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Portugal changes travel rules for UK tourists

September 9, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel

Travellers from the UK visiting Portugal will no longer be required to be fully vaccinated to avoid quarantine on arrival to Portugal. For UK tourists, a negative PCR test will be sufficient. The PCR test must be taken up to 72 hours before departure. These new rules will be in place from 16th September 2021. 

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UK right to work measures extended

September 7, 2021 | Business, Employment, Immigration, News

A further right to work check extension has been put in place by the UK government. Since the pandemic, the way in which right to work checks have been completed have temporarily changed. Physical documents are not required and documents can be checked digitally. Originally, right to work checks would require that employers be in

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UAE announce new “Green visa”

September 6, 2021 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On 5th September the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced the introduction of a new “Green visa” to allow foreign workers the right to work in the UAE without sponsorship from an employer. This announcement comes as the UAE try to boost the growth of the economy after the pandemic hit the country hard through a

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Planned changes to data protection post-Brexit

September 2, 2021 | Business, Latest Thinking, News

A new Information Commissioner John Edwards has been appointed the role of head of the data regulator the ICO. It is said that his role will be more balanced between protecting rights and promoting innovation and economic growth, which fits in line with the government’s innovation strategy plan for the future of the UK. It

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Fast track Global Talent visa

September 1, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

From May 2021, the UK government opened a fast track route for prestigious award winners. Those who have won prizes such as Nobel Prizes, the Turing Award, Oscars and Golden Globes are able to benefit from the changes to the Global Talent visa. The fast track visa is a replacement of the old Tier 1

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Amended worker rights for Uber drivers

August 31, 2021 | Employment, News

In May 2021 a landmark court ruling concluded that Uber drivers should be classed as workers and therefore entitled to worker rights. This has meant that taxi drivers working for Uber are allowed a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay and pensions.  In February, Uber lost a 5-year legal battle for the right claiming that their

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Global citizenship and residence programmes

August 26, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

There are plenty of opportunities across the world to reside and gain citizenship. Many of these opportunities are aimed at those who can invest and provide value to countries.  At Hudson McKenzie, we assist applicants in applying for residence and citizenship programmes across the world including, but not limited to the following: Quebec immigrant investor

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What are the 4 pillars of the UK innovation strategy?

August 25, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

Within the UK innovation strategy, it is detailed that since the UK has left the EU, it can now quickly respond to challenges, create high-value new jobs and trading opportunities.  The following pillars have been formed to guide the innovation strategy: Pillar 1: Unleashing Business – We will fuel businesses who want to innovate. Pillar

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Costa Rica introduces new remote worker visa

August 25, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, News

The Costa Rican government has confirmed the approval of a new remote worker visa named the Short-term visa for remote workers or service providers.  The visa is accessible to those who provide services to people or entities outside of Costa Rica who wish to work remotely whilst staying in Costa Rica. In order to be

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What are the challenges post-Brexit?

August 19, 2021 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

As a result of Brexit, many employers and EU and EEA nationals have had to adjust to new rules and changes to immigration requirements.  As such, the main challenges are getting our heads around the changing of the rules and keeping compliant. Since 30th June 2021 new requirements came into action for EEA and EU

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The UK and India immigration agreement- what is it?

August 18, 2021 | Immigration, India Practice, News

A “Memorandum of understanding on the migration and mobility partnership between India and the United Kingdom’’ was produced in May 2021 to promote cooperation and attract talent.  What is the Memorandum of understanding? There are two main parts to the agreement between India and the UK including a young professionals scheme and a plan for

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New Global Business Mobility visa route

August 17, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, News

The new Global Business Mobility visa route has been referred to in the policy paper published by the UK government. It is designed to make the transfer of employees to a UK branch easier for professionals.  This begs the question, what is the difference between this new Business Mobility visa and the Intra-Company Transfer visa? 

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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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