Immigration And 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.
Preventing illegal working: employers able to rely on online right to work checks from 28 January 201914 December 2018
In some circumstances employers will be able to use the Home Office Right to Work Checking Service available on GOV.UK from 28 January 2019 to obtain a statutory excuse against payment of a civil penalty for employing an illegal worker, without having also to check the individual’s physical documents.
The new visa route for recognised or emerging leaders in architecture: what does this mean for the architectural sector?13 December 2018
The Government has announced a new immigration category for overseas recognised or emerging leaders in architecture that has the potential to ease access to jobs in the UK. With Brexit looming on the horizon, this news will provide some much needed reassurance that the UK’s Architecture sector will still be able to attract the best global talent over the coming years. However the new measures are limited in their scope and are unlikely to plug the gap that will be left once freedom of movement for EU workers comes to an end.
Tier 1 (Investor) applications are still being accepted but changes to the Immigration Rules have been announced12 December 2018
The Home Office has confirmed to the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association on 11 December 2018 that the Tier 1 (Investor) route currently remains open but that a further announcement on this will be made in due course. The correspondence also confirms that any suspension of the route will be effected through a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules. This follows reporting by various news outlets including the Times and The Guardian on Thursday last week that the route was to be suspended as of the end of that day.
Brexit – the “no deal” scenario10 December 2018
On 5th December 2018, the UK Government published its latest policy paper setting out what rights EU citizens will have to reside in the UK in the event the UK exits the European Union without a deal in place.
Tier 1 Investor category suspended with immediate effect06 December 2018
The Home Office has suspended the Tier 1 (Investor) immigration category for new applications from midnight on Thursday 6th December 2018 as part of a crackdown on organised crime and money laundering in the UK. The move follows a 46% rise in applications under the route from July this year, to over 400 applications.
New in-country UK immigration processes contain a potential pitfall for travellers30 November 2018
On 5 November 2018 the Home Office launched a new process for immigration applications submitted in the UK, in commercial partnership with Sopra Steria. The new partnership affords access to a range of new user pay services, including access to a premium lounge, on-demand mobile application services for both small and large groups of applicants and priority processing on a next working day or 10 working day basis.
Sports Q&A - How might Brexit affect sports immigration?28 November 2018
As things stand, the UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. The UK will adopt a new immigration system post-Brexit, under which free movement of European nationals and their family members will cease. There will be a period of transition until the end of 2020, during which free movement will continue, and a new “settlement scheme” will be rolled out for European migrants. Free movement will end completely from January 2021. All British businesses will be affected by these changes. However, Brexit poses some particular challenges to the sports sector.
MAC calls for evidence on labour shortages in the UK20 November 2018
On 13 November the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) launched a call for evidence from employers and other interested parties to feed into its full review of the shortage occupation list. Jobs on this list are currently exempt from resident labour market testing requirements and from meeting the minimum salary otherwise required at the point of applying for settlement (currently £35,500).