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

15 July 2020 Grace McGill Blog
 On 13 July the Home Secretary announced further details about the Home Office's new points-based system (PBS) which expanded on the  Government’s policy statement released in February 2020. The new PBS system, which brings to an end the right of freedom of movement for EEA nationals from 1st January 2021, will align the visa processes for all European and non-European nationals.

09 July 2020 James Ritchie News & Announcements
Earlier this year Visa Application Centres (“VACs”) around the world took the decision to close shop in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, all out-of-country applications to the Home Office were, in effect, halted. As of yesterday, 8 July, VFS Global announced the gradual reopening of their VACs across the US and beyond. 

22 June 2020 Iain Halliday Immigration
  How can you make Scotland your new home? The UK Government sets Scotland’s immigration policy. The Scottish Government has no power to make immigration law. So, if you want to relocate to Scotland, you need a UK visa from the UK Home Office (a.k.a UK Visas and Immigration).   What are the requirements for a UK visa? Well, it depends. There is no generic, catch-all visa, which will allow you to relocate to the UK.

19 June 2020 Grace McGill Blog
  The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford have produced an updated briefing examining labour migration to the UK, finding that for the first time since 2006, the majority of people migrating to the UK for work in 2019 were non-EU citizens.

18 June 2020 Amna Ashraf Blog
At the time of writing, all UK Visa Application Centres in the United States of America have been closed since 20 March 2020. These Visa Application Centres are necessary for any UK spouse visa application to be progressed. The closures have prevented US spouses of British citizens from moving to Scotland and the rest of the UK on a long-term basis.

09 June 2020 Grace McGill Blog
The Home Office has published guidance on GOV.UK on immigration provisions for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus (COVID-19).

02 June 2020 Grace McGill Blog
Offshore Wind
In 2017, the Home Secretary introduced a concession to the Immigration Rules to allow the employment of non-European Economic Area (EEA) 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 will not be granted beyond 31 December 2020.

29 May 2020 Amna Ashraf Blog
The good weather in the UK this week also brings forth some good news. From Monday next week, 1 June, UK Visas and Immigration will be resuming some services in a number of Visa Application Centres across the world. The precise cities where the centres will open are: Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney (Australia); Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai (China); Suva (Fiji); Hong Kong; Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Taipei (Taiwan); Bangkok (Thailand).

29 May 2020 Grace McGill Blog
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the UK immigration system, both in terms of restricting migrant movements to and from the UK and the impact on operational capacity. The Home Office have released a report giving an overview of the key trends affecting the UK immigration system, following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK in March and April 2020. This is a one-off release derived from Home Office management information.

27 May 2020 Darren Stevenson Blog
On 9 April 2020 the Home Office published further guidance on the proposed immigration system that will regulate migrants who come to the UK to work. This system is expected to be rolled out towards the end of 2020, to take effect from 2021 as free movement from the EU ends.

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