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.
Migration Advisory Committee commissioned to report on Intra-Company Transfers19 October 2020
On 1 October 2020 the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) accepted a commission from the Home Secretary to review Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) visa arrangements. It has also been asked to consider what provision could be made to allow overseas businesses to send a team rather than one individual to establish a UK branch or subsidiary, or to carry out a secondment to work on a high-value goods or services contract. The report is due by the end of October 2021, with a revised route likely becoming available in 2022.
Increased Immigration Health Surcharge to take effect from 27 October 202007 October 2020
Regulations authorising the increases to the surcharge were made on 6 October 2020. For many applicants, the new charge will be £624 per year per applicant instead of the current £400.
MAC publishes report recommending expanded shortage occupation lists07 October 2020
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended a significant expansion of the occupations deemed to be in shortage for the purposes of sponsorship under the new Skilled Worker category, which will replace Tier 2 (General) from 1 January 2021. The Home Office will now need to consider the recommendations and finalise the Immigration Rules for Skilled Workers.
Shortage occupation lists: the MAC’s proposals examined - Andrew Osborne writes for Personnel Today06 October 2020
Last week, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) released a report outlining what occupations should be recognised as being in shortage for the purposes of sponsorship under the new Skilled Worker category of the new points-based immigration system. In this article for Personnel Today, Andrew Osborne discusses the details.
Pandemic alters view on shortage migrant skills: Andrew Osborne comments for Relocate Global02 October 2020
The fallout from this year's Covid-19 pandemic has proved a major influence on recommendations from the UK government's Migration Advisory Committee for changes to the Shortage Occupation Lists (SOL).
The countdown for the new UK immigration system 2021 and Brexit – are you ready?24 September 2020
From 1 January 2021 there will be a new immigration system in the UK. Due to free movement ending, the new system will apply to EEA and Swiss (‘EEA’) nationals as well as non-EEA nationals. Employers need to start preparing for this change now, including understanding the proposed new rules, checking recruitment plans and budgets, obtaining or reviewing a sponsor licence and assisting staff with applications under the EU Settlement Scheme.
What global mobility’s immigration experts think: Naomi Hanrahan-Soar comments for Relocate Global23 September 2020
Relocate Global asked immigration experts across the global mobility sector for their views on whether Brexit Britain was pro-immigration and what this means for business.
New Immigration Rules for students give employers an insight into what's to come for workers23 September 2020
On 10 September 2020 the Home Office published new Immigration Rules for students. These provide the first glimpse of the new Points Based Immigration System (PBIS), and what some of its implications will be not only for students, but for employers and workers as well.