Marcia Longdon, partner in our immigration team, has commented in a number of publications about the government proposals for a points-based immigration system from the start of next year, which will give priority to highly-skilled workers, raising concerns about the potential impact on businesses.
For many employers, particularly in high-salary sectors such as financial services, little will change. But businesses in many industries are right to be concerned.
For employers in the care home, construction and hospitality sectors for example, there will be a much greater impact as they are not being considered ... Given that such industries were largely supported by EU nationals, the system is likely to be a real issue.
Regardless of sector, it will be critical for those without a sponsor licence to apply for one as soon as possible and we can expect the Home Office to be overwhelmed with a surge of applications... What is clear is that companies across the board will need to be more prudent in future about their people & talent planning and there will be a huge cost implication for those recruiting from overseas and administrating visas from next year."
To read the full articles, see:
Personnel today -
Points-based immigration: five things employers can do now.
Accountancy Daily -
Points-based immigration system to prioritise most skilled
Law Society Gazette -
Immigration Rules simplification: plan to be published 'shortly'
About the author
Marcia Longdon is a partner in our business immigration team. She has specialised in immigration, nationality and European law for over 20 years. She has a collaborative approach with the Home Office and government officials and is often invited to participate in consultations and round table discussions on changes to UK and European immigration.