On 22 July 2021 the UK government announced its vision to make the UK a global hub for innovation by 2035. The plans comprise of 4 pillars to support the achievement of that vision, one of which is the use of people to generate innovation through immigration with the introduction of a “High Potential Individual” visa route, “scale-up" route and the “revitalised Innovator route”.
Some delegates to COP26 may be exempt from immigration control, even though they do not have a right of abode in the UK, when travelling or coming to the UK for the conference. This means that they will not be subject to the Immigration Rules as other foreign nationals travelling to the UK are.
With the rise in living costs and a worldwide pandemic impacting financial growth, affordability (of at least one thing) has probably crossed everyone’s mind at some point over the last year. For migrants who are normally expected to comply with a paid application process to allow them continued stay in the country, shortage of finances poses a very real and serious concern.
For those who have family living abroad, the Covid pandemic has been particularly hard, as different countries have at various times closed their borders, imposed travel bans, and ordered quarantines at high expense. Many people have been left wondering when they’ll be able to see their family members in person again.
The UK has left the European Union and free movement ended on 31 December 2020. A six month Grace period followed to enable eligible EU nationals and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 to apply to remain here under the EU Settlement Scheme. This Grace period ended on 30 June 2021.
If you are a British Citizen working and living abroad and you are looking to renew your passport, you may be wondering how you are able to do this in the country you currently call home. Traditionally, when renewing a British passport, you would complete physical forms and then send them off to Her Majesty’s Passport Office but that has all changed in recent times and the first point to note is that the process is now completely online.
At McGill & Co, we receive a lot of questions surrounding applying for citizenship or visas based on Scottish ancestry.
To help get to the bottom of these questions, our Solicitors Jack Freeland and Iain Halliday spent some time discussing the topic in detail. Check out the Q+A video to find out more about how your Scottish ancestry may lead to British citizenship and ancestry visas. Jack answered a series of questions posed by Iain that may help you with your application.
July 2021 update
In 2017, the Home Secretary introduced a concession to the Immigration Rules to allow the employment of foreign nationals who are joining vessels engaged in the construction and maintenance of offshore wind projects in UK territorial waters (UKTW) being the 12-mile zone that determines if a worker is subject to UK immigration laws.
If you are in the UK but your Entry Clearance was not activated due to COVID-19 restrictions then this information is for you.
If you entered the United Kingdom outside the 30 and 90-day window allowed by your Entry Clearance vignette due to COVID-19 impacts, and your Entry Clearance was not activated as a result, then you can apply to remain in the United Kingdom without having to return overseas or reapply.
As part of the significant changes in UK immigration law recently, the Home Office have created a new immigration route to allow international students to stay in the UK after completing their university studies here. The Graduate route opens on 1 July 2021.
The Graduate route will allow graduates to work, or look for work, in the UK for two years after the end of an eligible course (or for three years if they have completed Doctoral studies).
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Iain Halliday and the team in McGill & Co did an outstanding job with my Pre Settlement Scheme Application. I’m very pleased with the way everything was handled. All the support and advice given throughout the process was above my expectations. Thank you!
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I went with McGill and Co for a spousal visa application, in the middle of Covid, and am very grateful for the professional application service and additional support provided by James Ritchie during this process. I would recommend him and the firm for any immigration related situations.
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McGill & Co took on the case at short notice against a tight deadline following a stressful experience with another firm. Iain was both patient and reassuring providing us with the confidence and faith that he would complete the task successfully. Professional and responsive throughout we are very grateful for the diligent and dedicated approach of Iain and the team.