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Travel permits for Saudi workers

From Tuesday 15th September 2020, the Saudi government executed further relaxation to the travel restrictions imposed on the borders of Saudi Arabia because of the pandemic. Both Saudi and Non-Saudi workers who have residence permits or permanent residency can now travel in and out of the UAE. To do this, they must request for an

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COVID-19 Update: Israel

Due to a rapid rise in cases of COVID-19, the Israeli government took the executive decision to go into full lockdown until 11th October 2020. This has forced everything to a close, except for the provision of essential services, and has imposed restrictions on the movement of civilians to 1000 metres from their homes. For

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Will the UK’s Shortage Occupation List be extended?

Ahead of the new points-based immigration system in January 2021, The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recently been appointed the task of reviewing the Shortage Occupation List (SOLs) for the UK including Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The MAC is an independent advisory committee in charge of advising the UK government specifically on migration matters.

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Sponsor Licence and Tier 2 Changes in 2021

On 24th September 2020, UK Visas, and Immigration (UKVI) released policy guidance for employers seeking to recruit workers from overseas after Brexit. As of 1st January 2021, employers must obtain a sponsor licence to hire workers from a large number of countries outside of the UK including the EU. Employers are therefore advised to apply

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) nears the end on 1st November 2020, the UK government has formulated a new strategy to protect jobs and support businesses whilst we remain in a COVID-19 climate. The CJRS, commonly known as the ‘furlough’ scheme, was implemented back in March 2020 with the aim of protecting employment

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COVID 19 Update: Temporary concessions

On 16th September 2020, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) renewed its policy guidance for individuals who are either in the process of applying for a visa or have already done so. VAC closures For those who are currently applying for their visa but their local Visa Application Centre (VAC) remains shut, there is an interim

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Saudi Arabia kickstarts normal travel

September 17, 2020 | COVID-19, Immigration, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

In Saudi Arabia, the government’s grand plan for travel is for it to return to a complete normality, i.e without any limitations from 1st January 2021. As a means of kickstarting this programme of resuming unrestricted travel to and from Saudi Arabia, the travel restrictions related to the pandemic on arrivals and departures have been

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COVID-19: Australian Update

September 16, 2020 | COVID-19, Immigration, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

Only now in this COVID-19 climate, many countries worldwide have implemented travel restrictions on their borders as a means of reducing the rate of imported infection. With the number of coronavirus cases fluctuating between various countries, international governments have taken different decisions on whether to ease or tighten further the entry restrictions on their borders.

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Israel sees another lockdown

September 15, 2020 | COVID-19, Immigration, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

As a result of a spike in COVID-19 cases in Israel, the Israeli government has scheduled the enforcement of a second national lockdown. Israel is the first country in the world to impose another lockdown that will affect the country entirely.  The new lockdown provisions will be enforced from 18th September 2020 at 14:00 PM

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COVID-19 Update: Individuals affected by the pandemic

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have made new amendments to the current set of guidance for individuals negatively affected by the travel restrictions imposed because of the pandemic. These changes are for the purposes of providing clarification to individuals who have visas due to expire after 31st August 2020. It is important for individuals

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New era of immigration changes in Singapore

On 27th August 2020, The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) enlisted a batch of notable new changes for Employment Pass and S Pass applicants. This encompasses a tremendous increment in both the minimum qualifying salary conditions for Employment Passes and S passes and the salary requirement for Employment Pass holders working specifically in the financial services

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Dubai embraces retirees

September 3, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

For individuals who are thinking about taking the step towards retirement or have done so already but are looking for a lifestyle change, they may want to look at the new ‘retirement visa’ introduced by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government which has been announced very recently. The new visa provides a more accessible avenue

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UK immigration options from January 2021

As of January 2021, the Brexit transition period will come to an end and the UK will have officially left the European Union (EU). For EEA (European Economic Area) nationals and their employers, this begs the question of how business travellers and citizens from EEA countries can continue to enter and work in the UK

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Global Talent Visa

On 20th February 2020, The Home Office replaced the latter immigration category, Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa, with the current Global Talent visa. This visa has been designed to target individuals who have much talent, brightness and high aptitude, work in specified industries and seek to work in the UK. Eligibility Before starting an application

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COVID-19 Update: Guidance for visa applicants in limited circumstances

Between 14th and 24th August, UK Visas, and Immigration (UKVI) have decided to make temporary concessions for new visa applicants and current visa customers to facilitate travel and immigration in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Additional guidance is now available for those wishing to apply for a visa but their Visa Application Centre

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