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Aug
18
2017

Home Office Updates Guidance on Right to Work Checks
#Immigration

This week, the Home Office published new guidance for employers setting out the right to work checks required to establish or retain a statutory excuse....

Aug
11
2017

Call for Evidence: EEA workers in the UK labour market
#Immigration #UK Immigration

Last month, the Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), with the purpose of conducting a study about and advising upon the economic and social impacts of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Following the Home Secretary's commissioning letter last week, the MAC has released a Call of Evidence, from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience to aid the MAC response. ...

Jul
25
2017

Zafar Kanani writes for The Economic Voice on The UK is still attractive to overseas investors
#Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups #Press #UK Immigration

Last week, the Hurun Report and Visa Consulting Group suggested that the UK slipped down the list of desirable destinations for high net worth Chinese investors, putting the country behind the USA and Canada to third place....

Jul
21
2017

No Dual Nationality for Dutch Nationals living in Post Brexit Britain
#Immigration

Dutch PM Mark Rutte, this week confirmed that Dutch nationals in the UK who are considering securing British citizenship in order to avoid complication after Brexit, will be stripped of their Netherlands passports due to existing limits on dual nationality. This means in effect, that 100,000 Dutch nationals living in the UK face an uncertain future after March 2019....

Jul
10
2017

Accommodating business visitors and ensuring compliance
#Immigration

A few years ago, the UK’s rules for visitors were revamped and saw changes which simplified the lives of many people who are frequent visitors to the UK for leisure and business. Prior to April 2015, visitor rules were restrictive and it was commonplace for bona fide business visitors to be inadvertently in breach of the immigration rules. The current visit visa system allows business people to carry out a wider range of activities under broader categories....

Jun
29
2017

UK Government’s Post Brexit Offer to EU nationals
#Immigration

This week, the government published its policy paper for managing the immigration status of EU nationals in the UK after Brexit. The policy paper is still to be negotiated with the EU but it confirms that once the UK has officially withdrawn from the EU (which could happen at any point on or before 29 March 2019), existing residence documents such as those certifying permanent residence, would be invalid. Instead, all EU nationals and their family members would need to apply for new residence documents....

Jun
22
2017

CITB report confirms UK construction firms rely on migrant labour
#Immigration #Construction

Research commissioned by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has today revealed that a third of construction firms employ overseas workers...

Jun
16
2017

Tier 2 Immigration Skills Charge – Another fee to pay
#Immigration

The recent Conservative manifesto has included a pledge to upsurge the Immigration Skills Charge, from £1,000 to £2,000 per year per employee by the end of the Parliament. Stated within their manifesto “skilled immigration should not be a way for government or business to avoid their obligations to improve the skills of the British workforce”....

Jun
02
2017

Tech City UK Reports “Huge” Rise in Tech Visas
#Immigration #immigration #immigration lawyer #visa #Tier 1 #David Cameron #UK #Tier 2

This week, Tech City UK revealed that applications for Tech Nation’s Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa scheme more than quadrupled over the course of last year. Reports show that for 2016-2017, Tech City UK received over 380 applications for endorsements compared to 100 in the previous year. So far, 260 of these applications have been endorsed with the applicants going on to make their application to the Home Office under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa route. ...

May
26
2017

Home Office refuses to grant Entrepreneur Visa to Inventor of ‘Smart’ Walking Stick
#Immigration

This week, ITV reported that the Home Office have refused to grant Neha Chaudhry, an award winning young Pakistani entrepreneur, a visa to remain in the country as a highly skilled migrant...

May
25
2017

Monica Atwal writes for BQ on the Business Benefits of Immigration
#Immigration #Press

Monica Atwal, Managing Partner of Clarkslegal, explains why immigration is important to UK business and the sustainability of our economy....

May
19
2017

Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Manifestos – Key Employment & Immigration Law Pledges
#Employment #UK Immigration

With the general election fast approaching, we have set out the key employment law points from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos....

May
18
2017

Conservatives Manifesto: Pledge to Double Immigration Skills Charge
#Immigration

Launching the Tories Manifesto today, Theresa May has said a strong economy and delivering Brexit were top priorities. On immigration, the Tories have vowed to uphold the party’s promise to reduce net migration...

May
11
2017

Positive Discrimination and Brexit
#Immigration #Employment

The impact of Brexit is beginning to be felt by employers. Initial anecdotal evidence about the impact of Brexit leading to a drop in EU applicants applying for and remaining in roles is now beginning to be backed up by statistics in some sectors. The urge for employers is to offer reassurance and support for EU employees to ensure that they retain skilled employees and avoid a higher turnover of staff....

May
05
2017

UK Curry Restaurants in Crisis as Immigration Rules Keep Out Chefs
#Immigration #Food and Restaurants

The BBC reported last week that an increasing number of Indian restaurants in Scotland were closing due to strict immigration rules which are preventing restaurants from recruiting top chefs from India....

May
05
2017

Message from Paris TAG Alliances conference
#Environment #Corporate #Employment #UK Immigration #Outsourcing & Supply Chain #Clarkslegal

Michael Sippitt, Chairman of UK law firm Clarkslegal LLP, addressed the TAG Alliances conference in Paris this week on a panel of lawyers and accountants from the US and Europe discussing the issues of Brexit, the business impact of President Trump, and the future of globalisation....

May
02
2017

"There will be dire skills shortages" warns Monica Atwal, speaking to Forbes Magazine on Brexit's impact on immigration in the UK
#Immigration #Employment

This week sees Clarkslegal's Managing Partner Monica Atwal discussing why Britain's future of trade will be effected by tougher immigration rules ...

Apr
19
2017

Dozens of UK Landlords fined after roll-out of Right to Rent Scheme
#Immigration

Right to rent checks - Landlords or their agents must by law check that their tenants have the right to rent in the UK, failure to carry out these checks may lead to financial penalties....

Apr
10
2017

One of the Industries most at Risk from Slavery Scandals and Potential Liabilities is Construction
#Employment #Construction #Employment #UK Immigration

Clarkslegal takes a look at modern slavery in the construction industry and outlines some actions employers should take to protect their workforce and their reputation...

Apr
07
2017

The Impact of Brexit on UK’s Tech Industry
#Immigration

Last Wednesday, Theresa May’s letter formally invoking Article 50 was sent to Brussels, firing the starting gun on the two-year departure process from the EU. There is no doubt that future immigration policy is arguably the most important factor on the table for the tech industry....

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