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.
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.
Continue reading “U.K. Immigration 101”
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.
Continue reading “U.K. Launches Fully Digital Application Process for BN(O) Visas”
Those contemplating travel to the U.K. should be cognizant of new border policies and restrictions implemented earlier this month. In this episode, Faegre Drinker’s Hodon Anastasi answers questions regarding the U.K. government’s latest actions concerning COVID-19, including:
- Under what circumstances will travellers be expected to stay in government-controlled quarantine hotels? How long will they be expected to quarantine? Who is exempt from this policy?
- What documents should travellers be expected to produce upon arrival to the U.K.?
- What are the penalties for breaching new border policies?
- Do these rules apply for visa holders? Under the present circumstances, is it worth applying for a U.K. visa?
Continue reading “Travel Bans and Quarantine Hotels: Traveling to the U.K. During COVID-19”
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.
After years of negotiation and preparation, free movement between the United Kingdom and the European Union will end from 31 December 2020. In this episode, Faegre Drinker’s Hodon Anastasi provides a high-level overview of how post-Brexit immigration control policies will impact those accustomed to traveling between the U.K. and the European Economic Area (EEA), including:
- What will U.K. nationals need in order to travel to EU Member States and the Schengen travel area? What restrictions and border requirements will they face?
- What does the end of free movement mean to EEA nationals traveling to or residing in the U.K.? Does Brexit impact citizens with Settled or Pre-Settled Status?
The Faegre Drinker Immigration Law Podcast is a podcast all about immigration and only about immigration. Each episode will tackle a timely topic in immigration law, with the aim of making these complicated and often misunderstood issues less daunting, more accessible, and maybe even a little fun. Tune in for future episodes on the latest news, developments and challenges in the world of immigration law — and thank you for listening!