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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

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

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

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

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

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....

Oct
30
2018

Clarkslegal Recognised by UK Legal 500 2018  
#Clarkslegal #Complex Contracts #Employment #UK Immigration #Construction #Real Estate #Education #Public Sector #Press

Clarkslegal is delighted to announce that Legal 500 has recognised the firm for the following practice areas; Construction, Commercial Contracts, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property, Corporate & Commercial, Education, Employment, Immigration and Local Government....

Oct
19
2018

MAC report – no preference on EEA Citizens
#Immigration

The MAC report has been long awaited and has been anticipated as evidence to what the UK’s future intentions in regards to Immigration policy may be following Brexit. In general, it seems the report suggests that workers from EEA countries should not be given preference over those from other nations in post-Brexit immigration policy. ...

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....

Aug
31
2018

Legal Challenge to Immigration Exception in Data Protection Act 2018
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Government is facing judicial review proceedings over an exemption in the Data Protection Act 2018 that prevents citizens from accessing their immigration data. Two campaign groups, the Open Rights Group and the3million, have threatened legal action since the provision was introduced into the Data Protection Bill, and have now launched a legal challenge with the aim of seeing the provision removed from the statute....

Aug
21
2018

‘What next for Russia’s super-rich?’ - Monica Atwal comments for Spear‘s
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Press

Sanctions to the left, proposed taxes to the right, Russia’s super-rich face big decisions both at home and in the UK....

Aug
03
2018

Home Office updates Tier 2 sponsor guidance for businesses
#Immigration #Inward Investment

In July, the Home Office updated its sponsor guidance for businesses sponsoring Tier 2 and 5 workers. HR teams and those responsible for managing sponsorship duties, should ensure they are aware of the updates. The Home Office has also made changes to Appendix D, specifically in relation to the documents which must be retained following a Resident Labour Market Test....

Jul
20
2018

Permitted Business Activities under a Visitor Visa
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Over the last few years, UK’s immigration rules have provided greater flexibility to non-EEA nationals wanting to visit the UK as business visitors. Whilst there is no specific business visit visa, the Standard Visitor visa allows visa nationals to undertake a wide range of business activities including attending non pre-arranged meetings and working in the UK office of their overseas employer (providing they do not deal with clients directly)....

Jul
06
2018

Government announces new visa scheme for overseas researchers
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Immigration rules are to be relaxed by the Home Office today with the introduction of a new ‘UKRI Science, Research and Academia’ scheme which allows non-EEA researchers, scientists and academics to come to the UK for up to 2 years. The new scheme will be added to the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange) visa route. ...

Jul
06
2018

Right to work check: Failure to give right of appeal following dismissal, found to be unfair
#Employment #UK Immigration

As we have previously blogged, if an employee fails to produce evidence of his right to work in the UK, it will not necessarily be fair for an employer to dismiss on the basis that it would be illegal to continue to employ the employee. However, dismissal in these circumstances can still be fair if the employer has a reasonable and genuinely held belief that it would be illegal to continue to employ them and has followed a fair process....

Jun
29
2018

Changes to UK immigration rules from 6 July 2018
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The UK Government has announced changes to the immigration rules that will come into effect on 6 July 2018. Many of the changes are positive and will bring welcome news to those looking to work or invest in the UK. Below is a summary of the main changes....

Jun
22
2018

Government announces new settlement scheme for EEA nationals
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The UK government has now released details of the “settled status” scheme which EU nationals in the UK will use to apply for permanent residence after Brexit. Sajid Javid confirmed the government’s default position will be to grant, not refuse, settled status. The government has also provided clarity on application fees and Comprehensive Sickness Insurance, which will no longer be required....

Jun
19
2018

UK government announces new start up visa route
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Last week, Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to introduce a new start up visa for entrepreneurs. The new start up visa will launch in Spring 2019 and is expected to replace the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur scheme. The announcement was made during London Tech Week and the government hopes a simpler visa route will create a favourable environment for entrepreneurs. ...

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