ARRANGEMENTS IN LIGHT OF COVID-19

Updated 29th April 2020

I've cut the previous comments down as I think everyone in the world knows what's happening just now! The UK and Australia both remain on lock-down and we're all still working from our homes. Global immigration continues to be affected by various things in different countries, including many borders being closed and the closure of visa issuing posts. There is still a lot to be done however, whether for existing matters or in preparation for new ones to proceed once restrictions lift. We're therefore very much still working and available to clients. The following information might be useful:

  • We are not holding any face to face meetings, in our offices or anywhere else, so all discussions with clients, including new consultations, are being held by 'phone or video
  • E-mail is working as normal, as are the 'phones
  • UK client work is being managed by Anna Bose (anna.bose@asgvisa.com)
  • Matthew Amoils (matthew.amoils@asgvisa.com) is the director and key point of contact for Sydney, as well as all US immigration matters
  • Mark Sutherland (mark.sutherland@asgvisa.com) manages inbound Australian matters
  • If there are any problems with the London office telephone number, please call +44 7920 887005
  • If there are any problems with the Sydney office telephone number, please call +61 449 161 855

If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

I hope you all stay well and safe.

Ann

+44 7900 897618
+61 481 497 259
+1 202 360 4767

ann.symonds@asgvisa.com

WELCOME!

After many years' service, our old website has been retired and this space is being prepared for our new one. If you would like to be alerted when the new site is live, please click here, in the meantime, here is some basic information you may find useful, as well as current vacancies.

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KEY CONTACTS

Ann Symonds, Director, UK
ann.symonds@asgbiz.com

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Matthew Amoils, Director, Australia
matthew.amoils@asgvisa.com

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OUR OFFICES

London

n.b. due to the current situation our offices are not open to callers, please see information above

107-109 Great Portland Street
London W1W 6QG
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)20 7299 3330

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Sydney

n.b. due to the current situation our offices are not open to callers, please see information above

Suite 604, Level 6
12 O'Connell Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Australia
T: +61 (0)2 8901 3834

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INTERNATIONAL COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Many countries around the world have implemented special measures, including entry bans and quarantine/isolation periods, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have compiled many of these here. Needless to say, the situation is changing every day and this information will go out of date very quickly, sometimes with no notice. We will update as often as possible but it should only be seen as a guide. Each section shows the relevant government links and it's important to check with those sites and/or relevant advisers before making plans.

For the country-by-country guide, please click here

CURRENT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

IMPORTANT NOTE - DIRECT APPLICATIONS ONLY PLEASE - NO AGENCIES!

Unfortunately, given the current situation, we are not advertising any specific roles just now. However, we do remain happy to hear from anyone who has a serious interest in joining our team and is able to offer a high standard of expertise and client service. Please feel free to contact Ann or Matthew directly for a confidential chat, or e-mail us.

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PRIVACY & DATA PROTECTION POLICY

ASG Business Central Limited (UK)

ASG Immigration Limited (UK)

ASG Global Services Limited (UK)

ASG Global Services Pty Ltd (Australia)

Introduction

ASG takes all aspects of privacy and data protection very seriously and is aware of its obligations under data protection regulation, including the requirements of the GDPR (from 25th May 2018).

The basis for collecting and using personal information

We collect and use personal information to conduct matters under engagements with our clients, to run, improve and develop our business and services and to maintain contact with clients and others who are interested in our work or with whom we have made connections.

With regard to the GDPR, we rely on the following legal grounds:

  • Performance of a contract
  • Consent
  • Legitimate interests

How we collect information

Most of the personal information we collect is provided to us by the individuals themselves, for example when making enquiries, requesting information or fee quotes from us, entering into client engagements with us, interacting with our team members at events, providing / exchanging business cards or attending events (including technical, networking and social events). We may also gather and update information from public / semi-public sources, such as entries on websites and social media platforms.

How we store information

Databases holding personal / contact information are held on our server and our "cloud" service, with data stored only in the EU and Australia, which is a country determined by the EU Commission to have an "adequate level of protection". Although we, in common with many businesses, are currently transitioning our systems to make greater use of external "cloud" services, we do not permit any data to be held outside of such countries.

How we use the information we collect and hold

  • To provide our services
  • To improve and develop our services and business
  • To respond to enquiries
  • To manage our client engagements and the conduct of matters
  • To manage our relationship with clients, suppliers and other contacts
  • To market our services
  • To provide news regarding ASG companies
  • To provide news and technical information that may be of interest
  • To send invitations to events, including technical briefings, seminars, networking events, social events and parties/functions
  • To comply with our legal obligations
  • For any other legitimate business purpose

Sharing the information we collect and hold

Data collected and held by any ASG company may be shared with other ASG companies (listed at the head of this document). While data may be stored in one or more of these companies, the central database is held and run by ASG Business Central Limited (as a data processor) on behalf of all ASG companies.

Data may be disclosed to third parties where required in order to provide our services (for example, courier services, external agents and service providers, outsourced services, and lawyers / other professionals working alongside our own teams) in the conduct of matters. It may also be disclosed where we are required to do so by law.

We have never and will never sell the data we hold and nor have we ever bought lists/data.

Rights under the GDPR

EU resident have certain rights under the GDPR, including the right to see the data we are holding, to request corrections of data held and to be removed from our database (subject to certain exceptions). Should you wish to exercise any of these rights, please inform us using the e-mail address ann.symonds@asgbiz.com Should you wish to be removed from mailing lists that supply marketing messages and/or invitations to briefings and social functions, please inform us using the e-mail address contact@asgbiz.com or click the "unsubscribe" link at the end of relevant e-mails you have received from us. Please note that this will only remove you from the mailing list(s) and not from our database. To be removed from our database completely, please contact us using the e-mail address contact@asgbiz.com and/or contact Ann Symonds (see below). Please note that there are certain circumstances in which removal will not be possible (for example where we are required to keep data relating to matters conducted under engagements with our clients) and that additional correspondence may be required before removal can be completed.

ASG website(s)

Our website is free to access without the need to provide any personal information.

We do not currently have, nor have we had in the past, a website that collects data or uses "cookies". At the time of updating this policy, we are building a new website. It is not anticipated that this will collect data or use cookies but, should that become the case, the details will be published on the site and this policy will be updated accordingly.

Questions & concerns

Please note that the new GDPR does not require us to have a formal Data Protection Officer and therefore we have not appointed one. However, responsibility for our policies and procedures rests with Ann Symonds. For any questions concerning this policy, or should you have any concerns or wish to make a request relating to the date we hold regarding you, please feel free to contact her on this e-mail address ann.symonds@asgbiz.com

Changes to this policy

This policy may be updated from time to time, either because we need to make changes ourselves or because we are required to as the GDPR and other new regulations are implemented. Any such changes will be posted on the ASG website and a copy can be supplied on request.

Policy last updated

25th May 2018

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ASG Immigration is a trading name of both ASG Immigration Limited and ASG Global Services Pty Limited. ASG Immigration Limited is a company registered in England & Wales (number 4342040, registered office 4 Cleveland Square, London W2 6DH) and is registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC - number F200100201). ASG Global Services Pty Limited is a company registered in Australia (ABN 68 167 940 249, registered office Level 2, Piccadilly Court, 222 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000).

Due to UK SRA regulations, advisers at ASG Immigration Limited who have qualified as solicitors are employed on a non-practising basis. Due to NSW Law Society regulations, advisers at ASG Global Services Pty Limited who have qualified as solicitors are employed on a non-practising basis and those advising on Australian migration matters are registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA). Under certain circumstances and for certain recipients, some of the material contained herein may constitute Attorney advertising within the meaning of the Attorney Advertising Regulations of the relevant US states. The following statement is made pursuant to the Rules of Professional Conduct of New York regarding Attorney advertising: Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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