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Feb
08
2019

Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship and the annual cap
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Government, in its white paper last year, announced a proposal to remove the cap on sponsoring Tier 2 migrants. This cap applies to Tier 2 (General) migrants earning less than £159,600, applying from outside the UK or are already in the UK as a dependent of a Tier 4 migrant....

Jan
31
2019

Preparing for the post-Brexit immigration System: Applying for a Sponsorship Licence under Tier 2
#Immigration #Inward Investment

A key proposal of the new immigration system destined to start in 2021 is streamlining of the Sponsorship Licencing System under Tier 2 of the Immigration Rules. The Sponsorship Licencing System is currently a key resource available for businesses across the UK to sponsor non-EU nationals from across the world. ...

Jan
30
2019

EU Immigration from 30 March 2019 – No Deal Brexit
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The UK is now 2 months away from its exit date from the EU. However, it is yet to agree on what type of Brexit deal it wants from the EU. This means that there remains a significant chance of exiting the EU without a deal....

Jan
22
2019

EU Settlement Scheme – ‘No cases refused’ - Private Beta Testing Report
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The Government has published its report on the second private test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme. The results show that out of the 90.7% decided cases, no cases were refused. The Government says that it has used the data from the 29,987 applications received over the 51 days of this test phase to improve the overall user experience....

Jan
22
2019

Right to Work checks after Brexit
#Immigration #Employment #Inward Investment

The 40-page AN EMPLOYER’S GUIDE TO RIGHT TO WORK CHECKS published by the Home Office on 29 June 2018, 2 years after the EU referendum and more than a year after the Article 50 trigger, has no references to Brexit. It does not therefore mention what employers would have to do if there was no deal. ...

Jan
21
2019

EU Settlement Scheme - Waiver of fee for EU Settlement Scheme
#Immigration #Inward Investment

Application fee for EU Settlement Scheme to be scrapped...

Jan
21
2019

EU Settlement Scheme – Public Test Phase of the EU Settlement Scheme Opens Today 21st January 2019
#Immigration #Inward Investment

If you are an EU national or a non-EU family member of an EU national then you can register to enter the public test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme which opens today. Unfortunately, citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland will not be able to apply until the Scheme fully opens on 30 March 2019....

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 #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
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
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....

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