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Trump’s Introduction of Tougher Curbs on US Immigration

“We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protect the lives and jobs of our citizens.”– Donald Trump, President of the United States. On Monday 22nd June 2020, Donald Trump signed an executive order which imposes further immigration restrictions. This is an extension to the current US immigration restrictions implemented just a

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COVID-19 Update: More Visa Application Centres to re-open

On 19th June 2020, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) updated its policy guidance in respect of re-opening of more Visa Application Centres (VACs), the issuance of Tier 4 concessions and the opportunity for passports to be returned to some individuals. New Amendments From Sunday 28th June 2020, further VACs are scheduled to reopen. VACs that

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A Watershed in US LGBT History

June 18, 2020 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

Until recently, the Supreme Court in the United States has ruled in favour of providing protection for LGBT workers against employers. This was a 6-3 decision where the majority upheld that in US federal law, discrimination based on sex should now include sexual orientation and gender identity. What this means is that employers will be

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Brexit Breakthrough: Border Controls and the Transition Period

On 12th June 2020, The Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee met with the EU for a second time via video conference. This was to further discuss the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, i.e the Brexit plan. Ultimately, it seems that both sides have made respected advancements. However, what else that can be made out from the

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COVID-19 Update: Furlough Extension for New Parents

As of last month, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was extended to October 2020 even though it was only intended to last until 1st July 2020. When this extension was announced, this also included the introduction of some furlough flexibilities, being that workers could start returning to work on either a full or part-time

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COVID-19 Update: Concessions for Entering the UK

On 9th June 2020, the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration released new guidance for visa applicants and temporary UK residents. If you are applying to enter the UK or remain solely for the purposes of family or private life, temporary concessions may apply to you. These interim concessions will apply on condition that

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COVID-19 Update: Progression to Phase 2

Towards the end of May 2020, the UK government published amended guidance to reveal that specified Visa Application Centres (VACs) and UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVACs) would open and resume services, albeit at a reduced capacity, from 1st June. The thoughts behind this localised approach is to commence a phased return of services

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The rise of Hong Kong Brotherhood!

June 8, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On Wednesday 3rd June 2020, Boris Johnson declared that should China implement new security laws, the UK would proffer the citizens of Hong Kong a “route to citizenship”. The new law that China is scheduling to implement has faced considerable criticism from Hong Kong, UK, and its allies such as the United States and Australia.

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COVID-19 Update: International Consular Openings

As we begin to see the spread of the coronavirus diminishing, countries are seeking to gradually ease travel to give visa customers, passengers and the travel and aviation industry a chance of succour. As a steppingstone towards fully opening international borders, multiple nations have scheduled to implement procedures permitting international travel from June onwards, albeit

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UK Quarantine Rule Under Fire from the Travel Industry

On Monday 1st June 2020, multiple travel companies have launched a plea over the UK quarantine rule that is due to take effect from 8th June 2020. This means that people entering the UK from overseas will be instructed to isolate for 14 days. Approximately 200 travel businesses have written a formal letter to the

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COVID-19 Update: Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On Friday 29th May 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a brand-new set of amendments to the existing Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). These amendments are built on from Sunak’s previous announcement on Tuesday 12th May that the scheme would be extended to October 2020, albeit initially it was only meant to last until July

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Visa Application Centres to re-open

On Thursday 28th May 2020, the Home Office proclaimed updated guidance for sponsors, visa customers and holders inside and out of the UK and short-term residents in the UK. The UK Government website now confirms that Visa Application Centres (VACs) will resume operations and re-open as of 1st June 2020, alongside some UK Visa and

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COVID-19 Update: Statutory Sick Pay Scheme

May 27, 2020 | COVID-19, Employment, News

On Tuesday 26th May 2020, HM Treasury officially opened its gateway for the arrival of applications from small businesses and employers in the UK who have paid statutory sick pay to staff who have taken sick leave for reasons associated with COVID-19. The scheme has been established for the purposes of assisting employers and small

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COVID-19 Update: Health Measures and Visa Extensions

On Friday 22nd May 2020, The Home Office imparted new guidance on the future health measures at the UK border which are due to take effect from 8th June 2020. This guidance also contains supplementary information about visa extensions for migrants in the UK. New Amendments- Entering the UK: Passengers must provide travel and contact

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COVID-19 Update for NHS Overseas Workers

Over the last two days, The Home Office and Department of Health asserted two significant announcements directed to the loved ones of health and social care workers who have died because of COVID-19 and migrant workers in the NHS. On Wednesday 20th May 2020, an extension to the NHS Bereavement Scheme was granted. The scheme

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