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New Guidance on Preventing Illegal Working in the UK

June 7, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency has published a new guidance on preventing illegal working. The guidance can be accessed by clicking the following link. The Preventing Illegal Working guidance is intended to assist employers in carrying out right to work checks by providing information on which documents are acceptable when proving a right to work

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Summer 2011 interns exempt from Tier 2 cooling off period

May 25, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency has confirmed that students who worked as interns in the UK last summer and want to return to a graduate job with the same company are temporarily exempt from the “cooling off” rules. Cooling off rules, introduced to Tier 2 (General) in February this year, mean those who have left Tier

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Employers facing long delays in Certificate of Sponsorship allocations

May 2, 2012 | News

It appears that the UK Border Agency are currently experiencing high volumes of requests from sponsors who have applied to renew their allocation of certificates of sponsorship for 2012-13. The annual allocation period for certificates of sponsorship ended on 5 April 2012 and any certificates remaining on the Sponsor Management System were set to zero

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Changes to the Sponsorship Management System

April 17, 2012 | News

All licensed sponsors in the UK will have received communication from the UK Border Agency outlining the changes introduced in the updated policy guidance for Tiers 2, 4 and 5 sponsors, published on 15 March 2012. This guidance became valid from 6 April 2012 and on this date there were also a number of changes

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UKBA rolls out Premium Service for Sponsors

April 5, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency will launch the premium customer service for sponsors on 6 April 2012. The service is aimed at users of the sponsorship system who want to pay for a higher level of customer service and a package of benefits. There are two levels of premium customer service for sponsors: Premium sponsor –

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UK Immigration- Changes to Tier 2 of the Points Based System

April 4, 2012 | News

Rahul Batra who is a Director and Head of Department at the firm has outlined changes to Tier 2 of the Points-Based System, which have been released by the UK Border Agency. In October 2011, the UK Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the 2012/13 annual limit for Tier 2.  It

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UK Immigration – Fees set to increase from 6 April 2012

April 3, 2012 | News

Beginning 6 April 2012, the UK Border Agency is set to increase fees for overseas and UK-based immigration applications. This entails a further expense for individuals looking to immigrate, and companies within the UK will expect to see more expenditure where they wish to employ migrant workers. Those UK companies looking to become sponsors under

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Ireland- New Investor and Entrepreneur Programme

April 3, 2012 | News

The Irish Government has launched two new immigration programmes aimed at Investors and Entrepreneurs who are prepared to invest or create jobs in Ireland. Immigrant Investor Programme The Immigrant Investor Programme requires applicants to make substantial investments in Ireland. Successful applicants will be granted an initial period of five years, subject to a review after

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Changes to UK Immigration Rules

March 19, 2012 | News

Further to a written ministerial statement which has been laid in Parliament, the UK Border Agency has outlined a number of changes to the Immigration Rules. Most of the changes will come into effect on 6 April 2012. Some of the changes to Tier 2 will affect those who were granted leave after 6 April

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Studied at a UK Institution- What next

March 18, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency with effect from 6 April 2012 will be closing down the existing Tier 1 (Post study work) route. As a result, we have been inundated with questions from students looking to extend their stay in the UK. Rahul Batra who is a Director and Head of Department at Hudson McKenzie has

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New visitor route for Professionals, Artists, Entertainers and Sportspersons

March 16, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency is set to introduce a new immigration route from 6 April 2012 known as Permitted Paid Engagements (PPE). This route has been designed to allow individual artists, entertainers and sportspersons to enter the UK to undertake pre-arranged paid activities without the requirement of having a certificate of sponsorship. This will be

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UK Immigration – statement of intent regarding new change

March 7, 2012 | News

Further to the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations, the UK Border Agency has issued a statement of intent. The following categories will be affected by the changes:- Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur A new Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route is due to be introduced by the UK Border Agency once the current Tier 1 Post Study Work

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Russia – Professions exempt from Quota for 2012

February 23, 2012 | News

The Russian Government published a list of professions for migrant workers which will be exempt from Quota in the year 2012. The list is valid until the end of 2012 therefore it is recommended that employers who plan to hire foreign employees in 2013 to file a quota application for next year before 1 May

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Indian Employment Visa update

February 17, 2012 | News

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in India has recently announced a change in policy. The Government has announced that expatriates are no longer required to return to their home country to apply for a new Employment Visa if they move within the same group of companies in India i.e. an intergroup transfer. Indian companies

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New Tier 4 Rules

February 14, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency has announced that new rules will come into force within weeks to streamline the Tier 4 student visa route. Students can currently work in the UK for two years after completing their studies under the Tier 1 (Post-study work) route. However, beginning 6 April 2012, a more selective system will come

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