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Can I stay in the UK after I have graduated?

October 26, 2021 | Immigration, News

In short, graduates can stay in the UK if they are successful in applying for another visa. Since the Graduate route was introduced on 1st July 2021, graduates now have more options to remain in the UK. Options as a graduate  Graduate visa This visa gives graduates an opportunity to live and seek work for

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The U.S changes its travel rules

October 26, 2021 | News, Travel

A White House official has given confirmation that as of 8th November 2021, the regional Covid-19 travel bans implemented by the U.S will be replaced by a Covid vaccination requirement.  The US has had tough travel restrictions in place since last year when the pandemic hit. It, therefore, has come as some surprise for many

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Migration Advisory Committee review of ICT route summarised

October 22, 2021 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Home Secretary commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to carry out a study of the Intra-Company Transfer visa route and provide recommendations. The following points were raised and are summarised: Skills threshold: The minimum skills threshold for the ICT route was increased to RQF6 in 2012. The MAC recommended that the skills threshold remains

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What are the UK’s immigration sponsorship reforms for 2022?

October 14, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

The UK government plans to make sponsorship reforms for 2022. The focus for 2021 has been on removing perceived barriers so that businesses can feel confident in making investment decisions and employing migrant workers.  For 2022, changes will be made to deliver a faster and simpler system to help sponsors access overseas talent.  What are

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Sri Lanka launches extended tourist visa

October 14, 2021 | News, Travel

  In an effort to boost the economy, Sri Lanka has introduced a new tourist visa that allows visitors to stay for up to 180 days. This is a jump from the original 90-day limit. Along with the extended tourist visa, a digital nomad visa has also been introduced in an attempt to attract travellers

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UK opens up a temporary visa for HGV food drivers and poultry workers

October 12, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, News

The UK government are opening a temporary visa scheme specifically for poultry workers or HGV food drivers. The visa route is expected to open on 11th October 2021. This has been announced in response to the shortage of haulage drivers to move fuel and other supplies around the country and poultry workers required ahead of

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Greece introduces new digital nomad visa

October 6, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

Greece is joining other countries in introducing a digital nomad visa or remote working visa for foreign nationals who wish to live in Greece whilst working. This is the first visa of its kind to be launched in Greece. There is no doubt that the pandemic has changed the way in which we work and

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Oman launches long term residency scheme

October 6, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Investment Promotion of Oman has announced a new long term residency scheme for eligible foreign investors as of September 2021. Applicants are said to be able to apply for permits from the beginning of October.  Prior to this announcement, foreign nationals were only able to secure residency for a

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Latest UK immigration updates

Tier 1 Entrepreneur: Under the Covid-19 concession those whose businesses were impacted by the pandemic were able to extend their leave under this route if they were able to create the equivalent of 2 full time jobs for settled workers. They do not have to show that the jobs had existed for a minimum of

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Relaxation of immigration rules in Vietnam

September 29, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

The Vietnamese government have issued a new resolution to relax certain immigration rules for individuals who fill skills gaps in order to build back the economy after Covid. Many other countries have initiated the same strategy. In Vietnam, concessions are being made for experts, specialists and technicians. How are the rules being relaxed? Proof of

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UK 2021 statement of changes explained

September 28, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

The UK has amended the immigration rules in the new 2021 statement of changes. The following is a brief rundown of the notable changes that affect immigration.   Launch of the international sportsperson route The new international sportsperson route is to replace the Tier 2 and Tier 5 temporary worker routes. The Home Office state that

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Rights of UK nationals visiting the EU

September 22, 2021 | News, Travel

Since the UK left the EU, the rules have changed for UK nationals visiting any country within the EU.  Now, when visiting an EU country, UK visitors may have to show their return or onward ticket along with proving they have enough money for the trip.  Tourists can stay in an EU country for 90

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What is the new England “winter plan”?

The “Covid-19 Response: Autumn and Winter” plan has been laid out by Parliament. Since the restrictions were lifted in July in England, the government has had to come up with a plan for the winter months to ensure that Covid cases do not overwhelm the NHS. The government have always emphasised that vaccines will help

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New rules for Australia to prioritise Skilled Visa applications

September 21, 2021 | Immigration, News

The Australian government has come up with a plan to process visa applications. Under the new rules, Temporary Skill Shortage visas and other skilled visas for Hong Kong nationals will be processed as a priority.  This has been decided as Australia aims to recover the economy after being impacted by the pandemic. Top priority applicants

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US Green card requirements for permanent residence

September 16, 2021 | Immigration, News, US Immigration

According to a new Centres for Disease and Control (CDC) prevention order, From 1st October 2021, Green card holders in the US will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid to be able to obtain permanent residence.  As part of the eligibility criteria for permanent residence in the US, a medical test is required.  The

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