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COVID-19 Update: Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On Tuesday 12th May 2020, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, broadcasted to the nation that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended. The scheme is continuously monitored and was due to cease operating in June 2020. Now, the scheme will operate for another four months until October 2020. Changes will be

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COVID-19 Update: Additional Advice for Entering and Staying in the UK

On Friday 1st May 2020, the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) renewed its current guidance for temporary residents in the UK and individuals who would like to apply for a visa. Amendments: If you are an NHS worker: Some frontline workers will have their visas automatically extended if their leave expires between

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COVID-19 Update: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

On Monday 4th May 2020, HM Revenue & Customs updated its guidance on the launch of a new scheme: The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). This scheme has been launched by the UK government in a bid to aid individuals who are either self-employed or members of a partnership who have been negatively affected by

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COVID-19 Update: Free Visa Extensions for our NHS

On Wednesday 29th April 2020, the Home Secretary Priti Patel notified the public that visa extensions will automatically be conferred on overseas front-line health and care workers. “We are incredibly grateful to all overseas health and care workers fighting this invisible enemy” -Priti Patel. Ultimately, what this shows is the UK government’s aim to relieve

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COVID-19 Update: Travel Recommendations

On Friday 24th April 2020, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office issued updated information for British citizens engaging in international travel during the coronavirus pandemic. Ultimately, the two crucial messages to individuals travelling abroad still stand:  Individuals should return to the UK now, on condition that commercial flights are available. Do not travel overseas except when

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Statutory Pay for Employees

On Monday 27th April 2020, HM Revenue & Customs published guidance documents for employers on how to calculate employees’ statutory pay for specific employees who have recently been furloughed. The following employees will now be paid based on their usual earnings, not the furlough rate: Workers taking paid maternity leave Workers taking paid paternity leave

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Frequently Asked Questions

On Thursday 23rd April 2020, HM Revenue and Customs updated its guidance directed to both employers and employees on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. If you are an employer claiming through the CJRS or an employee on furlough, please see our FAQs if you have any queries. I am an employer: I am claiming under

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Trump’s COVID-19 Policy: Temporary Suspension of US Immigration

On Monday 20th April 2020, US President Donald Trump boldly voiced that he would sign an executive order to momentarily halt immigration to the US because of the pandemic. As of Thursday 23rd April, he has officially signed the proposed executive order to temporarily defer approval of green cards. This new policy is to be

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COVID-19 Update: Latest Guidelines for Sponsors, Migrants and Short-Term Students

April 22, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On Monday 20th April 2020, The Home Office published its most recent guidance for i) sponsors, ii) visa customers overseas and iii) visa holders and short-term residents in the UK. New Amendments: Visa Holders and Short-term Residents Visa Extensions: Individuals who already have leave in the UK and plan to remain after their leave expires,

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COVID-19 Update: UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

April 20, 2020 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

On 17th April 2020, HM Revenue & Customs updated its policy guidance on the current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This is a UK Government financial aid scheme designed to help businesses that cannot afford to maintain their workforces. Updated Information: Furlough period limit: Furloughed employees must be on furlough for a minimum duration of

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COVID-19 Creates the First Ever Virtual Commercial Court Trial

Because of the detrimental effects of the coronavirus pandemic on all aspects of daily life, individuals and the UK justice system are suffering. This through major delays in court proceedings and the face-to-face delivery of legal advice due to travel restrictions and social distancing measures. On 19th March 2020, it was ruled that the trial

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COVID-19 Update: Latest Changes for Those Affected by Travel Restrictions

As of 15th April 2020, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) broadcasted its recently updated guidance to individuals affected by travel restrictions because of COVID-19. Crucial changes to note are the following: – Applicants completing an application will not incur any negative effects to their immigration statuses if they cannot attend their respective appointments. This

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What the Post-Brexit Immigration System means for Employers

From 1st January 2021, the new points-based immigration system will be given immediate effect to in the UK. For employers, this specifically means that employers will have to obtain a sponsor licence before they begin to hire nationals from the European Economic Area (EEA). This is in addition to the current requirement to hold a

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COVID-19 Update: Immigration Frequently Asked Questions

April 14, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Because of COVID-19, there is now a lot of uncertainty for individuals and industries worldwide.  Please see our FAQs if you are a worker, student or sponsor and any of the following scenarios or queries apply to you: I am a visa holder or short-term resident in the UK: My visa is due to expire

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COVID-19 Update: General Guidance

April 6, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On Thursday 2nd April 2020, the Home Office updated its guidance addressed to the following persons affected by travel restrictions because of COVID-19: – If you are a visa holder and a short-term resident in the UK: Visa Extensions: If you are in the UK legally but your visa is due or has expired and

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