COVID-19 Archives - Hudson McKenzie


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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COVID 19 Update: Temporary concessions

On 16th September 2020, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) renewed its policy guidance for individuals who are either in the process of applying for a visa or have already done so. VAC closures For those who are currently applying for their visa but their local Visa Application Centre (VAC) remains shut, there is an interim

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Saudi Arabia kickstarts normal travel

September 17, 2020 | COVID-19, Immigration, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

In Saudi Arabia, the government’s grand plan for travel is for it to return to a complete normality, i.e without any limitations from 1st January 2021. As a means of kickstarting this programme of resuming unrestricted travel to and from Saudi Arabia, the travel restrictions related to the pandemic on arrivals and departures have been

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COVID-19: Australian Update

September 16, 2020 | COVID-19, Immigration, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

Only now in this COVID-19 climate, many countries worldwide have implemented travel restrictions on their borders as a means of reducing the rate of imported infection. With the number of coronavirus cases fluctuating between various countries, international governments have taken different decisions on whether to ease or tighten further the entry restrictions on their borders.

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Israel sees another lockdown

September 15, 2020 | COVID-19, Immigration, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

As a result of a spike in COVID-19 cases in Israel, the Israeli government has scheduled the enforcement of a second national lockdown. Israel is the first country in the world to impose another lockdown that will affect the country entirely.  The new lockdown provisions will be enforced from 18th September 2020 at 14:00 PM

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COVID-19 Update: Individuals affected by the pandemic

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have made new amendments to the current set of guidance for individuals negatively affected by the travel restrictions imposed because of the pandemic. These changes are for the purposes of providing clarification to individuals who have visas due to expire after 31st August 2020. It is important for individuals

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COVID-19 Update: Guidance for visa applicants in limited circumstances

Between 14th and 24th August, UK Visas, and Immigration (UKVI) have decided to make temporary concessions for new visa applicants and current visa customers to facilitate travel and immigration in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Additional guidance is now available for those wishing to apply for a visa but their Visa Application Centre

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COVID-19 Update: Tier 4 sponsors and applicants

On 5th August 2020, UK Visas, and Immigration (UKVI) updated its policy guidance for Tier 4 sponsors who are sponsoring students engaging in distance learning and its information on visa extensions and the resumption of specified visa services. Tier 4 sponsors It is still permitted by UKVI for sponsors to continue sponsoring students who are

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COVID-19 Update: Immigration and travel provisions for the UK and Singapore

Between 29th July and 3rd August 2020, the Home Office has made vital updates to the current set of information on visa expirations and the status of Visa Application Centres (VACs). As travel restrictions associated with COVID-19 are beginning to lift on a global scale, the operation of VACs has resumed albeit where local conditions

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Removal of Spain from the travel corridor exemption list

As a result of a substantial augmentation in the level and number of COVID-19 cases in Spain over the past week, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office took the executive decision to remove Spain from the travel corridor exemption list on 25th July 2020. This list comprises of all the countries where people are not required

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Further UK Visa Application Centres re-open

Starting from 27th July 2020, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has scheduled for more Visa Application Centres (VACs) to reopen and resume services. This announcement is widely appreciated as the UK border begins to reopen with more travellers now having the ability to book their respective appointments to travel in and outside of the UK.

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UK launches Health & Care Visa

On 14th July 2020, the Home Office launched a brand-new visa route, as part of the latest immigration bill, for overseas healthcare professionals to enter the UK. From August 2020, such professionals will be eligible to apply for this visa. “We are indebted to overseas health and care professionals for their tremendous contributions, not just

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Summer Economic and Immigration Statement: A Note for Employers

The Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus: On Wednesday 8th July 2020, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the introduction of a Jobs Retention Bonus. This is an incentive for employers to rehire their furloughed staff in exchange for a monetary payment paid by the UK government to employers. “Our message to business is clear: if

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Light at the end of the tunnel

The UK Visas & Immigration have confirmed that as of Monday 13th July 2020, further VFS Visa Application Centres (VAC’s) will re-open and resume its services. It has been eagerly anticipated by both businesses and individuals; ultimately it is a relief for UK visa applicants as biometrics appointments will recommence, and applicants can now progress

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Are you exempt from quarantine upon arrival into the UK?

As a means of reducing the rate of imported infection of COVID-19, the UK as well as many other EU countries chose to adopt quarantine rules for individuals seeking to travel to different countries during the pandemic. However, considering the falling death rates and cases of COVID-19, the UK has chosen to gradually lift the

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