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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....

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....

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