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Turkish Business Persons Again Allowed to Obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain

26 June 2018

In the latest statement of changes to the immigration rules, the UK Home Office has introduced a new indefinite leave to remain (ILR) route for Turkish business people under the European Communities Accession Agreement (ECAA or the Ankara Agreement) and their families. This will come into force on 6th July 2018. The new ILR route will recognise time spent as either an ECAA business person or as a worker (or equivalent points-based system status), as long as the most recent period of leave was under the ECAA. Other eligibility criteria include five years continuous residence in the UK and sufficient knowledge...

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We have won the DSP ARP Awards again

22 June 2018

We are delighted to have won once again the ARP DSP nomination for the second year in a row.

Up against the following companies, many of which we faced at the recent Re:Locate Awards.

• Bournes Relocation • Clearview Relocation • Relocation Support Services • Simply London Relocation

We are so proud and grateful to ARP the Association of Relocation Professionals for choosing us once again.

ARP awards

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UK urges EU to publish plans for Britons living in Europe post-Brexit

21 June 2018

The government has called on EU leaders to publish concrete plans to preserve the rights of British citizens living on the continent post-Brexit.

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, said he was concerned that other EU member states have not stated how they are going to support Britons in Europe when the government has advanced plans for a new status for the estimated 3.4 million EU citizens living in the UK.

His concern was welcomed by the leading campaign group, British in Europe. But it added it was the government’s fault that they had been left in limbo.

“As Mary Berry might have said:...

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UNITED KINGDOM: New Start-Up Visa Announced

19 June 2018

During this week’s London Tech Week, the UK Home Secretary announced the launch of a new “start-up” visa coming in Spring 2019. This new visa route is being designed following advice from the Migration Advisory Committee and feedback from the tech sector and other stakeholders. Its aim is to attract more talented foreign entrepreneurs to the UK by making the visa process faster and smoother.

Like similar programs in other countries, applicants will be required to have an endorsement from a UK university, approved business sponsor, or startup accelerator.

The announcement of the new visa route was short on specifics, with the...

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Londoners spend shortest time renting before owning a property

18 June 2018

Despite the capital’s soaring house prices, London residents spend the shortest time renting a property before owning a home, according to research by landlord insurer Direct Line for Business.

The average Londoner expects to spend under 12 years renting, compared to the UK average of 15 years and two months, the study shows.

Direct Line’s data also found that, across the UK, London has the highest number of renters, with its 2.7m tenants accounting for a sixth of all British renters.

Meanwhile, the research suggests that the UK is increasingly becoming a renter’s market: of the estimated 17m renters in the UK, 70...

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Icon Relocation wishes all our friends and clients Happy Eid!

15 June 2018

Wishing each other on Eid, strengthens the bond of love and brotherhood and hugging reflects forgiveness. A very blessed Eid ul-Fitr to all of you.

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Non-EU visas for foreign skills to be relaxed

15 June 2018

Doctors and nurses are to be excluded from existing Tier 2 visa quotas, which will in turn free up 7,000 openings for technology and business professionals outside the European Economic Area.

Downing Street has confirmed that the government would exclude doctors and nurses from the annual quota of Tier 2 visas restricting the number of skilled workers from outside Europe who can take up job offers in the UK.

What will the change to Tier 2 quotas mean?

Such a move will have far-reaching consequences in other business sectors as removing medical staff from the annual quota of 20,700 should free up about...

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Home secretary pledges to review tier 2 cap

11 June 2018

The UK government appears to be bowing to pressure to increase the number of skilled migrants allowed into the country from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) under the Tier 2 visa system.

Limitations of the Tier 2 system

In a BBC interview, Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed that he was “taking a fresh look” at the annual cap of 20,700 visas granted under the ‘general’ category. Allocations under the cap have been reached every month since December, resulting in more than 6,000 overseas workers with job offers in the UK being refused entry, including more than 1,500 doctors.

With about a third...

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Area guide for Wimbledon

07 June 2018

By far the majority of houses in Wimbledon are handsome Victorian villas and four and five bedroom townhouses, or rows of sturdy terraces built after the arrival of the railway in 1938 to house the growing middle class.

Going out

Drinking: Wimbledon has an excellent selection of pubs to spend a lazy afternoon in, and bars for a weekend night out too. The best pub in the village is the Rose & Crown but the The Crooked Billet and The Hand in Hand, both a 10 minute walk across the Common, rate highly too. Art deco inspired Terrace is an excellent option...

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Pound buoyed by services sector bounce

06 June 2018

The pound rose sharply against the dollar and euro on Tuesday (5 June) as new data from May showed an unexpected surge in the UK’s services sector, which accounts for more than three-quarters of the nation’s GDP.

UK heading towards GDP growth

The Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) showed a reading of 54 last month, up from 52.8 in April in an index where any reading above 50 indicates growth, and well above of market forecasts of a 52.9 return.

Publication of the index came on the heels of May’s PMI for manufacturing, which also came in well above economists’ expectations, while...

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