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Theresa May announces upcoming overhaul to UK visa system

February 17, 2015 | Latest Thinking, News

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

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Biometric Residence Permits for Non-EEA Nationals

February 12, 2015 | Latest Thinking, News

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

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Changes to the UK Tier 1 (Investor) visa category

October 21, 2014 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

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,

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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

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Changes to Work Permit applications for Hungary

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

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Measures to tackle illegal working and automation of change of circumstance requests

April 25, 2014 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

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

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Proposed new intra-company work permit for EU countries

April 25, 2014 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

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

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Extensions for Tier 1 (G) visa holders will close on 6 April 2015

April 24, 2014 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

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.

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Visa applications to be simplified for Chinese visitors

October 21, 2013 | Immigration, Latest Thinking

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

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The new UK Immigration Bill- What has it got in store for you?

October 18, 2013 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

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

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Latest set of changes to the UK Immigration rules

October 8, 2013 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

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

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Hudson McKenzie recognised as a Legal 500 firm

The Legal 500 UK 2013 list has been published today and we are delighted to have been recognised for exceptional legal services we provide to our clients. We have been noted by the publication for our services offered in the area of Immigration Law as one of the best immigration lawyers in the UK. The Legal 500 is the leading legal research

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Beware of a legal bargain

The Legal Ombudsman has warned that using cut-rate legal advisers sometimes leaves people unable to pursue complaints when things go wrong. The 2007 Legal Services Act came into force on 25th May 2011. The most significant consequence of the Legal Services Act has been allowing legal services to be delivered outside of the traditional law

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New Entry-Exit Laws in China Target Illegal Foreigners

September 13, 2013 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

New rules brought into force recently mean that foreigners and businesses should be particularly careful when visiting, living in, working in and running a business in China to ensure complete compliance with China immigration laws. The “Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China” and the “Exit and Entry Administration Regulations of

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Favourable changes to UK Immigration Rules for Businesses, Foreign Employees and Tourists

September 11, 2013 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On the 6th of September 2013, Mark Harper, the Minister of State for Immigration, announced a number of changes to the UK immigration rules coming into force in October 2013. These changes will be positive for businesses, employees and tourists alike. Relevant rule changes for business and employees include: Removal of the English language requirement

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