In 2011, an annual limit of 20,700 visa grants was introduced by the UK government to restrict the number of non-EU migrants working in the UK under Tier 2 visas. UK firms did not encounter problems in the first four years until 11 June 2015, where the cap was exceeded for the first time .
In light of the announcement of new contract proposals for NHS staff by the UK Health secretary – Jeremy Hunt, 3,468 UK doctors applied for permission from the General Medical Council (GMC) for certificates to practice abroad.
On 23 November 2015, SW partners Mr Eric Lui and Ms Heidi Chui, attended the Annual Cocktail organised by the Hong Kong Law Society held at the Hong Kong Club.
In the wake of the terrorists’ attacks in Paris, the Hong Kong Immigration Department announced on 16 November 2015 that French visitors in Hong Kong affected by this incident can apply for an extension of stay if they wish to remain in Hong Kong. The Department also stated that special attention will be given to these applications and most would be approved on the same day. The department has also informed the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong of this arrangement.
On 16 November 2015, our associate Ms. Vivian Ji and Head of Business Development (China) Ms. Connie Yeung attended the 29th anniversary ceremony of Manivest Group which was held at the Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel. A number of professionals, including lawyers and bankers from Hong Kong and Shanghai, attended this event.
SW partner Ms Heidi Chui was invited by the Institute of Securities Dealers Ltd to be a guest lecturer for its members at the Continuing Professional Development Certificate Course. The course took place at the Hong Kong Chinese Importers’ & Exporters’ Association Clubhouse on 14 November 2015.