Skilled Worker Licence (How To Apply)

skilled worker licence

The end of EU freedom of movement on 31 December 2020 means EU and non-EU citizens coming to the UK from 2021 will subject to a new system of UK immigration rules. Eligibility to come to the UK for work will be on the basis of a Home Office application evidencing skills and points-based requirements, and will […]

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 […]

UK Air Bridge Countries List

uk air bridge countries list

The UK government has confirmed a list of 60 countries that have been approved for travel and are to be excluded from the UK’s COVID-19 quarantine rules. Under the exemption, people travelling from any of the countries on the air bridge countries list will not have to self isolate for 14 days on arrival in […]

Which SOC Code?

soc code

Matching the role you are recruiting for with the relevant SOC code is a crucial step when allocating a Certificate of Sponsorship to a new migrant worker. To hire skilled non-EEA employees under the Tier 2 route, employers must ensure the role they are seeking to fill meets prescribed conditions. The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) […]

Right to Rent (Acceptable Documents Guide)

right to rent

The right to rent stems from a person’s right to live in the UK. It follows from a person’s immigration status – if they do not have the right to live in the UK then they do not have the right to rent a property in the UK either. Landlords renting out private rented accommodation, […]

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 […]

Prevention of Illegal Working (Employer Guidance)

prevention of illegal working

The ability to work illegally can leave migrants vulnerable to exploitation and allow unscrupulous employers to undercut compliant businesses. To minimise these risks, all employers in the UK have a duty to prevent illegal working. The following guide provides an overview of the rules relating to illegal working, from how to conduct a right to […]

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Expired

Where you discover your organisation’s Tier 2 sponsor licence has expired, you will need to take remedial action quickly to regain status as a sponsor licence holder. Without a valid sponsor licence, an organisation is not permitted to lawfully employ PBS visa holders. This leads to a number of immigration problems directly affecting the immigration […]

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 […]