Entrepreneur & Investor Visas

16 October 2015

A welcome visa scheme for the tech community that might actually be fit for purpose

Amongst the doom and gloom of the Government’s anti-immigration rhetoric and with the threat of further restrictions on companies sponsoring highly skilled migrants looming over us, we finally have a ray of bright digital light. Tech City UK today announced the Tech Nation Visa Scheme, which has been agreed by the Home Office after extensive complaints from the digital technology sector that the current system was not allowing the top global talent to come to the UK.

Nicolas Rollason

30 September 2015

Immigration Bill 2015 – the real impact of creating a ‘hostile environment’

Earlier this month, the Government published the Immigration Bill 2015, which introduces further measures to create a ‘hostile environment’ for unwanted migration in the UK. This blog explores the background and key aspects of the new Bill and sets out the potential economic and human impact this may have if the Bill is passed and becomes law. It also includes a worked example to illustrate how some of the proposed rules will inadvertently impact all migrants and their families, including British employees, landlords and families.

Katie Newbury

31 July 2015

A call for reform and redesign of the UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa

In March 2015, the Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (the MAC) to review the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa category. This followed a number of concerns about the benefits the route brings to the UK as well as fears over abuse of the route. This blog looks at our proposals for reform and redesign of the route.

Katie Newbury

23 July 2015

Roll out of new Criminal Record Certificate requirements for migrants

With effect from 1 September 2015 the Home Office will begin to roll out the requirement for migrants to obtain police clearance certificates prior to submitting applications for visas to travel to the UK. There will be a phased introduction commencing with the Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applicant categories. This is a trial scheme and subject to its success it is anticipated that it will be rolled out further to other immigration categories at the beginning of 2016.

Nicolas Rollason

30 April 2015

Consultation on the UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur route – does it deliver economic benefits or is it ripe for reform?

The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route has long been a bone of contention for the Home Office. Introduced as part of the Points Based System in 2008, it promised a move away from subjective decision making and towards clear, objective criteria upon which to assess potential entrepreneurs. This blog looks at the key challenges and the opportunity with the current consultation for recommendations that could make the route more attractive to entrepreneurs looking to invest in the UK. 

Nicolas Rollason

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