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Apr
11
2019

Brexit delayed, again: The EU agrees to extend exit date to 31 October 2019
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The UK has obtained its second extension to extend its exit date to 31 October 2019. This follows the earlier extension which extended the UK’s withdrawal to 12 April 2019 from 29 March 2019. This further extension, however, has various conditions attached to it....

Apr
10
2019

Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney: The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route is open for fashion
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Home Office opened the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route for the fashion industry on 6 July 2018; finally recognising the need for highly skilled and innovative fashion designers as well as appreciating the art of fashion. This was much needed considering the fashion industry brought £32 billion into the UK economy last year and therefore is highly valuable for not only the British culture but also the economy. ...

Apr
10
2019

Top 5 tips when looking for restaurant premises in the UK
#Food and Restaurants #Inward Investment #Real Estate #Franchising

Often the hardest part of opening a restaurant in the UK is finding the perfect premises and location for your venture but once you are in then you also need to make it a success. Here are our top 5 tips to help this process run smoothly....

Apr
09
2019

Setting up business in the UK – Key considerations regarding staff
#Inward Investment #Employment

When it comes to setting up business in the UK one of the key things you need to think about is who is going to operate that business for you. Your staff are crucial to the successful operation of your business and it’s important to ensure they are properly recruited and engaged and that you have the correct framework and procedures in place to manage your relationship going forward. ...

Mar
29
2019

The new Innovator Visa & Start-up Visa routes are officially open
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The government announced the closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) routes on 7 March 2019. In their statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, these routes are to be replaced by the Innovator Visa and the Start-Up Visa. ...

Mar
29
2019

Professional Sportsperson redefined
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The new definition of a ‘professional sportsperson’ has caused chaos as it widens the definition of activities which fall within this prohibition. The government announced the amendment to the definition of a ‘professional sportsperson’ on 7 March 2019. ...

Mar
22
2019

Brexit Update: Is the UK leaving on the 29th of March?
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The 29th of March 2019 has been an important date marked in the diaries of millions of UK and EU citizens. However, the events of last night may mean that this date is likely to change....

Mar
14
2019

Don’t forget about us: Lower skilled workers
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The government aims to have an innovative, highly skilled and highly productive workforce in the UK. There has been great emphasis on global mobility and encouraging the ‘best and the brightest’ come to the UK, but what about the loyal workers who are classified as lower-skilled?...

Mar
08
2019

Immigration Update: Major changes to Immigration Rules announced
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Government published yesterday 297-pages of changes to the Immigration Rules. Separately, it also announced changes to the Immigration fees. Most of these changes will be effective from 29 March 2019....

Mar
07
2019

Business Immigration routes to the UK
#Inward Investment #UK Immigration

The Brexit noise is deafening for those wishing to migrate to the UK. However, the UK Immigration routes remain open for business. Businesses who have utilised these routes have been able to utilise global talent to further their business needs....

Feb
25
2019

Creative, pioneering and the finest: Digital Technology – Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The best tech talent from around the world can come to the UK on a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa; maintaining the UK’s position in being ahead of the global digital economy. The UK has a renowned digital technology reputation, and this is largely attributed to the great digital technology specialists we have in the UK....

Feb
21
2019

Representative of an Overseas Business
#Immigration #Inward Investment

If you are looking to set up a branch or subsidiary in the UK for an overseas business and you are from outside of the EEA and Switzerland then this may be a suitable option for you as opposed to following the points-based system routes, which are more stringent. The business must not have any active branch, subsidiary or other representative in the UK. ...

Feb
21
2019

Government issues further clarifications on the EU Settlement Scheme
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The first public test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme has now completed its first month. This has not been without issues and technical glitches. ...

Feb
19
2019

Getting the Resident Labour Market Test right
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) is a key part of the Tier 2 (General) Sponsorship System. It is also one which has the potential of causing the most issues. This is because if not done right, the employer must re-do the test again causing significant delays which may result in losing their ideal candidate. It is also of note that if the RLMT is not conducted properly or evidence of it is not kept, the UKVI is very likely to take compliance action against the Sponsor....

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....

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