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Feb
12
2019

Brexit & Business
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Government’s white paper on Brexit, promises a post-Brexit Immigration system for everyone. However, it has left businesses wanting, especially those who rely on their vital EU staff. ...

Feb
12
2019

Government’s golden promise to Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein if no-deal Brexit
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The new Agreement published on 8 February 2019 provides protection to the rights of residence for three EEA EFTA States: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein in the event of a no-deal. Fortunately for these selective States the entitlements (to work, study and access public funds) of their nationals will be broadly as they are now. Their rights will be protected by international and domestic laws post Brexit. Please note that similar provisions already apply to Switzerland....

Feb
11
2019

Global Innovation – Calling all Architects
#Immigration #Construction #Inward Investment

From 10 January 2019 it become possible for architects to apply under a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. Previously architects could only follow the Tier 2 route, where they would have to be sponsored by a licenced Sponsor, who would have to meet the Residence Labour Market Test (RLMT) before making an offer of employment to the migrant and prior to the migrant coming to the UK....

Feb
08
2019

Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship and the annual cap
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Government, in its white paper last year, announced a proposal to remove the cap on sponsoring Tier 2 migrants. This cap applies to Tier 2 (General) migrants earning less than £159,600, applying from outside the UK or are already in the UK as a dependent of a Tier 4 migrant....

Jan
31
2019

Preparing for the post-Brexit immigration System: Applying for a Sponsorship Licence under Tier 2
#Immigration #Inward Investment

A key proposal of the new immigration system destined to start in 2021 is streamlining of the Sponsorship Licencing System under Tier 2 of the Immigration Rules. The Sponsorship Licencing System is currently a key resource available for businesses across the UK to sponsor non-EU nationals from across the world. ...

Jan
30
2019

EU Immigration from 30 March 2019 – No Deal Brexit
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The UK is now 2 months away from its exit date from the EU. However, it is yet to agree on what type of Brexit deal it wants from the EU. This means that there remains a significant chance of exiting the EU without a deal....

Jan
22
2019

EU Settlement Scheme – ‘No cases refused’ - Private Beta Testing Report
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Government has published its report on the second private test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme. The results show that out of the 90.7% decided cases, no cases were refused. The Government says that it has used the data from the 29,987 applications received over the 51 days of this test phase to improve the overall user experience....

Jan
22
2019

Right to Work checks after Brexit
#Immigration #Employment #Inward Investment

The 40-page AN EMPLOYER’S GUIDE TO RIGHT TO WORK CHECKS published by the Home Office on 29 June 2018, 2 years after the EU referendum and more than a year after the Article 50 trigger, has no references to Brexit. It does not therefore mention what employers would have to do if there was no deal. ...

Jan
21
2019

EU Settlement Scheme - Waiver of fee for EU Settlement Scheme
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Application fee for EU Settlement Scheme to be scrapped...

Jan
21
2019

EU Settlement Scheme – Public Test Phase of the EU Settlement Scheme Opens Today 21st January 2019
#Immigration #Inward Investment

If you are an EU national or a non-EU family member of an EU national then you can register to enter the public test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme which opens today. Unfortunately, citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland will not be able to apply until the Scheme fully opens on 30 March 2019....

Jan
18
2019

Renewing your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) allocations for this year
#Immigration #Inward Investment

It is that of time of the year when most sponsors would have either received an email from UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) asking them to renew their CoS allocations or would have qualified for auto-allocation. ...

Jan
15
2019

EU Settlement Scheme #Brexit
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The UK is anticipated to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 (unless the two-year notice period is extended by agreement between the UK and EU). The new EU Settlement Scheme fully opens on 30 March 2019....

Jan
15
2019

What happens if there is no deal? – EU Citizens in the UK #Brexit
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The last few days of Parliament have not provided anyone with any certainty on Brexit. A key group of stakeholders of Brexit are the EU citizens in the UK and those intending to come here post-Brexit. So, what happens if there is no deal before 29 March 2019 and the UK crashes out of the EU?...

Jan
11
2019

EU Settlement Scheme – Public Test phase rolls out 21 January 2019
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The EU Settlement Scheme is now entering its first public test phase from 21 January 2019. The scheme, which is scheduled to fully open on 30 March 2019, has undergone private testing phases with employees in the higher education, health and social care sectors....

Jan
08
2019

Right to Work check changes from 28 January 2019
#Immigration #Employment #Inward Investment

On 13 December 2018, the Government laid before the Parliament the Immigration (Restrictions on Employment) (Code of Practice and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2018 and an updated Code of practice to prevent illegal working....

Jan
04
2019

Increase in Immigration Health Surcharge from 8 January 2019
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will double on 8 January 2019. The IHS is a charge paid by temporary migrants to the UK. This increase means that most visa applicants (from outside the EU) will now pay £400 per year up from £200 per year. Student and Youth Mobility visa applications will have to pay £300 per year up from £150 per year....

Dec
20
2018

The Little Known U.K. Passport Change That Could Cause Chaos This Summer
#Immigration #Inward Investment

While U.K. citizens pondering passport issues such as: 'will it likely be red or blue after Brexit and what line will I need to queue in after a holiday?' There are also some seemingly unpleasant side effects of the transition....

Dec
07
2018

Tier 1 Investor visas on halt amid corruption fears
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Tier 1 investor visas which require a person to invest at least £2million in the UK is currently suspended until the Home Office put new rules into place....

Dec
03
2018

What it takes to trade globally
#Inward Investment #Employment #Information Technology

Whatever the shape of Brexit, or no Brexit, the opportunity to do more business around the wider world has figured large in the national debate, and is still a core issue of concern in the proposed Brexit deal....

Sep
07
2018

British universities call for the return of post study work visas
#Immigration #Inward Investment

British universities have called on the government to bring back the post study work visa which would allow overseas students to stay in the country to work for up to two years after graduation. The scheme was scrapped in 2012 and strict post study work rules may have had a significant impact on prospective applicants from certain countries, including India....

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