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January 14, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel

We are now living in a world that is so connected, it is easy to communicate with someone on the other side of the globe and movement between countries is the norm. With COVID, many of us are working from home. 2020 has taught us that, providing you have an internet connection and a laptop,

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The UK faces a third lockdown

After a brief relaxation of the rules over the Christmas period and many areas across the UK moving into Tier 4, the UK faces yet another national lockdown as the struggle with COVID-19 continues into 2021.  Unlike the last lockdown in November 2020, schools, colleges and universities will be closed, with exams said to be

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Brexit new rules: What to do if you’re an EU citizen working in the UK?

January 5, 2021 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The UK voted to leave the EU in 2016, since then there have been endless debates and negotiations back and forth. After a turbulent time, the UK and European Union agreed a deal which came into place on 31st December 2020. From 1st January 2021 new rules came into play for everyone, including EU nationals

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Reduced quarantine duration upon arrival in the UK

Travellers returning to the UK from the Canary Islands must now self-isolate as of Saturday 12th December because of growing infection rates. This means that many Britons are trying to get a flight home as soon as possible, so they do not have to isolate themselves over Christmas. In addition, it has been recently announced

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UKVI Service update

December 11, 2020 | Immigration, News, UK Government

As of 1st December 2020, UK Visas, and Immigration (UKVI) are implementing changes to the services it provides to visa applicants and customers. These changes have been introduced to simplify processes and carry out its procedures more easily and efficiently. The changes that are going to be carried out from December onwards are the following:

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The UK’s new immigration system: what does this mean for EU citizens?

December 11, 2020 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

As of 1st December 2020, the UK’s new points-based immigration system went live. This means that all new visa routes under the new system are open for applications for non-EU nationals. This includes an extension for receiving applications from EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens for these visa routes, including the Skilled Worker route, so they

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Calling all foreign investors to UAE

The latest reform in the UAE for overseas business investors is that they will be legally permitted to take 100% ownership of business from 1st December 2020. This new piece of legislation is now known as the Foreign Direct Investment Law and will replace the existing Commercial Companies Law (CCL) No 2 of 2015. Under

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Danish employment update: compulsory COVID-19 testing

December 11, 2020 | COVID-19, Employment, Latest Thinking, News

In Denmark, the Danish government has only just recently passed legislation on Thursday 19th November that will permit compulsory mass coronavirus testing for company employees. Companies will be allowed to enforce mandatory coronavirus testing on their employees, including employees being obliged to disclose their test results to their employers. This new law is scheduled to

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UK’s new Temporary Seasonal Worker visa

On 1st December 2020, the Home Office officially introduced a new visa category: Temporary Worker- Seasonal Worker visa, also known as a Tier 5 visa. Due to the fact that most of the UK’s horticulture and agriculture industry largely consists of a foreign labour force, this is a means of combatting seasonal worker shortages whilst

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New Tier 2 Immigration System goes live tomorrow

Transitional arrangements The new points-based system goes live on 1 December 2020, in preparation of this the UK Home Office has announced transitional arrangementsfor assigning Tier 2 General and ICT certificates of sponsorship. Majority of employers will be affected by this; we have outlined below the arrangements which have been put in place. Tier 2

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Social Media’s tyranny on your Freedom of Speech

On Tuesday 17th November 2020, tech giant Facebook was disgraced by Senator Josh Hawley during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook employees have been, technically speaking, found guilty of invading the privacy of its users and even those who do not have Facebook. Secondly, the extent of communication on the issue

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Calling all Sponsor Licence holders

Under the new points-based immigration system, UK companies must obtain a sponsor licence to recruit migrant workers from overseas to come and work for them in the UK from January 2021. From 27November 2020, the Home Office has scheduled a list of changes that will affect a company’s sponsor licence. Although most of these changes

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Priority sponsor licence service- at what cost?

On 12th November 2020, a priority service version of the Sponsor Licence Scheme was introduced for companies wishing to recruit migrant worker from overseas. Obtaining a sponsor licence from the Home Office is now a mandatory requirement for businesses to hire workers abroad to come and work here in the UK. This revised scheme will

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UK Visas update

Whilst we are still locked down in the name of a global pandemic, it is important that visa applicants remain updated with the latest changes/updates to all aspects surrounding visa applications. These updates were released on 13th November 2020. UKVCAS points and Service Points Whilst the UK is in a national lockdown, certain essential services

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Hong Kong and Singapore overcome travel restrictions

According to the aviation authorities in Singapore, the ‘Air Travel Bubble’ (ATB) will be introduced from 22nd November 2020.  The ATB is a concept co-created by Hong Kong and Singapore which will permit residents in these Asian countries to travel from Singapore to Hong Kong and vice versa. This type of travel will not subject

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