For employers and HR professionals sponsoring Tier 2 highly skilled workers from overseas, immigration compliance is crucial.
Immigration compliance does not stop with the initial identity checks made when a candidate starts their employment with a company. Rather, it is a continuing duty.
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If you are planning on travelling to Canada on business, you need to avoid getting caught out by Canada’s new mandatory requirements.
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With UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) finding themselves inundated with applications for a UK residence card and certificate from EEA nationals and EEA family permit holders, it could be easy to assume that the application has fallen into a bottomless pit, only to be seen at some point in the distant future.
After all, we have all heard of the ongoing immigration cases sitting with UKVI for years and years.
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Two very different potential clients asked whether now was a good time to apply for a Tier 1 (investor) visa.
Despite what you may think, investors can be risk averse. It therefore stands to reason that before investing £2,000,000 or more in the UK, potential investors from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will wish to know if they (and their families) will be welcomed and if they can expect further obstacles to the application process.
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You have applied to the Home Office for your Permanent Residence card. Post Brexit, is it worth making an application to become a British Citizen?
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Congratulations! Your application to become a British Citizen has been successful and you have the Home Office letter to prove it.
You have contacted the local council to arrange your attendance at the citizenship ceremony and invited your nearest and dearest to witness you becoming a British national.
At the ceremony, you will receive your certificate of British citizenship and welcome pack.
And then onto the next step – applying for your British passport. It’s exciting isn’t it?!
Yes. Only there are a few things that you need to be aware of.
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Following Brexit, it can feel as if the road ahead has been closed to EU nationals. But it doesn’t have to be. I must have drafted and redrafted this article so many times since the British public voted 52% to 48% to leave the European Union (EU) on 23 June 2016.
Perhaps, it was a case of the Brexit Blues which led me to struggle with this particular piece. Fellow bloggers elsewhere seemed able to produce articles on the impact of Brexit on any number of industries and sectors. Indeed, I had come across numerous articles on the impact of Brexit on EU nationals and EU workers.
And yet for all the articles written, I’m not sure that EU nationals appreciate that things are not as bleak as they first appear; that they have options for securing their status in the UK and that the sooner they begin thinking about next steps, the better. With this in mind, I finally felt upbeat about putting pen to paper.
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On 12 July, the Home Office published updated guidance for employers to following the commencement of illegal working provisions.
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The UK Government recently announced fundamental changes to the Tier 2 categories.
In 2015, the government had commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review the Tier 2 immigration categories. The MAC were specifically requested to advise on how to make the Tier 2 criteria more robust yet flexible enough to allow key skills shortages to be met within the UK.
Having considered MAC’s recommendations and in March 2016 announced key changes to Tier 2.
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Right to Work checks can cause HR professionals and businesses no end of stress. Get it wrong and the Home Office can impose heavy (and sometimes crippling) fines or civil penalties of £20,000 per unlawfully employed person. A sponsor licence can be suspended and then there is the reputational damage and at worse, criminal convictions of up to 5 years for serious offenders.
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