UK Visa Processing Times (Latest from UKVI)

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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 […]

COVID-19 Immigration Tier 2 Sponsor Guide

coronavirus immigration tier 2 sponsor guidance

What do Tier 2 sponsor licence holders need to be aware of during the COVID-19 crisis? The key message is that sponsor licence holders remain subject to their licence holder duties and should continue to follow compliant processes and systems. Only where there is specific guidance or exemptions from the Home Office should sponsors deviate […]

Tier 1 Entrepreneur: Coronavirus Guidance

Tier 1 entrepreneur coronavirus pandemic advice

As a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa holder, you may be concerned about your ability to comply with your visa conditions and to meet future extension eligibility requirements because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on your business. The Home Office has provided specific guidance for Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa holders whose businesses have been […]

BRP Collection (Guide for Visa Holders)

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In light of the coronavirus crisis and UK lockdown, we are aware of disruption and changes to the standard BRP collection process. For example, the date from which your biometric residence permit will be available for collection is no longer noted on the UKVI decision letter. We understand this is because the Home Office cannot […]

Managing Absences (Coronavirus Guide for HR)

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The disruption to business caused by the COVID-19 outbreak is unprecedented. In this article, we consider various scenarios in which an employee may be absent from work and what are their rights during those periods, with practical guidance for employers managing absences due to the coronavirus crisis.   Sickness absence due to coronavirus  If an […]

Redundancy Notice Period (Employers’ Guide)

Redundancy notice 

As a consequence of the social distancing and lockdown rules relating to COVID-19 imposed by the UK government, many companies and organisations will no longer be able to operate or provide their staff with any work to do. This may mean, as with many other employers, that you are considering redundancy as a potential option […]

COVID-19 & Holiday Entitlement (HR Guide)

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Various new employment regulations have been introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic, all with the intention of helping businesses and the workforce cope with the effects of the outbreak, whether from a social or economic perspective. Here, we focus on the introduction by the UK Government of new regulations, which relax the current rules […]

Rest Breaks at Work (Employers’ Guide)

The rules on taking breaks at work are covered by the Working Time Regulations 1998 and your employee’s own contract of employment. Whether or not these breaks are paid is entirely your decision as the employer, and should be stated in the employee’s contract. Most employees have a right to a break of twenty minutes […]

Statutory Layoff Pay (Guide for Employers)

In the current climate, where the coronavirus crisis has forced the closure of many UK businesses, or resulted in a significant downturn in profits, employers may be looking to temporarily suspend workers’ employment. To avoid use of layoffs and redundancies, the Government has introduced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which reimburses employers employment costs such […]

Right to Work Checks (Employer Guidance)

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Right to Work Checks: Guidance for Employers  As a UK employer, you have a legal obligation to comply with prevention of illegal working legislation. Specifically, this requires you to conduct basic documentation checks on every UK-based employee to verify that any individual you employ has the requisite permission to perform the work on offer. Conducting […]