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Recent changes to the Belgium foreign work permit rules

February 23, 2021 | Business, Immigration, News, Travel

Changes to the foreign worker rules in Flanders have been announced by the Belgium government which will come into force on 1st March 2021. The changes are said to simplify the bureaucracy involved in the immigration process for foreign workers in the Flanders region of Belgium.  Key changes: Short term work– a worker who commutes

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Visit visas for the UK and current travel restrictions

February 22, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel, UK Government

Lately there have been numerous changes to travel rules. As of 15th February 2021, additional restrictions have been put in place for people travelling to the UK.  Current travel restrictions Currently, it is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for leisure purposes. You cannot travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do

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What are “quarantine hotels”?

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government has put in place “quarantine hotels” for those travelling into the UK. From 15th February 2021, all those allowed to enter England who have travelled through or from a country in the last 10 days where travel to the UK is banned (red list countries) must

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What is the COVID Visa Concession scheme?

February 2, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel, UK Government

The UK government has introduced a COVID Visa Concession scheme (CVC) which is aimed at those individuals who are outside of the UK and either had leave to remain or were seeking to apply to stay in the UK. The concession scheme applies to those who left the UK before 17th March 2020 and due

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Disability discrimination in the workplace

January 20, 2021 | Employment, News

The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal for an employer or future employer to discriminate against individuals based on disability. The Act defines a disability as being “a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial or long term negative effect on your ability to do daily activities.”  “Substantial” refers to an impairment which is

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Go where you are treated best

January 14, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel

We are now living in a world that is so connected, it is easy to communicate with someone on the other side of the globe and movement between countries is the norm. With COVID, many of us are working from home. 2020 has taught us that, providing you have an internet connection and a laptop,

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The UK faces a third lockdown

After a brief relaxation of the rules over the Christmas period and many areas across the UK moving into Tier 4, the UK faces yet another national lockdown as the struggle with COVID-19 continues into 2021.  Unlike the last lockdown in November 2020, schools, colleges and universities will be closed, with exams said to be

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Brexit new rules: What to do if you’re an EU citizen working in the UK?

January 5, 2021 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The UK voted to leave the EU in 2016, since then there have been endless debates and negotiations back and forth. After a turbulent time, the UK and European Union agreed a deal which came into place on 31st December 2020. From 1st January 2021 new rules came into play for everyone, including EU nationals

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Reduced quarantine duration upon arrival in the UK

Travellers returning to the UK from the Canary Islands must now self-isolate as of Saturday 12th December because of growing infection rates. This means that many Britons are trying to get a flight home as soon as possible, so they do not have to isolate themselves over Christmas. In addition, it has been recently announced

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UKVI Service update

December 11, 2020 | Immigration, News, UK Government

As of 1st December 2020, UK Visas, and Immigration (UKVI) are implementing changes to the services it provides to visa applicants and customers. These changes have been introduced to simplify processes and carry out its procedures more easily and efficiently. The changes that are going to be carried out from December onwards are the following:

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The UK’s new immigration system: what does this mean for EU citizens?

December 11, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

As of 1st December 2020, the UK’s new points-based immigration system went live. This means that all new visa routes under the new system are open for applications for non-EU nationals. This includes an extension for receiving applications from EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens for these visa routes, including the Skilled Worker route, so they

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Calling all foreign investors to UAE

The latest reform in the UAE for overseas business investors is that they will be legally permitted to take 100% ownership of business from 1st December 2020. This new piece of legislation is now known as the Foreign Direct Investment Law and will replace the existing Commercial Companies Law (CCL) No 2 of 2015. Under

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Danish employment update: compulsory COVID-19 testing

December 11, 2020 | COVID-19, Employment, Latest Thinking, News

In Denmark, the Danish government has only just recently passed legislation on Thursday 19th November that will permit compulsory mass coronavirus testing for company employees. Companies will be allowed to enforce mandatory coronavirus testing on their employees, including employees being obliged to disclose their test results to their employers. This new law is scheduled to

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UK’s new Temporary Seasonal Worker visa

On 1st December 2020, the Home Office officially introduced a new visa category: Temporary Worker- Seasonal Worker visa, also known as a Tier 5 visa. Due to the fact that most of the UK’s horticulture and agriculture industry largely consists of a foreign labour force, this is a means of combatting seasonal worker shortages whilst

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New Tier 2 Immigration System goes live tomorrow

Transitional arrangements The new points-based system goes live on 1 December 2020, in preparation of this the UK Home Office has announced transitional arrangementsfor assigning Tier 2 General and ICT certificates of sponsorship. Majority of employers will be affected by this; we have outlined below the arrangements which have been put in place. Tier 2

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