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  • Our latest Brexit update on immigration

    16 November 2017

    The UK Government published a Brexit update with the notion that it would relieve worried EEA nationals in the UK and let everyone see how lovely the UK Government intend to be over the end of free movement. This somewhat backfired when the European Parliament then said the proposal was “inadequate”.

  • Brexit: from a slow drip to a full-on leak

    27 September 2017

    On 5 September 2017, the Home Office Post-Brexit Immigration Document was leaked to the public. The document – the exact publication date of which we do not know – provides a screenshot of government policy towards EU nationals and their non-EU family members. The document talks about how those individuals will be affected at three separate stages: (1) those in the UK ‘before exit’, (2) those who come to the UK during the ‘implementation phase’, and (3) those who arrive ‘after the implementation period’.

  • Court of Appeal orders Hong Kong’s Immigration Department to accommodate same-sex partners as dependants

    26 September 2017

    In a unanimous decision made on 25 September, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Immigration Department’s refusal to issue a dependant visa to the lesbian civil partner of a British expat was not rational.

  • Illegal working penalties released; name, shame and make them pay

    25 September 2017

    The ONS has released the illegal working civil penalties data for the first quarter of 2017. The revenue raised was £5,900,000, prior to any adjustment following objections to the penalties. Given the population difference, it is not surprising that London and the South East had the highest number of penalties applied and illegal workers found but there were still large numbers issues in the Midlands and North West as well.

  • Gimme 5

    22 September 2017

    A series of five hints, tips and thoughts to help keep your sponsor licence healthy.

  • April 2017 changes

    22 September 2017

    In April we saw the introduction of the Government’s much heralded immigration skills charge. The charge is in essence a penalty fee payable by Tier 2 sponsors for relying on non-resident rather than local workers.

  • New guidance published for employers conducting right to work checks

    22 September 2017

    In August we also saw the publication of amended Home Office guidance for employers conducting right to work checks. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Andrew Osborne comments for Bloomberg: Premier League Fights to Retain Playing Talent After Brexit

    15 September 2017

    Andrew Osborne has commented in an article for Bloomberg which discusses the affect of Brexit on the Premier League retaining and attracting foreign players.

  • Amendments to rules on bringing family members to the UK: Have the Government gone far enough?

    22 August 2017

    On 10 August 2017 changes to the immigration rules came into force which will have wide implications for British citizens wanting to bring family members to join them in the UK.

  • Joanna Hunt comments for Lexis Nexis: Brexit: No border infrastructure in Northern Ireland may be 'wishful thinking'

    17 August 2017

    Joanna Hunt has commented in an article for Lexis Nexis which focuses on the the UK governments proposal of no physical infrastructure at the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

  • Your employees and Brexit: the situation so far

    14 August 2017

    With the Government’s announcement in June 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.

  • Joanna Hunt writes for HR Magazine: EU nationals in the UK: Brexit and beyond

    02 August 2017

    Joanna Hunt has written an article for HR Magazine as the government announces its long overdue plan for EU nationals and their family members.

  • Beating the Brexit deadlock: squaring free trade with immigration controls

    01 August 2017

    James Davies and Natasha Hotson have written an article for International Law Office which discusses the UK's position on immigration controls in current Brexit negotiations and possible framework options to maintain free movement of persons.

  • Supporting employees through Brexit

    01 August 2017

    Many UK employers are struggling to understand the potential effects of Brexit on employees who are EEA nationals or family members of EEA nationals.

  • Call for the Big Brexit MAC report… finally

    28 July 2017

    The Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) have now been commissioned to produce evidence that will inform a new immigration system post-Brexit.

  • Home Office has released statistics on illegal working penalties for the UK

    19 June 2017

    The Home Office has released statistics on illegal working penalties totals for the UK from 1 October and 31 December 2016. 703 penalties were issued with total value of £11,595,000 (this value may be reduced through objections and appeals).

  • Second round of changes to Australia's Subclass 457 visa

    13 June 2017

    Following on from our last e-flash on Australia’s recent immigration reform to scrap and replace the existing Subclass 457 visa which took immediate effect in April, the second round of immigration changes will be taking effect on 1 July 2017.

  • Mapping the manifestos 2017 - Immigration

    01 June 2017

    Natasha Hotson has written an article for LexisNexis UK which explores the political parties’ manifestos and discusses whether these pledges declare the end of the era for freedom of movement, as we currently know it.

  • How to divorce the EU, in three uneasy steps

    05 May 2017

    The European Council published its official guidelines for Brexit negotiations on 29 April 2017. Lewis Silkin reported on EU Council President Donald Tusk’s circulation of negotiation guidelines to EU leaders at the end of March 2017, and the newly published guidelines are consistent with the earlier version.

  • General election 2017 - what might the manifestos say about employment law?

    27 April 2017

    Theresa May’s announcement of a snap general election caught everyone off guard. The various political parties will be rushing to fill their manifestos with headline-grabbing policies, although these will not necessarily be very well thought through.

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