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EU Blue Card Directive: what is it?

June 24, 2021 | Immigration, Travel, UK Government

The EU Blue Card Directive is an EU-wide work permit that allows highly-skilled non-EU nationals to live and work within the member states in the EU. The only member states which are not included in this Directive are Denmark and Ireland.   Currently, the salary threshold requirement is that foreign nationals working in the EU

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Reminder for those applying for the EU settlement Scheme

June 24, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

The deadline for applying to the EU settlement Scheme (EUSS) is 30th June 2021.   From 1st January 2021 new rules came into play for everyone, including EU nationals residing and working in the UK. If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who has been living in the UK before 31st December 2020, you

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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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The current position on international travel in the UK

As of 17th May 2021 the UK travel ban on international travel for non-essential purposes was lifted. It seems that international travel will be somewhat similar to last summer’s arrangement whereby the government has a green list of countries that people can visit without having to quarantine on their return to the UK. The list

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Extension for the right to work checks

In a previous post, we explained that the UK government had announced that as of 17th May 2021, right to work checks can no longer be made by checking digital documents or scanned copies of documents online. It must be noted that the UK government has now extended this to 21st June 2021. This means

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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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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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