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Increase in UK visa fees

March 14, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

In January 2016, the Home Office introduced legislation to set the maximum amounts it can charge for visa, immigration and nationality applications over the next four years. The new legislation will come into effect on 18 March 2016 and it means that visas linked most closely to economic growth e.g. work and student visa will

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Sarah Buttler joins Hudson McKenzie

March 7, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Hudson McKenzie is pleased to announce that Sarah Buttler, former Director and Head of Global Business Immigration Services at Ernst & Young LLP, London has joined the firm as an Immigration Partner and Global Practice Leader. Sarah will serve as a leading advisor to the firm’s Business Immigration team. “Hudson McKenzie is pleased to welcome

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Brexit: Time to Apply for British Citizenship

March 2, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

For many EU nationals, moving to the UK probably required a few lifestyle adjustments: the infamous weather, the frenzy of the rush-hour commute, and the firmly established queuing system; to name just a few.   All of a sudden five years has passed and you realise that when the sun shines, this is actually the

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Hudson McKenzie wins Best in Immigration Law- UK Award 2015

February 23, 2016 | Immigration, News

Boutique law firm Hudson McKenzie has won the Best in Immigration Law- UK Award 2015 by the Acquisition International Wealth & Finance Business Awards in recognition of a ‘string of standout cases’. The Wealth & Finance Business Awards (organised by Acquisition International) recognise excellence in the delivery and management of services in the legal sector, and

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People with significant influence or control

February 19, 2016 | Company/Commercial, Latest Thinking, News

New reporting requirement on People with Significant Influence or Control (PSC) is going to be effective from 6 April 2016 onwards for all UK companies, Societas Europaea (SE), and limited liability partnerships (LLP). The new requirement, imposed through the Companies Act, mandates the registration of PSC over the companies, SE, or LLP with the Companies

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Immigration consideration to look at if you are selling your business!

February 12, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Any UK based companies are mandatorily required to hold a sponsor licence in order to employ non-European nationals on Tier 2 visas – both Tier 2 (G) and Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer categories. A sponsor licence is a process whereby an employer needs to complete an online application form, pay an application fee and demonstrate

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Don’t break your promise!

February 11, 2016 | Company/Commercial, Latest Thinking, News

The Court of Appeal (Court) has recently, in the case of Hughes v Pendragon Sabre Ltd., reinstated several principles in relation to the sale of future goods, collateral contract, and the assessment of damages in case of failure to delivery with unavailable market of the goods. In the case, the defendant, Pendragon Sabre Ltd. (Pendragon),

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2016- The Fire monkey

February 8, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking

The year of the monkey promises to bring much prosperity to Chinese tourists traveling to the UK and to the UK economy. From January, new visitor visas for tourists from the People’s Republic of China will be valid in the UK for 2 years – 4 times the usual 6-month limit for a standard visitor

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Immigration Health Surcharge exemption will cease to apply for Australian & New Zealand Nationals

February 5, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On or after 6 April 2016, the Home Office would extend the immigration health surcharge (IHS) to Australian and New Zealand nationals seeking to stay in the United Kingdom for more than six months or renewing their visa in the UK. By way of a background, in April 2015, the Home Office had announced that

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Personal communication at work may not qualify for protection as privacy

February 5, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

In the case of Barbulescu v Romania, the majority of the European Court of Human Rights (Court) has made a decision that allows employers to inspect and monitor employees’ use of Internet at work. Despite the Applicant (Barbulescu)’s assertion that such inspection had violated Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (Convention), the

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Are you prepared for the increased costs for hiring non-EU staff?

February 4, 2016 | Immigration, News

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an independent advisory body has proposed several changes to the Tier 2 of the points based system in a covert effort to reduce skilled migrants from coming to the UK. By doing so, the Govt, is asking employers to upskill and recruit British people. As a consequence of these proposed

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Possible Abolition of Tier 1 (Investor) Visa Route

January 29, 2016 | Immigration

Baroness Hamwee and Lord Paddick have proposed to abolish the Tier 1 (Investor) visa route form 1 January 2017. One of the possible reasons for the proposal is that only 200 applications were made in 2015 under this immigration category. According to them, there is a doubt that this route benefits the UK economy. There

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EEA Nationals Must Apply for Permanent Residence Card Before Applying to Naturalise as British Citizens.

January 29, 2016 | Immigration

EEA nationals must apply for permanent residence card before applying to naturalise as British Citizens. With effect from 12 November 2015, the Home Office has imposed an additional administrative burden on EEA nationals looking to naturalise as British Citizens. As per the new rules, all EEA nationals applying to naturalise must now first apply for

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The Migration Advisory Committee Announces Far-Reaching Changes to Tier 2 of the Points Based System

January 26, 2016 | Immigration

On 19 January 2016, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its recommendations to tighten the Tier 2 route which is the primary route for economic migration to the UK. We have set out below a summary of the recommendations made by the MAC. It is important to note that, while the UK government is not obliged

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Looking to move your company to the UK?

December 16, 2015 | Company/Commercial, News

In this article, Rahul Batra, Managing Partner, outlines the four main visa options to consider if you wish to move your company to the UK. There is also a Q&A with Clare Flynn, CEO and founder of Essentia Analytics, who explains her decision to set up her Fintech business in London: Hudson McKenzie – Work without

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