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Nov
17
2017

Government doubles visas for exceptional talented individuals
#Immigration

On Wednesday, the government announced its intentions to double the number of visas to individuals who show promise in the technology, science, art and creative industries. Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed that the number of visas available through the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route will increase from 1,000 to 2,000 a year....

Nov
10
2017

Brexit Update: Government Publishes ‘Technical Document’ on EU citizens’ rights
#Immigration

Last night, Theresa May confirmed that the EU Withdrawal Bill would be amended to formally commit to Brexit at 23:00 GMT on 29 March 2019. This comes after the government published a ‘technical document’ on Tuesday setting out further details of how the new settled status scheme for EU nationals and their family members would operate as the UK leaves the EU. The document seeks to reassure the 3 million EU citizens currently living in the UK of their immigration status post-Brexit....

Oct
27
2017

Right to Work: Employing International Students
#Immigration

Some international students from outside the EEA are allowed to work in the UK, depending on the conditions of their visas. Where they are permitted to work, students can work part time during their studies, full time during vacation periods and any period of time between completing their studies and the expiry of their student visa. Employers wishing to take on such students should be aware of the additional right to work checks required....

Oct
20
2017

Tier 2 Sponsor Duties: Record Keeping
#Immigration

Tier 2 sponsors are required to fulfil certain duties throughout the duration of their sponsor licence. Failure to comply with any of the sponsor duties, is likely to lead to a licence being suspended or in a worst-case scenario revoked and sponsored workers seeing their leave curtailed....

Oct
13
2017

Tier 2 Sponsors: Preparing for a UKVI Compliance Visit
#Immigration

Sponsor licence holders are all too familiar with the challenges of maintaining compliance with UKVI requirements. All sponsors should expect a compliance visit at some point and any visit should be taken very seriously!...

Sep
29
2017

Award winning Indian restaurant in Wales re-opens following immigration raid
#Immigration

An award winning Indian restaurant in Wales has re-opened after being temporarily closed down by immigration officers. Yasmin’s, which has won various curry awards over the years, was shut down last week following an immigration raid which found the owners had failed to carry out the prescribed right to work checks....

Sep
22
2017

Theresa May Florence Speech: UK laws to protect EU citizen’s rights
#Immigration

This afternoon, Theresa May delivered a “landmark” speech in Italy confirming she wants a 2 year transition period with no change to current market access or rules. Speaking ahead of Brexit talks which are due to resume on Monday, May thanked European nationals living in the UK for their contribution and promised that their rights will be protected and they could “carry on” living their lives as before....

Sep
15
2017

Establishing a business presence in the UK – the sole representative visa
#Immigration

Our immigration lawyers have recently seen an increase in enquiries from successful overseas business owners who wish to establish a business presence in the UK. Such individuals have explored the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route but either do not want to live in the UK or do not wish to make a large investment, such as the £200,000 required under the Entrepreneur route....

Sep
07
2017

Leaked document on Post Brexit Immigration
#Immigration

The Guardian has obtained a copy of a leaked document setting out the government’s proposals on post-Brexit immigration. ...

Sep
01
2017

Top London Curry House Re-Opens following Immigration Raid
#Immigration

One of London’s top curry houses, Tayyabs, has re-opened following a 48 hour shutdown by immigration enforcement officers for allegedly employing illegal workers. Family owned Punjabi restaurant Tayyabs closed on Tuesday following an immigration raid which found some of its 40 employees did not have the correct permission to work in the UK....

Aug
30
2017

Home Office admits error in British born Shane Ridge case
#Immigration

This afternoon, the Home Office confirmed that Shane Ridge, the Lancashire born joiner, is indeed a British citizen and they had incorrectly refused his application for Right of Abode. Shane Ridge’s case made headlines this week when it was discovered that despite being born in the UK and spending his entire life here, he was required to leave or face a £5,000 fine or prison sentence. ...

Aug
25
2017

Food industry expresses workforce concerns in landmark Brexit survey
#Immigration

This week, the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) warned that over a third of its members businesses would become unviable without access to EU labour, as 47% of EU workers consider moving away from permanent and seasonal roles....

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

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”....

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