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What is a Home Office action plan?

Action plans are issued to Tier 2, Tier 5 sponsors and skilled worker sponsors who have been B-rated after a Home Office compliance visit. If you have had a compliance visit by a Home Office caseworker and they establish that you do not meet certain requirements as a sponsor, the caseworker may note these in

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Data protection in the workplace: what do employees need to know?

May 13, 2021 | Business, Employment

It is important for employers to provide GDPR training so that employees are aware of their rights and obligations in the workplace. GDPR stands for The General Data Protection Regulation. “Data” relates to any information which can directly or indirectly identify an individual. This can include information that relates to factors such as: physical, mental,

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What happens after a Home Office compliance visit?

The Home Office may conduct sponsor licence inspection visits on work premises in instances where an application for a first sponsor licence is made or when a sponsor licence is being renewed. When the Home Office visits your business premises they are generally looking for the following: General sponsor duties are being met Sponsors are

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Who is eligible for an Intra-company transfer visa?

There are two types of intra company transfer visas: intra-company transfer visa and intra-company transfer graduate trainee visa. You can apply for the intra-company transfer visa when you’re being transferred to a role in the UK by your employer. This is usually applicable to people who work for international companies who have offices in the

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The return of the sponsor licence inspection visits?

The Home Office may conduct sponsor licence inspection visits on work premises in instances where an application for a first sponsor licence is made or when a sponsor licence is being renewed. During the pandemic, many employers have put most of their focus into actually keeping afloat with many employees being furloughed. The UK government

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Philippine Alien Employment Permit changes

For those who intend to work in the Philippines, an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) must be obtained from the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE). There are some changes to the Alien Employment Permit which are expected to be introduced on 5 May 2021.  AEP changes include the following: At least 15 days before an

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When does a company need a skilled worker licence?

For those employers who do not believe that their business needs can be met by employing solely within the UK labour market, then you may want to consider applying for a skilled worker licence, otherwise known as a sponsor licence.  Now that free movement between the UK and EU has ended, EU nationals who wish

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Right to work changes

As of 17th May 2021, right to work checks can no longer be made by checking digital documents or scanned copies of documents online. This means that employers must be in possession of the original documents required to show a person’s right to work in the UK. Employers have a responsibility to carry out right

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Short term business travel during COVID-19

Pre-pandemic, business people all over the world travelled between countries as easily as getting on a train, but what has happened to short term business travel in our new normal since Covid has hit? What is the reality of the “new normal” when it comes to business travel? Many businesses have adapted to remote working

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Digital nomad visa requirements

In a previous post, we explained how digital nomad visas are becoming more popular among countries. Countries around the world are trying to encourage people to travel in order to boost economies after the pandemic. A digital nomad visa allows those who want to travel and work remotely to do so legally.  Many of the

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Digital nomad visas on the rise for those travelling whilst working

With many now working from home due to the pandemic, office working seems something of the past and remote working the future. This means that in theory, many people could actually work anywhere in the world that they desire, if it is suitable for their job. Subsequently, many countries have adapted their immigration laws to

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How do you apply for the Innovator visa?

April 14, 2021 | Business, Immigration, UK Government

You can make an application for the innovator visa if you want to set up and run a business in the UK which is innovative and different from anything else on the market. Your business idea must be endorsed by an endorsing body and the Home Office has provided a list of specific bodies who

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How has Covid changed immigration globally?

Since the pandemic hit in 2020, the world as we know it has changed. With travel being restricted, countries in and out of lockdowns and remote working being the new normal, global immigration has also been affected.  Changes to immigration routes around the world As a result of the pandemic, countries around the world have

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What is the UK Start-up visa?

The Start-up visa is for those wanting to come to the UK as an entrepreneur and wanting to set up an innovative business. To be eligible for this visa, you must have an original idea which is different from anything on the market currently and should have potential to grow. To be able to apply

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UK minimum wage increase

As of 1st April 2021 the UK national minimum wage has risen by 2.2% to £8.91. This is welcoming news after a somewhat difficult year for many. However, those furlough workers will see no rise in wage and will continue to receive 80% of their usual income and won’t benefit from the increase until they

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