The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) – what UK businesses and employers need to know
On 30 March 2019, the EUSS was fully implemented under UK immigration rules, as a post-Brexit system. This allows EEA and Swiss citizens, and their family members, to continue to live and work in the UK – EEA is short for the European Economic Area comprising the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. …
Hiring Tier 4 (General) students doesn’t need to be hard work
SPEEDREAD: Where a Tier 4 (General) student visa holder can work in the UK, this is capped at up to 20 hours per week during term-time, and they can work full-time during “vacation” periods. A migrant may be able to continue working even though their visa has expired, and an employer’s statutory excuse may be …
What’s the reason for your visit to the United Kingdom? To compete in Wimbledon
SPEEDREAD: This article looks at the visitor visa rules with reference to some of the Wimbledon tennis players, and touches on some of the business activities visitors can do including whether they can be paid.
In the month of July, the UK has played host to a number of sports tournaments such as: The …
What's the deal with Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme?
SPEEDREAD: This article touches on the latest on Brexit, and the EU Settlement Scheme. The “Scheme” fully opened on 30 March 2019 and allows EEA/ Swiss citizens and family members to voluntarily apply for free, for a new form of UK immigration status to continue living and working in the UK post-Brexit.
At a recent …
Cutting corners on immigration checks might cost UK employers in the long run
SPEEDREAD: Where the Home Office finds that a UK employer has employed individuals without a right to work in the UK, and/or the business has not carried out correct (follow up) right to work checks, they may be issued with a civil penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker.
When Immigration Enforcement, a part …
What’s happening in the world of UK immigration from 29 March 2019?
SPEEDREAD: There will be a short extension to Brexit and from 29 March 2019, there are changes to the UK immigration system which affect UK employers who hold a Tier 2 sponsor licence.
For many months, we have known that Brexit will take place on 29 March 2019 as enshrined in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 201 …
Reforms to UK investor visa category and new entrepreneur visa routes
SPEEDREAD: From 29 March 2019 there will be significant changes to Tier 1 immigration categories for new applicants. This Information Note contains details of the key changes, including which visa routes will be closed and when.
On 7 March 2019, the Home Secretary laid Statement of Changes to the UK Immigration Rules before …
So you want to recruit international talent?
SPEEDREAD: In this article we look generally at when UK employers do and don’t need to have a sponsor licence to recruit someone, and we also give an overview on how a UK employer applies for a sponsor licence which might be necessary for example in a TUPE situation.
In Surrey there were approximately 1.3% employers holding a sponsor …
UK employers and changes to right to work checks
SPEEDREAD: Advice on how to carry out Right to Work checks for your employees and the perils of the civil and criminal penalties that may apply if the checks are not carried out properly. In the next few months, with Brexit looming, these checks will also apply to EU nationals under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Businesses who employ staff in …
UK Immigration round up 2018
2018 has been a rollercoaster of a year for UK immigration matters. From changes to the Tier 2 sponsored work system, to the alteration of the settlement path for Turkish migrants; from Brexit dominating headlines to an immigration route being “suspended” overnight (it wasn’t really in the end), there really has been a lot happening in the past …