MAC Recommends 21 Roles for UK Shortage Occupation List

MAC Consults on New UK Immigration Salary List

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has now completed its rapid review into the UK’s Shortage Occupation List (SOL), publishing recommendations on roles to be included on the reformed Immigration Salary List (ISL). The MAC was commissioned by the Government earlier this year to carry out a fast-tracked review in advance of significant increases to the […]

UK Visa Processing Times (Latest from UKVI)

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The length of time it takes for your application to be processed can be an important factor in deciding when to apply and when to make travel arrangements. But UK visa processing times vary considerably, depending on factors such as the type of visa being applied for, the country or Embassy where the application is […]

Health and Care Visa Guide 2024

health and care worker visa

The Health and Care Visa is for healthcare professionals and workers from around the world to come to work in the UK health and social care sector. For applicants, the benefits of the Health and Care Worker visa include fast-tracked entry to the UK, together with reduced visa fees and exemption from the Immigration Health […]

Immigration Rules Changes 19 February 2024: Care Workers & Ukraine Visa Schemes

Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules 19 feb 2024

The Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC 556 was published by the Home Office today, 19 February 2024, focusing primarily on care workers and the Ukraine visa schemes.   Changes affecting care workers & care providers Following publication of its Five-Point Immigration Plan in December 2023, the Home Office has confirmed that the […]

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 the prevention of illegal working legislation. This requires you to conduct basic checks on every UK-based employee to verify they have the requisite permission to perform the work on offer. Importantly, as part of your recruitment, pre-employment checks, the […]

Received a Civil Penalty under the Immigration Act?

sponsor licence revoked

If your business has received a Civil Penalty under the Immigration Act, it is important to seek legal advice early on the options open to you. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to negotiate a reduction in the amount you owe, or you may have grounds to mount a successful appeal to cancel […]

UK Young Professional Scheme for Indian Nationals 2024

UK Young Professional Scheme for Indian Nationals

Indian nationals looking to experience life in the UK may be eligible for the India Young Professional Scheme. This route offers considerable flexibility for young workers, but the application process is rigid and you will need to ensure you apply within the correct timeframe, or risk having to wait for the next ballot. The ballots […]

Updated Right to Work Guidance & Illegal Working Fines Increasing from 13 February 2024

civil penalties increase

The UK Government has implemented significant changes to the Right to Work regime which apply to verification checks conducted on or after 13 February 2024. These updates encompass both revised guidance for employers conducting checks as well as a significant increase in civil penalty fines for illegal working.   Changes in Right to Work Guidance […]

How to Prepare for a Home Office Desktop Audit

home office digital desktop audit

The Home Office uses audits to assess employers’ compliance with their obligations under the UK’s Right to Work and sponsorship regimes. Often, employers are subject to an audit as part of an application for a sponsorship licence. In this guide for employers, we explain what digital immigration compliance audits are, why and when they are […]

PBS Licence (Employer FAQs)

pbs licence

If you are a UK employer looking to sponsor an overseas national to work for you in the UK, you will need to apply for a sponsor licence under the UK’s points-based system (PBS). The ability to sponsor overseas workers can bring significant benefits to businesses, enabling organisations to access the pool of global talent […]