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Is the answer to the UK’s skills gap widening migration from overseas?

December 24, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The changing political landscape in the UK, and the overwhelming uncertainty in the wake of impending Brexit, is undoubtedly having a significant impact upon recruitment; the messages are nothing, but mixed. In these uncertain times, we are currently facing a major talent shortage and the combination of increased employability and the instability of EU settlement

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New Brexit Landscape- Opportunity or Hurdle?

December 17, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Conservative Party had a sweeping majority last week; therefore, it is almost certain that Boris Johnson will now be in a position to deliver Brexit on 31st January 2020, as promised. Whilst, as we all know, there are sound arguments for and against Brexit, the firm’s Managing Partner, Rahul Batra outlines the opportunities it

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New fast-track NHS Visa

November 8, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel has unveiled plans for the introduction of a new NHS Visa, which would fast-track entry into the UK for Doctors and Nurses to fill job shortages. The visa should be introduced after the UK leaves the EU, and the UK Visas & Immigration have indicated that it would cost half

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Latest on EU Settlement Scheme

November 5, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

We have stated below the latest information on the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens living in the UK as published by the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI). The EU Settlement Scheme has been fully operational since 30 March 2019 and over 2.2 million applicants have successfully applied. EU citizens and their family members have

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Latest Statement of Changes – No-Deal Brexit

October 25, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The UK Government has this week released the latest Statement of Changes outlining the terms of a No-Deal Brexit. We outlined these in our article dated 9 September. Click here to read the article. We have outlined the details as part of the most recent statement of changes following on from our previous article. Should

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Cyprus Investment Programme (CIP) undergoes change

September 11, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Following a meeting of the Council of Ministers held in July 2019, the Cyprus Investment Programme (CIP) has been revised, and the changes are already effective. These are summarized below: The requisite donation will now be payable only after the Citizenship application has been approved by the Council of Ministers. The Council of Ministers will

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Return of Post-Study Visa

September 11, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Following the abolishment of the Post-Study Work Visa (PSW) by Theresa May in 2012, the scheme will return next year. Students studying at a British University in the UK who graduate with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree will qualify to work in the UK for 2-years. At present students have 4-months to work in the

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Expanded Skilled Occupation codes added to Shortage Occupation List

September 9, 2019 | Immigration, News

Following the review of the Shortage Occupation List in May 2019, the UK Government has announced that the shortage occupation list has been expanded, effective today. These new additions mean the UK business has more and improved access to skilled workers under the Tier 2 Points-Based System. Seem Kennedy, Immigration Minister has stated: “Giving British

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Are EU citizens secure in the event of No Deal Brexit?

September 9, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The UK has announced the immigration arrangements for EU citizens in the event of a No Deal Brexit. The main points are outlined below. EU/EEA and Swiss citizens residing in the UK before 31 October 2019 (11 pm): will retain their rights to settlement and access to services as they currently have. They will need

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UK Ancestry Visa

August 16, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Citizens from Commonwealth countries who have a grandparent born in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man can apply under the Ancestry route. This visa allows them to live and work in the UK unrestricted. Requirements An applicant can apply for an Ancestry if they are able to meet the below criteria. They

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Fast-Track Global Talent Visa

August 14, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On 8th August 2019, the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) announced that they will be introducing a new fast track visa to ‘cement the UK as a science power’. This visa scheme has been created to attract selective individuals with skills in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) subjects and is designed on the existing

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Priti Patel: The UK’s new home secretary and her plans

August 1, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Priti Patel, MP of Witham was endorsed by the PM and left the Home office last week as the new home secretary. A leading member of the 2016 Vote Leave campaign, Patel promises to revamp the UK’s immigration system in her new position.  In a recent interview with Dailymail, Patel announced her immigration plans with

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Review of Shortage Occupation List

August 1, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has completed a full review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) in May 2019. There are currently 34 occupations with 143 job titles on the list. The main benefits it provides are priority in the event of the cap being reached for Tier 2 (General) work visas issued by the

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July 2, 2019 | Latest Thinking

Shortage Occupation List to be reviewed

June 19, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recently published its review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). MAC has recommended adding several occupations to the SOL, including veterinarians, web designers and architects, and broadening others, including engineering, IT, the arts and healthcare, to include all roles within that occupation. Other recommendations include: Medium-skilled occupations may become

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