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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”....

May
21
2015

International students: a valuable resource for UK employers
#Immigration

A report published this week by London First and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) claims to quantify, for the first time, the positive effect of London’s 67,000 non-EU international students....

Jul
17
2014

£18,600 a year minimum to sponsor foreign spouse or partner
#Immigration

On Friday 11 July 2014 the Court of appeal finally handed down its judgment in MM (Lebanon) and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another [2014] EWCA Civ 985. Background The appeals were originally heard four months ago in March and the case concerns one aspect of the Home Secretary`s controversial rules on family migration introduced in July 2012. Under the new rules...

Jun
17
2014

Public perception of being British and immigration?
#Immigration

The unprecedented surge in support for UKIP has been highlighted by a recent survey conducted by NatCen. A survey of 3,000 people was conducted to find out what the British public perceives as most important when determining whether or not someone is ‘truly British`. The results showed that: 95% felt that to be British you must speak English (in 2003 this figure was 86%) 74% said it was impo...

Jun
05
2014

Two week Home Office crackdown on illegal working exposed
#Immigration

A two-week government crackdown aimed at workplaces that could be employing illegal workers has been exposed by campaigners. The Financial Times reported this week that the raids targeting businesses including care homes, hotels and restaurants, building companies, recruitment agencies and other small businesses began on Monday. Efforts by the Home Office to keep the raids named Operation Cen...

May
29
2014

Right to work checks - is your business prepared for a UKVI audit?
#Immigration

All employers need to carry out right to work checksAs an employer, you have a duty to prevent illegal working in the UK by carrying out checks to ensure that your employees have the right to work here. The illegal working provisions of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 mean that an employer may be issued with a penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker (from 16 May 2014) where t...

May
16
2014

Immigration Act 2014 in force
#Immigration

The Immigration Bill received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014 The passage of the Bill has been controversial making way as it does for a number of reforms viewed to further target immigrants generally rather than to build on "existing reforms to ensure that our immigration system works in the national interest" as Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire commented in the Home Office`s pr...

May
16
2014

Revised code on preventing illegal working: simpler checks, higher fines.
#Immigration

On 6 May 2014 the Home Office published a draft code of practice on preventing illegal working detailing a revised civil penalty scheme for employers expected to come into force today. It will apply where any breach occurred on or after 16 May 2014. Having replaced the previous code issued in February 2008, it has statutory force and contains some comprehensive changes to right to work checks to...

May
16
2014

Drop in Bulgarians and Romanians working in the UK
#Immigration

According to BBC News, the number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK fell by 4,000 in the period January to March 2014, following the lifting of restrictions on nationals from these countries on 1 January. Despite these citizens now having the same rights as other EU citizens, it appears that we have not seen the huge wave of immigration prophesised by some politicians and commentators...

Apr
25
2014

New Visa Fees Come into Force
#Immigration

A number of changes were introduced to the immigration rules on 6 April 2014 (see our previous Buddy blog). Alongside these changes came the yearly increase in fees for visa, immigration and nationality applications and premium services, which also apply from 6 April. As before, the fees vary depending on the type of visa application and whether the application is being made outside or inside the...

Apr
16
2014

Update on Illegal Worker Penalties
#Immigration

We recently reported that the government intends to increase the maximum penalty payable by an employer who employs an illegal worker from £10,000 to £20,000 per illegal worker.  By way of update, the government has recently announced that it expects this change to come into force at the start of May 2014....

Apr
09
2014

Government publishes draft statutory code of practice to prevent unlawful discrimination and illegal working
#Immigration

The government has recently published a draft statutory code of practice on how to avoid unlawful discrimination while preventing working. What does the code say? All employers have a duty to carry our pre-employment immigration checks to ensure that their workers have the right to work in the UK.  However, an obvious risk arises if an employer only undertakes checks in respect of its non-Brit...

Apr
07
2014

Changes to the Immigration Rules come into force
#Immigration

On 6 April 2014 a number of changes to the Immigration Rules came into force. Full details of the changes (including an explanatory note) can be found here. So how will these changes impact on employers? There have been changes to the Tier 2 (General) visa route, under which workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) can be sponsored by licenced employers (sponsors) to carry out a...

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