Immigration Law Blog

13 October 2020

Let me entertain you (provided I can get across the border)

Once the pandemic blows over, hopefully soon in 2021 the entertainment sector will bounce back into action, with concerts, performances and other events once again a part of our lives. Whilst it may at present be far from the minds of companies in the entertainment and creative sectors, post 31 December 2020, entertainers and artists who are EEA nationals and who have long-benefited from freedom of movement to the UK, may need to consider immigration issues that have to date been reserved for non-EEA nationals.  EEA nationals who are or have been resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline of 30 June 2021.  The EU Settlement Scheme provides a route for EEA nationals to continue to reside and work in the UK without having to apply for a visa under the UK’s new immigration system.

Robert Houchill

8 October 2020

The end of the resident labour market test: good news for employers?

The resident labour market test will be abolished when the UK’s new immigration system starts on 1 January 2021.

For employers who rely on skilled foreign workers, this will mean greater freedom to employ who you want from anywhere in the world, but the visa costs will be high and the automatic rejection of any applicants who need a visa simply because of the cost could result in discrimination claims. 

This blog and our last blog on the right to work check grace period are part of our series on immigration and employment issues in the new UK immigration system.

Kim Vowden

1 October 2020

The post-Brexit right to work check grace period for EU citizens – is it really that helpful?

So, we have three months to go before the transition period ends and we leave Europe for good. We know that EU citizens resident in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020 are eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme before the 30 June 2021 deadline.  Are we also clear about what will happen with EU citizens who arrive from 1 January to work? To an increasing extent we are and if you review the government guidance on this topic it is helpful and confirms that employers who want to employ EU citizens from 1 January will require a sponsor licence in order to directly sponsor EU citizens, as they have been doing already for non-EU citizens.

Marcia Longdon

24 July 2020

Highlights on the generous visa route for BN(O) citizens come January 2021

The Government has announced the introduction of a new visa route for British National (Overseas) citizens and their families from January 2021. The ‘Hong Kong BN(O) Visa’ will enable applicants to live, work and study in the UK, although they will not be able to access public funds.

Katie Newbury

23 July 2020

The Russia Report: Why we don’t need more changes to the Tier 1 Investor visa

The Tier 1 (Investor) visa category celebrated its 25th year anniversary in 2019.  It is one of the last survivors of a number of visa categories introduced (or rebranded) in 1994 such as the business person/entrepreneur route, closed off last year, and a number of other later visa categories such as HSMP and Post Study Work which have come and gone.

Nicolas Rollason

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