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Jan
11
2019

EU Settlement Scheme – Public Test phase rolls out 21 January 2019
#Immigration #Inward Investment

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 #Inward Investment

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....

Dec
20
2018

The Little Known U.K. Passport Change That Could Cause Chaos This Summer
#Immigration #Inward Investment

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....

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
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....

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. ...

Jun
08
2018

Tier 2 Sponsors: Renewing your sponsor licence
#Immigration #Inward Investment

A sponsor licence is valid for 4 years and Tier 2 sponsors must ensure that they submit a renewal application in good time to avoid losing the ability to sponsor workers. Whilst the application process is straightforward, there are some key steps an Authorising Officer must take before authorising a renewal....

May
23
2018

Billionaire Roman Abramovich is having issues renewing his Investor visa
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Russian billionaire businessman Roman Abramovich’s Tier 1 Investor visa extension application is still under scrutiny despite him previously satisfying the Home Office he was eligible. Last week, the Financial Times reported that Abramovich had returned to Russia after his Investor visa expired and his current application is “taking longer than usual” to be processed. Whilst little is known about the reasoning behind the delay, many have speculated that the Home Office is looking into the source of his investment funds....

May
18
2018

Over 6000 key skilled workers are denied entry to the UK
#Immigration #Inward Investment

According to a FOI request to the Home Office, approximately 6,080 skilled workers have been unable to apply for Tier 2 visas due to their sponsors being unable to secure Restricted CoS for them. This relates to CoS applications made between December 2017 to March 2018 and includes 3,500 applications for engineering, IT, technology, STEM teaching and medical roles with professional services making up the remainder. ...

Apr
27
2018

Tier 2 Sponsors: What is a valid Certificate of Sponsorship?
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Whilst the process of assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is straightforward, it’s useful for sponsors to know what validates a CoS. If a CoS is not valid at the time the Tier 2 worker submits their visa application, the application will be refused resulting in delays to start date....

Apr
20
2018

Windrush Generation: What’s the scandal about?
#Immigration #Inward Investment

In recent days, the government has faced criticism of its treatment of people from the so-called Windrush Generation. Those who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries have been labelled the Windrush generation, after the ship which brought them here as a response to post-war labour shortages in the UK. Almost 500 migrants from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados came to the UK at the invitation of the British government....

Apr
06
2018

Tier 2 Restricted CoS shortage fourth month in a row
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

The Tier 2 visa cap has been reached for the fourth month in a row resulting in sponsors being unable to employ workers under the Tier 2 General category from overseas. UKVI data shows that the minimum points required to be successful was 56 – a stark contrast to the usual 21. Many businesses have been trying to secure Restricted CoS since December....

Mar
23
2018

Home Office update: New visa fees from April 2018
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

New fees for immigration and nationality are to come into effect on 6 April 2018. The changes include increases to Tier 2 work visa fees, indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation applications. ...

Mar
16
2018

Changes to continuous residence rules for Tier 2 workers
#Immigration #Inward Investment

On 11 January 2018, the immigration rules were amended and new provisions were introduced which affect how the Home Office assesses continuous residence for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications. Whilst the changes affect all Points Based System migrants, we will be focusing on Tier 2 General workers. ...

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