UK General Election Manifesto: Summary for Employers

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Ahead of the UK General Election on 4 July 2024, the following summary for employers sets out the manifesto pledges of the main parties in relation to employment and immigration law.   Labour Party Employment   The Labour Party’s employment plans are detailed in Labour’s “Plan to Make Work Pay: Delivering a New Deal for […]

Care Home Sponsor Licence Revocation Overturned on Judicial Review

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As the Home Office continues its heightened scrutiny of the health and social care sector, the recent Judicial Review case of New Hope Care Ltd v Secretary of State for the Home Department will be of interest to care providers – as well as sponsor licence holders in other industries – where procedural failings have […]

Government Responds to MAC Review into Graduate Route

Government Responds to MAC Review into Graduate Route

The Home Office has issued a statement responding to the MAC’s rapid review into the UK Graduate Route, which recommended retaining the route, citing no evidence of misuse of this visa category. While the statement does not explicitly endorse the Graduate Route, the Home Office confirms that it will remain open, but would be kept under […]

Updated Absence Rule for EU Settled and Pre Settled Status Holders

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The Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) (Amendment) Order 2024 (SI 2024/663) simplifies the rules for how long certain EU citizens can stay outside the UK without their immigration permission expiring.   Updated Absence Rules for EUSS   Under the new rules, from 21 May 2024, those with either pre-settled or settled status under the […]

Increase in Free UKVI Appointments

The number of free appointments available at Sopra Steria Centres has been increased. The change applies to all centres, except for premium centres.   Update in Free Appointment Availability   The updated booking calendar now shows 28 days of appointments, with both free and chargeable appointments. A new date is added each day. Free appointments […]

Government Opens Consultation on Changes to TUPE and European Works Councils

govt consultation on TUPE and EWCs

The UK government has launched a consultation regarding proposed amendments to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) and on plans to dismantle the legal framework governing European Works Councils.   Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE)   The Government proposes to clarify the scope of TUPE, limiting the […]

Updated Creative Worker Sponsor Guidance May 2024

updated creative worker sponsor guidance may 2024

The guidance for Creative Worker sponsors has been revised to align with the changes to the Immigration Rules effective from 16 May 2024, as outlined in Statement of Changes HC 590.   Revisions to Sponsor Guidance   Key updates include the removal of references to shortage occupations and resident labour market testing, as well as […]

MAC Publishes Report into UK Graduate Route

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) today published its much-anticipated rapid review of the Graduate Route. Also referred to as the ‘post-study work visa’, the Graduate Route allows international students who graduate from UK universities to stay and work for up to two years after completing their studies, or up to three years following a PhD […]

New Right to Carer’s Leave April 2024

On 6 April 2024, the UK’s new Carer’s Leave Regulations 2024 come into force, introducing a new employee entitlement. This legislation allows employees to take one week of unpaid leave each year to provide or arrange care for a dependent with a long-term care need. This leave can be used in flexible increments of half […]

MAC Recommends 21 Roles for UK Shortage Occupation List

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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 […]