The U.K. Immigration Video Series: A Guide to Commonly Used Visas

As employees, business leaders and travelers begin to adapt to the U.K.’s post-Brexit immigration system, a strong grasp of the most commonly used visa categories — including new visas established as a result of Brexit — is essential. To help you get up to speed, we’ve created a series of short videos providing basic overviews of each major visa category, prepared and narrated by the trainee solicitors of the Faegre Drinker immigration and global mobility team in London.

To view the videos, visit the Faegre Drinker website.

U.K. Immigration 101

There are various types of visas for the United Kingdom. Designed for different purposes and lengths of stay, U.K. visas are available under many categories — each with its own unique eligibility requirements. To de-mystify the multitude of visa options, this primer gives a high-level overview of some of the key immigration categories that allow individuals to enter the U.K.

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COVID-19: Negative Test Result Must Be Shown by All Travelers to England

The British government continues to ramp up travel precautions following the identification of a new, highly transmissible coronavirus strain. Starting next week, all international travelers arriving in England, including U.K. nationals, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before travel.

For the full alert, visit the Faegre Drinker website.

New Statement of Changes to U.K. Immigration Rules, Including the New Post-Brexit U.K. Immigration System

On 22 October 2020, the United Kingdom government issued a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules that will come into force for visa applications submitted after 9 a.m. on 1 December 2020. Under the new rules, the visa application process for European Union (EU) and non-EU-nationals will be the same. Additionally, four new routes to obtaining a visa have been added, as well as numerous changes to other routes and concessions for the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the full alert, visit the Faegre Drinker website.

Update: Further Details on the United Kingdom’s New Points-Based Immigration System

On Monday 13 July, the U.K. government published further details outlining their plan for a new immigration system which will amend the existing points-based immigration system. This system is to take effect from 1 January 2021. The 130-page document doesn’t contain a lot more detail than the proposals released earlier in the year, which we summarized in April. The new system will end free movement with the EU and represents a significant change to immigration in the U.K. The system will apply to both EU/European Economic Area (EEA) and third-country applicants.

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New U.K. Immigration Route for Hong Kong Nationals Registered as British National (Overseas) Citizens

On Wednesday, 1 July 2020, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed, in a statement to Parliament about Hong Kong, a new bespoke U.K. immigration route for British National (Overseas) (BNO) citizens and their dependants. BNO status is a previously obscure form of British nationality held by an estimated 2.9 million people in Hong Kong that, until now, did not allow for long-term residence in the United Kingdom.

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