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Update: UK Visa application process

On 23rd October 2020, the Home Office issued a few key updates for visa applicants in the process of completing or submitting their applications from either the UK or overseas. UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) is the system utilised to process visa applications made from within the

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Family or Private life applications

Individuals wishing to make an application to enter or remain in the UK on the basis of family or private life should be aware of updated information from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Those who have expired visas but have had to stay in the UK because of COVID-19 travel restrictions in their home countries,

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Latest Changes to UK Immigration Rules

On 22nd October 2020, the UK Government laid a new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, providing pivotal policy changes to UK immigration. It is pertinent to note that majority of these changes will come into effect between 1 December 2020 and 1 January 2021. These amendments are directly applicable to: Visitors Short-term Study

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Israel’s Business VIP travel concession

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Israel has been forced to go into two national lockdowns to control the spread of the virus. During this time, restrictions have been implemented across the country, both on civilian life and individuals wishing to travel into Israel but have been unable to because of the closure of its borders. Strictly

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New visa requirements for partners of Australian nationals

October 16, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

On 9th October 2020, the Australian government announced the introduction of an English language requirement for anyone applying for Australian citizenship, subject to approval from the Australian Parliament. Although there is already the requirement of proficiency in the English language for those on work and study visas, this will now apply to the foreign partners

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New UK Student Visa and EUSS Scheme

On 5th October 2020, UKVI announced new set of changes for immigration applications, including the introduction of new visa routes under the new points-based immigration system scheduled to take place from January 2021. Student visa Overseas students and graduates wishing to study in the UK from January 2021 can now apply for the new student

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Trump’s latest restrictions on H1-B visas

On 6th October 2020, the Departments of Homeland Security and Labour Rule published a press release which strikes fresh restrictions on the H1-B visa programme. This updated immigration policy is said to have an impact of great consequence for large tech firms and spark much criticism from companies such as Netflix and Twitter, who sponsor

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Trump’s immigration ban

The Trump administration has added to its current immigration legislation which vehemently denies entry of members from a Communist Party nor totalitarian regimes, both foreign and domestic, to apply for US citizenship. In view of the ‘Hong Kong crisis’, mounting Chinese immigration to the US and the pandemic, this immigration policy is believed to be

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Immigration Health Surcharge reimbursement scheme

From 1st October 2020, the UK government set in motion a new initiative known as Immigration Health Surcharge Reimbursement scheme. This is seen as a token of gratitude towards the foreign NHS and care workers who have worked relentlessly and have been an unfailing source of help and reliance during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The

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UK’s New ID Check App

It is with utmost certainty that the global pandemic sparked by the spread of COVID-19 from Wuhan, China to the rest of the world has had an indelible effect on all aspects of daily life. For all organisations, governing bodies and so forth, they have been forced to develop a stamina to continue operating amid

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Travel permits for Saudi workers

From Tuesday 15th September 2020, the Saudi government executed further relaxation to the travel restrictions imposed on the borders of Saudi Arabia because of the pandemic. Both Saudi and Non-Saudi workers who have residence permits or permanent residency can now travel in and out of the UAE. To do this, they must request for an

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COVID-19 Update: Israel

Due to a rapid rise in cases of COVID-19, the Israeli government took the executive decision to go into full lockdown until 11th October 2020. This has forced everything to a close, except for the provision of essential services, and has imposed restrictions on the movement of civilians to 1000 metres from their homes. For

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Will the UK’s Shortage Occupation List be extended?

Ahead of the new points-based immigration system in January 2021, The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recently been appointed the task of reviewing the Shortage Occupation List (SOLs) for the UK including Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The MAC is an independent advisory committee in charge of advising the UK government specifically on migration matters.

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Sponsor Licence and Tier 2 Changes in 2021

On 24th September 2020, UK Visas, and Immigration (UKVI) released policy guidance for employers seeking to recruit workers from overseas after Brexit. As of 1st January 2021, employers must obtain a sponsor licence to hire workers from a large number of countries outside of the UK including the EU. Employers are therefore advised to apply

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) nears the end on 1st November 2020, the UK government has formulated a new strategy to protect jobs and support businesses whilst we remain in a COVID-19 climate. The CJRS, commonly known as the ‘furlough’ scheme, was implemented back in March 2020 with the aim of protecting employment

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