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.
If you are a British National (Overseas) citizen from Hong Kong, you and your family members can apply for a British National (Overseas) visa, which will entitle you to live, work and study in the U.K. The visa application process launched at the end of January, and the U.K. has since launched a smartphone app that allows you to apply for the visa digitally. We dive into the details of the BN(O) visa and the application process in this alert.
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With the arrival of a new year and a promising COVID-19 vaccine, many U.K. employers have expressed renewed interest in returning to the workplace. But those hoping a mandatory vaccination policy will serve as a silver bullet to reopening plans should proceed with caution. Whilst there may be certain settings in which such a policy is reasonable, pursuing it could trigger a number of legal implications.
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As England experiences a second lockdown, the UK Government has announced an extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) to protect businesses and employees as the pandemic continues to adversely impact the economy. Additionally, new regulations have come into force in England which oblige employers to ensure their employees are complying with any requirement to self-isolate.
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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.
A new Job Support Scheme designed to protect jobs in businesses facing lower demand over the winter months due to the COVID-19 pandemic will take effect November 1, 2020 and last for six months, the U.K. government announced on September 24, 2020. It will replace the U.K. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (known as the U.K.’s furlough scheme), which will come to an end on October 31, 2020.
For the full alert, visit the Faegre Drinker website