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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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Benefits of the new Graduate visa route

From 1st July 2021, a new Graduate route will be introduced which was outlined in the most recent March 2021 statement of changes issued by the UK government.  This visa is open to those international students in the UK who wish to work following successful completion of an eligible course either at UK bachelor’s degree

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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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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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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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Domestic worker visas

April 1, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

A domestic worker can apply to visit the UK with their employer where they have worked with the employer for at least a year. This can include cleaners, chauffeurs, cooks, nannies and those providing personal care to the employer. This visa is meant for those who will be working whilst their employer is in the

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Why do companies need to know about immigration compliance?

As the UK government is making more restrictive approaches to immigration compliance, it is important that both employers and migrant employees adhere to the immigration rules.  There are a number of ways that companies who hire migrant workers must be compliant and it starts off by understanding their role as a sponsor. In order for

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Genuine vacancy requirement changes for sponsor licence holders

The UK Home Office have updated their guidance on advertising and genuine vacancy requirements for employers of migrant workers.  For some working visa routes, sponsors must show that they have carried out a resident labour market test before employing a migrant worker to demonstrate that they cannot find a suitable settled worker for the role.

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What are defined and undefined CoS?

The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. It allows people from outside of the UK to obtain work with an approved employer in an eligible job in the UK. In order to be eligible for the skilled worker visa, the applicant will need to provide a CoS as part of

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Furlough scheme update

The UK government first announced the furlough scheme during the first lockdown in March 2020. This allowed employers to continue paying employees although they could not work due to the pandemic. The scheme pays 80% of employees’ wages for time they cannot work. During the “budget speech”, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced changes to the furlough

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Latest UK immigration statement of changes

The UK government published the latest Statement of Changes on 4th March 2021. The changes are due to come into force on 5th April 2021.  The notable changes include the following: Skilled worker route: Minimum salary: The minimum salary must equal or exceed £25,500 per annum, £10.10 per hour and the “going rate” for the

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The UK announces visas changes in the budget plan

New unsponsored highly skilled migrant visa During the “budget speech” Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced plans for a new unsponsored high skilled migrant visa. By launching this visa route, the UK government aims to attract highly skilled migrants “to help rebuild” the UK’s economy after COVID. The Chancellor announced this as part of his £65 billion

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Requirements for the Ancestry visa

March 4, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

You may be able to apply for an Ancestry visa if you are a commonwealth citizen and you can prove that one of your grandparents is from the UK. On this visa, you’re able to work, study and bring a partner or child. There are 54 commonwealth countries which gives a wide scope for those

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