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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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Vaccine passports: Human rights Vs Public interest

The UK government has made it their mission to vaccinate as many people as possible in a certain time period in the fight against the coronavirus. As such, the government has mapped out dates in which restrictions may be lifted as a result of the success of the vaccine programme. However, the bottom line is,

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Visa routes for family members of EU nationals

February 22, 2021 | Immigration, Travel, UK Government

With talk of Brexit and changing rules for EU nationals, where does this leave family members of EU, EEA or Swiss individuals who are wanting to move to the UK? Family members of EU nationals who started living in the UK before 31st December 2020 You may be able to come to the UK by

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Visit visas for the UK and current travel restrictions

February 22, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel, UK Government

Lately there have been numerous changes to travel rules. As of 15th February 2021, additional restrictions have been put in place for people travelling to the UK.  Current travel restrictions Currently, it is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for leisure purposes. You cannot travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do

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What are “quarantine hotels”?

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government has put in place “quarantine hotels” for those travelling into the UK. From 15th February 2021, all those allowed to enter England who have travelled through or from a country in the last 10 days where travel to the UK is banned (red list countries) must

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Going from indefinite leave to remain to becoming a British citizen

February 9, 2021 | Immigration, UK Government

Once you have indefinite leave to remain (ILR), what happens next? In most circumstances, you can apply for British citizenship once you’ve been in the UK for 5 years and you have held ILR for at least 12 months. However, if you are married to a British citizen, you will not have to wait for

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Sponsor licence duties for skilled workers and the effects of COVID

As a sponsor licence holder who employs migrant workers, there are certain duties and obligations that need to be met such as, recording keeping duties and reporting duties. As mentioned in a previous post, certain rules have been relaxed due to the pandemic, such as not having to report absences related to coronavirus and not

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What is the COVID Visa Concession scheme?

February 2, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel, UK Government

The UK government has introduced a COVID Visa Concession scheme (CVC) which is aimed at those individuals who are outside of the UK and either had leave to remain or were seeking to apply to stay in the UK. The concession scheme applies to those who left the UK before 17th March 2020 and due

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Living in the EU post Brexit

The number of UK nationals living in the EU is said to amount to around 1.3 million. The UK government has published guidance for UK citizens planning to live in each EU member state post brexit. For UK nationals planning on staying in an EU country for more than 3 months, immigration rules apply depending

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