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What do I do if I have lost my BRP?

January 5, 2022 | Immigration, News, UK Government

You must report your BRP lost or stolen within 3 months of this happening otherwise you can be fined. You will need to apply for a replacement BRP if you are inside the UK at the time of losing it and intend to stay in the UK.  If you are outside of the UK when

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What are the new 2022 UK visa routes?

The UK will be introducing some new visa routes in Spring 2022 including the Scale-up visa, the High Potential Individual route and the Global Business Mobility route.  Scale-up  The scale-up visa route is designed for those talented individuals who want to come to the UK that hold a high skilled job offer from a “scale-up.” 

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Right to work checks are changing: what does this mean for employers?

The Home Office is changing the right to work check guidance. From 6th April 2022 it will no longer be sufficient for employers to check a physical BRP, BRC or FWP as valid proof of a right to work in the UK regardless of whether the card shows a later expiry date.  Since Brexit, EEA

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Right to rent checks are changing: what does this mean for landlords?

December 23, 2021 | Business, Immigration, News, UK Government

The way in which landlords are required to conduct right to rent checks on tenants who are foreign nationals is changing as of April 2022. From 6th April 2022 it will no longer be sufficient for landlords to check a physical BRP, BRC or FWP as valid proof of a right to rent a property

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What’s the difference between the start-up visa and the innovator visa?

December 22, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, News, UK Government

The Innovator and Start-up visas are good options for entrepreneurs who want to have their own business in the UK. Generally speaking, the Innovator visa is a suitable route for those who have business experience and the Start-up visa is aimed at entrepreneurs with less business experience. A similarity between the two visa routes is

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UAE immigration updates

December 22, 2021 | Business, Employment, Immigration, News

The UAE has proposed a new penalty structure for those who do not comply with immigration laws. The sanctions are expected to include: Companies/individuals who recruit an unauthorized foreign national to work for a third party, or do not allow the recruited foreign national to work may face a fine of AED 50,000 multiplied by

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Which countries are restricting UK visitors?

December 21, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel

As a result of the new Omicron variant, countries are closing their borders to UK travellers. As the wave of Omicron hits the UK, it is likely that more countries will follow in restricting travel from the UK. Anyone travelling over the Christmas period should check travel rules and restrictions before doing so. France On

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What is the difference between a new entrant and an experienced skilled worker?

December 15, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, News, UK Government

When a person applies for a Skilled Worker visa, they will be applying as either what is called a “new entrant” or an “experienced” worker.  What is a new entrant? According to Home Office guidance: a “‘new entrant’ means a new entrant to the labour market, in other words, someone who is near the start

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What is the “right to disconnect” law and how does it affect remote workers?

A “right to disconnect” refers to allowing employees to detach and disconnect from work outside of their contracted work hours. This is particularly effective for remote workers who potentially struggle to switch off as the physical distance between work and home is in most cases non-existent. Subsequently, this can lead to burnout and many employees

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Ireland makes allowances for residency visas

December 15, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

The Irish government has made holiday travel allowances for those who hold an Irish Residence Permit (IRP). Those permit holders who had valid permits from 20th March 2020 will automatically have their card extended until 15th January 2022, to allow them the ability to legally exit and re-enter Ireland during the holiday season.  It must

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Mexico removes visa exemption for Brazil citizens

December 8, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

From 11th December 2021, a temporary decree will be put in place meaning that Brazil nationals will require a visa to enter Mexico for tourism and business. Prior to this decree, Brazil citizens were able to enter Mexico without having to apply for a visa.  Mexican visitor visas allow tourists to stay up to 180

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Australia delays reopening of borders

December 8, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

As a result of the new Omicron variant, Australia has delayed the reopening of its borders to students, refugee visa holders and foreign workers including working holiday visa holders. Australia has said that it is delaying opening its borders so that it has time to gain a better understanding of the variant including the symptoms

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What are the current rules since the new variant?

December 8, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel, UK Government

The new Omicron coronavirus variant was originally detected in South Africa and is now spreading rapidly around the world. As such, many countries have implemented rules to respond to the spread. The UK track and trace system will notify people of contact with suspected Omicron cases and will be required to self-isolate for 10 days

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What are the UAE Golden visas?

December 1, 2021 | Business, Immigration, News, Travel

The UAE introduced long-term residence visas called “Golden Visas”enabling visa holders to live, work and study in the UAE without being sponsored. The Golden Visas are issued for 5 or 10 years.  5-year visa In order to be eligible for the 5-year visa, applicants must meet the following requirements: Investors:  Invest in property of no

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What are the current requirements for international travel destinations?

November 30, 2021 | COVID-19, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

Different countries around the world are adopting different approaches when it comes to UK visitors and travel restrictions. Since the announcement of the new variant “Omicron” last minute travel restrictions have been put in place. The World Health Organisation has said that the new variant is concerning. As a result, the UK has placed South

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