A new employment law that allows Sikhs to wear turbans in the workplace has come into force across the UK. The amendment follows decade-long efforts by Sikh groups to address a loophole in the law, which meant that turban-wearers faced discrimination in the workplace. Interestingly, employment laws has exempted turban wearers from the need to
Arguably, one of the most important questions discussed by lawmakers and academics is our right to privacy and how to be forgotten in the midst of our digital era. Interestingly, the European Court recently decided to implement the right of an individual to be forgotten, concluding that Google should erase all links, including legal rulings.
What is the Registered Traveller scheme? The Registered Traveller scheme is a brand new service, recently launched by UKVI. It is intended to improve and streamline the way in which some regular travellers enter the UK. It should provide faster and more convenient entry to the UK to frequent travellers travelling in eligible immigration categories
The Government has recently issued amended policy regarding the meaning of “good character” for the purpose of granting British Citizenship. For many years it has been a requirement of the law that to be granted British Citizenship, one must be of good character. A person will normally not be considered to be of good character
The visa system for those visiting Britain is soon to be overhauled by the Home Secretary Theresa May in an effort to increase ease of entry to the country for business people and performing artists. The reforms follow complaints from business leaders in London and elsewhere that the existing process is too cumbersome and a
From March 2015 onwards, all non-EEA nationals seeking permission to remain in the UK for longer than 6 months will be required to apply for a Biometric Residence Permit (“BRP”). A BRP is a residence document which evidences a migrant’s immigration status and entitlements during their stay in the UK. Although it is not an
The written ministerial statement laid in the House of Commons on 16th October 2014 by James Brokenshire, Minister of State for Immigration and Security and in the House of Lords by Lord Bates of Langbaurgh outlines a number of chnages to the UK Immigration Rules. Amongst a plethora of changes, transit visas are being reformed,
Launch of passport return service pilot for Indefinite Leave to Remain applicants in the Tier 2 Business Route in the UK
The Home Office has announced that those applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) under the Tier 2 Points-Based System in the UK will receive their passports and their Biometric Residence Permits (BRP), back before a decision has been made on their application under a new service which launches today, 6 May 2014. The passport
Beginning 1 January 2014, third country national individuals residing in Hungary for more than 90 days requiring work authorisation must apply for a joint work and residence permit (Joint Permit) instead of filing separate work and residence permit applications. Upon filing the application, the Immigration authorities will submit an official enquiry to the Labour Centre
Measures to tackle illegal working On 9 April 2014, the government announced its latest plans to tackle a number of additional illegal working practices. The Home Office previously announced that it would increase the civil penalty for employing illegal migrants from £10,000 to £20,000. This will now come into effect in early May 2014. Additional
The new proposed Directive is expected to be adopted in the coming weeks which will facilitate transfer of employees of multi-national companies within EU member states. It will be first of a kind European work permit allowing employment in multiple member states for up to 90 days within a six month period, for entities of
The Home Office has announced that beginning 6 April 2015, Tier 1 (General) migrants will no longer be able to apply for an extension of their leave to remain in the UK. This essentially means that migrants currently residing in the UK under this category will have to re-consider their options carefully before this date.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has announced measures to simplify the visa application proces for Chinese visitors. The Chancellor announced 3 key steps, including a pilot scheme which will cut down on paperwork for Chinese visitors to the EU and UK. Chinese nationals wanting to visit both the EU and UK will not need
The Home Office has published a new Immigration Bill which amongst other proposed changes is aimed at stopping migrant workers using public services to which they are not entitled, reduce the pull factors which encourage people to come to the UK and make it easier to remove people who should not be here. The Bill
On 1 October 2013, the new changes to the Immigration Rules came into effect. These changes will mean greater flexibility for businesses and workers in the UK. However, a new “genuineness” tests in Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5, may have a negative effect on timings for applications. The now defunct UKBA sought to simplify