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Priority Change of Circumstances for Tier 2 & 5 Sponsors

November 9, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Effective as of 7 November 2016, the Home Office introduced a priority change of circumstances service which allows Tier 2 and 5 A-rated sponsors to apply for faster consideration of 4 types of change of circumstances requests. These requests are as follows: in year certificate of sponsorship (CoS) allocation follow on CoS allocation add new Level 1

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Latest changes to French immigration law

November 7, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

As of 28 October 2016, changes to the French immigration law have been implemented in order to improve existing immigration categories and introduce a ‘Talent Passport’. A work permit will no longer be required for short-term assessment (max. 3 months) for the following categories: Employee on a local contract in France: Sports, cultural, artistic and

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Student protests in South Africa influence visa extension for international students

November 4, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

South African Universities have recently seen the biggest student protests to hit the country, as the Government proposed the rise in tuition fees up by 8% in 2017. The international students whose visas are due to expire before or at the end of December 2016 have hugely been affected by this, as they are unable

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Autumn Changes to UK Immigration Rules coming into effect on 24 November 2016

November 3, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) announced in April this year that they would roll out changes to the UK immigration rules in two stages, the first being in Autumn 2016. Whilst we expected the changes to take place early October 2016, it has been announced on 3rd November that the following changes will come in

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Top 5 Areas for Compliance as a Sponsor

October 31, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

We are witnessing a spurt of sponsor licences coming up for renewal, and licences being revoked in certain unfortunate instances. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) are seeing this as an opportunity to make visits to employers’ premises, both pre-arranged and unannounced. Therefore, as an employer you need to ensure that you are complying with your

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Should the UK’s new immigration policy deter skilled workers?

October 24, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

With the constant change in UK immigration policy and tightening borders, Chancellor Phillip Hammond advised “he could not see why firms should be restricted from recruiting ‘high level’ workers.” This may well be good news for UK businesses who are constantly suffering and facing immigration hurdles when trying to fill skilled posts and have to

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Invoking Article 50 will ‘crystallise’ Brexit

October 21, 2016 | Immigration, News

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the process of the UK withdrawing from the European Union will be triggered by end of March 2017, by way of the Article 50 of Lisbon Treaty negotiations beginning between UK and the member states. As soon as the wheels are put in motion, it cannot be stopped

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UK Immigration changes from October 2016

September 23, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Given we are half way through September, this is a quick refresher at to what changes employers should expect to see in October 2016 and consider how these changes will affect their plans of bringing migrants over to the UK on a permanent or temporary basis. Increase in minimum salary threshold for Tier 2 (General)

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Mutual exclusion clause honoured for freedom of contract

September 13, 2016 | Company/Commercial, Latest Thinking, News

In the recent case of Transocean Drilling UK Ltd v Providence Resources PLC, the Court of Appeal (“CA”) has reversed the first instance ruling in the construction of a mutual exclusion clause in a hiring contract for a rig used in a drilling project. Instead of narrowing down the meaning of “loss of use” as

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Lack of legal personality leaves limited partnership no immediate proprietary rights

The Court has revisited the effect of limited partnership lacking its own legal personality in the recent case of Vanquish Properties (UK) Limited Partnership v Brook Street (UK) Limited. Not only has the Court clarified that a limited partnership is incapable of possessing proprietary rights, it has also made a detailed survey on how both

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Simplified process to apply for a UK visit visa

August 22, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

In 2014 China saw the introduction of a new digital application service which was rolled out by the Home Office. This system allowed those applying for a UK visit visa to the Access UK system, a system specifically designed to simply the application process for a UK visit visa. As part of the process, applicants

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Salary Threshold for Tier 2 Graduate Trainees to reduce

August 19, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

It is that time of the year when several overseas students would now have graduated from their studies and will be seeking employment by way of Tier 2 Sponsorship in the UK. Likewise, many UK employers will also start actively seeking talented overseas graduates to fill roles in their UK businesses. One such category which

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Higher salary threshold announced for employment pass in Singapore

August 11, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

An Employment Pass for Singapore is designed to allow foreign professionals at a senior level to work in Singapore. The requirement at present is that they earn at least $3,300 per month, however effective January 2017 this threshold will be increased to $3,600 a month. For applicants who are highly skilled the salary threshold will

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Cult Burger brand’s fortunes flipped overnight as a result of immigration sting

August 8, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The first shots have been fired in the run up to formal Brexit talks. The prime minister, Mrs. Theresa May is determined to ‘control our borders’, which is evident from the recent raid on a popular UK based hamburger chain with a £70million turnover, Byron Burgers. The newspapers have been flooded with widespread news on

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Aide-mémoire of changes to the UK Immigration system

July 14, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

In April 2016, the UK Government made several changes to the UK immigration system, a few were introduced immediately, however the remainder will be rolled out by Autumn 2016 and April 2017. To ensure employers are not caught out by these changes we have highlighted them below ahead of time, to make sure you can

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