Business Immigration

5 October 2016

Roll out of online application process for EEA nationals

Following the conclusion of the pilot to trial online applications for EEA nationals wishing to apply to register their status or apply for Permanent Residence, the online application process has now been rolled out nationally as of 1 October 2016. 

Nicolas Rollason

24 August 2016

New digital visa application service for visitor visas

In 2014 the Home Office introduced a new digital application service for applicants in China to apply for visitor visas online, known as Access UK.

Following its successful launch, Access UK is now available for applicants applying to visit the UK in over 180 countries and 10 languages.

Nicolas Rollason

8 July 2016

Biometric Residence Permits and National Insurance numbers

The Home Office is currently rolling out the issuance of National Insurance (NI) numbers for all applicants applying to enter the UK under the Tier 2 General, Minister of Religion or Sportsperson categories. Once an application under these categories has been submitted overseas, this triggers an application to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for an NI number to be issued. This NI number is then included on the Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). At least that is what is supposed to happen.

Nicolas Rollason

21 June 2016

Why Brexit could usher in a new world of immigration red tape

With anti-immigration rhetoric pushing voters further towards a Brexit vote in the EU Referendum on 23 June, it is now clearer than ever that free movement of labour will no longer be part of our future relationship with the EU should the UK decide to leave. Indeed, Leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling has raised the prospect of restricting the free movement of EU citizens to the UK before we formally leave in order to “prevent a massive influx of people” moving here in a final rush before our borders are closed.

Nicolas Rollason

17 June 2016

The challenges in managing international assignments for UK based employees – where to next?

Whilst discussions regarding the EU Referendum in the UK reach a crescendo, perhaps the greatest challenge and source of frustration that lies ahead is one that will not be resolved by 24th June – uncertainty.  Irrespective of the outcome of the vote, there will be no definitive solution or clear guidelines as to what changes to the existing regulations will be implemented and more broadly how the landscape of UK immigration will be altered in the months and years to come.  In this blog, we address what may be considered as permissible activities for a short-term trip under a business visa and the key factors that should be taken into account when sending EU or non-EU national employees based in the UK on long-term global assignments.

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