The end of free movement: what SMEs need to know
EU citizens who have not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme will need to apply for permission to work in the UK, as will non-EU citizens.
Previously known as Tier 2, the Skilled Worker category operates in a broadly similar way and there is provision for ICT applications for staff employed outside the UK in the same group. Some aspects of the Skilled Worker category are more generous as for example there is not any resident labour market (advertisement) process and the required skill level of the role has been reduced.
Our FAQs on the new immigration system contain more information on the Skilled Worker category and how it works.
Employers extending the stay of or recruiting Tier 2 sponsored workers need to transition those individuals into the Skilled Worker category and we are able to assist with such applications. Employers may also wish to switch Tier 2 (ICT) and Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) workers to the Skilled Worker category in order that they are then on a track to settlement (indefinite leave to remain).
In order to recruit and retain Skilled Workers in the UK, if an employer does not already have a sponsor licence it should apply for one. For employers with a sponsor licence it is more important than ever to maintain full compliance given that EU and non-EU citizens will need to be sponsored.
Whether you are seeking to sponsor an EU or non-EU citizen under the Skilled Worker or ICT categories, we are here to provide you with the support you require and to guide you through every necessary stage.
Our highly experienced team has advised and assisted on the Points Based System since its first inception in 2008. We continue to draw on our in-depth expertise in advising on the sponsorship and hiring of overseas nationals under the current system.
We will assist you with the Skilled Worker or ICT certificate of sponsorship and visa application by preparing and submitting the application to bring the overseas national to the UK to begin their employment with your company. We will then help you with reporting to the Home Office on any changes and retaining the required information and documents on file for compliance purposes.
Recognised as one of the leading immigration teams in the UK with over 20 years in the top tier of both Chambers UK and Legal 500, we are well placed to provide you with the end-to-end support you need to ensure the application process is completed with minimum worry for you and your HR team.
Sometimes a solution to your recruitment needs may not be obvious and this is where we can help and guide you through the options available. We understand that as an employer, you are looking for the very best for your company, and sometimes the person you need with the specific skills and experience for your business may currently reside outside the UK.
Our sector-focused pages have more examples of how we can assist your business.
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