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Sep
15
2017

Establishing a business presence in the UK – the sole representative visa
#Immigration

Our immigration lawyers have recently seen an increase in enquiries from successful overseas business owners who wish to establish a business presence in the UK. Such individuals have explored the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route but either do not want to live in the UK or do not wish to make a large investment, such as the £200,000 required under the Entrepreneur route....

Sep
07
2017

Leaked document on Post Brexit Immigration
#Immigration

The Guardian has obtained a copy of a leaked document setting out the government’s proposals on post-Brexit immigration. ...

Sep
01
2017

Top London Curry House Re-Opens following Immigration Raid
#Immigration

One of London’s top curry houses, Tayyabs, has re-opened following a 48 hour shutdown by immigration enforcement officers for allegedly employing illegal workers. Family owned Punjabi restaurant Tayyabs closed on Tuesday following an immigration raid which found some of its 40 employees did not have the correct permission to work in the UK....

Aug
30
2017

Home Office admits error in British born Shane Ridge case
#Immigration

This afternoon, the Home Office confirmed that Shane Ridge, the Lancashire born joiner, is indeed a British citizen and they had incorrectly refused his application for Right of Abode. Shane Ridge’s case made headlines this week when it was discovered that despite being born in the UK and spending his entire life here, he was required to leave or face a £5,000 fine or prison sentence. ...

Aug
25
2017

Food industry expresses workforce concerns in landmark Brexit survey
#Immigration

This week, the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) warned that over a third of its members businesses would become unviable without access to EU labour, as 47% of EU workers consider moving away from permanent and seasonal roles....

Aug
18
2017

Home Office Updates Guidance on Right to Work Checks
#Immigration

This week, the Home Office published new guidance for employers setting out the right to work checks required to establish or retain a statutory excuse....

Aug
11
2017

Call for Evidence: EEA workers in the UK labour market
#Immigration #UK Immigration

Last month, the Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), with the purpose of conducting a study about and advising upon the economic and social impacts of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Following the Home Secretary's commissioning letter last week, the MAC has released a Call of Evidence, from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience to aid the MAC response. ...

Jul
25
2017

Zafar Kanani writes for The Economic Voice on The UK is still attractive to overseas investors
#Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups #Press #UK Immigration

Last week, the Hurun Report and Visa Consulting Group suggested that the UK slipped down the list of desirable destinations for high net worth Chinese investors, putting the country behind the USA and Canada to third place....

Jul
21
2017

No Dual Nationality for Dutch Nationals living in Post Brexit Britain
#Immigration

Dutch PM Mark Rutte, this week confirmed that Dutch nationals in the UK who are considering securing British citizenship in order to avoid complication after Brexit, will be stripped of their Netherlands passports due to existing limits on dual nationality. This means in effect, that 100,000 Dutch nationals living in the UK face an uncertain future after March 2019....

Jul
10
2017

Accommodating business visitors and ensuring compliance
#Immigration

A few years ago, the UK’s rules for visitors were revamped and saw changes which simplified the lives of many people who are frequent visitors to the UK for leisure and business. Prior to April 2015, visitor rules were restrictive and it was commonplace for bona fide business visitors to be inadvertently in breach of the immigration rules. The current visit visa system allows business people to carry out a wider range of activities under broader categories....

Jun
29
2017

UK Government’s Post Brexit Offer to EU nationals
#Immigration

This week, the government published its policy paper for managing the immigration status of EU nationals in the UK after Brexit. The policy paper is still to be negotiated with the EU but it confirms that once the UK has officially withdrawn from the EU (which could happen at any point on or before 29 March 2019), existing residence documents such as those certifying permanent residence, would be invalid. Instead, all EU nationals and their family members would need to apply for new residence documents....

Jun
22
2017

CITB report confirms UK construction firms rely on migrant labour
#Immigration #Construction

Research commissioned by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has today revealed that a third of construction firms employ overseas workers...

Jun
16
2017

Tier 2 Immigration Skills Charge – Another fee to pay
#Immigration

The recent Conservative manifesto has included a pledge to upsurge the Immigration Skills Charge, from £1,000 to £2,000 per year per employee by the end of the Parliament. Stated within their manifesto “skilled immigration should not be a way for government or business to avoid their obligations to improve the skills of the British workforce”....

Jun
02
2017

Tech City UK Reports “Huge” Rise in Tech Visas
#Immigration #immigration #immigration lawyer #visa #Tier 1 #David Cameron #UK #Tier 2

This week, Tech City UK revealed that applications for Tech Nation’s Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa scheme more than quadrupled over the course of last year. Reports show that for 2016-2017, Tech City UK received over 380 applications for endorsements compared to 100 in the previous year. So far, 260 of these applications have been endorsed with the applicants going on to make their application to the Home Office under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa route. ...

May
26
2017

Home Office refuses to grant Entrepreneur Visa to Inventor of ‘Smart’ Walking Stick
#Immigration

This week, ITV reported that the Home Office have refused to grant Neha Chaudhry, an award winning young Pakistani entrepreneur, a visa to remain in the country as a highly skilled migrant...

May
25
2017

Monica Atwal writes for BQ on the Business Benefits of Immigration
#Immigration #Press

Monica Atwal, Managing Partner of Clarkslegal, explains why immigration is important to UK business and the sustainability of our economy....

May
19
2017

Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Manifestos – Key Employment & Immigration Law Pledges
#Employment #UK Immigration

With the general election fast approaching, we have set out the key employment law points from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos....

May
18
2017

Conservatives Manifesto: Pledge to Double Immigration Skills Charge
#Immigration

Launching the Tories Manifesto today, Theresa May has said a strong economy and delivering Brexit were top priorities. On immigration, the Tories have vowed to uphold the party’s promise to reduce net migration...

May
11
2017

Positive Discrimination and Brexit
#Immigration #Employment

The impact of Brexit is beginning to be felt by employers. Initial anecdotal evidence about the impact of Brexit leading to a drop in EU applicants applying for and remaining in roles is now beginning to be backed up by statistics in some sectors. The urge for employers is to offer reassurance and support for EU employees to ensure that they retain skilled employees and avoid a higher turnover of staff....

May
05
2017

UK Curry Restaurants in Crisis as Immigration Rules Keep Out Chefs
#Immigration #Food and Restaurants

The BBC reported last week that an increasing number of Indian restaurants in Scotland were closing due to strict immigration rules which are preventing restaurants from recruiting top chefs from India....

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