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Sep
29
2017

Award winning Indian restaurant in Wales re-opens following immigration raid
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

An award winning Indian restaurant in Wales has re-opened after being temporarily closed down by immigration officers. Yasmin’s, which has won various curry awards over the years, was shut down last week following an immigration raid which found the owners had failed to carry out the prescribed right to work checks....

Sep
22
2017

Theresa May Florence Speech: UK laws to protect EU citizen’s rights
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

This afternoon, Theresa May delivered a “landmark” speech in Italy confirming she wants a 2 year transition period with no change to current market access or rules. Speaking ahead of Brexit talks which are due to resume on Monday, May thanked European nationals living in the UK for their contribution and promised that their rights will be protected and they could “carry on” living their lives as before....

Sep
15
2017

Establishing a business presence in the UK – the sole representative visa
#Immigration #Employment #Inward Investment

Our immigration lawyers have recently seen an increase in enquiries from successful overseas business owners who wish to establish a business presence in the UK. Such individuals have explored the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route but either do not want to live in the UK or do not wish to make a large investment, such as the £200,000 required under the Entrepreneur route....

Sep
07
2017

Leaked document on Post Brexit Immigration
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

The Guardian has obtained a copy of a leaked document setting out the government’s proposals on post-Brexit immigration. ...

Sep
01
2017

Top London Curry House Re-Opens following Immigration Raid
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

One of London’s top curry houses, Tayyabs, has re-opened following a 48 hour shutdown by immigration enforcement officers for allegedly employing illegal workers. Family owned Punjabi restaurant Tayyabs closed on Tuesday following an immigration raid which found some of its 40 employees did not have the correct permission to work in the UK....

Aug
30
2017

Home Office admits error in British born Shane Ridge case
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

This afternoon, the Home Office confirmed that Shane Ridge, the Lancashire born joiner, is indeed a British citizen and they had incorrectly refused his application for Right of Abode. Shane Ridge’s case made headlines this week when it was discovered that despite being born in the UK and spending his entire life here, he was required to leave or face a £5,000 fine or prison sentence. ...

Aug
25
2017

Food industry expresses workforce concerns in landmark Brexit survey
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

This week, the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) warned that over a third of its members businesses would become unviable without access to EU labour, as 47% of EU workers consider moving away from permanent and seasonal roles....

Aug
18
2017

Home Office Updates Guidance on Right to Work Checks
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

This week, the Home Office published new guidance for employers setting out the right to work checks required to establish or retain a statutory excuse....

Aug
11
2017

Call for Evidence: EEA workers in the UK labour market
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Last month, the Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), with the purpose of conducting a study about and advising upon the economic and social impacts of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Following the Home Secretary's commissioning letter last week, the MAC has released a Call of Evidence, from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience to aid the MAC response. ...

Jul
21
2017

No Dual Nationality for Dutch Nationals living in Post Brexit Britain
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Dutch PM Mark Rutte, this week confirmed that Dutch nationals in the UK who are considering securing British citizenship in order to avoid complication after Brexit, will be stripped of their Netherlands passports due to existing limits on dual nationality. This means in effect, that 100,000 Dutch nationals living in the UK face an uncertain future after March 2019....

Jul
10
2017

Accommodating business visitors and ensuring compliance
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

A few years ago, the UK’s rules for visitors were revamped and saw changes which simplified the lives of many people who are frequent visitors to the UK for leisure and business. Prior to April 2015, visitor rules were restrictive and it was commonplace for bona fide business visitors to be inadvertently in breach of the immigration rules. The current visit visa system allows business people to carry out a wider range of activities under broader categories....

Jun
29
2017

UK Government’s Post Brexit Offer to EU nationals
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

This week, the government published its policy paper for managing the immigration status of EU nationals in the UK after Brexit. The policy paper is still to be negotiated with the EU but it confirms that once the UK has officially withdrawn from the EU (which could happen at any point on or before 29 March 2019), existing residence documents such as those certifying permanent residence, would be invalid. Instead, all EU nationals and their family members would need to apply for new residence documents....

Jun
16
2017

Tier 2 Immigration Skills Charge – Another fee to pay
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

The recent Conservative manifesto has included a pledge to upsurge the Immigration Skills Charge, from £1,000 to £2,000 per year per employee by the end of the Parliament. Stated within their manifesto “skilled immigration should not be a way for government or business to avoid their obligations to improve the skills of the British workforce”....

May
26
2017

Home Office refuses to grant Entrepreneur Visa to Inventor of ‘Smart’ Walking Stick
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

This week, ITV reported that the Home Office have refused to grant Neha Chaudhry, an award winning young Pakistani entrepreneur, a visa to remain in the country as a highly skilled migrant...

May
18
2017

Conservatives Manifesto: Pledge to Double Immigration Skills Charge
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Launching the Tories Manifesto today, Theresa May has said a strong economy and delivering Brexit were top priorities. On immigration, the Tories have vowed to uphold the party’s promise to reduce net migration...

Apr
19
2017

Dozens of UK Landlords fined after roll-out of Right to Rent Scheme
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Right to rent checks - Landlords or their agents must by law check that their tenants have the right to rent in the UK, failure to carry out these checks may lead to financial penalties....

Apr
07
2017

The Impact of Brexit on UK’s Tech Industry
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Last Wednesday, Theresa May’s letter formally invoking Article 50 was sent to Brussels, firing the starting gun on the two-year departure process from the EU. There is no doubt that future immigration policy is arguably the most important factor on the table for the tech industry....

Nov
04
2016

Business Immigration Update: Changes to Tier 2 Route Announced for 24 November 2016
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Yesterday, the UK government announced changes to the immigration rules which will affect Tier 2 visa applications made on or after 24 November 2016....

Oct
18
2016

Preparing for the unknown – practical tips for employers of EU workforces
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Although the UK’s Leave vote has had no immediate impact on free movement rights, businesses which employ EEA nationals and their family members may wish to start thinking about the implications of BREXIT now. There are risks and opportunities to be aware of and contingency plans which may need to be put in place....

Sep
23
2016

No appeal rights for Extended Family Members of EEA Nationals
#Immigration #Inward Investment

In the case of Sala (EFMs: Right of Appeal) [2016] UKUT 411 (IAC) the Upper Tribunal has held that there is no right of right of appeal against the Home Office’s decision not to grant a Residence Card to the Extended Family Member (“EFM”) of an EEA national. ...

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