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COVID-19 Update: International Consular Openings

As we begin to see the spread of the coronavirus diminishing, countries are seeking to gradually ease travel to give visa customers, passengers and the travel and aviation industry a chance of succour. As a steppingstone towards fully opening international borders, multiple nations have scheduled to implement procedures permitting international travel from June onwards, albeit

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COVID-19 Update: Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On Friday 29th May 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a brand-new set of amendments to the existing Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). These amendments are built on from Sunak’s previous announcement on Tuesday 12th May that the scheme would be extended to October 2020, albeit initially it was only meant to last until July

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Visa Application Centres to re-open

On Thursday 28th May 2020, the Home Office proclaimed updated guidance for sponsors, visa customers and holders inside and out of the UK and short-term residents in the UK. The UK Government website now confirms that Visa Application Centres (VACs) will resume operations and re-open as of 1st June 2020, alongside some UK Visa and

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COVID-19 Update: Statutory Sick Pay Scheme

May 27, 2020 | COVID-19, Employment, News

On Tuesday 26th May 2020, HM Treasury officially opened its gateway for the arrival of applications from small businesses and employers in the UK who have paid statutory sick pay to staff who have taken sick leave for reasons associated with COVID-19. The scheme has been established for the purposes of assisting employers and small

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COVID-19 Update: Health Measures and Visa Extensions

On Friday 22nd May 2020, The Home Office imparted new guidance on the future health measures at the UK border which are due to take effect from 8th June 2020. This guidance also contains supplementary information about visa extensions for migrants in the UK. New Amendments- Entering the UK: Passengers must provide travel and contact

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COVID-19 Update for NHS Overseas Workers

Over the last two days, The Home Office and Department of Health asserted two significant announcements directed to the loved ones of health and social care workers who have died because of COVID-19 and migrant workers in the NHS. On Wednesday 20th May 2020, an extension to the NHS Bereavement Scheme was granted. The scheme

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Immigration Update: The Migration Advisory Committee Call for Evidence

In March 2020, the UK government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to generate a brand-new Shortage Occupation List (SOL) in anticipation of the launch of the new immigration system. The newly discovered points-based immigration system is scheduled to take effect in the UK from 1st January 2021. The new immigration system will take prime

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COVID-19 Travel Restrictions: French Exemption from UK Quarantine

May 20, 2020 | COVID-19, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

As a detrimental consequence of COVID-19, countries across the globe have decided to close off their borders. This is to limit individuals from overseas to enter these respective countries, with the main object of exercise being to reduce the rate of ‘imported infection’. As death tolls fall in certain countries, this factor has ultimately paved

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A Second Review of The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill

The Immigration Bill 2020 is the latest primary legislation associated with UK immigration and will be effective at the end of the Brexit transition period, 31st December 2020. Its significance is that it will create a designated route for the implementation of a revitalised immigration system in the UK; a points-based system. This system will

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COVID-19 Update: Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On Tuesday 12th May 2020, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, broadcasted to the nation that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended. The scheme is continuously monitored and was due to cease operating in June 2020. Now, the scheme will operate for another four months until October 2020. Changes will be

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COVID-19 Update: Additional Advice for Entering and Staying in the UK

On Friday 1st May 2020, the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) renewed its current guidance for temporary residents in the UK and individuals who would like to apply for a visa. Amendments: If you are an NHS worker: Some frontline workers will have their visas automatically extended if their leave expires between

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COVID-19 Update: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

On Monday 4th May 2020, HM Revenue & Customs updated its guidance on the launch of a new scheme: The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). This scheme has been launched by the UK government in a bid to aid individuals who are either self-employed or members of a partnership who have been negatively affected by

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COVID-19 Update: Free Visa Extensions for our NHS

On Wednesday 29th April 2020, the Home Secretary Priti Patel notified the public that visa extensions will automatically be conferred on overseas front-line health and care workers. “We are incredibly grateful to all overseas health and care workers fighting this invisible enemy” -Priti Patel. Ultimately, what this shows is the UK government’s aim to relieve

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COVID-19 Update: Travel Recommendations

On Friday 24th April 2020, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office issued updated information for British citizens engaging in international travel during the coronavirus pandemic. Ultimately, the two crucial messages to individuals travelling abroad still stand:  Individuals should return to the UK now, on condition that commercial flights are available. Do not travel overseas except when

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Statutory Pay for Employees

On Monday 27th April 2020, HM Revenue & Customs published guidance documents for employers on how to calculate employees’ statutory pay for specific employees who have recently been furloughed. The following employees will now be paid based on their usual earnings, not the furlough rate: Workers taking paid maternity leave Workers taking paid paternity leave

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