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Nov
23
2016

Paris Saint Germain’s Serge Aurier Denied UK Visa
#Immigration #Employment

The Guardian 22 Nov 2016 reported that Paris Saint Germain defender, Serge Aurier, has been refused permission by the Home Office to travel to England for today’s Champions League match against Arsenal....

Nov
17
2016

Acceptable investments for Entrepreneur visa applicants
#Immigration #UK Immigration #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups #Franchising

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route is for non-European migrants who want to invest in the UK by setting up or taking over and being actively involved in the running of a business or businesses here. The UK is one of the most open economies in the world and applicants can generally invest in most types of businesses but there are some exceptions....

Nov
10
2016

Home Office’s Online Permanent Residence service for EEA Nationals
#Immigration #Employment #UK Immigration #Clarkslegal

EEA or Swiss nationals wishing to apply for a Permanent Residence document can now do so using the Home Office’s new online service. The service which was introduced last month, can be used by most EEA nationals. It does not, however, apply to students or those who are self-sufficient and are either reliant on a family member for support or are financially responsible for any other family members....

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. ...

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
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....

Jul
21
2016

The Importance of Sponsorship Licences Post-Brexit
#Immigration

Employers wishing to employ skilled non-EEA workers must have a sponsorship licence. It is vital that sponsors comply with record keeping duties, produce documentary evidence on request, and follow the correct recruitment processes....

Jun
24
2016

The Supreme Court holds that the abuse of migrant domestic workers is not race discrimination
#Immigration #Employment

Employers must understand and articulate the reason for an employee’s treatment in a potential direct discrimination claim and should think carefully about why they might be treating a member of staff differently. ...

Jun
24
2016

Britain votes ‘Leave’ – What next?
#Employment #UK Immigration

Despite the UK voting to leave the EU, the impact of Brexit on employment law still remains uncertain; it is likely that the UK will remain part of the EU for at least two years after notice has been served. ...

Jun
03
2016

Employing people from outside the UK – how recent and future changes to UK immigration laws could impact your business
#Immigration

Immigration is never far from the headlines and never has it been so widely discussed as in the lead-up to the EU referendum. There is much debate over whether leaving the European Union would mean that nationals of the European Economic Area (or EEA, being the EU member states plus Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland) would lose their visa-free access to the UK....

May
27
2016

Right to work checks - how to avoid a £20,000 fine from the Home Office
#Immigration #Employment

Employers who receive a “Information Request: Illegal Working Civil Penalty”must provide the necessary evidence within the set time frame if they are to have a statutory excuse against a civil penalty. ...

May
19
2016

Immigration Bill receives Royal Assent
#Immigration

On 12 May the Immigration Bill received Royal Assent and will now be implemented as the Immigration Act 2016. The Act seeks to address issues around illegal migrants living in the UK....

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