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Mar
18
2016

£35,000 minimum earnings threshold for Tier 2 migrants applying for settlement
#Immigration #Employment

Last year we blogged about the £35,000 earnings threshold for Tier 2 migrants wishing to apply to settle in the UK. This change is due to come into force from 6 April this year and will apply to all non-EEA migrants who came to the UK on a Tier 2 visa after 6 April 2011, unless they have worked in an occupation on the shortage occupation list....

Mar
09
2016

Visa fees increase by up to 25% this month
#Immigration #Employment

UK Visas and Immigration have confirmed that later this month (or next month in the case of the Isle of Man) there will be a rise in the cost of visa application fees for many migrants wishing to come to the UK....

Mar
04
2016

Fluency in English and/or Welsh to be compulsory for public sector workers with customer-facing roles
#Immigration #Employment

The Immigration Bill 2016, which is working its way through Parliament, contains a requirement on public authorities to ensure that their workers (including agency workers) who are in customer-facing roles speak fluent English (or Welsh in Wales). Customer-facing roles are described as those which require workers to speak to members of the public (both face to face and on the telephone) as a ‘regular and intrinsic’ part of their role....

Mar
04
2016

Net migration to UK falls for first time in almost two years...a new trend?
#Immigration #Employment

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics last week, show that annual net migration to Britain (i.e. the number of individuals immigrating to Britain less those migrating from Britain) was at a figure of 323,000 for the year ending September 2015, 13,000 less than the figure reported three months prior. When compared with figures for 2014, net migration is on the increase, however this drop is the first time the net migration figures have fallen in 2 years. The small drop predominantly arose through a reduction in the amount of non-EU individuals immigrating to Britain....

Mar
04
2016

Government proposal to prohibit EEA-only recruitment by employment agencies
#Employment #UK Immigration

In October 2015 the Government consulted on proposed changes to the “Conduct Regulations”, which govern the recruitment sector. The response to the consultation was published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) last week and confirms the Government’s intention to proceed with the majority of the proposals within the consultation....

Feb
18
2016

Immigration changes: NHS surcharge will be payable by Australians and New Zealanders
#Immigration

The Government has announced that from 6 April this year Australians and New Zealanders who spend more than 6 months in the UK will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)....

Jan
29
2016

Visa applications – the devil is in the detail
#Immigration

In the immigration team we help people who are applying for many different kinds of visa – from students to skilled workers, visitors to spouses. But what do all visa applications have in common?...

Jan
22
2016

Big changes to Tier 2 recommended in the Migration Advisory Committee's review
#Immigration #Employment

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which advises the government on migration issues, has published areview of Tier 2. ...

Jan
12
2016

What to expect for 2016
#Clarkslegal #Construction #Corporate #Dispute Resolution #Employment #UK Immigration #Private Client #Real Estate #Commercial

Clarkslegal has produced a guide on ‘What to expect for 2016’ which clearly sets out all the forthcoming legislative changes, which we hope you find useful in planning your year ahead. ...

Jan
12
2016

More onerous duties imposed on employers who sponsor employees on Tier 2 visas
#Immigration

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have recently made changes to the Tier 2 and 5 sponsor guidance published on its website. UKVI already imposes onerous obligations on employers who sponsor employees who are from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) on Tier 2 visas. ...

Sep
25
2015

Immigration skills charge for UK employers
#Immigration

The recently published Immigration Bill, coming less than a year after the Immigration Act 2014 took effect, builds on the Conservative Government’s objective to make Britain a more hostile environment for undocumented migrants....

Sep
04
2015

Refugee crisis: the hard facts
#Immigration

The shocking images of the Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach this week have spawned social media campaigns such as “refugees welcome” and provoked many calls for action....

Sep
03
2015

Visit India on an e-visa - welcome news for Britons travelling to India for business or pleasure
#Immigration #Employment

As of last month, UK passport holders wishing to visit India can apply online for an “e-Tourist visa”. Applications can be made online through the Government of India’s website, which enables applicants to upload documents, pay the fee of $60 (£39) and track their application. Once an application is submitted, visa entry documents should arrive by email within 4 days....

Aug
28
2015

Criminal record checks for Tier 1 and Tier 2 migrants
#Immigration

The government is introducing a new requirement for criminal record certificates to be provided as part of the visa application process....

Aug
14
2015

Immigration crack down in construction, care and cleaning sectors as first modern slavery claims made
#Immigration

Six Lithuanians are suing Kent-based gangmaster operation DJ Houghton Catching Services in the High Court, for whom it is alleged that they were trafficked from Lithuania to work, in the first ever case of a UK firm being taken to court for modern slavery-related claims. ...

Jul
29
2015

Tier 2 up for review - your chance to have a say
#Immigration

Tier 2 visas are the main route for skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to come to work in the UK....

Jul
27
2015

Monthly cap on Tier 2 visas continues to be exceeded
#Immigration

Last month we blogged about news that the cap on the number of Tier 2 visas for skilled migrant workers was reached for the first time....

Jun
24
2015

Minimum salary requirement of £35,000 for migrant workers wishing to settle in the UK
#Immigration

Immigration issues have been in the news again this week following comments from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) that up to 3,365 nurses currently working in the UK may be forced to leave after upcoming changes are made to the immigration rules....

Jun
15
2015

The monthly cap on Tier 2 visas has been reached for the first time
#Immigration

It has been reported that the cap on the number of Tier 2 visas permitted each month has been reached for the first time since its introduction in 2011....

May
29
2015

Immigration Bill: Government proposes new enforcement powers
#Immigration

Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech, which marked the state opening of parliament, set out the new government’s ‘one-nation’ programme of legislation. The Immigration Bill featured amongst a total of 26 bills proposed and its aim is to “control immigration”....

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