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New Health and Care Visa launched today

The new Health and Care visa is launched today. It comes with reduced visa fees and exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge for the main applicant and dependent family members. The employers are responsible to advise their staff if they benefit from the new visa. Those who paid the IHS on or after 31 March and fall under the current exemption should receive a refund from October onward.

New immigration route – Hong Kong BN(O) visa

In a new policy statement released yesterday, the government has officially announced introduction of a new visa for British Nationals Overseas resident in Hong Kong. The visa will be open for applications in January 2021. It is estimated that nearly 3 mln Hong Kong residents may potentially benefit from this route.…

Concessions due to coronavirus under Appendix FM – policy guidance update

The Home Office have updated their guidance on the financial requirements in Appendix FM to include concessions for those who lost income during the coronavirus.

The concessions are contained in two policy documents, as follows:

  • Appendix FM 1.7: financial requirement
  • Appendix FM 1.7a: maintenance

The guidance states its aim to ensure that applicants are not disadvantaged for reasons beyond their control as a result of the pandemic.…

Final date to furlough an employee is 10 June

Final date to furlough an employeeJob retention scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June. From 1 July, the employers will only be able to furlough employees who have been furloughed for a full three week period prior to 30 June.  This means that the final date by which the employer can furlough an employee for the first time is 10 June for the required three week period to be completed  by 30 June.…

Application processing centres will start reopening from 1 June 2020

The Home Office has announced that UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres will partly re-open in June 2020.

Applicants for leave to remain or British citizenship who have submitted their applications but were unable to book or attend a biometric appointment, will be contacted by their nearest centre and offered an appointment.…

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