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Oct
28
2021

Updates to the UK family visa
#Immigration

The Covid-19 pandemic has inevitably caused the postponing or cancellation of many weddings both in the UK and all over the world. Families are slowly being reunited following the global roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine and subsequent lifting of travel restrictions. ...

Oct
22
2021

An employer’s guide to sponsoring overseas nurses and care workers
#Immigration

Skills for Care, the employer-led strategic body for workforce development in social care for adults in England, has recently published a report highlighting the increasing number of vacancies in the adult social care sector....

Oct
15
2021

Temporary Visa Scheme for HGV drivers and poultry workers
#Immigration

The Government has announced further details of the temporary visa scheme for HGV food drivers and poultry workers, aimed to alleviate the UK’s national shortage....

Oct
07
2021

Fast track for sports stars and award winners expanded
#Immigration

Simplified immigration rules have been announced by the Government, which will give internationally renowned sports stars and award winners a smoother process to live and work in the UK. ...

Sep
27
2021

Changes to international Covid-19 travel rules for England
#Immigration

Under England’s current traffic light system, there are different rules for entering England dependant on the country an individual is travelling from. The UK government has categorised countries into red list, amber list, or green list countries based on the prevalence of confirmed Covid-19 cases in each country. ...

Sep
16
2021

Home Office proposes changes for UK Sponsors
#Immigration

Following the implementation of the new points-based system for UK sponsors, the Home Office has published a white paper detailing their proposed plan and timeline for the roll-out of the delivery of the forthcoming changes to the sponsorship process....

Sep
10
2021

Dealing with a skills shortage
#Immigration

As the UK economy continues to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions of the last 18 months, the number of job vacancies are reaching record highs....

Sep
01
2021

Adjusted right to work checks extended once again
#Immigration

Following positive feedback about the ability to conduct right to work checks remotely, the end date for the adjusted checks has been extended to 5 April 2022. ...

Aug
20
2021

Staying put - Rebecca Hone in Governance and Compliance Magazine
#Press #UK Immigration

Rebecca Hone, Immigration Associate at Clarkslegal publishes in Governance and Compliance Magazine on how employers can ensure their EU employees have the right to remain in the UK after the 1 July....

Aug
09
2021

EU nationals and National ID Cards
#Immigration

Following the end of the EU Settlement Scheme on 30th June 2021, the UK government has announced an upcoming change to the rules on entry for EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals. ...

Aug
09
2021

The UK’s new immigration system – What employers need to know
#Immigration #Brexit

Watch our UK immigration specialists Monica Atwal and Rebecca Hone, as they explain the main changes to the UK’s sponsorship system following the overhaul of the points-based system in January 2021 and following the closure of the EU Settlement Scheme on 30 June 2021....

Jul
13
2021

Read the fine print: End of EU Settlement Scheme explained
#Immigration

In anticipation of 30th June 2021 (the final day for EU nationals who began their residence in the UK before 31st December 2020 to submit applications to the EU Settlement Scheme), the Home Office heavily advertised that applying to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS/the Scheme) by this date was compulsory for EU nationals in order to retain their right to live and work in the UK. ...

Jun
29
2021

An overview of Tier 1 Investor Visas
#Immigration

As COVID-19 restrictions are eased, businesses throughout the UK are getting back on their feet and new opportunities for investment are appearing once more. ...

Jun
17
2021

End of EU Settlement Scheme – need a Sponsor Licence?
#Immigration

The deadline for EU (including EEA and Swiss citizens) to apply to continue living in the UK is fast approaching, with the EU Settlement Scheme set to close in less than two weeks’ time on 30 June 2021. UK employers should be working with their EU staff to ensure their registration to the Scheme by this date.  ...

Jun
07
2021

EU Settlement Scheme Deadline – Is your company ready?
#Immigration

The UK government has confirmed that the rights of EU citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30th June 2021. The Home Office has rolled out the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS/the Scheme), giving EU citizens (who started living in the UK before 31st December 2020) pre-settled status (the right to live in the UK for 5 years) or settled status (the right to remain indefinitely in the UK). ...

May
25
2021

BNO nationals leave outside the rules concession extended
#Immigration

The Hong Kong British National Overseas (BNO) visa was opened to BNO Passport holders (and their family members) from Hong Kong earlier this year. The route normally requires an application for entry clearance from outside the UK. However, since its announcement, the UK Government has allowed applicants to seek ‘Leave Outside the Rules’ at a UK Border. This concession has now been extended until 21 June 2021. ...

May
20
2021

Impact on ban of recruitment of Indian Nurses to the UK
#Immigration

Since the launch of the Health and Care visa in August 2020, more than 20,000 individuals have been granted with a visa for the UK under this category. ...

May
13
2021

Covid-19 and UK visa application centres
#Immigration

With the Covid-19 vaccine being rolled out on a global scale, on the whole, immigration to the UK appears to have resumed, with exceptions. Within the UK, visa application centres (UKVCAS Service Points) are classed as an ‘essential service’ and therefore remain open despite any Covid-19 measures in place....

May
06
2021

Covid-19, red list countries, and UK visa applications
#Immigration

The British government has put rules in place banning travel from certain ‘red list countries,’ which currently include: ...

Apr
13
2021

Home Office announces resumption of Sponsor licence compliance visits
#Immigration #Brexit

The end of the Brexit transition period has led to a steady increase in sponsor licence applications. The licence, which is required to now sponsor EU nationals for work, is subject to compliance checks by the Home Office. As a part of this compliance, the Home Office routinely make announced or unannounced compliance visits. ...

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