COVID-19 Archives - Hudson McKenzie


How will Covid change global immigration?

It is clear that the pandemic has reshaped the way that people live including the way people travel. With many countries in and out of lockdowns and restrictions changing from month to month, a lot of people are taking “staycations” or holidays closer to home. In some countries such as China, quarantine rules for visitors

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Current rules on business travel to China

July 20, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel

In March 2020 China suspended entry for foreigners; however, now, business travel to China is slowly increasing.  The current requirements for the business travel visa (M visa) are that you must either have: an “invitation letter” (known as a PU letter) or  have a valid APEC business travel card to be able to apply for

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Roll out of the new EU vaccine passport

July 8, 2021 | COVID-19, Travel

The EU has officially issued a Covid vaccine passport which is being rolled out across all 27 member states of the EU. Those with a vaccine passport will be fully vaccinated and will be able to travel throughout Europe. The passport was officially introduced on 1st July 2021 and will be phased-in over a 6-week

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Israel travel changes due to Covid

July 6, 2021 | COVID-19, Travel

Due to a surge in Covid cases, particularly the Delta variant, Israel has had to hold back on plans to ease travel restrictions. The Israel government is urging residents not to travel abroad and for people coming into Israel, they will have to undergo a Covid PCR test. The number of testing sites is said

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How does remote working affect immigration compliance for sponsors?

June 25, 2021 | COVID-19, Employment, Immigration

  Originally, immigration law involving sponsorship and sponsored workers was based on migrants working in offices. Now, the pandemic has changed the work dynamic and more people are working remotely, which begs the question, how does remote working affect immigration compliance for sponsors?   When employees are working from home, it can be difficult to

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What salary does a sponsor have to pay a skilled worker?

In order for a skilled worker to be eligible for the Skilled Worker visa, they must show that they will be earning the required level of income. According to the Immigration rules, a skilled worker will need to be paid at least the minimum salary for the type of work they will be doing. This

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The current position on international travel in the UK

As of 17th May 2021 the UK travel ban on international travel for non-essential purposes was lifted. It seems that international travel will be somewhat similar to last summer’s arrangement whereby the government has a green list of countries that people can visit without having to quarantine on their return to the UK. The list

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Extension for the right to work checks

In a previous post, we explained that the UK government had announced that as of 17th May 2021, right to work checks can no longer be made by checking digital documents or scanned copies of documents online. It must be noted that the UK government has now extended this to 21st June 2021. This means

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Who is eligible for an Intra-company transfer visa?

There are two types of intra company transfer visas: intra-company transfer visa and intra-company transfer graduate trainee visa. You can apply for the intra-company transfer visa when you’re being transferred to a role in the UK by your employer. This is usually applicable to people who work for international companies who have offices in the

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The return of the sponsor licence inspection visits?

The Home Office may conduct sponsor licence inspection visits on work premises in instances where an application for a first sponsor licence is made or when a sponsor licence is being renewed. During the pandemic, many employers have put most of their focus into actually keeping afloat with many employees being furloughed. The UK government

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Short term business travel during COVID-19

Pre-pandemic, business people all over the world travelled between countries as easily as getting on a train, but what has happened to short term business travel in our new normal since Covid has hit? What is the reality of the “new normal” when it comes to business travel? Many businesses have adapted to remote working

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Digital nomad visa requirements

In a previous post, we explained how digital nomad visas are becoming more popular among countries. Countries around the world are trying to encourage people to travel in order to boost economies after the pandemic. A digital nomad visa allows those who want to travel and work remotely to do so legally.  Many of the

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How has Covid changed immigration globally?

Since the pandemic hit in 2020, the world as we know it has changed. With travel being restricted, countries in and out of lockdowns and remote working being the new normal, global immigration has also been affected.  Changes to immigration routes around the world As a result of the pandemic, countries around the world have

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Third lockdown for France: what does this mean for the rest of Europe?

April 7, 2021 | COVID-19, Latest Thinking, Travel

After a surge in coronavirus cases, France faces a third lockdown.  The infection rate in France has risen to one of the highest in Europe which is said to be due to the delay in roll-out of the vaccine and the new virus variants. President Macron therefore announced that the country could be hit by

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“Corona pass” plans around the world

March 31, 2021 | COVID-19, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

There was mention of “Covid passports” a few weeks ago and the UK government is still debating whether these should be enforced when entering certain places such as pubs. However, around the world, other countries are making plans of their own.  EU pass: Digital Green Certificate EU leaders have approved the idea of a “Digital

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