Graham Stuart stated- Minister for Investment, Graham Stuart

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Update: Canon Law stops Sunday Services

Henceforth, all Christian Churches will no longer be legally required to hold ‘Sunday Services’

Global Immigration Update – United Arab Emirates

April 26, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Updates for Long-Term Visas

Is a lie detector in the court practicable?

Could the gradual implementation of lie detector tests in the courts lead to the eventual end of the necessity for a defendant to be trial’d?