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As editor of Xpats.io, Gill is passionate about helping individuals and organisations overseas explore and pursue opportunities in the UK. She is a content specialist in the fields of immigration, law and business.

The UK Government has announced an extension to its visa scheme for Ukrainian nationals seeking refuge from the ongoing conflict. This scheme, known as the Ukraine Extension Scheme, allows Ukrainians who arrived in the UK before 16 November 2023, to extend their stay for an additional two years. Since March 2022, the UK has opened three routes for Ukrainian nationals seeking refuge from the war in their home country. Homes for Ukraine, the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Ukraine Extension Scheme each granted three years leave in the UK to affected Ukrainians, meaning the first visas were set to expire…

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You can become eligible to switch from a Skilled Worker Visa to ILR after you have lived in the UK continuously with sponsored status for 5 years. Skilled worker visas are granted for a period of up to 5 years. At the end of this visa period, you apply to extend your visa or you can make an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain. With ILR, you gain the right to live and work in the UK for as long as you like, without time restriction and free from immigration control. ILR is also a route to naturalise as a…

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UK indefinite leave to remain (ILR) grants the holder many benefits, but it comes with a number of conditions that must be met both to apply for ILR and to retain ILR status. Indefinite leave to remain conditions With ILR status, you can live and work in the UK free from immigration control, free from limits on the type of activity you can do and free from time restrictions on your stay. ILR is indefinite and without expiry. However, under the UK’s ILR rules, indefinite leave to remain status can be lost in certain circumstances. Loss of indefinite…

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The requirement for UK sponsors to renew their sponsor licence every four years is being abolished, under new Home Office rules confirmed today. In light of the changes, UK sponsor licences due to expire on or after 6 April 2024 are now being automatically extended by 10 years. Licences that are automatically extended will not end unless the licence is revoked by the Home Office or the organisation surrenders its licence. The new rules aim to streamline the sponsor licence management process and save time and resources for employers. However, sponsor licence holders continue to be subject to licence compliance…

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If you are importing or exporting goods, knowing your Incoterms is essential to understanding exactly who is responsible for what in the supply chain, and being able to arrange for things like loading, transportation and insurance cover, where applicable. The following guide will help to simplify the freight shipping process. We explain what is meant by Incoterms and why these terms are so important, with definitions of the different types of terms used and how to choose the right one for your particular shipment. What are Incoterms? Short for ‘International Commercial Terms’, Incoterms are the standardised terms used in…

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The UK has long been a global destination to seek high-quality education. For most international students, you will require a Student Visa to lawfully undertake further and higher education courses in the UK. It is important to ensure that you follow the correct steps to apply for your Student Visa, as your ability to enrol in the course of your choice will depend upon the acceptance of this application by the UK Home Office. At first, the Student Visa process may seem daunting, yet it can be a fairly simple visa route if applicants prepare well and provide all of…

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When importing goods into the UK to sell, process or use in your business, or even when bringing goods into the UK for your own private use, there may be import VAT, customs duty and excise duty to pay. In this guide, we look at the current rules relating to customs charges for both commercial and personal goods being brought across the UK border. UK customs charges for personal goods Anything that is posted or couriered to you from another country goes through UK customs, not only to check that it isn’t banned or restricted, but that you pay…

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If you plan to import goods or supplies into the UK from overseas, you’ll need to make sure that you comply with the most up-to-date rules and procedures relating to the UK’s import controls. This can include the requirement for either an import licence or import certificate. Below we look at the UK’s licensing requirements for imported goods, and how businesses bringing controlled goods into the UK from both the EU and around the world can apply in advance for permission from the appropriate UK authority for a licence or certificate. What is a UK import licence? UK import…

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Businesses trading in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and around the world are required to comply with customs procedures and regulations in line with national trade policies. Companies and businesses selling to consumers in the UK are subject to specific trade rules depending on the goods they trade. One such rule is the obligation to implement the correct commodity code for purposes of customs tariffs. Your business will need to implement commodity codes for specific goods on customs declaration forms in order to ensure compliance with import and export tariffs. This article will define and explain rules about UK…

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Product certification is an important regulatory requirement of many businesses around the world to ensure the quality and performance of products. Many international regulations and contracts stipulate that products must be part of a certification scheme to ensure their quality. This also helps consumers know that the products they are purchasing are of high standards. Due to the globalisation of commerce in the 21st century, your company or business must understand how product certification works in relation to your products. This article will outline key issues around product certification standards in the UK and Europe. It will also look at…

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