International

Do US citizens need a passport?

Do US citizens need a passport?
Ian Mael, September 9, 2019

Introduction

Since being raised in the UK, starting work and gaining independence at the age of 16, I have always jumped at the chance to travel internationally in search of some sun - with the British weather being so unpredictable.  I value my passport as a very important commodity as it gives me the flexibility and the opportunity to experience different cultures. With the ability to reach most European countries within 4 hours – I have found that for me personally, the UK is the ideal place to be situated.

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What is the current status of the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme?

What is the current status of the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme?
Katie Smith, July 31, 2019

What is the Scheme?

According to the UK Government’s current position on Brexit, all EU, EEA or Swiss citizens presently residing in the UK will need to apply to the ‘EU Settlement Scheme’ to continue living in the country after 30 June 2021. Individuals can also apply when they are not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, but they must have an eligible family member who does hold a relevant citizenship.

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Athletes within the Immigration System

Athletes within the Immigration System
Ian Mael, May 30, 2019

International Travel

There are many jobs that allow you to travel and see the world - as is the case for professional sports men and women. Whilst the majority of team-based sports professionals will be situated in one destination, they will be required to travel domestically and occasionally internationally. However, in certain sports like golf, tennis, athletics and Formula One, extensive international travel throughout the year is required.

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Top Honeymoon Destinations and their Visa Requirements

Top Honeymoon Destinations and their Visa Requirements
Nikki Martin, April 29, 2019

Choosing a honeymoon destination can be a difficult decision. Many people, when they hear the word honeymoon, automatically think of a sunny destination by the beach (or pool), palm trees swaying in the light breeze, drinking delicious cocktails, while getting a good top up of your Vitamin D.

Here is an outline of some of the world’s top honeymoon destinations and the visa you will be required to obtain, if you choose to visit one of these lovely destinations for your honeymoon...

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The Future of EU Students and Academics in a Post-Brexit Britain

The Future of EU Students and Academics in a Post-Brexit Britain
Josie Smith, January 25, 2019

Brexit: The White Paper on Immigration

It’s 2019, which means only one thing: it’s the ‘Year of Brexit’! With the UK’s exit from the EU due to be initiated in a matter of months without an agreed deal, concerns are mounting about some of the bigger questions for which the government has yet to provide answers. One of the key concerns is the stability of the future for EU students and academics moving to the UK post-Brexit. UK universities are warning the government that the uncertainty of Brexit and the looming possibility of a no-deal could constitute one of the biggest threats ever faced by the sector.

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Santa: The Ultimate Immigration Expert!

Santa: The Ultimate Immigration Expert!
Nikki Martin, December 14, 2018

Back By Popular Demand

In last years’ Christmas immigration blog ‘Santa’s Visa Situation’, Alchemy focused on the immigration practicalities of Santa’s journey throughout the EU, Canada, US, Russia and The Middle East: http://www.immigrationjobs.com/blog/santas-visa-situation 

This year we are looking at some of Santa’s other regular delivery destinations....

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Immigration Changes within the APAC Region

Immigration Changes within the APAC Region
Nikki Martin, November 26, 2018

Immigration is an ever-changing industry. Changes are implemented for a multitude of reasons, commonly; economic changes, demand of visa applications, technology upgrades and broader government policies or laws. The frequency of the changes means it can be challenging to stay up to date. Here is a brief summary of some recent changes within the APAC region...

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Challenges to Immigration and Mobility outside of Europe

Challenges to Immigration and Mobility outside of Europe
Katie Smith, August 21, 2018

Talking through the challenges

Alchemy has recently been exploring both the advantages and challenges to Immigration and Mobility outside of Europe. This blog focuses on the more challenging aspects, which is particularly relevant in light of the UK’s Brexit situation. To gain a broader world view I have been lucky enough to correspond with industry experts Kent O’Neil (Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase, North Carolina) and Roberto Vale (Vice-President, Account Management Asia Pacific and Middle East at SIRVA, Singapore).

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The Windrush Generation: a cause for immigration reform?

The Windrush Generation: a cause for immigration reform?
Gabriella Vianello, April 24, 2018

Who are the Windrush Generation?

The term ‘Windrush Generation’ has been widely adopted to refer to migrants that entered the UK between 1948 – 1971. Following the aftermath of World War II, families from Jamaica and other various Caribbean countries boarded the passenger liner ‘Empire Windrush’ and journeyed to Tilbury Docks in Essex. This influx of migrants jumpstarted a trend of migration, with more and more individuals travelling to the UK to assist in rebuilding post-war Britain. These migrants were invited by the British government, with the intention that they would help solve the issues surrounding labour shortages at the time; workers were required to rebuild roads, care for the sick and injured, and to assist with other state services as required. With approximately 500 passengers, the Windrush liner therefore offered a substantial opportunity to address workforce issues at the time.

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Santa’s Visa Situation

Santa’s Visa Situation
Katie Smith, December 20, 2017

Santa’s Past and ‘Present’

Santa Claus claims multiple nationalities. Some of the earliest records of Santa come from fourth-century Greece and Turkey where Santa is listed under the name of Saint Nicholas and similar Dutch stories of Sinterklaas suggest Santa’s further association with the Netherlands.

There are also hints of the Germanic God Wodan as another alias of the Santa of the past, however more recent popular culture places Santa as currently residing between his two jolly residences of the North Pole and Finland’s Lapland (think of the frequent flyer miles)!

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PwC’s Legal Expansion: ILC Legal

PwC’s Legal Expansion: ILC Legal
Gabriella Vianello, October 24, 2017

With approximately 2,500 lawyers, PwC possesses the largest legal team of all of the Big 4 accounting firms; their recent decision to launch new law firm ILC Legal, would appear to be the next logical step in the expansion of the organisation. However, PwC have advised that ILC Legal will remain a separate legal entity with a chief focus on issues such as Immigration and Financial Services, which are more pertinent to US multinational organisations engaging in International business.

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