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What are the UK’s immigration sponsorship reforms for 2022?

October 14, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

The UK government plans to make sponsorship reforms for 2022. The focus for 2021 has been on removing perceived barriers so that businesses can feel confident in making investment decisions and employing migrant workers.  For 2022, changes will be made to deliver a faster and simpler system to help sponsors access overseas talent.  What are

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Latest UK immigration updates

Tier 1 Entrepreneur: Under the Covid-19 concession those whose businesses were impacted by the pandemic were able to extend their leave under this route if they were able to create the equivalent of 2 full time jobs for settled workers. They do not have to show that the jobs had existed for a minimum of

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UK 2021 statement of changes explained

September 28, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

The UK has amended the immigration rules in the new 2021 statement of changes. The following is a brief rundown of the notable changes that affect immigration.   Launch of the international sportsperson route The new international sportsperson route is to replace the Tier 2 and Tier 5 temporary worker routes. The Home Office state that

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What is the new England “winter plan”?

The “Covid-19 Response: Autumn and Winter” plan has been laid out by Parliament. Since the restrictions were lifted in July in England, the government has had to come up with a plan for the winter months to ensure that Covid cases do not overwhelm the NHS. The government have always emphasised that vaccines will help

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Fast track Global Talent visa

September 1, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

From May 2021, the UK government opened a fast track route for prestigious award winners. Those who have won prizes such as Nobel Prizes, the Turing Award, Oscars and Golden Globes are able to benefit from the changes to the Global Talent visa. The fast track visa is a replacement of the old Tier 1

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What are the 4 pillars of the UK innovation strategy?

August 25, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

Within the UK innovation strategy, it is detailed that since the UK has left the EU, it can now quickly respond to challenges, create high-value new jobs and trading opportunities.  The following pillars have been formed to guide the innovation strategy: Pillar 1: Unleashing Business – We will fuel businesses who want to innovate. Pillar

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New immigration routes for the UK

August 10, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

The UK has announced two new immigration routes, the High-Potential Individual route and the Scale-up route which are being introduced to encourage global talent. High-Potential Individual route This route aims to allow overseas nationals to come to the UK without a job offer and without being sponsored by an organisation if they can prove high

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How do EEA nationals prove their right to rent in the UK?

August 5, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

Since 1st July 2021, the way that EEA, EU and Swiss nationals prove their right to rent has changed. Landlords can face a civil penalty if they rent out their property without carrying out the correct right to rent checks.  EEA, EU or Swiss nationals can prove their right to rent in the UK by

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What are the international travel rules from amber list countries?

July 27, 2021 | COVID-19, News, Travel, UK Government

Since Monday 19th July the Covid restrictions have been lifted in the UK. As a result, the government is no longer recommending against travel to amber list countries. The amber list rules only apply to people who are fully vaccinated under a UK vaccination programme. Being fully vaccinated means that you must have had your

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Changes to the Biometrics enrolment process

July 27, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

The UK government is phasing out the post office biometrics services. As a result, as of 31st July 2021 visa applicants will no longer be asked to provide their biometrics at the post office. Instead, the UK government has set up 7 Service Support Centres (SSCs) where applicants will be directed to provide biometrics or

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Notable updates to the right to work checks for EEA nationals

The UK government has issued new guidance on the right to work checks which came into force on 1st July 2021 for EEA citizens proving their right to work in the UK. Updates have been made to the acceptable documents allowed to be used to prove right to work, including passports, a current document issued

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New UK Graduate route opens

July 6, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

On 1st July 2021, the UK rolled out the new Graduate visa route which gives people permission to stay in the UK for 2 years after successfully completing an eligible course in the UK. The advantage of this visa is that international students who want to stay in the UK can do so without having

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What is British citizenship by registration Section 1(3)?

June 25, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

Children who are born in the UK are entitled to apply for British citizenship by registration under Section 1(3) British Nationality Act 1981 if they meet a certain criteria.    They must be:   born in the UK  not British citizens at birth because at the time neither parent was a British citizen or settled

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Further extension for right to work checks

June 25, 2021 | Employment, News, UK Government

In a previous post, we explained that the UK government had announced that as of 21st June 2021, right to work checks can no longer be made by checking digital documents or scanned copies of documents online.    However, since the UK government has delayed the Covid easing of restrictions, the Covid adjusted temporary right

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Right to work checks after 1st July 2021

Employers have a responsibility to carry out right to work checks on employees to ensure that they have immigration permission to work in the UK to prevent illegal working.   In another post, we talk about the UK government right to work checks that are in place for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals living and

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