Changes to Subclass 457 visa Australia programme

Changes to Australian Subclass 457 visa programme Early in 2015, the federal government announced changes to Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visas that would increase flexibility and reduce restrictions on visa holders whilst maintaining the integrity of the programme. In April 2015 the Australian government followed through with the promise and delivered a number of […]

Egypt Visas on Arrival Scrapped

As of May 15th 2015, travellers not on package tours to Egypt will need to apply in advance for permission to enter. Whereas, tourists travelling with registered tour operators and intend to stay for less than 15 days will be issued a visa-on-arrival. With the tourism industry in Egypt still recovering from the political events […]

Passport Exit Checks

With effect from 8 April 2015, passengers leaving the United Kingdom (UK) by Eurostar or ferry will be subject to passport exit checks and information recorded. The Home Office has reinstated its commitments to conducting 100% exit checks for passengers leaving the UK by introducing exit checks to the Eurotunnel and ferry operators on 8 […]

British-Irish Visa Scheme

As reported by the Home Office yesterday, Chinese and Indian nationals can visit the UK and Ireland using a single visa when travelling on certain short stay and visitor visas under the British-Irish Visa Scheme. This also has positive business implications. The British-Irish Visa Scheme will start in China by the end of October 2014 […]

Visa System to Attract Chinese Visitors to UK

Chinese Visitors to UK Last year, we blogged and kept you updated regarding Home Office plans towards attracting more Chinese visitors to the UK, and also brought you information on what other countries were doing in this respect. Coinciding with the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s first visit to the UK, Home Secretary Teresa May launched […]

Electronic Visa Waiver for Gulf Countries

Following the welcome news that foreign business executives will get a personalised and expedited visa service, as of early 2014 the Home Office will also launch a new waiver scheme to make it easier and cheaper for business and tourist travelers from Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to visit the UK. The […]

Relaxed – Visa for Chinese to UK

Relaxed – Visa for Chinese to UK Visa rules for Chinese coming to the UK are to be relaxed George Osborne: “We are two great trading nations, with a shared interest in keeping the trade routes of the world open and free”. Visa applications for Chinese visitors entering the UK will be simplified, Chancellor George […]

Visa for Scotland

Visa for Scotland As we move closer to the big vote next year, the issue of immigration must be seriously considered and practical difficulties with independence, if policies were different from England. As reported today, The UK government is trying to limit numbers, while Scotland’s recent population growth has come from inward migration. “Numbers born […]