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Tier 1 Entrepreneur: Under the Covid-19 concession those whose businesses were impacted by the pandemic were able to extend their leave under this route if they were able to create the equivalent of 2 full time jobs for settled workers. They do not have to show that the jobs had existed for a minimum of

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Relaxation of immigration rules in Vietnam

September 29, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

The Vietnamese government have issued a new resolution to relax certain immigration rules for individuals who fill skills gaps in order to build back the economy after Covid. Many other countries have initiated the same strategy. In Vietnam, concessions are being made for experts, specialists and technicians. How are the rules being relaxed? Proof of

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UK 2021 statement of changes explained

September 28, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

The UK has amended the immigration rules in the new 2021 statement of changes. The following is a brief rundown of the notable changes that affect immigration.   Launch of the international sportsperson route The new international sportsperson route is to replace the Tier 2 and Tier 5 temporary worker routes. The Home Office state that

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Rights of UK nationals visiting the EU

September 22, 2021 | News, Travel

Since the UK left the EU, the rules have changed for UK nationals visiting any country within the EU.  Now, when visiting an EU country, UK visitors may have to show their return or onward ticket along with proving they have enough money for the trip.  Tourists can stay in an EU country for 90

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What is the new England “winter plan”?

The “Covid-19 Response: Autumn and Winter” plan has been laid out by Parliament. Since the restrictions were lifted in July in England, the government has had to come up with a plan for the winter months to ensure that Covid cases do not overwhelm the NHS. The government have always emphasised that vaccines will help

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New rules for Australia to prioritise Skilled Visa applications

September 21, 2021 | Immigration, News

The Australian government has come up with a plan to process visa applications. Under the new rules, Temporary Skill Shortage visas and other skilled visas for Hong Kong nationals will be processed as a priority.  This has been decided as Australia aims to recover the economy after being impacted by the pandemic. Top priority applicants

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US Green card requirements for permanent residence

September 16, 2021 | Immigration, News, US Immigration

According to a new Centres for Disease and Control (CDC) prevention order, From 1st October 2021, Green card holders in the US will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid to be able to obtain permanent residence.  As part of the eligibility criteria for permanent residence in the US, a medical test is required.  The

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Is it the end of the UK travel traffic light system?

September 15, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel

Throughout 2020 and now 2021, travellers have been pulled from pillar to post with changing travel rules and restrictions, resulting in booking and cancelling flights at short notice. The UK government has proposed changes to the current travel traffic light system which are due to be announced in the coming weeks.  What are the current

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How to prove a “genuine vacancy” for the Skilled Worker visa

September 14, 2021 | Business, Employment, Immigration, News

When employers are looking to recruit skilled migrant workers, the resident labour market test is no longer applicable. The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. It allows people from outside of the UK to obtain work with an approved employer in an eligible job in the UK. For those employers

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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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