As the international community hopefully nears returning to more normal levels of travel, UK employers will need to know the rules for British citizens travelling to the EU for business.
Why are visa rules now an issue for British citizens travelling to the EU?
Do British citizens need a visa to visit the EU, such as a Schengen visa?
What is the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS)?
How long does a British citizen’s passport need to be valid for to travel to the EU?
Are the visa rules the same for all EU countries?
What can a British citizen do in an EU country as a business visitor? Does the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement assist?
How long can a British citizen stay in an EU country as a business visitor?
What’s the difference between being a business visitor and needing a work permit?
Where can I find more information on work permit applications to the EU?
What can employers do to prepare for the new visa rules?
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The Home Office has announced the Covid temporary adjusted right to work process has been extended again to 31 August 2021.
There are two updates on EU citizens for you to be aware of on right to work checks and on absences due to Covid.
You are likely aware the EU Settlement Scheme deadline is just around the corner on Wednesday 30 June 2021. All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 must apply for pre-settled or settled status before the deadline.
Nicolas Rollason, Partner, and Head of Department in our Immigration team has been quoted in The Times discussing the latest rules around visas. Experts claim that the post-Brexit rules threaten to hinder the UK’s economic recovery and need urgent reform so that entrepreneurs from the EU can more easily launch businesses on this side of the Channel.
Our latest global immigration update on key changes to the immigration rules in global jurisdictions includes Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, the USA, the Philippines, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Gone are the days of computer gaming being viewed as a secluded activity; gaming is now a thoroughly social experience that attracts a global audience of millions and players can compete for large sums of money and celebrity. This burgeoning industry is largely in a virtual world and has developed in a blockchain, decentralised fashion. Often the UK government talks up the UK gaming industry and how keen the government is to support this sector, and there have been instances that show support, but when it comes to playing games competitively, law and regulations have not yet caught up.
As covered in our alert back in October 2020, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been commissioned to review the Intra-company Transfer (ICT) category. The MAC advises the UK government on immigration policy. The online survey has easy to complete multiple choice questions and closes on 15 June 2021.
The UK left the EU in January 2020, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement there has been a grace period in place since 1 January 2021 which ends on 30 June 2021. The basis of the grace period is that those EU citizens (and EEA and Swiss citizens) who were residents in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 have until 30 June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Employers will be familiar with online and original document (manual) right to work checks. Online right to work checks have been unaffected by the pandemic. Online right to work checks continue to be possible where for example the employee has a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), status under the EU Settlement Scheme, a British National (Overseas) visa or a Skilled Worker visa as an EU citizen.
The furore around the announcement by a number of football clubs of their intention to create a European Super League has led to governments displaying their opposition to the idea and issuing threats on the legislative leverage that could be used to stop the breakaway league from getting going.
Our latest global immigration update on key changes to the immigration rules in global jurisdictions includes Belgium, Ireland, Croatia, Singapore, China, the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles and South Africa.
As sponsors will be aware, for some Tier 2 (General) applications before 1 December 2020 it was necessary to advertise the role for 28 days as part of a resident labour market test (RLMT). When the Skilled Worker category replaced Tier 2 (General) from 1 December 2020, the RLMT was abolished. However, the guidance (known as Appendix D) clarifies that certain documents about the recruitment process of sponsored workers still need to be held on file.
On 9 March 2021, the Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) and Equality and Human Rights Commission (“EHRC”) published a new memorandum of understanding agreement (“the MoU”). The MoU seeks to increase the effectiveness of the two organisations’ work in safeguarding the wellbeing and rights of people receiving health and social care in England, through developing a supportive framework and strategic partnership.
Any sense of a post-Brexit slowdown in UK immigration changes was quickly swept away last week with a thorough spring clean and polish to a wide range of rules. As is commonly the case at this time of year, a statement of changes in the Immigration Rules was released in advance of 6 April when many of the changes will come into force. We set out the main changes below and also include a quick summary of the headlines from the Budget on how new immigration categories aim to assist with the economic recovery.
COVID-19 has had a severely damaging affect on all organisations and no less so those in the charitable sector. Be that on a dramatic hit to donation levels, resourcing issues through furloughing or redundancies and difficulties in delivering programmes and training. In a battle to survive and deliver on core services, it is easier than ever to forget crucial internal risk and compliance processes.
Tech start-ups hail new talent visa as 'step in right direction' - Katie Newbury quoted by The Telegraph
Katie Newbury, Partner in our Immigration team, was quoted in The Telegraph and other sources including Financial News and The Private Equity News on 3 and 4 March 2021. Katie was commenting on the unsponsored highly skilled visa route and how the new visa scheme should fulfil the technology sectors' requirements in order to support the UK’s economic recovery.
After waiting with bated breath, the rules for the Graduate route have finally been published and the Graduate visa will officially launch on 1st July 2021. In 2019, the UK government announced that they will be bringing back the treasured Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visa – now called the Graduate visa.
Hong Kong: professional classes polarised by new British visa pathway system - Nick Rollason quoted in IBA
Nicolas Rollason, Partner in our Immigration team, was quoted in IBA on 1 March 2021. Nicolas Rollason, who is also Senior Vice-Chair of the IBA Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, was commenting on the the new visa pathway programme that opened in January that the UK created for Hong Kong residents with BNO passports.
The COVID - 19 pandemic will certainly go down in history as one of the worse periods in modern times. Many of us will have stories to tell the future children about a time when the world was held to ransom by the pandemic and people were forced to stay home and could only leave if they had a legitimate reason, such as going out for medicine or food. So, what of those who are “home” but, don’t have the choices we do?
The Tech Nation Visa (officially known as the Global Talent visa) enables the brightest and best tech talent from around the world to come and work in the UK’s digital technology sector, contributing their cutting-edge expertise, creativity and innovation to maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of the global digital economy.