Right to Work Checks (Employer Guidance)

right to work checks

Right to Work Checks: Guidance for Employers  As a UK employer, you have a legal obligation to comply with the prevention of illegal working legislation. 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. In […]

Skilled Occupations: Which SOC Code?

soc code

Matching the role you are recruiting for with the relevant occupation code, or SOC code, is a crucial step when hiring a new sponsored worker. It will be important for the sponsor to allocate the correct occupation code to avoid issues with the Home Office and potential refusal of the visa application. Caseworkers do investigate […]

Preparing for 1 July 2021: Changes to EU Worker Status

changes to eu workers rights 1 July 2021

Is your organisation ready for 1 July 2021? Although the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, Brexit transition arrangements delayed changes to the status and immigration rights of European nationals in the UK until after 30 June 2021. A new draft Code of Practice on preventing illegal working has been published covering changes to […]

UK Visa Processing Times (Latest from UKVI)

uk visa processing

UK visa processing times continue to be affected by the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. The Home Office confirmed in January 2021 that although UKVCAS appointment levels are now above March 2020 levels, ie prior to COVID-19 disruption, high demand for all appointments and the requirement to maintain COVID-secure facilities is restricting the “ability to […]

Home Office Challenging CoS Applications

Home Office Challenging CoS Applications

Sponsor licence holders are being warned of increased Home Office scrutiny when processing CoS requests. Prior to the change in the CoS regime at the end of 2020, requests for CoS allocations were generally considered to be ‘rubber stamping’ exercises. However, we are noticing an increase in the number of requests for further information being […]

Do EU Citizens Need a UK Visitor Visa?

Do EU citizens need a UK visitor visa

With reports of surges in the number EU nationals being denied entry to the UK as visitors, we are currently advising EU business travellers and their employers of the importance of being prepared when travelling to the UK as a visitor. Since the end of EU free movement, EU citizens are permitted to visit the […]

Global Talent Visa Application Guide | DavidsonMorris

global talent visa

The UK’s Global Talent visa is for individuals at both the established and early stages of the career spectrum in fields such as science, engineering, technology, art and humanities to come to the UK, without the need for a job offer. As a more flexible immigration option than other UK work visas, it does not […]

ENIC & English Language Requirements


When applying for entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK or British citizenship, you may need to prove your knowledge of the English language if you’re aged 18 or over. There are various different ways to meet this requirement, including having a degree-level qualification that was taught or researched in English. However, if […]

Developing a Corporate Immigration Policy

corporate immigration policy

An effective corporate immigration policy can help employers optimise their international recruitment, ensure legal compliance and provide a consistent and positive experience for their migrant workers. With an organisation-wide policy in place, you can help ensure all aspects of corporate immigration risks and responsibilities are assessed, implemented and managed in a way that is both […]

Appendix KoLL Requirements & Exemptions

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Appendix KoLL of the UK Immigration Rules contains a number of provisions for applicants looking to settle in the UK on a long-term basis. Below we look at the circumstances in which Appendix KoLL applies, including the exemptions under the rules and, where applicable, how these provisions can be met.   What is Appendix KoLL? […]