India implements a new Fast-Track Immigration
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by Holly
1w ago
On 22nd June 2024, India implemented the Trusted Traveller Programme (TTP). Inaugurated by Home Minister Amit Shah at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, this innovative initiative is set to revolutionise the way eligible travellers enter the country, ensuring a faster, smoother, and more secure experience. The Trusted Traveller Programme aims to automate entry and immigration processes for qualifying individuals, significantly reducing wait times and minimising human intervention. The initiative is being rolled out in two phases. The first phase, launched on 22nd June 2024, is a ..read more
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UAE immigration roundup
Hudson McKenzie | Immigration Law Blog
by Holly
1w ago
Over the last few months, the UAE has implemented a number of immigration changes. Here is a breakdown of the updates.  Airport inspections The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stepped up airport inspections and screenings to identify people arriving on Visit visas who may be looking for job opportunities. Immigration officials have increased scrutiny at UAE airports, particularly focusing on passengers from Kottayam and Idukki districts in Kerala, where inadequate travel documentation has caused detainments and travel disruptions. Emiratization rate Mainland companies in the private sector ..read more
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What is the Saudi Premium Residency Scheme?
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by Holly
1w ago
Saudi Arabia’s Premium Residency program, commonly known as the Saudi Green Card, is a transformative initiative designed to attract skilled professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors to the Kingdom. Launched in 2019, this program is a pivotal element of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to diversify the economy beyond oil and promote cultural exchange. The Saudi Premium Residency program allows foreign nationals to live, work, and own businesses or property in Saudi Arabia without the need for a sponsor. This scheme is tailored to attract exceptional talent and investment fr ..read more
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The UK right-to-work check guidance is updated
Hudson McKenzie | Immigration Law Blog
by Holly
1w ago
The UK Home Office has updated the employer guidance on right-to-work (RTW) checks (as of 21st June 2024). Here are the updates: Key changes Employers are no longer required to re-check an employee’s right to work (RTW) if the employee has a physical Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) expiring on 31st December 2024, provided a valid initial RTW check was performed according to the guidance at that time. Employers must monitor the actual expiry date of the employee’s immigration permission. If this date is not tracked, a new RTW check is necessary to confirm the expiry date. This update eases the ..read more
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UAE announces the launch of the “Work Bundle”
Hudson McKenzie | Immigration Law Blog
by Holly
1w ago
In order to streamline administrative procedures and enhance the ease of doing business, the UAE Government has announced the launch of the second phase of the “Work Bundle”.  This initiative, now expanded to include all emirates, is accessible through the digital ‘Work in UAE’ platform. It offers a comprehensive range of services that enable private-sector companies, individuals, and investors to complete employment and residency procedures using a unified, integrated system. The “Work Bundle” is part of the UAE Government’s Zero Government Bureaucracy Programme. This strategic initiativ ..read more
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How will migrants be affected by the upcoming UK elections?
Hudson McKenzie | Immigration Law Blog
by Holly
2w ago
As the UK gears up for elections, understanding the immigration policies proposed by major parties is crucial for migrants and those interested in migration policies. Please note that these are the current updates and may be subject to change. Here’s a breakdown of how each party’s proposals might affect migrants living in or moving to the UK:  Labour Party’s approach to immigration Labour’s objective is to reduce net migration and minimise the reliance on overseas workers by focusing on domestic skills training particularly in the health and social care and construction sectors and refor ..read more
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Relocation options for UK and US citizens
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by Holly
2w ago
More people are reevaluating where they live, looking not only for better work-life balance but also tax advantages and a different way of life. Here is a breakdown of a few of the many options for relocation. Dubai Dubai is an ideal destination for relocation, offering a blend of lifestyle, financial benefits, and economic stability.  Dubai offers a diverse lifestyle with world-class infrastructure and amenities, catering to luxury living and vibrant social scenes. One of the most attractive aspects is the tax-free income, making it a magnet for expatriates seeking financial growth and s ..read more
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Saudi Arabia announces new Wage Protection Service
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by Holly
2w ago
Saudi Arabia has announced the mandatory implementation of the “Wage Protection Service” for domestic workers which will come into force on 1st July 2024. This initiative, launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD), aims to streamline and secure the payment of salaries through digital wallets and accredited banks via the Musaned platform. The Wage Protection Service is designed to ensure that domestic workers receive their salaries promptly and accurately, addressing longstanding issues of payment delays and disputes. By requiring the use of digital payment meth ..read more
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Will there be a surge in US citizens relinquishing their passports?
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by Holly
1M ago
According to the Washington Post, every four years, a wave of Americans threaten to leave the United States if the “wrong” candidate wins the presidential election, and the 2016 election, with Donald Trump as a major candidate, was no exception.  Numerous celebrities, such as the Rev. Al Sharpton, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, and Cher, declared they would flee the country if Trump won. However, history shows that such threats rarely translate into significant emigration.  While a small number of Americans renounce their citizenship each year, primarily due to the onerous tax-fil ..read more
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Saint Lucia joins historic US-backed agreement to strengthen citizenship by investment programs
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by Holly
1M ago
Last week, the Saint Lucia government announced its decision to sign the historic US government-backed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), initially discussed in March 2023. This agreement involves Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, and St Kitts and Nevis, all committing to apply common standards and more robust regulations to enhance the integrity of their Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programs. The MOA includes a significant commitment to increasing the minimum contribution amount for all CBI programs to at least USD $200,000. This investment threshold is expected to rise in the coming w ..read more
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