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Immigration almost meeting record heights

June 2, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking

The possibility of a ‘Brexit’ has brought immigration to the very forefront of the political and legal agenda, it is therefore imperative to have a clear understanding facts, figures and impact of immigrants in this country.  With reports that immigration to the UK is almost reaching an all-time high, and with the fear mongering attached

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Tuberculosis (TB) testing for UK immigration applications

May 25, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking

Relocating to the UK can be confusing and time consuming, it is therefore important to ensure that you are getting the right information and that you meet the criteria set out by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before coming to the UK. One of the main requirements for people coming to the UK for

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Applying to become a Tier 2 Sponsor and complying with your duties

May 16, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Year on year the Home Office make it more difficult for sponsors to apply for a Sponsorship Licence and given the current climate and the fact that Britain may exit the European Union, many sponsors who employ a number of EU nationals will be looking to secure a Tier 2 sponsorship licence in an attempt

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Travelling to the US for business or a holiday?

May 16, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Don’t be caught out by the changes for the United States that have affected tens of thousands of people travelling there. All eligible international travellers wanting to travel to the United States for 90 days or less under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must apply for authorisation online, known as Electronic System for Travel Authorization

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Do you qualify for ILR under the Long Residency rules?

April 26, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Providing you meet the eligibility requirement in full there is no reason why you cannot apply and free yourself from Immigration Restrictions in the UK.

An update vis-à-vis contractors under Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer category

April 26, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On 19 January 2016, the Migration Advisory Committee was commissioned by the UK Government to advise on a number of potential changes to Tier 2 category of the Points Based System with regard to the increasing number of migrant workers in this route and UK businesses relying on them to fill shortages in the UK

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Calling all EU nationals living in the UK

April 14, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

As we are all aware the EU referendum is not far away now and the question we are all asking is will Britain leave the European Union (EU)? The referendum is being held on 23rd June and depending on which way the majority of the UK public votes go; we may well be on the

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Resident Labour Market Test for UK immigration applications– Are you compliant?

April 7, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Advertising a job, seems straightforward, doesn’t it? However, when it comes to employing a non-EU national under the Tier 2 (General) arrangements, is when it all becomes complicated. We come across many employers who contact us to assist with Tier 2 (General) applications and they confirm they have conducted the Resident Labour Market Test and

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Changes to be introduced to the UK’s immigration system in 2016

April 4, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Once again it is that time of year where UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has introduced a number of changes to the UK Immigration system, the majority of the changes will come in be rolled out in two batches. On 18th March 2016 we saw the Government fees increase by a huge 25% and introduced

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Changes to the UK Immigration Rules

March 14, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Home Office has laid before parliament a package of changes to the Immigration Rules which would affect applications made on or after 6th April 2016.  With less than a month to go until these are implemented, we have outlined the key changes so relevant individuals/businesses can take timely action. Visitors Introducing Electronic Visa Waiver

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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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