UK Visa Appointment Centres Start To Reopen

UK visa processing resumes in phases

UKVI has confirmed it is resuming application services on a phased basis, as follows: UK centres A limited number of UKVCAS (Sopra Steria) centres have reopened:   UKVCAS service point     Reopening date Belfast     22 June Birmingham (Core)     1 June Birmingham Premium Lounge     1 June Cardiff Bay (Temporary Core)     22 June Chelmsford     1 June Edinburgh […]

Employee refusing to return from furlough

With the recent relaxation of the lockdown rules, an increasing number of businesses are beginning to re-open in the UK, meaning that for employees who have been furloughed under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, their temporary leave of absence will soon be coming to an end. As employers respond to changes to the furlough […]

Flexible Furlough Scheme (How Does It Work?)

flexible furlough

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is changing from 1 July 2020. Under the new rules, flexible furlough is permitted, allowing employers to bring employees who have previously been furloughed back into work for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while they remain on furlough for hours not worked. Changes also take effect impacting […]

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (HR Guide)

coronavirus job retention scheme

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has set out a number of changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which will take effect over the next few months. The Chancellor confirmed that employers will be required to start contributing under the scheme in line with the following phases: From August they will have to pay […]

Travelling to the UK (Quarantine Rules)

travel to the uk quarantine rules

As part of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, a range of new measures are being introduced at the UK border affecting all international arrivals. This includes the introduction of new quarantine rules for those travelling to the UK.   COVID-19 border measures The new rules take effect from 8 June 2020 and will apply at […]

UK Visas Extended Due to Coronavirus

uk visas extended due to covid 19

The Home Office has confirmed that UK visa holders currently unable to leave the UK due to the coronavirus outbreak can apply to have their visas extended until 31 July 2020. This is a further extension on the previous extended date of 31 May 2020. If you have already applied to have your visa extended to […]

How to Unfurlough Staff

how to unfurlough staff

If you are currently receiving financial assistance for furloughed workers through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), you may be looking at how to unfurlough staff in preparation for the return to work, and ahead of the scheme’s closure in October 2020. The process of bringing workers back from furlough carries both legal and HR […]

Notice Pay For Furloughed Workers?

notice pay furloughed workers

If employees have agreed to accept 80% of their salary while on furlough, is their notice pay also paid at 80%, or does it revert to 100% under the usual employment law rules? As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ability to furlough workers under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, various legal issues […]

Start Work Before Tier 2 Application Decided?

Starting work before Tier 2 visa granted?

Can an individual start work before the Tier 2 visa is granted? While delayed UK visa processing is causing wide-spread disruption to employers, it may in some cases be possible for Tier 2 visa applicants to start working for their sponsor before their visa is decided. Guidance published on 9 April now allows for sponsored […]

UK Visa Processing Times (Latest from UKVI)

uk visa processing times

The following guide will help you gauge the likely UK visa processing times for your application, including an update on UK visa processing in light of the coronavirus outbreak.   UK visa processing times during the Coronavirus outbreak Due to the pandemic, all applications are being held for 240 days to allow time for biometric […]