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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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COVID-19 Update: Further Relaxation of Sponsorship Duties

As of 3rd April 2020, the Home Office has issued a further update for sponsors of Tier 4 students and Tier 2 and 5 employees. For the previous update and contact details, please read our publication: If you are a sponsor and any of the following scenarios apply to you, please see the latest

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COVID-19 Update: Advice for Employers on Right to Work checks

April 3, 2020 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

On 30th March 2020, the Home Office published updated guidance for employers to carry out Right to Work checks. The purpose of these updated changes is to facilitate employers by making the process of carrying out these checks much easier. Please note that these amendments are only temporary during the coronavirus pandemic. The new approach:

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Visas extended for NHS staff

April 1, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

As part of the national effort to combat coronavirus, the Home Office has announced any overseas doctors, nurses and paramedics with visas due to expire before 1 October 2020 will have them automatically extended for one year. The extension, which was announced on 31 March 2020 by the Home Secretary Priti Patel, will apply to

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COVID-19 Update: A National Effort to Fly Britons Home

March 31, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

As a result of COVID-19, this pandemic has led to detrimental effects on global travel. Multitudinous countries worldwide have gone to unprecedented lengths, such as closing their borders and imposing travel restrictions at late notice or without warning. This has consequently caused British tourists to be stranded abroad without a possible and qualified route home.

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COVID-19: Visa Extensions Granted and Advice for Visa Customers, Visa Holders and Short-Term Residents:

March 26, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On Tuesday 24th March 2020, the Home Office publicly announced visa extensions to be granted to those who cannot leave the UK for reasons such as self-isolation and travel restrictions because of COVID-19. Individuals whose visas expired after 24th January 2020 will be able to apply for such an extension until 31st May 2020. This

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Travel guidance for British citizens during COVID-19 pandemic

March 24, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On 23rd March 2020, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated the travel notices on the UK government’s website to include further guidance and certain travel restrictions imposed as a result of the current COVID-19 climate. This advice takes effect immediately. The FCO has now launched exceptional travel advisory notices for British people travelling overseas.

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COVID-19 Update: Relaxation of Sponsorship Duties

As a consequence of the global outbreak of Coronavirus, the Home Office has now relaxed some of the duties carried out by sponsors of visa applicants. The radical reason for this is because Tier 4 students and Tier 2/5 employees are likely to be inhibited from working or attending universities, for self-isolation and restricted travel

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Increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge

March 11, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) grants visa holders’ access to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. This charge is calculated based on the duration of the visa applied for and it is a paid aspect of visa applications. Visas must extend to a period beyond 6 months and it applies to family, work

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UK’s landmark Immigration Bill

March 8, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On Thursday 5th March 2020, the latest Immigration Bill was unveiled to the House of Commons. This Bill is a watershed in the history of the UK’s immigration policy and relationship with the EU, by signalling an end to free movement and taking a significant step to leave the EU for the first time in

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