Brexit Transition Period | Guide for UK Employers

The UK leaves the European Union on Friday 31st January 2020 at 11pm. The Brexit transition period will then come into effect until 31st December 2020. This is the deadline by which the UK Government has to agree a deal with the EU as to the final terms of Brexit. Where no agreement is made, […]

End of EU Free Movement (Employer Planning Needed!)

Employers are urged to shift to emergency workforce planning mode following Home Secretary’s latest Brexit announcement to end of EU Free Movement abruptly. A no deal Brexit looks more likely than ever. While the leaked Yellowhammer report has given insight into central government’s extensive crisis preparations, this level of emergency planning is demonstrably not being […]

UK Visa Salary Threshold Under Review

UK Visa salary thresholds to be reviewed by MAC The Government has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to conduct an independent review into salary threshold levels as it works to develop a new UK immigration system. In its EEA Migration Report in November 2018, the MAC recommended retaining the existing minimum visa salary thresholds […]

EU Settlement Scheme: Guidance for UK Employers

What does the EU Settlement Scheme mean for your organisation and its EEA employees? With the EU Settlement Scheme now open to all eligible EEA nationals and family members, many UK employers remain uncertain about what this means for their employees and their HR compliance, policies and processes. We’re hearing concerns about how best to […]

Government Launches UK Immigration System Engagement Programme

The UK Government has announced it is to embark on a UK immigration engagement programme during 2019. The announcement follows proposals published in December 2018 for reform of the UK immigration rules post-Brexit. What can we expect from the immigration engagement programme?  In its statement, the Home Office advised the programme would be used to listen […]

EU Free Movement to End Under No Deal Brexit

The Government has published its transitional arrangements for EU citizens arriving in the UK after 29th March 2019 in the event of a No Deal Brexit and the end of EU free movement. The transition arrangements will apply to all citizens of EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Irish nationals will not be affected by the […]

UK Immigration White Paper

New UK work visas set out in UK immigration White Paper The Government’s much-anticipated UK immigration White Paper was published on Wednesday 19 December 2018. The document outlines proposals for a new UK immigration system. In an overhaul of the current rules, there will be a new single, skills-based immigration system introduced, founded on: Skills and […]

EU Citizens in UK after Brexit: Deal or No Deal Scenarios

The increasing likelihood of a no-deal Brexit is creating further confusion about EU citizens’ rights after the UK leaves the European Union. How will a no-deal affect EU citizens in the UK after Brexit? What has the Government confirmed so far? Assurances have been made by the Government that EU citizens and their family members […]

Brexit Migration Report

MAC Brexit Migration Report & The Future of the UK Immigration System Since the MAC published its report, the Government has made proposals for an overhaul of the UK immigration rules, focusing a new system on skills over nationality and removing any preferences for EU citizens coming to the UK after Brexit. Further details and […]

Guide to the EEA Regulations 2016

The Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016, later updated in February 2017, are the prevailing legislation in respect of the immigration rights of EEA nationals coming to and remaining in the UK. The EEA Regulations 2016 are to remain in force in their current form at least and until UK immigration rules are formally amended as […]