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McGill & Co is a Scottish immigration law firm specialising in UK immigration, nationality and refugee law.

01 April 2021 Grace McGill Blog
The Home Office policy for visa customers and applicants in the UK affected by coronavirus restrictions has been updated, extending the exceptional assurance or leave expiry date to 30 June 2021. Concessions for returning residents were also introduced in February to allow those with ILR lapsing on or after 24 January 2020 to apply to return to the UK after being away for more than 2 years.

18 March 2021 Iain Halliday Blog
House of Parliament
This deceptively simple question was the subject of the Upper Tribunal’s recent decision in Chang (paragraph 276A(a)(v); 18 months?) [2021] UKUT 65 (IAC). The answer: 548 days.

10 March 2021 James Ritchie Dual Nationality
If you were born abroad to a British mother, and seeking a British passport, you might have come across an obstacle with the Passport office. This blog will not cover the full spectrum of rules related to nationality, but will briefly answer the most common questions on registering as a British citizen if you were born before 1983 to a British mother.

08 March 2021 Iain Halliday Blog
  A new Statement of Changes to the immigration rules was published on 4 March 2021. This makes various changes to the immigration rules, introducing a new Graduate route and making minor changes to other types of visa. Changes are also being made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

08 March 2021 Grace McGill Blog
  The Scottish fishing industry has received a major boost as new immigration rules make it easier to recruit skilled deckhands from abroad.

04 March 2021 Grace McGill Blog
The government has announced that it is modernising the immigration system to help the UK attract and retain the most highly skilled, globally mobile talent – particularly in academia, science, research and technology – from around the world.

01 March 2021 Iain Halliday Blog
In CA v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] CSOH 105 the Court of Session considered the steps that need to be taken before proceeding with judicial review.

01 February 2021 Jack Freeland Blog
Coming into force yesterday, 31 January 2021, Appendix Hong Kong British National (Overseas) creates two new visa routes for adult BN(O)s and their dependants.

18 January 2021 Grace McGill Blog
Wind Farms
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. This concession is time-limited and leave to enter under the terms of the concession was previously extended to 31st December 2020 as we covered in our previous blog post in April.

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