Immigration & Global Mobility
Today’s workforce is increasingly international, with companies competing for talent on a global scale.
It is more critical than ever to mobilise the skills and knowledge bases of the modern workforce across borders in order to reconfigure operations, respond to shifting demand or to enter new markets.
As businesses look to strategically deploy and secure talent, getting immigration right is a critical, but complex, process. Expert advice that can smooth the transition is vital. Our specialist approach minimises the risk of avoidable problems which can slow progress and provides fast turnaround solutions to any unexpected issues that arise.
From relocations for senior executives or even entire teams to high net worth individuals or high-profile celebrities or athletes – and their families – relocating on a temporary or permanent basis, we provide a truly personal, end-to-end service. Knowing how time-sensitive and stressful the process can be, we have the expertise to hit the ground running and minimise the impact on your business and the lives of the people involved.
Brexit and immigration – key steps to help you and your EU workforce prepare
From late 2018, EU nationals already in the UK will have to register and apply for settled status if they have been in the UK for five years. The Government also intends to end free movement of workers from the EU by 2021. Here are some points that every UK employer of overseas nationals ought to be aware to proactively manage these issues and protect your business.
As we learn more about the challenges ahead for our clients, contacts and their industries, we will add to this series of updates.
- “The team is knowledgeable and proactive in providing legislative updates.” (Chambers 2018)
- Lewis Silkin LLP has ‘a very unstuffy, strong immigration team which excels in personal and corporate cases’ and advises clients across the legal, sports, fashion, media and entertainment, automotive and manufacturing industries. (Legal 500 2017)
- High-quality team with a distinguished business immigration offering. Extensive inbound investment and PBS experience, frequently advising international businesses from a variety of sectors including finance and law. The department is particularly noted for its expertise advising on sports-related immigration work. (Chambers 2017)
- "They are real partners, giving us not just legal advice but also supporting our wider business needs." (Chambers 2016)
- "They were very responsive and efficient, and I always felt they were there when I needed to speak to them." (Chambers 2015)
UK Employment rights in a no-deal Brexit16 July 2019
What might a ‘no-deal’ Brexit mean for UK employment rights? What could employers do now to prepare? And what might the future hold in a no-deal scenario?
Hospitality industry welcomes post-Brexit salary threshold review10 July 2019
On 24 June, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review the £30,000 minimum salary threshold it proposed for sponsoring skilled workers in the post-Brexit immigration system, which is due to be rolled out from 1 January 2021. This move has been welcomed by the hospitality industry as an opportunity to ensure it can sponsor medium skilled workers from 2021 without having to pay substantially above market rates.
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar and Kathryn Denyer write for LexisNexis: An update on the start-up and innovator endorsing bodies03 July 2019
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar and Kathryn Denyer provide an update for LexisNexis on the start-up and innovator visa endorsing bodies, and whether they are in a position to endorse.
Joanna Hunt writes for FreeMovement: Why can’t politicians get over the idea of an Australian-style immigration system?24 June 2019
In an article for freemovement, Joanna Hunt asks, why can’t politicians get over the idea of an Australian-style immigration system?
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar writes for Building: Are speedier visas enough to ease the skills crisis?21 June 2019
In an article for Building, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar asks, are speedier visas enough to ease the skills crisis that the Architecture profession is facing?
New processes for low-risk nationalities using e-passport gates to enter the UK10 June 2019
Since 20 May 2019 citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand Singapore, South Korea and USA have been able to use e-passport gates at airports in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, the East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, London City, Luton, Manchester and Stansted, as well as the Eurostar terminals at Brussels and Paris.
Joanna Hunt and Kathryn Denyer write for HR Magazine: Digitalisation of the visa system: What HR should know07 June 2019
Joanna Hunt and Kathryn Denyer have written an article for HR Magazine that discusses how HR teams need to get up to speed with the transformation of the UK's visa system, including digital visa status and online right to work checks.
Establishing a business presence in the UK13 May 2019
If you are a non-UK corporate body and you wish to establish a business presence in the UK, this brief guide covers the main issues you need to consider.