COVID-19 Archives - Page 3 of 6 - Hudson McKenzie


UK’s furlough scheme extended until March 2021

At the beginning of the UK’s national lockdown triggered by the pandemic, the UK government launched a scheme in attempt to keep the economy afloat, prevent mass job losses and support businesses that could not afford to operate. This is commonly known as the ‘furlough scheme’ and has been utilised by approximately 95% of UK

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EU update: Second national lockdowns

October 29, 2020 | COVID-19, Latest Thinking, News

COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly across European countries, particularly France and Germany. Both Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, Prime Ministers of Germany and France have just recently taken the executive decision to put these two large economies into a second lockdown albeit to varying degrees. These will take place from Friday 30th October in France

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Update: UK Visa application process

On 23rd October 2020, the Home Office issued a few key updates for visa applicants in the process of completing or submitting their applications from either the UK or overseas. UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) is the system utilised to process visa applications made from within the

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Family or Private life applications

Individuals wishing to make an application to enter or remain in the UK on the basis of family or private life should be aware of updated information from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Those who have expired visas but have had to stay in the UK because of COVID-19 travel restrictions in their home countries,

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Israel’s Business VIP travel concession

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Israel has been forced to go into two national lockdowns to control the spread of the virus. During this time, restrictions have been implemented across the country, both on civilian life and individuals wishing to travel into Israel but have been unable to because of the closure of its borders. Strictly

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Immigration Health Surcharge reimbursement scheme

From 1st October 2020, the UK government set in motion a new initiative known as Immigration Health Surcharge Reimbursement scheme. This is seen as a token of gratitude towards the foreign NHS and care workers who have worked relentlessly and have been an unfailing source of help and reliance during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The

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UK’s New ID Check App

It is with utmost certainty that the global pandemic sparked by the spread of COVID-19 from Wuhan, China to the rest of the world has had an indelible effect on all aspects of daily life. For all organisations, governing bodies and so forth, they have been forced to develop a stamina to continue operating amid

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Travel permits for Saudi workers

From Tuesday 15th September 2020, the Saudi government executed further relaxation to the travel restrictions imposed on the borders of Saudi Arabia because of the pandemic. Both Saudi and Non-Saudi workers who have residence permits or permanent residency can now travel in and out of the UAE. To do this, they must request for an

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COVID-19 Update: Israel

Due to a rapid rise in cases of COVID-19, the Israeli government took the executive decision to go into full lockdown until 11th October 2020. This has forced everything to a close, except for the provision of essential services, and has imposed restrictions on the movement of civilians to 1000 metres from their homes. For

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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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