Immigration Law Blog

1 April 2020

Urgent Home Office guidance required for furloughed Tier 2 sponsored workers

As employers grapple with the new furlough leave guidance from Government and what it means for their business and workforce, we are seeing numerous questions regarding employees with a visa, particularly Tier 2 sponsored workers. 

Andreas White

25 March 2020

Global Talent: In the darkness of COVID-19 chaos, the UK needs tech talent to light the way

Since the Coronavirus outbreak began in December last year, we have seen the world focus on little else. This is a pandemic in which technology will play a key role in bringing a resolution and it’s time to think about how we, as immigration specialists and legal partners of Tech Nation, can help bring that essential tech talent to the UK.

Elli Graves

13 March 2020

IHS fee increase - you can't budget for it

It was confirmed in this week’s Budget that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will be increasing from £400 to £624 per year of the visa. The IHS is a visa fee applicable to overseas nationals for the NHS. The measure also increases the discounted rate for students, their dependants and those applying for Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visas from £300 to £470 per year of the visa. In a new tweak to the previous arrangements, the surcharge will be set at the lower £470 rate for all children under the age of 18.

Katie Newbury

5 March 2020

Home Office calls time on “cheap labour” – can the hospitality industry survive?

The writing had already been on the wall. Priti Patel had warned that there would be no “carve outs” for specific sectors which would experience a shock when free movement ended. Those comments were aimed at various industry groups which had asked for the temporary work visas which had been mooted in the 2018 Immigration White Paper to be part of any new policy. But repeatedly, the mood music coming from No. 10 and Ms Patel had been clear – don’t lobby us until you have raised wages and provided training and career development opportunities that will attract more local workers. 

Nicolas Rollason

27 February 2020

Why employers shouldn’t expect any new immigration options from a Canada-style trade deal.

This week marks the publication of the UK Government’s negotiating position on a new trade deal with the EU.  As the UK embarks on negotiations for a new Free Trade Agreement (FTA), employers may be wondering whether a deal could provide a mechanism for additional visa routes for both skilled and lower-skilled foreign workers.

Nicolas Rollason

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