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Which countries are restricting UK visitors?

December 21, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel

As a result of the new Omicron variant, countries are closing their borders to UK travellers. As the wave of Omicron hits the UK, it is likely that more countries will follow in restricting travel from the UK. Anyone travelling over the Christmas period should check travel rules and restrictions before doing so. France On

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What is the difference between a new entrant and an experienced skilled worker?

December 15, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, News, UK Government

When a person applies for a Skilled Worker visa, they will be applying as either what is called a “new entrant” or an “experienced” worker.  What is a new entrant? According to Home Office guidance: a “‘new entrant’ means a new entrant to the labour market, in other words, someone who is near the start

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What is the “right to disconnect” law and how does it affect remote workers?

A “right to disconnect” refers to allowing employees to detach and disconnect from work outside of their contracted work hours. This is particularly effective for remote workers who potentially struggle to switch off as the physical distance between work and home is in most cases non-existent. Subsequently, this can lead to burnout and many employees

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Ireland makes allowances for residency visas

December 15, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

The Irish government has made holiday travel allowances for those who hold an Irish Residence Permit (IRP). Those permit holders who had valid permits from 20th March 2020 will automatically have their card extended until 15th January 2022, to allow them the ability to legally exit and re-enter Ireland during the holiday season.  It must

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Mexico removes visa exemption for Brazil citizens

December 8, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

From 11th December 2021, a temporary decree will be put in place meaning that Brazil nationals will require a visa to enter Mexico for tourism and business. Prior to this decree, Brazil citizens were able to enter Mexico without having to apply for a visa.  Mexican visitor visas allow tourists to stay up to 180

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Australia delays reopening of borders

December 8, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

As a result of the new Omicron variant, Australia has delayed the reopening of its borders to students, refugee visa holders and foreign workers including working holiday visa holders. Australia has said that it is delaying opening its borders so that it has time to gain a better understanding of the variant including the symptoms

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What are the current rules since the new variant?

December 8, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel, UK Government

The new Omicron coronavirus variant was originally detected in South Africa and is now spreading rapidly around the world. As such, many countries have implemented rules to respond to the spread. The UK track and trace system will notify people of contact with suspected Omicron cases and will be required to self-isolate for 10 days

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What are the UAE Golden visas?

December 1, 2021 | Business, Immigration, News, Travel

The UAE introduced long-term residence visas called “Golden Visas”enabling visa holders to live, work and study in the UAE without being sponsored. The Golden Visas are issued for 5 or 10 years.  5-year visa In order to be eligible for the 5-year visa, applicants must meet the following requirements: Investors:  Invest in property of no

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What are the current requirements for international travel destinations?

November 30, 2021 | COVID-19, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

Different countries around the world are adopting different approaches when it comes to UK visitors and travel restrictions. Since the announcement of the new variant “Omicron” last minute travel restrictions have been put in place. The World Health Organisation has said that the new variant is concerning. As a result, the UK has placed South

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What are the rules for UK nationals who moved to the EU before 1st January 2021?

November 25, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

The UK left the EU on 31st January 2020 and the transition period ended on 31st December 2020. The “Withdrawal Agreement” set the terms of the UK’s departure in order to provide a smooth transition for people, businesses and organisations across the UK. Who is protected by the withdrawal agreement? UK nationals who moved to

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Can I work remotely in the EU without a work permit?

November 25, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, News, Travel

Since Brexit, UK nationals now have to apply for work permits if they want to live and work in an EU country. If you are a remote worker, meaning you earn your own income and can travel and work from any location, you may not be eligible for a work permit, but you are also

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Dubai introduces 5-year visa for global company employees

Employees of international companies based in Dubai can benefit from the newly introduced 5-year multi-entry visa allowing them to attend training, conferences, events and other business activities. This visa allows workers to visit the UAE for up to 90 days with the option of extending for another 90 days.   This new visa is said to

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When will the Youth Mobility scheme open to Indian nationals?

November 24, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

On 1st January 2022 the Youth Mobility scheme will open to Indian nationals. This comes in response to many UK employers struggling to recruit and with many EU nationals now requiring a visa to work in the UK. This is a good opportunity for eligible Indian nationals as it allows them to work in the

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Temporary Seasonal Worker visa requirements

November 17, 2021 | Business, Employment, Immigration, News

A seasonal worker visa is a temporary visa for those who need to do specific jobs in the UK. This includes those who work in “edible horticulture” picking fruit or vegetables, pork butchery, poultry work and HGV drivers.  Deadlines for applying for seasonal worker visas: Poultry workers– You must have applied for the seasonal worker

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Austria faces first lockdown for unvaccinated people

November 17, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel

It has been reported that record infections have spread across Austria. The top of Austria which borders Germany and Czech Republic is said to have the country’s highest level of Covid cases and the least people vaccinated. As such, Austria is heading towards a lockdown for unvaccinated residents.  Currently, unvaccinated people are already banned from

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