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20 November 2018
On 13 November the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) launched a call for evidence from employers and other interested parties to feed into its full review of the shortage occupation list. Jobs on this list are currently exempt from resident labour market testing requirements and from meeting the minimum salary otherwise required at the point of applying for settlement (currently £35,500).
Andrew Osborne comments for Bloomberg: Soccer's Brexit Fight Heats Up as Clubs Resist Curbs on Imports16 November 2018
Andrew Osborne has commented in an article for Bloomberg which discusses the implications of Brexit on top English football clubs.
Andrew Osborne comments for Inside World Football: FA’s Brexit proposal on foreign player quotas breaks current immigration rules15 November 2018
Andrew Osborne has commented on an article for Inside World Football which discusses The FA's Brexit proposal on foreign player quotas.
The one thing that is settled in the Brexit deal - Settled Status System for EEA nationals testing phase results13 November 2018
Whether we have a Brexit deal on 29 March 2019 or not, the UK is more than likely to be going full steam ahead with the Settled Status System (“SSS”). Largely because there are no realistic options for a new system at this stage; all the time and money available has already been invested into the SSS. The Home Office themselves are the first to admit this and assure anyone that asks, that they can be fairly certain to rely on the SSS going ahead regardless.
Press02 November 2018
Joanna Hunt has written an article for Free Movement which questions how easy it is to buy British Citizenship.
04 October 2018
Following the Government’s announcement of its plan for EU migrants following Brexit, many UK employers are struggling to understand the potential effects of its proposal on employees who are EEA nationals or family members of EEA nationals.
Andrew Osborne comments for Relocate Magazine: Businesses uneasy over post-Brexit immigration policy
Press04 October 2018
In an article for Relocate Magazine, Andrew Osborne discusses the immigration proposals coming out of the Conservative party conference.
Joanna Hunt writes for Free Movement: 10 things we (might) now know about the post-Brexit immigration system
Press04 October 2018
In an article for Free Movement, Joanna Hunt looks into the conclusions we can draw for the post-Brexit immigration system will look like, now that we have a picture emerging of what this may look like.
Joanna Hunt comments for People Management: Most EU workers would be blocked under post-Brexit proposals, warns think tank
Press21 September 2018
In an article for People Management, Joanna Hunt discusses analysis released today that has warned the majority of EU employees currently in the UK would be ineligible for a work visa under new immigration proposals.
18 September 2018
The Migration Advisory Committee has released today its long awaited report into the impact of EEA migration in the UK. The report is a key indicator of what the Government may do when they reveal their plans for the new immigration system which will govern how EU nationals are able to live and work in the UK after the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020.
17 September 2018
September marks the start of what is likely to be a busy few months in the world of immigration law, with the eagerly awaited Migration Advisory Committee’s report into the impact of EU workers on the UK economy likely to be released in the next few weeks and the long overdue immigration white paper following in October.
Press Release10 September 2018
Market-leading employment and immigration law specialist Lewis Silkin has won the ‘Immigration Law Firm of the Year’ award at the Macallan ALB (Asian Legal Business) Hong Kong Law Awards 2018.
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar writes for ITProPortal - UK immigration and the national cyber security strategy
Press05 September 2018
In an article for ITProPortal, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar discusses the need for a diverse and skilled workforce if the UK aims to be a world leader in cyber security.
04 September 2018
Last week The Guardian published an article about the volume of UK immigration laws and the frequency of changes and amendments to them. This was sparked by some damning remarks from Lord Justice Irwin who said that the system is “something of a disgrace” and almost impossible to navigate.
31 August 2018
Migration Watch UK has recently published a paper drawing attention to a perceived abuse by certain employers of part of the UK’s immigration system. Distortion of the ICT visa system suggests that the Tier 2 (Intracompany Transfer) (‘ICT’) visa route is currently being exploited by employers who are ‘undercutting the domestic labour market’. The ‘law that is’ and the ‘law that ought to be’ by nature pull in opposite directions. Taking UK immigration law as a ‘closed circuit’, the use of the word ‘loophole’ might better be categorised by some as simply ‘poor regulation’.
Residents of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau will not require work permits when they are hired by enterprises on the Chinese mainland potentially as soon as September 201810 August 2018
On 3 August the State Council in China made an announcement to the effect that residents of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau will not be obliged to apply for work permits in order to be employed by enterprises on the Chinese mainland, under a new proposal set to operate from September 2018.
Toni Lorenzo writes for Employment Lawyers Association: The Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc) Regulations 2018
Press06 August 2018
In an article for Employment Lawyers Association, Toni Lorenzo discusses the Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc) Regulations 2018 which came into force in June, implementing the EU Trade Secrets Directive. This is the first time that the UK Parliament has legislated for the protection of trade secrets.
31 July 2018
To some of us, science has an ethereal power. It creates and changes the rules rather than simply being bound by then. So it comes as no surprise that the science and technology committee has suggested free movement of scientists (and all skilled workers) to the UK. Albeit for only 180 days.
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar comments for LexisNexis: EU settled status scheme—what will happen to those who ‘fall between the cracks’?
Press18 July 2018
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar comments for a LexisNexis article, which discusses what will happen to the EU citizens who lose their legal status due to the new EU settled status scheme, and how the government should address this aspect of the scheme.
Jonna Hunt comments for House of Commons Library briefing: The UK's points-based system for immigration
Press09 July 2018
In a report for the House of Commons Library briefing, Joanna Hunt comments on the governments ruling to exempt doctors and nurses from immigration cap.