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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. ...

Sep
23
2016

Business Immigration Update: Changes to Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Route
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Following the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)’s review of the Tier 2 visa route this January, the Home Office announced significant reform to the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) visa category....

Sep
09
2016

Right to work checks – do you have a statutory excuse?
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

All employers regardless of whether they hold a Sponsor Licence or not, are expected to carry out prescribed document checks on all employees before they start work. Provided that an employer has carried out the appropriate checks, it will have a statutory excuse against liability for a civil penalty if it later comes to light that any worker has been working illegally in the UK....

Aug
26
2016

Right to Work Checks for International Students
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

International students from outside the EEA are allowed to work in the UK depending on the conditions of their visa. Employers need to be aware of the additional right to work checks they need to carry out on these employees. ...

Aug
26
2016

Post BREXIT: New immigration policy should secure public consent
#Immigration #Inward Investment

A report by independent think tank British Future has suggested that although Brexit presents challenges for decision makers, it also offers an opportunity to get immigration policy right so the public’s trust in the system can be restored. The “immediate priority” should be securing the future of the 3.5m EU nationals living in the UK – an opinion shared by 84% of the public who believe that EU citizens already living in the UK should be allowed to stay....

Aug
12
2016

Right to work - powers to close business premises for non-compliance
#Immigration #Inward Investment

If immigration officers have reasonable grounds to believe that an employer is flouting the law, they could close the business for up to 48 hours to carry out a full investigation. ...

Aug
08
2016

Investing in the UK – do your homework
#Corporate #Inward Investment

Despite some uncertainty over the UK’s new status and trade relationships post Brexit, the UK remains an attractive place for overseas investment. We continue to see a high level of investments from existing and new international clients into the UK. ...

Aug
05
2016

If you don’t get it right the first time...comply, comply, comply!
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Following Byron Burger's arrests by the Home Office, the chain has been hailed by the Home Office for its full compliance with ‘immigration and asylum law in its employment practices....

Jul
22
2016

Immigration update: penalties for illegal working
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Employers can now be penalised if they have reasonable cause to believe that an employee does not have the legal right to work in the UK....

Apr
14
2016

Employer’s reasonable and genuine belief can be sufficient for SOSR dismissal
#Employment #UK Immigration #Inward Investment

In Nayak v Royal Mail Group, the EAT upheld the tribunal’s decision that an employer’s genuine and reasonable belief that an employee was no longer permitted to work in the UK was sufficient to show that he had been dismissed for some other substantial reason (SOSR)....

Feb
18
2016

Immigration changes: NHS surcharge will be payable by Australians and New Zealanders
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

The Government has announced that from 6 April this year Australians and New Zealanders who spend more than 6 months in the UK will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)....

Jan
29
2016

Visa applications – the devil is in the detail
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

In the immigration team we help people who are applying for many different kinds of visa – from students to skilled workers, visitors to spouses. But what do all visa applications have in common?...

Sep
25
2015

Immigration skills charge for UK employers
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The recently published Immigration Bill, coming less than a year after the Immigration Act 2014 took effect, builds on the Conservative Government’s objective to make Britain a more hostile environment for undocumented migrants....

Aug
14
2015

Immigration crack down in construction, care and cleaning sectors as first modern slavery claims made
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Outsourcing & Supply Chain #Supply Chain Governance

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. ...

Apr
25
2014

New Visa Fees Come into Force
#Immigration #Inward Investment

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...

Feb
25
2014

Illegal worker succeeds in sexual harassment claim against employer
#Immigration #Inward Investment

In the case of Wijesundera v Heathrow 3PL Logistics Ltd the EAT held that a Sri Lankan national who was working without a work permit was able to bring a claim of sexual harassment. On applying for work with the Respondent, the employee informed them that she required a visa to lawfully work in the UK. In the months before she started work she visited the Respondent`s offices to discuss work and...

Sep
24
2013

A quick guide to doing business in the UK
#Inward Investment

There are great opportunities for foreign entrepreneurs and companies to make use of the dynamic and open business climate existing in the UK, as well as a highly skilled workforce. In addition a transparent tax regime, the familiarity of the English language and trusted legal and accounting systems makes the UK an appealing destination for many foreign companies....

Jul
25
2013

The UK must act as a bridge for trade between Europe and the growing economies of the Commonwealth
#Inward Investment

According to a panel of leading experts, the UK and EU are missing a wealth of opportunities from the fastest growing economies in the world because of barriers to trade with the Commonwealth....

Jan
03
2013

Where Are The Brits? Advice to UK Exporters from Baroni Limited
#Inward Investment

This is a question I hear often when meeting foreign business leaders and ambassadors. To what are they referring? World recession and the general decline in business globally, normally means that businesses are clamouring for opportunities the world over....

Jan
12
2011

Neighbourhood Development Orders
#Inward Investment

In the recently published Localism Bill, the same rules regarding the body that can be a qualifying body entitled to initiate the process for making a neighbourhood development order and as regards the neighbourhood area, are applicable to neighbourhood development orders as they are to neighbourhood development plans....

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