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Long-term visas automatically extended in South Korea

August 12, 2021 | Immigration, News

The South Korean government has confirmed that any Alien Registration Cards (ARCs) which expire between 19th July 2021 and 30th September 2021 will be extended due to the pandemic.  ARCs will be automatically extended for 90 days however this does not apply to those who are not physically inside South Korea on or after the

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New “Golden Visa Programme” for the UAE

August 11, 2021 | Immigration, News

The UAE has announced a new visa route called the Golden Visa Programme. The route is designed to attract coders and software engineers and people with backgrounds in computer science. This can include people who have relevant qualifications and professional experts who have been successful working with international tech firms.  In the past, Golden Visas

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New immigration routes for the UK

August 10, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

The UK has announced two new immigration routes, the High-Potential Individual route and the Scale-up route which are being introduced to encourage global talent. High-Potential Individual route This route aims to allow overseas nationals to come to the UK without a job offer and without being sponsored by an organisation if they can prove high

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How do EEA nationals prove their right to rent in the UK?

August 5, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

Since 1st July 2021, the way that EEA, EU and Swiss nationals prove their right to rent has changed. Landlords can face a civil penalty if they rent out their property without carrying out the correct right to rent checks.  EEA, EU or Swiss nationals can prove their right to rent in the UK by

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UK furlough scheme to be wound down

August 3, 2021 | Employment, News

The furlough scheme is coming to an end on 30th September 2021.  The UK government first announced the furlough scheme during the first lockdown in March 2020. This allowed employers to continue paying employees although they could not work due to the pandemic. The scheme pays 80% of employees’ wages for time they cannot work.

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Quarantine rules change for US and EU travellers

August 3, 2021 | News, Travel

As of 2nd August 2021, those who are fully vaccinated in the EU or US will not be required to quarantine on arrival in the UK. Instead, travellers will need to take a PRC test before departure as well as on the second day of arriving in the country. In order to avoid having to

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What is the latest on Visa Application Centres?

July 28, 2021 | Immigration, News

Due to the pandemic, some of the Visa Application Centres (VACs) around the world have been closed due to local restrictions. The UK government advise to go on the TLS website (for Europe and Africa and part of middle east) or the VFS global website (for other countries) which allows you to get information about

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What are the international travel rules from amber list countries?

July 27, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel, UK Government

Since Monday 19th July the Covid restrictions have been lifted in the UK. As a result, the government is no longer recommending against travel to amber list countries. The amber list rules only apply to people who are fully vaccinated under a UK vaccination programme. Being fully vaccinated means that you must have had your

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Changes to the Biometrics enrolment process

July 27, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

The UK government is phasing out the post office biometrics services. As a result, as of 31st July 2021 visa applicants will no longer be asked to provide their biometrics at the post office. Instead, the UK government has set up 7 Service Support Centres (SSCs) where applicants will be directed to provide biometrics or

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How will Covid change global immigration?

It is clear that the pandemic has reshaped the way that people live including the way people travel. With many countries in and out of lockdowns and restrictions changing from month to month, a lot of people are taking “staycations” or holidays closer to home. In some countries such as China, quarantine rules for visitors

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How to conduct a right to work check on an EEA national?

July 21, 2021 | Business, Employment, Immigration, News

A right to work check should be conducted before an individual starts working with you. This is because you need to be satisfied that the individual has a legal right to work in the UK.  On 1st January 2021 new rules came into force for EU nationals residing and working in the UK. EU, EEA

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Current rules on business travel to China

July 20, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel

In March 2020 China suspended entry for foreigners; however, now, business travel to China is slowly increasing.  The current requirements for the business travel visa (M visa) are that you must either have: an “invitation letter” (known as a PU letter) or  have a valid APEC business travel card to be able to apply for

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Sydney Australia enters lockdown

June 30, 2021 | News, Travel

Australia has managed the virus cautiously after keeping cases low consistently. Subsequently, locals have been able to experience few restrictions. Since March 2020 Australia has enforced strict quarantine and border rules to try to suppress the virus.   However, Australia has had to impose a 2 week lockdown on Sydney, this is the first lockdown

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New destinations added to the UK green list

June 29, 2021 | News, Travel

The guidance for international travel from the UK is changing constantly. The UK government moves countries between the amber, red and green lists and outlines countries which are safe to travel to and therefore on the “green list.”   Which destinations are now on the green list?   As of 30th June 2021, a number

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Further extension for right to work checks

June 25, 2021 | Employment, News, UK Government

In a previous post, we explained that the UK government had announced that as of 21st June 2021, right to work checks can no longer be made by checking digital documents or scanned copies of documents online.    However, since the UK government has delayed the Covid easing of restrictions, the Covid adjusted temporary right

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