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Article 50 is being triggered

March 27, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Prime Minister Theresa May will formally notify the EU Council President that Britain is going to trigger Article 50.

Changes to the UK’s Immigration Rules in April 2017

March 17, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Hudson McKenzie would like to remind employers about the changes to the UK’s Immigration Rules to take effect from 6 April 2017. The main changes being introduced on 6 April are: Tier 2 Criminal Record Checks Last year there was news of Criminal Record Checks for Tier 2 migrants and their adult dependant relatives, however, it

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Online application forms for EEA family members

February 28, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Home Office has introduced online application forms for EEA family members in relation to Certificate of Registration and Permanent Residence Applications. This service was earlier only available to those from the European Economic Area and were single. Anyone applying with family members had to applying using the regular and lengthy paper forms. This online

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Upcoming Changes to Tier 2 visas

February 23, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The latest version of the Tier 2 & 5 Guidance was published on 15 February 2017, with an Addendum to changes which will be taking effect from 6 April 2017. Sponsors will need to make note of the following changes which has been taken from the guidance and may possibly affect their businesses. Skills Charge

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Brexit White Paper published

February 13, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Government has published the Brexit White Paper setting out the Prime Minister’s plans for leaving the European Union. It comes after MPs voted in favour of Theresa May triggering Article 50 by 498 votes to 114. The 77 page document sets out the government’s vision of what they are seeking to achieve from UK exiting

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Latest immigration law changes in South Africa

February 2, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Department of Home Affairs, South Africa have issued an urgent alert regarding visa rectifications, visa transfers and appeals on applications rejected. We have outlined a summary of the directive. Rectification of visas Effective January 2017, the Department of Home Affairs and VFS will only accept applications for rectification of visas under the following conditions:

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Brexit by Convention- fallout from the Supreme Court Ruling

January 30, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Last year, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she would invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in March this year. However, on 24 January 2017 the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament must vote on whether the Government can start the Brexit process. Without the Parliament vote, the plans Ms May had to commence talks

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Do you wish to hire Interns on Tier 5 visa?

January 23, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking

Have you considered hiring an intern on a Tier 5 visa to come to the UK for a short period e.g. one year in order for them to gain work experience, training etc.? It would be worthwhile considering bringing them under the Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) scheme without having to utilise your Tier 2

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UK Immigration changes in 2017

January 11, 2017 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

In the last few years, the UK immigration system has become increasingly complex. To add to the misery of both employers and migrant employees alike, the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) keep announcing new changes ever so often. We will be seeing further UK immigration changes in 2017, which are listed below. Tier 2 Criminal

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Happy holidays and a great New Year from all of us at Hudson McKenzie

December 15, 2016 | Latest Thinking

Hopes, dreams, goals- that’s what life should be really about! As Christmas draws closer and we set our hopes and goals for the new year, we must remember that it is the time for giving as well as celebrating. Therefore, keeping up with the firm’s strong values and traditions and just in time for the

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UKVI considering reducing number of student visas

December 15, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Recent news indicates that the (UKVI) are considering reducing number of student visas by half in the future. The news, no doubt has come as a big surprise and disappointment to universities and international students alike. The current number of students coming to the UK from overseas stands at 300,000 yearly at present, this may

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UKVI abolishes 28 day grace period for UK visa applications

November 22, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

28 day grace period for UK visa applications As part of latest UK immigration guidance which came in effect in November 2016, it is important that anyone on a UK visa applies for extension or makes another leave to remain application in time before their existing leave expires and not rely on the 28 day

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Priority Change of Circumstances for Tier 2 & 5 Sponsors

November 9, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Effective as of 7 November 2016, the Home Office introduced a priority change of circumstances service which allows Tier 2 and 5 A-rated sponsors to apply for faster consideration of 4 types of change of circumstances requests. These requests are as follows: in year certificate of sponsorship (CoS) allocation follow on CoS allocation add new Level 1

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Latest changes to French immigration law

November 7, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

As of 28 October 2016, changes to the French immigration law have been implemented in order to improve existing immigration categories and introduce a ‘Talent Passport’. A work permit will no longer be required for short-term assessment (max. 3 months) for the following categories: Employee on a local contract in France: Sports, cultural, artistic and

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Student protests in South Africa influence visa extension for international students

November 4, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

South African Universities have recently seen the biggest student protests to hit the country, as the Government proposed the rise in tuition fees up by 8% in 2017. The international students whose visas are due to expire before or at the end of December 2016 have hugely been affected by this, as they are unable

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