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 […]

UK Visas Extended Due to Coronavirus

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The Home Office has announced that UK visa holders currently unable to leave the UK due to the coronavirus outbreak can apply to have their visas extended until 31 May 2020.   How to extend your UK visa temporarily The rule will apply if you are in the UK and your leave expires between 24 […]

COVID-19 Immigration Tier 2 Sponsor Guide

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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 […]

Immigration Health Surcharge – How does it Work?

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You may need to pay a healthcare surcharge, called the ‘immigration health surcharge’ (IHS), as part of your UK immigration application. You will then be able to use the National Health Service (NHS). You will however still need to pay for certain types of services, such as prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests. If you have […]

General Work Visa (Tier 2 Skilled Workers)

The UK’s general work visa is under Tier 2 of the points-based immigration. It is the primary route for skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland looking to work in the UK within a skilled job role. Tier 2 comprises four different subcategories of work visa: Tier 2 (General) – enabling […]

Tier 2 Visa Sponsorship By Umbrella Company?

If you are an employment agency or umbrella company, you can apply for a Tier 2 visa sponsorship licence but only to sponsor migrant workers who will be directly employed by you in connection with the running of your business. You cannot sponsor a migrant worker to supply them as labour to someone else, regardless […]

Entry Clearance (UK Guide)

If you are a non-EEA national looking to come to the UK, the following guide will help you to understand the rules and requirements relating to entry clearance, from what this actually means to the rules on transiting though the UK.   What is entry clearance? Under UK Immigration Rules, if you are a non-EEA national coming […]

New UK Points-Based Immigration System

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A new UK points-based immigration system for work visas is to apply from 1 January 2021. In a policy paper published on 18 February 2020, the Government confirms that the new system will apply to both EU and non-EU citizens in the same way. The changes outlined in the paper centre on economic and work […]

Spouse Visa Requirements (Need Help?)

The UK spouse visa remains a challenging immigration route into the UK. In an effort to deter sham marriages and prevent non-genuine spouses from being able to come to the UK, the visa and evidentiary requirements for applicants are strict, which can be problematic even for genuine couples. An upsurge in the number of spouse […]

Positive Verification Notice (Right to Work)

To avoid civil penalties and the possibility of criminal prosecution, employers must scrutinise the working documents produced by their employees and in certain circumstances contact the Home Office for a Positive Verification Notice by using the Employer Checking Service. When hiring any new employee, organisations must follow the ‘prescribed requirements’ in order to obtain the ‘statutory […]