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Want to retain your EU Citizenship post-Brexit?

With the prospective Brexit date of March 29th creeping ever closer, many British citizens are gearing up to try and claim citizenship in one of the remaining EU member states. Recent data shows that the number of British citizens successfully acquiring citizenship for another European Union country has more than doubled since 2016, the very year the Brexit referendum took...

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Business Visas – When Are They Required?

If you’re travelling for business, you’d think it’s a given that you’d require a business visa for the country you’re visiting. In reality, that depends on what you’ll be doing on behalf of your company in the destination country, as well as which country you will be visiting. What’s classified as a “business trip”? Here we look at some classification...

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Police Clearance Certificates – What Are The Different Types?

Some form of police clearance check is now mandatory for employment in most sectors, and for the majority of countries when working overseas. This is especially true for all applications for China and Qatar, and in positions such as teaching and banking across the globe. But which types of checks are available, and how do they differ?

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Philippines Enters The Hague Apostille Convention

On 14th May 2019, the Philippines will become an effective member state of the Apostille Agreement, part of the Hague Convention. This will mean that for many people wishing to legalise documents for use in the Philippines, the current process of seals and red ribbons applied by the Embassies worldwide will be a thing of the past.

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UK-Issued Islamic Marriage Certificates – Where Are They Recognised?

At present, Islamic marriages are not recognised as legally binding by UK law. This is out of step with many other religious ceremonies which are recognised such as Jewish and Quaker marriages. Unless the married couple go on to seek a civil ceremony, their marriage is not considered legal and will miss out on rights enjoyed by other married couples.

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Chinese New Year 2019 – Embassy Closures

The 5th of February 2019 marks the beginning of Chinese New Year. During this period, there will be some temporary closures of government departments, with the Chinese Embassy in London closed on the 4th and 5th of February to signify the start of the celebrations.

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Chinese Travel Visa – Do you really need one?

China is a popular transit hub with excellent transport links across the globe. This can be a great opportunity to take in some of China’s sights, if you’re able to make use of their excellent transit visa system.