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UK Immigration Update – August 2017

It was widely reported in the mainstream media (17th August 2017) that UK government sources have confirmed an intention to allow EEA nationals to continue to visit the UK without the need for visas following Brexit. The same sources however underscore that those EEA nationals seeking to work, study or settle in the UK from…

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Global Immigration Update – August 2017

France – Tech Visa for Start-ups Start-up founders, employees and investors are now able to use a simplified, fast-track Tech Visa process. Under this route, tech talent can obtain a renewable “Passport Talent” residence permit for four years for themselves and their immediate family without requiring a separate work permit. The application can be made…

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UK Immigration Update – Brexit

Last week the Home Office commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) to undertake a study to assist with drawing up the Government’s immigration policy post-Brexit. The MAC has been tasked specifically to take an industry-focused approach and to consider how EU migrants effect different sectors across the UK, and to assess what the benefits and…

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India Immigration Update

Expatriates and foreign nationals working in India may have to obtain an Aadhaar number by 31 July 2017, despite certain relaxations from the government Aadhaar is a unique identification number in India that is obtained by individuals. The government is increasingly using Aadhaar to track the economic activity of individuals and promoting its socio-economic welfare…

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Global Immigration Update – Europe

EUROPE Sweden – Processing Delays There are current delays in processing of work and residence permit renewal applications submitted in Sweden. The Swedish Migration Agency is currently prioritising new work and residence permit applications, causing processing times for renewals to take four to six months. Denmark – Processing Delays There are processing delays for Pay…

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UK Immigration Update – 2017/2018 Home Office Fees Announced

Following legislation laid in Parliament today, changes to Immigration, Visa and Nationality fees are set to come into effect on 6 April 2017. Ferguson Snell identify the significant changes to be: Fees for visitors, full-time students and workers, which will be restricted to a 2% increase in line with the government’s inflation target; Application fees…

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UK Immigration Rules changes for April 2017 – a detailed summary

Following the Statement of Changes announced by the Home Office on 16 March 2017, we have prepared a detailed summary of those changes as outlined below (brief overview can be found here). The majority of changes will take effect from 6 April 2017. Tier 2 General Annual updates are made to the appropriate salary rates…

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Immigration Update – Article 50 triggered

And we’re off: Article 50 triggered          Today, Theresa May’s formal letter triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty was handed to the European Council and its president, Donald Tusk. The two year process of negotiation between the UK and its counterparts has now commenced, with a view to securing a deal to govern the UK’s…

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UK Immigration Update – Statement of changes

New Statement of Changes to the UK Immigration Rules The Home Office has laid before Parliament the latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, ushering in the additional alterations and refinements arising from the Migration Advisory Committee’s 2016 recommendations on numerous areas of the Rules. Below is a summary of the headline changes.  …

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Global Country Overview

The Republic of Ireland  Introduction Ireland has been a member of the European Union (EU) since 1973 and in recent years, attracted a large number of international organisations investing into Ireland and to set up Headquarters or hubs in Ireland. In 2015, the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) recorded a growth of 7.8% in the Irish…

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US Immigration Update

US Immigration Update: Temporary Block to new Executive Order   “Travel Ban” Executive Order Blocked by Hawaii Judge On 15th March 2017, hours before the new Executive Order was due to take effect, US District Judge Derrick Watson issued a temporary restraining order preventing the implementation of Executive Order 13780 nationwide. The revised Executive Order…

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US Immigration Update – New Executive Order

REMINDER: United States – New Executive Order (13780) takes effect 16 March 2017 The revised Executive Order regarding travel to the U.S., signed by President Trump on Monday, 06 March 2017, will take effect from 12:01 EDT on Thursday, 16 March 2017. The new Order, has broadly similar aims to its predecessor, and will impose…

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US Immigration Update – Site Inspections

Potential Increase in USCIS Site Inspections Since July 2009, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has conducted compliance reviews through the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program. Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) officers make unannounced visits to verify whether petitioners and beneficiaries are following the applicable immigration laws and regulations primarily for…

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UK Immigration Update

Brexit: UK-EU movement of people In the last week, two reports published within days of each other by the European Union Committee of the House of Lords (“Brexit: UK-EU movement of people”) and the House of Commons Exiting the European Union Committee (“The Government’s negotiating objectives: the rights of UK and EU citizens”), assess the…

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US Immigration Update – 07 March 2017

United States – Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States (13780) On Monday, 06 March 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order (EO) officially revoking the previous Executive Order on Immigration (No. 13769), implementation of which was halted following court orders applying across the U.S. The new Order,…