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New Entry-Exit Laws in China Target Illegal Foreigners

September 13, 2013 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

New rules brought into force recently mean that foreigners and businesses should be particularly careful when visiting, living in, working in and running a business in China to ensure complete compliance with China immigration laws. The “Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China” and the “Exit and Entry Administration Regulations of

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Favourable changes to UK Immigration Rules for Businesses, Foreign Employees and Tourists

September 11, 2013 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On the 6th of September 2013, Mark Harper, the Minister of State for Immigration, announced a number of changes to the UK immigration rules coming into force in October 2013. These changes will be positive for businesses, employees and tourists alike. Relevant rule changes for business and employees include: Removal of the English language requirement

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A number of changes to the UK Immigration Rules have been laid down today in Parliament in a written ministerial statement.

September 6, 2013 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

A number of changes to the UK Immigration Rules have been laid down today in Parliament in a written ministerial statement.

Priority service launches in New Zealand for UK settlement applications

September 5, 2013 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

From 12 August 2013, Applicants in New Zealand have an option of using a fast track priority visa service when applying for a settlement visa to the UK. The UK Border Agency aims to process all settlement priority visa applications within 10 working days of when they arrive at the hub visa processing centre in

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Hudson McKenzie shortlisted for Immigration Provider of the Year Award

September 3, 2013 | Latest Thinking, News

We are very proud to announce that Hudson McKenzie has been shortlisted for the Immigration Provider of the Year Award at the Forum for Expatriate Management European EMMA awards.  The EMMAs reward companies at the forefront of the global mobility industry. These awards are independently judged by some of the most highly esteemed professionals in

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Hudson McKenzie launches new website and expands to offer other legal services

Hudson McKenzie is proud to announce the launch of its new website on 23 August 2013. This launch comes in conjunction with the firm adding other legal services. The firm has added to its legal capabilities in a move to embrace the changing legal landscape, providing its clients a more complete legal service, thereby positioning

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Launch of Passport Return Service

July 22, 2013 | News

In response to feedback from UK businesses, the Home Office has today announced that they are piloting a ‘passport return service’ for Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer (ICT) applicants in the UK. The Home Office has advised that Tier 2 (ICT) applicants will receive their passports back within 7-10 days before a decision has been

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Croatia joins European Union (EU)

July 12, 2013 | News

On 1 July 2013, Croatia became a member of the European Union (EU). Croatian nationals are now therefore able to move and live freely in any Member State of the EU as they do not need permission under the UK immigration rules to reside legally in the UK. A Croatian national has a right of

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Calling all ‘Business Travellers’- Are you compliant with Immigration Laws?

June 28, 2013 | News

It is vital to the global business community that multinational companies are able to send their employees around the world to carry out trade. Sending employees to meet colleagues, clients or suppliers is beneficial, but it is also a headache when deciding which visa is required for each business trip and costly if punished for

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The European Commission vs. the UK Government – an Immigration Showdown!

June 13, 2013 | News

On the 30th of May the European Commission (EC) announced that Britain is being taken to court over an extra test it imposes on migrant benefit claimants. The EC, which represents the general interests of the EU and along with the European Court of Justice is a driving force of EU Law, announced on their

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Same day visa service launches in India

May 14, 2013 | News

The Home Office has launched a super priority, same day service for Indian customers. Promised by Prime Minister David Cameron during his recent visit to India, it is the first service of its kind to be launched anywhere in the world by the Home Office. The service will be available from 15 May 2013, and

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Join us at the London Totally Expat Show!

April 12, 2013 | News

On 20 May 2013, Hudson McKenzie are proud to be exhibiting at the highly anticipated Totally Expat Show to be held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. The Totally Expat Show has been developed for Global Mobility professionals and expatriates, to provide essential information and advice on services available to support them in

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UK attracts foreign investors with business tax cut

April 4, 2013 | News

In the latest budget, Chancellor George Osborne announced that the corporation tax rate in Britain will be cut by an additional one per cent to 20 per cent by April 2015. This is in stark contrast to the previous 28 per cent rate which stood in June 2010 when the coalition Government came to power.

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Changes to the Immigration Rules coming into effect on 6 April 2013

March 15, 2013 | News

The written ministerial statement was laid in on 14 March 2013 in the House of Commons by Theresa May and in the House of Lords by Lord Henley. As a result of this, the UK Border Agency is making the following changes as detailed below. Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) New provisions are being made to

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Arrangements for assigning Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) on the Sponsorship Management System (SMS) in March and April 201

March 5, 2013 | News

The UK Border Agency has announced that they will be updating the lists of occupations skilled to different levels to reflect the new SOC 2010 system which will replace the current codes of practice using the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2000 system. How will this affect preparing Certificates of Sponsorship? The SOC 2000 list will

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