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  • [Updated]: United Kingdom: Right to Work Check Guidance 2022

    [Updated]: United Kingdom: Right to Work Check Guidance 2022

    This article was originally published on 16 December 2022 and was updated on 23 February 2022, 1 February 2022 and 22 September 2022 to reflect new information.   22 September 2022 Update: The...

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  • United Kingdom: Apostille Certificates Issued Online

    United Kingdom: Apostille Certificates Issued Online

    Key Points   The government of the United Kingdom announced that documents can now be electronically apostilled   Overview   The government of the United Kingdom (UK) will now be able to receive...

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  • United Kingdom: New Guidance for Sponsorship

    United Kingdom: New Guidance for Sponsorship

    Key Points   The government of the United Kingdom released information and guidance for the registration of immigration sponsors   Overview   On 22 August 2022, the government of the United...

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  • Brexit Stage Right: Everything You Need to Know About the U.K. Leaving the EU

    Brexit Stage Right: Everything You Need to Know About the U.K. Leaving the EU

    Join Envoy and Smith Stone Walters as we discuss the impact of Brexit on a global scale. We’ll examine global immigration trends, what you need to know about Brexit changes, and how to...

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  • Going Global: U.K., Canada and Australia Immigration Changes

    Going Global: U.K., Canada and Australia Immigration Changes

    Learn about brief country-specific visa overviews for the U.K., Canada, and Australia, policy changes for these regions, and best practices for business travel and work compliance. The post Going...

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  • Austria: Post-Brexit Updates Available for U.K. Nationals

    Austria: Post-Brexit Updates Available for U.K. Nationals

    Key Points The Austrian government has issued updates for U.K nationals following the Brexit transition U.K. nationals must file an application for a new residency permit by December 31, 2021 EU...

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  • New U.K. Immigration System Update

    New U.K. Immigration System Update

    U.K. Visas and Immigration (UKVI) released further details of the new immigration system that will open January 1, 2021 when free movement ends with the European Union The details given in the...

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  • Examining The U.K.’s New Points-Based Immigration System

    Examining The U.K.’s New Points-Based Immigration System

    With Brexit now in the rearview, the U.K. is moving forward with its plan to implement a points-based immigration system In early 2020, the U.K. Government announced its intentions to overhaul the...

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  • Points-based System Unveiled by U.K. Home Secretary

    Points-based System Unveiled by U.K. Home Secretary

    U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel recently announced plans for a new points-based system to be implemented on 1 January 2021. This announcement arrives approximately one month after Brexit....

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  • Four Month Countdown to Brexit  Next Steps for EU Nationals in the U.K.

    Four Month Countdown to Brexit Next Steps for EU Nationals in the U.K.

    The U.K.’s formal exit from the European Union is now four months away. When the clock strikes midnight on March 29, 2019, the U.K. will officially leave the EU and a transitional period...

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  • United Kingdom: Launch of the New Scale-Up Visa Route

    United Kingdom: Launch of the New Scale-Up Visa Route

    Key Points   The government of the United Kingdom officially launched its new Scale-up Visa route on 22 August 2022   Overview   The government of the United Kingdom (UK) introduced the Scale-up...

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  • United Kingdom: High Potential Individual Visa Route Launch

    United Kingdom: High Potential Individual Visa Route Launch

    The United Kingdom’s (UK) newest temporary immigration route, the High Potential Individual (HPI), will launch on 30 May 2022. This route will be open to international students who have completed...

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  • United Kingdom: Global Universities List Published for High Potential Individual Visa Route

    United Kingdom: Global Universities List Published for High Potential Individual Visa Route

    Key Points  The government of the United Kingdom published the 2021 global universities list for applicants applying for the High Potential Individual Visa route   Overview   The government of the...

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  • United Kingdom: Increases to Visa Application Fees 

    United Kingdom: Increases to Visa Application Fees 

    Key Points   On 6 April 2022, the government of the United Kingdom increased fees associated with visa applications filed outside the country  Overview   The government of the United Kingdom (UK)...

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  • Switzerland: Social Security Relations with the United Kingdom

    Switzerland: Social Security Relations with the United Kingdom

    Key Points Provisional agreement between Switzerland and the UK concerning social security benefits put into place Nov. 1, 2021  Overview Switzerland and the UK have concluded a bilateral...

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  • United Kingdom: New Skilled Worker Pilot Program to Launch, Reducing Barriers to Entry

    United Kingdom: New Skilled Worker Pilot Program to Launch, Reducing Barriers to Entry

    Key Points For skilled workers, this plan eliminates certain documentation requirements and administrative processes.   The UK is not lowering its criteria for the Skilled Worker route. Instead,...

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  • EU: [REMINDER] One week left for U.K. Nationals to apply for European Resettlement Scheme

    EU: [REMINDER] One week left for U.K. Nationals to apply for European Resettlement Scheme

    Key Points There are different requirements for each EU member state when applying for residence status.    Family members and partners are eligible to apply for residence in the EU member state....

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  • United Kingdom: Priority Processing Reopened for Select Visa Applicants

    United Kingdom: Priority Processing Reopened for Select Visa Applicants

    Key Points   The government of the United Kingdom reintroduced priority visa processing services on 12 August 2022   Overview   The government of the United Kingdom (UK) reintroduced priority...

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  • United Kingdom: Removal of Police Registration Scheme 

    United Kingdom: Removal of Police Registration Scheme 

    Key Points   The United Kingdom lifted police registration requirements for foreign nationals traveling to the country for long-term purposes  Overview   The government of the United Kingdom (UK)...

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  • Entry into the United Kingdom: Upcoming Changes

    Entry into the United Kingdom: Upcoming Changes

    Entry into the United Kingdom: Upcoming Changes  In July 2022, the United Kingdom (UK) introduced the “New Plan for Immigration”. In this plan, the government outlined increased security of the...

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