Immigration

Government publishes new immigration regime proposals

On Wednesday 19 February 2020, the UK government  published a policy paper setting out its plan for the new UK immigration system for skilled migration. For those who sponsor individuals, key points are: As expected, the government will scrap the resident labour market test (RLMT) and the current cap on skilled worker visas. It will lower the skill threshold for sponsorship from RQF Level 6 (equivalent to degree level) to RQF Level 3 (equivalent to A-Levels). The government will maintain the Immigration Skills Charge and Immigration Health Surcharge. Self-employed individuals will not be permitted to apply under this route. Instead …

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The final countdown: Navigating the EU Settlement Scheme

21 January marks 10 days until Brexit. On 9 January, the Withdrawal Agreement finally passed through Parliament, without much fanfare, by 330 votes to 231 and now Brexit has been fixed for 31 January 2020. The enactment of the Withdrawal Agreement provides a fixed timeline for EU nationals and their family members to apply for the right to remain in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). To mark 10 days until Brexit, here are ten things you should note about the EUSS and its impact on your EU national workforce: The EUSS app is available for Android and …

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Immigration update following UK election result

The Boris Johnson immigration tag line has long been that under his leadership the UK will have an “Australian-style Points Based System”. Now the election results have been counted and it has been confirmed that Boris will continue his tenure in 10 Downing Street, what can be expected from an “Australian-style points based immigration system” if replicated in the UK post-Brexit in January 2021? The Conservative manifesto was vague when it described what UK businesses could expect from a new immigration system once the Brexit transition period comes to an end on 31 December 2020.  The previous Immigration White Paper …

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Lisa Roberts joins Employment Team in London

The battle lines have been drawn in the UK general election with Brexit and also the wider immigration system being high on the political agenda. Navigating clients through Brexit-immigration queries, speaking with knowledge and skill about the impact of election promises and leading clients into a post-Brexit immigration system will be an essential services to provide to clients to assist them with reaching their desired business objectives as well as retaining talent within the UK. Lisa Roberts has joined our London office and is an immigration expert with extensive immigration experience advising some of the world’s largest corporations on their …

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