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Registered Traveller Service for Latin America

The UK’s Registered Traveller Service has been expanded to include even more countries than before. Membership of the service is now open to travellers from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay. There are also plans to open the service out to India […]

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EEA Passport return services in England

A new European passport return service for EEA nationals has recently been launched for those applying for recognition as an EEA QP (qualifying person) or for confirmation of their right to PR (permanent residency) in the UK. The new service will allow such applicants to retain and use their passport or relevant identity documents as desired whilst their […]

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New UK immigration regulations for EEA nationals

New immigration regulations for EEA nationals in the UK have been laid before Parliament and will come into force on 1 February 2017. The Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 outline the rights of EEA nationals and their families to reside in the UK, and deal with applications for Registration Certificates, Residence Cards and Permanent Residence. […]

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LCCI calls for a London-only visa scheme

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has today published its report on a potential London-only visa scheme. Permits, Points and Visas: Securing practical immigration for post-Brexit London addresses two main issues regarding post-Brexit immigration policy which the LCCI feel are integral to the future of London: The treatment of the 771,000 EU nationals who […]

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UK negotiates post-Brexit deal with India

Theresa may has announced improvements to the UK’s immigration system for Indian nationals as the UK negotiates a post-Brexit trade deal with India. Currently in Delhi, the UK Prime Minister has stated that India will become the first visa country to be offered the Registered Traveller Scheme. This would allow thousands of Indian nationals with UK work […]

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The Brexit Immigration Service

Smith Stone Walters offers clients the chance to prepare their organisations for the effects of Brexit with this comprehensive service. The Brexit Immigration Service will audit the status of your EEA workforce in the UK, allowing you to plan and budget for the worst case scenario. We will also speak directly to your employees to provide support […]

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New priority service for Tier 2 sponsors

A new priority service has been launched by the Home Office for Tier 2 sponsors which enables the quicker processing of Certificate of Sponsorship allocation requests and change of circumstance applications. For a fee of £200, the new priority service will process requests and applications in only five working days, and can be used by Tier 2 and […]

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Brexit: High Court rules for parliament vote

Theresa May’s intention to trigger Article 50 early next year seems unlikely following last week’s High Court Ruling. The High Court has ruled that Parliament must vote on whether or not the UK should begin the process of leaving the European Union (EU). The ruling means that the government must have the approval of parliament before it can […]

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New Immigration Rules announced for 24 November 2016

The autumn changes to the UK Immigration Rules have finally been announced and will be introduced on 24 November 2016. The announcement confirms that the changes promised earlier this year will be realised, with only a few surprises. Main changes to be introduced on 24 November: The salary threshold for new Tier 2 General hires will […]

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Presenting Brexit, compliance & upcoming immigration changes

During these uncertain times, Smith Stone Walters aims to keep its clients up to date on all things UK immigration. To this end, SSW immigration experts presented the most pressing industry topics at our recent UK Immigration Seminar. The event was attended by a record number of attendees and it was great to see so many familiar […]

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