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New Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules released

16 September 2021

The UK government announced changes to the Immigration Rules and released a policy statement that sets out the detailed rules for the new immigration system on 10 September 2021 (HC 617).

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UK sponsorship reforms in 2022 and beyond

8 September 2021

Due to the various changes in the immigration system over the last couple of years, the UK government has recently released the sponsorship system roadmap to assist firms and others regarding the criteria they need to meet..

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Right To Work Checks: Temporary Covid-19 measures extended

27 August 2021

Right to work checks are a compulsory part of the hiring process for employers in the UK. The Home Office has announced that the temporary relaxed right to work check process has been extended again, this time until 5 April 2022.

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Skilled Worker Visas in the UK: Updates and how to apply

27 August 2021

After the end of the Brexit transition period, we have been seeing an increasing number of enquiries regarding the Skilled Worker visa for EU nationals. Woodcock Law has broken down all that you need to know about the latest updates to this visa.

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Travelling to the UK from the Common Travel Area

20 August 2021

Woodcock Law and Notary Public breaks down all that you need to know about travelling to and from the Common Travel Area (CTA) in this comprehensive guide.

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Bespoke UK resettlement route for Afghan refugees announced

19 August 2021

Home Office has announced a new Afghan resettlement scheme in response to the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, and the threat towards women and children.

READ MORE
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The life in the UK Test

12 August 2021

If you are seeking naturalisation as a British citizen or looking to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, you may require to pass the Life in the UK Test as part of your application. Woodcock Law and Notary Public explains essential information regarding eligibility requirements.

READ MORE
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Applying to the Windrush Schemes from Overseas

9 August 2021

The UK Home Office has released new guidance for people who wish to apply to the Windrush Schemes from overseas.

READ MORE
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UK Innovation Strategy to Introduce New Visas for International Talent

27 July 2021

The Home Office’s new vision to make the UK a global hub for innovation has paved the way to strategise on new visa types for international talent.

READ MORE
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Civil penalty accreditation scheme to curb illegal immigration in vehicles

26 July 2021

The civil penalty accreditation scheme is a scheme designed for road haulage companies that reduces their chances of receiving fines by ensuring that they have effective systems to reduce the risk of illegal migrants hiding in their vehicles.

READ MORE
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Nationality and Borders Bill and refugee support

23 July 2021

Woodcock Law and Notary Public explains all that you need to know regarding the Nationality and Borders Bill.

READ MORE
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Visa options for frontier workers

20 July 2021

Following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union in 2019, the UK government made changes to the UK immigration applications, particularly in relation to European migrants and those who wished to work or settle in the UK.

READ MORE
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Everything EU and EEA nationals need to know about business travel to the UK

16 July 2021

Now that Brexit has passed, we get many questions about EU and EEA nationals travelling to the UK for business.

READ MORE
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A comprehensive guide to the Home Office Exchange Rate Policy

15 July 2021

The Home Office Exchange Rate Policy (HOERP) is used to set the exchange rates for the Home Office fees charged in foreign currencies.

READ MORE
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Deprivation of British Citizenship and how to challenge this

12 July 2021

Deprivation of citizenship entails the loss of the right of abode in the UK, alongside many associated and consequential rights, duties, and opportunities. This has been in the media in recent years...

READ MORE
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Commissioning letter to the MAC for the review of adult social care

9 July 2021

On 6 July 2021, Kevin Foster, the Minister for Future Borders and Immigration wrote a letter to Professor Brian Bell to commission the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to “undertake an independent review of adult social care and the impact.....

READ MORE
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UK Graduate immigration route now open

7 July 2021

“As we build back better, it is vital that the UK continues to be a beacon for talented young people across the globe who want to make a difference. The new Graduate route does just that, giving the best and brightest graduates the opportunity to continue......

READ MORE
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Everything you need to know about the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa Ballot system

6 July 2021

The Home Office made changes to the Youth Mobility Scheme Route on 21 June 2021, releasing guidance on who needs to apply for the ballot before applying for the Youth Mobility Scheme visa.

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EU Settlement Scheme: information for late applicants

2 July 2021

Woodcock Law looks at how eligible EU, EEA and Swiss citizens may be eligible for late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.

READ MORE
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UEFA EURO 2020: Visitor advice from the UK Home Office

2 July 2021

The United Kingdom is set to host several fans who want to watch their teams play in the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship. However, we must remember to stay safe.

READ MORE
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Leave outside the rules for BNO citizens extended

1 July 2021

Since the introduction of the British National (Overseas) visa (also known as the BNO visa) for British nationals (overseas) and their close family members from Hong Kong, the UK Government has allowed applicants to seek ‘Leave Outside the Rules’ at a UK Border.

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EU Settlement Scheme: looked-after children and care leavers update

30 June 2021

On 21 June 2021 Kevin Foster wrote an open letter to the Director of Children’s Services applauding the efforts of the local authorities under his jurisdiction for their continued efforts..

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EU, EEA or Swiss citizens: Final and urgent reminder to secure your rights in the UK

29 June 2021

This is an urgent reminder to all EU, EEA or Swiss citizens to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.

READ MORE
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A landlord’s guide to right to rent checks

24 June 2021

The UK government has provided updated guidance on Right to Rent Checks for landlords as from 1 July 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals need to prove their immigration status in the UK, the same as other foreign nationals and visa holders.

READ MORE
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Windrush Day: A story of servitude, resilience & overcoming adversity

22 June 2021

22 June is Windrush Day. Today, we remember the men & women who left their homes, families and friends to help rebuild Britain. We remember their contribution and we are forever thankful for their sacrifices.

READ MORE
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COVID-19 update: Right to Work Checks in the coronavirus pandemic

22 June 2021

The UK Home Office updated its guidance on 18 June 2021 on the advice to employers who are carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic.

READ MORE
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Man caught smuggling illegal immigrants in sofas jailed

21 June 2021

An Iranian man, Arman Yusuf Rahmani was sentenced to 2 years and 7 months in prison after investigations found that he had been attempting to illegally smuggle migrants into the UK.

READ MORE
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What is modern slavery, and how does the UK support victims?

17 June 2021

Estimates on modern day slavery state show that 38 to 46 million people are exploited in some form of slavery today. Woodcock Law intern Prachi Sharan looks at how the UK government is dealing with this humanitarian crisis.

READ MORE
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Right To Work Checks: Employing EU, EEA, And Swiss Citizens From 1 July 2021

15 June 2021

Woodcock Law explains the latest rules on right to work checks for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens following new Home Office guidance released this week.

READ MORE
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Paper applications for complex EU Settlement Cases update

11 June 2021

There are 19 days to go before the EU Settlement Scheme deadline, and we have just heard that applicants with complex cases can now get an application form via email.

READ MORE
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Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI) for EU Citizens

4 June 2021

The UK Government implemented Comprehensive Sickness Insurance as a requirement for EEA nationals living in the UK as students or self-sufficient persons from 20 June 2011.

READ MORE
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EU Settlement Scheme: Do I need a biometric residence card?

27 May 2021

Over five million people have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme to date, with many questions being asked about how to prove their right to work and live in the UK following Brexit. The new rules about Biometric Residence Cards are set out below.

READ MORE
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How do absences from the UK affect my pre-settled or settled status?

26 May 2021

With the advent of COVID-19 many people have been outside the UK for longer than six months.The Home Office is aware of these unforeseen circumstances and has created guidance relating to it.

READ MORE
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The Home Office announces its new Immigration Plan

25 May 2021

Home Secretary Priti Patel announced a new and reformed immigration strategy on the morning of 25 May 2021, to control borders and maintain UK immigration.

READ MORE
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Reminder to EU Citizens Living in the UK

24 May 2021

Reminder: EU citizens will be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme until 30 June 2021

READ MORE
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Visa routes to starting a business in the UK

20 May 2021

The United Kingdom has many visa routes available for those looking to immigrate and start businesses overseas.

READ MORE
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Updated advice for carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic

14 May 2021

As the UK opens back up after months of lockdown, Woodcock Law provides an update on current Home Office guidance on right to work checks.

READ MORE
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UK Immigration and travel coronavirus update

11 May 2021

The UK immigration system has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Woodcock Law has compiled the latest Home Office rules relating to UK visa applications and travel as of May 2021.

READ MORE
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What to expect during a sponsor compliance visit from Home Office

10 May 2021

UK Visas and Immigration recently confirmed that it is resuming sponsor licence compliance visits now that lockdown is easing. Woodcock Law outlines what you could expect if Home Office pays a visit to your organisation.

READ MORE
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Young Professionals Scheme announced for UK and Indian nationals

7 May 2021

A new work visa scheme will be launched to allow young Indian and British professionals to work and live in each other’s country for up to two years.

READ MORE
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Fast track UK immigration route opens for award-winning talent

6 May 2021

New reforms to the Global Talent Visa have fast-tracked the immigration route for prestigious award winners.

READ MORE
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Late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme

4 May 2021

The deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme is approaching. The final date for applications is 30 June 2021, after which EU, EEA and Swiss citizens residing in the UK, who do not have or have not applied for Pre-settled or Settled Status, will be living in the UK unlawfully.

READ MORE
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How much will I pay for my UK Visa in 2021?

3 May 2021

There is good news for visa applicants and their families as the Home Office announced that UK Immigration and Nationality Fees will not be increasing in 2021.

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UK Sponsor Licence: what to do if your application has been rejected or refused?

27 April 2021

Woodcock Law has a 100% immigration and sponsorship case success rate, and can offer advice if your previous application has been refused or rejected. But what does this mean, and can you reapply?

READ MORE
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Why you should consider using an immigration solicitor

26 April 2021

With immigration advice and information freely accessible on various online sources, you may not think it necessary to instruct immigration solicitors.

READ MORE
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New UK Arrivals Checklist

9 April 2021

To help relieve this stress klist of things you should try to organise during the first week of your arrival.

READ MORE
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New vs old: Updated list of UK visas

8 April 2021

There have been many changes to the Immigration Rules in the past year. Woodcock Law continues to keep you updated about visa categories for the United Kingdom.

READ MORE

Woodcock Law & Notary Public celebrates Transgender Day of Visibility

9 April 2021

To help relieve this stress and make your arrival as seamless as possible, we have created a checklist of things you should try to organise...

READ MORE

MAC call for evidence launched on Intra-Company Transfer Immigration Route

30 March 2021

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has launched a public consultation asking employers to share information about their usage of the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT)...

READ MORE

What happens if your relationship with your partner breaks down and you are on a UK spouse visa?

26 March 2021

The Will I be deported if my relationship or marriage has ended? Woodcock Law looks at this commonly- asked question.

READ MORE

Woodcock Law has its first BN(O) Visa ID app success

18 March 2021

Joanne Chung, our Senior Immigration Solicitor has successfully helped clients submit for BN(O) visas using the ID app.

READ MORE

Understanding right to work checks for employers

15 March 2021

The Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Act 2006 states that all employers must carry out proper due diligence to confirm any potential employee has the Right to Work in the UK.

READ MORE

Child Citizenship fee ruled unlawful

11 March 2021

On 18 Feb 2021, the Court of Appeal confirmed that the Home Office’s child citizenship fee was unlawful.

READ MORE

What are the English Language Requirements for my UK visa?

11 March 2021

A common question for UK visa applicants is whether you need to meet the English Language requirements, and how. Woodcock Law has the answers below from Home Office.

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Global Talent Visa access for award winners announced

10 March 2021

On 4 March 2021, the UK government published a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules that included a reform of the Global Talent Route.

READ MORE

UK’s new Graduate route to open

11 March 2021

On 4 March 2021, the UK government published a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, which includes a new Graduate route...

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2021 Budget Report released

4 March 2021

The UK government has proposed new immigration changes to attract highly skilled talent to the United Kingdom in the 2021 Budget Report. Woodcock Law looks at these proposed changes...

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New visa route opens to Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas)

27 January 2021

The British National Overseas (BNO) visa is a new immigration route that opens to applications on 31 January 2021. It was announced in UK Home Office’s policy statement on 22 July 2020.

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Webinar: What employers need to know after Brexit

15 January 2021

The UK has left the EU and the BREXIT transition period is over. We at Woodcock Law have been extremely busy helping businesses and big corporates to prepare for the UK’s new Immigration System that..

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Brexit and business travel

5 January 2021

How does Brexit affect UK and EU business travellers? The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020, and the subsequent Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020.

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UK Travel Bans: which countries have imposed restrictions on UK arrivals

22 December 2020

This weekend, Tier 4 lockdown was implemented in much of the South and South East of England as news broke about the rapid spread...

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Visiting the UK after Brexit: A guide for EU Citizens

17 December 2020

What you need to know about entering the UK from 1 January 2021 as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen Many people have been wondering about the new travel rules when the transition period after Brexit comes to..

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The new Frontier Worker route has opened for applications

11 December 2020

Brexit and the new points-based immigration system that is set to begin on 1 January 2021 has had major implications in restricting free movement for EU Nationals who work in the UK, but live primarily in the..

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Immigration services update

14 November 2020

Woodcock Law and Notary Public are open during the second lockdown in England. Our clients are important to us, and we are committed to the continuation of our professional, bespoke services.

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Coronavirus update from UK Visas and Immigration

6 November 2020

The Home Office has released an update to its Covid-19 advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents. Visa applications UK Visa Applications in England are not affected by the second national.

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Immigration updates for Skilled Worker and Intra-Company Transfer visa routes

29 October 2020

The UK government announced changes to the Immigration Rules on 22 October, and the new points-based immigration system will soon be here. The Tier 2 (General) visa route will be closed to new applications

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Update on the new points-based immigration system for 2021

23 October 2020

UK Visas and Immigration has published new guidance for UK’s points-based immigration system. This is especially notable as it contains important information for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens...

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A Guide to Business Visitor Visas

21 October 2020

Do you anticipate needing to visit the UK for business-related purposes without formally taking part in the UK labour market or being employed in the UK?

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Brexit implications for recruitment in your business

14 October 2020

One of the major changes brought about by Brexit is the end of free movement for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens. The new UK immigration rules will replace EU regulations on 31 December at 11 pm British time.

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Immigration Health Surcharge to increase on 27 October 2020

7 October 2020

The Immigration Health Surcharge will be increasing from £400 to £624 for each year of leave on 27 October 2020. This announcement comes as the UK government signed the Immigration (Health Charge)

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Introduction to the new points-based immigration system

5 October 2020

UK Visas and Immigration have released a guide titled “UK's points-based immigration system: an introduction for employers”.

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Remote working – Can your employees work overseas?

2 October 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do business. The prevalence of office-based employees working remotely from home has created new questions about whether employees are legally allowed to work from another country.

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Review of the Shortage Occupation List released

30 September 2020

A review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) ahead of the introduction of a points-based immigration system on 1 January 2021 has been published, recommending the addition of several occupations to the list.

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The rise of the Immigration Health Surcharge is delayed

25 September 2020

There is some good news for those trying to get their visa applications in before the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) increases from £400 to £624 for each year of leave in October 2020.

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Skilled Worker Visas in the UK: Updates and how to apply

27 August 2021

After the end of the Brexit transition period, we have been seeing an increasing number of enquiries regarding the Skilled Worker visa for EU nationals. Woodcock Law has broken down all that you need to know about the latest updates to this visa.

READ MORE
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Travelling to the UK from the Common Travel Area

20 August 2021

Woodcock Law and Notary Public breaks down all that you need to know about travelling to and from the Common Travel Area (CTA) in this comprehensive guide.

READ MORE
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Bespoke UK resettlement route for Afghan refugees announced

19 August 2021

Home Office has announced a new Afghan resettlement scheme in response to the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, and the threat towards women and children.

READ MORE
Mountain

The life in the UK Test

12 August 2021

If you are seeking naturalisation as a British citizen or looking to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, you may require to pass the Life in the UK Test as part of your application. Woodcock Law and Notary Public explains essential information regarding eligibility requirements.

READ MORE
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Applying to the Windrush Schemes from Overseas

9 August 2021

The UK Home Office has released new guidance for people who wish to apply to the Windrush Schemes from overseas.

READ MORE
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UK Innovation Strategy to Introduce New Visas for International Talent

27 July 2021

The Home Office’s new vision to make the UK a global hub for innovation has paved the way to strategise on new visa types for international talent.

READ MORE
Mountain

Civil penalty accreditation scheme to curb illegal immigration in vehicles

26 July 2021

The civil penalty accreditation scheme is a scheme designed for road haulage companies that reduces their chances of receiving fines by ensuring that they have effective systems to reduce the risk of illegal migrants hiding in their vehicles.

READ MORE
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Nationality and Borders Bill and refugee support

23 July 2021

Woodcock Law and Notary Public explains all that you need to know regarding the Nationality and Borders Bill.

READ MORE
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Visa options for frontier workers

20 July 2021

Following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union in 2019, the UK government made changes to the UK immigration applications, particularly in relation to European migrants and those who wished to work or settle in the UK.

READ MORE
Mountain

Everything EU and EEA nationals need to know about business travel to the UK

16 July 2021

Now that Brexit has passed, we get many questions about EU and EEA nationals travelling to the UK for business.

READ MORE
Mountain

A comprehensive guide to the Home Office Exchange Rate Policy

15 July 2021

The Home Office Exchange Rate Policy (HOERP) is used to set the exchange rates for the Home Office fees charged in foreign currencies.

READ MORE
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Deprivation of British Citizenship and how to challenge this

12 July 2021

Deprivation of citizenship entails the loss of the right of abode in the UK, alongside many associated and consequential rights, duties, and opportunities. This has been in the media in recent years...

READ MORE
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Commissioning letter to the MAC for the review of adult social care

9 July 2021

On 6 July 2021, Kevin Foster, the Minister for Future Borders and Immigration wrote a letter to Professor Brian Bell to commission the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to “undertake an independent review of adult social care and the impact.....

READ MORE
Mountain

UK Graduate immigration route now open

7 July 2021

“As we build back better, it is vital that the UK continues to be a beacon for talented young people across the globe who want to make a difference. The new Graduate route does just that, giving the best and brightest graduates the opportunity to continue......

READ MORE
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Everything you need to know about the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa Ballot system

6 July 2021

The Home Office made changes to the Youth Mobility Scheme Route on 21 June 2021, releasing guidance on who needs to apply for the ballot before applying for the Youth Mobility Scheme visa.

READ MORE
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EU Settlement Scheme: information for late applicants

2 July 2021

Woodcock Law looks at how eligible EU, EEA and Swiss citizens may be eligible for late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.

READ MORE
Mountain

UEFA EURO 2020: Visitor advice from the UK Home Office

2 July 2021

The United Kingdom is set to host several fans who want to watch their teams play in the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship. However, we must remember to stay safe.

READ MORE
Mountain

Leave outside the rules for BNO citizens extended

1 July 2021

Since the introduction of the British National (Overseas) visa (also known as the BNO visa) for British nationals (overseas) and their close family members from Hong Kong, the UK Government has allowed applicants to seek ‘Leave Outside the Rules’ at a UK Border.

READ MORE
Mountain

EU Settlement Scheme: looked-after children and care leavers update

30 June 2021

On 21 June 2021 Kevin Foster wrote an open letter to the Director of Children’s Services applauding the efforts of the local authorities under his jurisdiction for their continued efforts..

READ MORE
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EU, EEA or Swiss citizens: Final and urgent reminder to secure your rights in the UK

29 June 2021

This is an urgent reminder to all EU, EEA or Swiss citizens to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.

READ MORE
Mountain

A landlord’s guide to right to rent checks

24 June 2021

The UK government has provided updated guidance on Right to Rent Checks for landlords as from 1 July 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals need to prove their immigration status in the UK, the same as other foreign nationals and visa holders.

READ MORE
Mountain

Windrush Day: A story of servitude, resilience & overcoming adversity

22 June 2021

22 June is Windrush Day. Today, we remember the men & women who left their homes, families and friends to help rebuild Britain. We remember their contribution and we are forever thankful for their sacrifices.

READ MORE
Mountain

COVID-19 update: Right to Work Checks in the coronavirus pandemic

22 June 2021

The UK Home Office updated its guidance on 18 June 2021 on the advice to employers who are carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic.

READ MORE
Mountain

Man caught smuggling illegal immigrants in sofas jailed

21 June 2021

An Iranian man, Arman Yusuf Rahmani was sentenced to 2 years and 7 months in prison after investigations found that he had been attempting to illegally smuggle migrants into the UK.

READ MORE
Mountain

What is modern slavery, and how does the UK support victims?

17 June 2021

Estimates on modern day slavery state show that 38 to 46 million people are exploited in some form of slavery today. Woodcock Law intern Prachi Sharan looks at how the UK government is dealing with this humanitarian crisis.

READ MORE
Mountain

Right To Work Checks: Employing EU, EEA, And Swiss Citizens From 1 July 2021

15 June 2021

Woodcock Law explains the latest rules on right to work checks for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens following new Home Office guidance released this week.

READ MORE
Mountain

Paper applications for complex EU Settlement Cases update

11 June 2021

There are 19 days to go before the EU Settlement Scheme deadline, and we have just heard that applicants with complex cases can now get an application form via email.

READ MORE
Mountain

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI) for EU Citizens

4 June 2021

The UK Government implemented Comprehensive Sickness Insurance as a requirement for EEA nationals living in the UK as students or self-sufficient persons from 20 June 2011.

READ MORE
Mountain

EU Settlement Scheme: Do I need a biometric residence card?

27 May 2021

Over five million people have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme to date, with many questions being asked about how to prove their right to work and live in the UK following Brexit. The new rules about Biometric Residence Cards are set out below.

READ MORE
Mountain

How do absences from the UK affect my pre-settled or settled status?

26 May 2021

With the advent of COVID-19 many people have been outside the UK for longer than six months.The Home Office is aware of these unforeseen circumstances and has created guidance relating to it.

READ MORE
Mountain

The Home Office announces its new Immigration Plan

25 May 2021

Home Secretary Priti Patel announced a new and reformed immigration strategy on the morning of 25 May 2021, to control borders and maintain UK immigration.

READ MORE
Mountain

Reminder to EU Citizens Living in the UK

24 May 2021

Reminder: EU citizens will be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme until 30 June 2021

READ MORE
Mountain

Visa routes to starting a business in the UK

20 May 2021

The United Kingdom has many visa routes available for those looking to immigrate and start businesses overseas.

READ MORE
Mountain

Updated advice for carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic

14 May 2021

As the UK opens back up after months of lockdown, Woodcock Law provides an update on current Home Office guidance on right to work checks.

READ MORE
Mountain

UK Immigration and travel coronavirus update

11 May 2021

The UK immigration system has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Woodcock Law has compiled the latest Home Office rules relating to UK visa applications and travel as of May 2021.

READ MORE
Mountain

What to expect during a sponsor compliance visit from Home Office

10 May 2021

UK Visas and Immigration recently confirmed that it is resuming sponsor licence compliance visits now that lockdown is easing. Woodcock Law outlines what you could expect if Home Office pays a visit to your organisation.

READ MORE
Mountain

Young Professionals Scheme announced for UK and Indian nationals

7 May 2021

A new work visa scheme will be launched to allow young Indian and British professionals to work and live in each other’s country for up to two years.

READ MORE
Mountain

Fast track UK immigration route opens for award-winning talent

6 May 2021

New reforms to the Global Talent Visa have fast-tracked the immigration route for prestigious award winners.

READ MORE
Mountain

Late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme

4 May 2021

The deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme is approaching. The final date for applications is 30 June 2021, after which EU, EEA and Swiss citizens residing in the UK, who do not have or have not applied for Pre-settled or Settled Status, will be living in the UK unlawfully.

READ MORE
Mountain

How much will I pay for my UK Visa in 2021?

3 May 2021

There is good news for visa applicants and their families as the Home Office announced that UK Immigration and Nationality Fees will not be increasing in 2021.

READ MORE
Mountain

UK Sponsor Licence: what to do if your application has been rejected or refused?

27 April 2021

Woodcock Law has a 100% immigration and sponsorship case success rate, and can offer advice if your previous application has been refused or rejected. But what does this mean, and can you reapply?

READ MORE
Mountain

Why you should consider using an immigration solicitor

26 April 2021

With immigration advice and information freely accessible on various online sources, you may not think it necessary to instruct immigration solicitors.

READ MORE
Mountain

New UK Arrivals Checklist

9 April 2021

To help relieve this stress klist of things you should try to organise during the first week of your arrival.

READ MORE
Mountain

New vs old: Updated list of UK visas

8 April 2021

There have been many changes to the Immigration Rules in the past year. Woodcock Law continues to keep you updated about visa categories for the United Kingdom.

READ MORE

Woodcock Law & Notary Public celebrates Transgender Day of Visibility

9 April 2021

To help relieve this stress and make your arrival as seamless as possible, we have created a checklist of things you should try to organise...

READ MORE

MAC call for evidence launched on Intra-Company Transfer Immigration Route

30 March 2021

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has launched a public consultation asking employers to share information about their usage of the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT)...

READ MORE

What happens if your relationship with your partner breaks down and you are on a UK spouse visa?

26 March 2021

The Will I be deported if my relationship or marriage has ended? Woodcock Law looks at this commonly- asked question.

READ MORE

Woodcock Law has its first BN(O) Visa ID app success

18 March 2021

Joanne Chung, our Senior Immigration Solicitor has successfully helped clients submit for BN(O) visas using the ID app.

READ MORE

Understanding right to work checks for employers

15 March 2021

The Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Act 2006 states that all employers must carry out proper due diligence to confirm any potential employee has the Right to Work in the UK.

READ MORE

Child Citizenship fee ruled unlawful

11 March 2021

On 18 Feb 2021, the Court of Appeal confirmed that the Home Office’s child citizenship fee was unlawful.

READ MORE

What are the English Language Requirements for my UK visa?

11 March 2021

A common question for UK visa applicants is whether you need to meet the English Language requirements, and how. Woodcock Law has the answers below from Home Office.

READ MORE

Global Talent Visa access for award winners announced

10 March 2021

On 4 March 2021, the UK government published a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules that included a reform of the Global Talent Route.

READ MORE

UK’s new Graduate route to open

11 March 2021

On 4 March 2021, the UK government published a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, which includes a new Graduate route...

READ MORE

2021 Budget Report released

4 March 2021

The UK government has proposed new immigration changes to attract highly skilled talent to the United Kingdom in the 2021 Budget Report. Woodcock Law looks at these proposed changes...

READ MORE

New visa route opens to Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas)

27 January 2021

The British National Overseas (BNO) visa is a new immigration route that opens to applications on 31 January 2021. It was announced in UK Home Office’s policy statement on 22 July 2020.

READ MORE

Webinar: What employers need to know after Brexit

15 January 2021

The UK has left the EU and the BREXIT transition period is over. We at Woodcock Law have been extremely busy helping businesses and big corporates to prepare for the UK’s new Immigration System that..

READ MORE

Brexit and business travel

5 January 2021

How does Brexit affect UK and EU business travellers? The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020, and the subsequent Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020.

READ MORE

UK Travel Bans: which countries have imposed restrictions on UK arrivals

22 December 2020

This weekend, Tier 4 lockdown was implemented in much of the South and South East of England as news broke about the rapid spread...

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Visiting the UK after Brexit: A guide for EU Citizens

17 December 2020

What you need to know about entering the UK from 1 January 2021 as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen Many people have been wondering about the new travel rules when the transition period after Brexit comes to..

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The new Frontier Worker route has opened for applications

11 December 2020

Brexit and the new points-based immigration system that is set to begin on 1 January 2021 has had major implications in restricting free movement for EU Nationals who work in the UK, but live primarily in the..

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Immigration services update

14 November 2020

Woodcock Law and Notary Public are open during the second lockdown in England. Our clients are important to us, and we are committed to the continuation of our professional, bespoke services.

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Coronavirus update from UK Visas and Immigration

6 November 2020

The Home Office has released an update to its Covid-19 advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents. Visa applications UK Visa Applications in England are not affected by the second national.

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Immigration updates for Skilled Worker and Intra-Company Transfer visa routes

29 October 2020

The UK government announced changes to the Immigration Rules on 22 October, and the new points-based immigration system will soon be here. The Tier 2 (General) visa route will be closed to new applications

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Update on the new points-based immigration system for 2021

23 October 2020

UK Visas and Immigration has published new guidance for UK’s points-based immigration system. This is especially notable as it contains important information for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens...

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A Guide to Business Visitor Visas

21 October 2020

Do you anticipate needing to visit the UK for business-related purposes without formally taking part in the UK labour market or being employed in the UK?

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Brexit implications for recruitment in your business

14 October 2020

One of the major changes brought about by Brexit is the end of free movement for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens. The new UK immigration rules will replace EU regulations on 31 December at 11 pm British time.

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Immigration Health Surcharge to increase on 27 October 2020

7 October 2020

The Immigration Health Surcharge will be increasing from £400 to £624 for each year of leave on 27 October 2020. This announcement comes as the UK government signed the Immigration (Health Charge)

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Introduction to the new points-based immigration system

5 October 2020

UK Visas and Immigration have released a guide titled “UK's points-based immigration system: an introduction for employers”.

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Remote working – Can your employees work overseas?

2 October 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do business. The prevalence of office-based employees working remotely from home has created new questions about whether employees are legally allowed to work from another country.

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Review of the Shortage Occupation List released

30 September 2020

A review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) ahead of the introduction of a points-based immigration system on 1 January 2021 has been published, recommending the addition of several occupations to the list.

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The rise of the Immigration Health Surcharge is delayed

25 September 2020

There is some good news for those trying to get their visa applications in before the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) increases from £400 to £624 for each year of leave in October 2020.

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