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Government certifies first digital right to work check provider13 June 2022
On 6 June 2022 the first certified digital identity service provider (IDSP) was announced by the UK Government. This means more employers may now choose to roll out digital right to work checks for holders of valid UK and Irish passports (including Irish passport cards).
Applying for a sponsor licence under the UK Expansion Worker route08 June 2022
The sponsor licence requirements for businesses seeking to set up in the UK under this route differ in some significant respects from those applicable to other sponsor licence applicants. In this article we highlight these and provide an overview of how the process works.
UK launches new High Potential Individual route30 May 2022
The High Potential Individual (HPI) route has gone live from 9 am on 30 May 2022, giving eligible individuals a new short-term immigration option for the UK.
UK immigration provisions for Ukrainian citizens18 May 2022
This guide summarises the main immigration provisions the UK government has put in place for Ukrainian citizens and their family members who have been impacted by the invasion of Ukraine. It covers the options both for individuals who intend to enter the UK and those who are in the UK already.
Update on UK immigration processing delays13 May 2022
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, the Home Office has been increasing its published visa decision waiting times as it prioritises the processing of applications under the Ukraine schemes.
Offering employment to refugees from Ukraine12 May 2022
According to the UNHCR, one of the key contributors to refugee integration is meaningful employment - enabling self-sufficiency and social connections. The Government is now running three immigration schemes for people arriving in the UK from Ukraine, and this week has shed a little more light on how these tie in with access to the labour market.
Five compliance tips for UK Visas and Immigration account holders
Inbrief05 May 2022
Individuals who hold a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account need to maintain the details recorded in it. In this article we outline some tips for when to review and update the information to minimise the chance of delays at the border and to ensure access to the account is not disrupted.
Important update on Home Office sponsor licence compliance activities03 May 2022
The Home Office has recently launched an initiative for contacting work route sponsors where their records indicate that sponsor licence system (SMS) users have not accessed the system for 12 months. To minimise the risk of potential compliance action, sponsors should take the opportunity to review their key personnel details and how they manage reporting on their sponsor licence.
An insight to what's happening in immigration law 202228 April 2022
Immigration law changes continue at a pace during 2022 and employers need to be aware of key recent and upcoming developments.
The new High Potential Individual and Scale-up routes05 April 2022
New Immigration Rules were laid in Parliament last month, setting out the details of the new Scale-up and High Potential Individual routes due to be launched later this year. We take a look at these from the perspective of employers.
Ukraine Extension Scheme announced under new Immigration Rules31 March 2022
On 29 March 2022, the Home Office published new Immigration Rules covering immigration schemes aimed at facilitating the grant of UK immigration permission for Ukrainian citizens and their families. In addition to bringing the existing Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme within the Rules from 30 March 2022, a new Ukraine Extension Scheme will launch from 3 May 2022.
Lewis Silkin announces two promotions to the partnership for 2022
Press Release30 March 2022
Lewis Silkin has today announced the promotion of two individuals to Partner, representing the firm’s market-leading Employment and Immigration practices.
The new Global Business Mobility Routes24 March 2022
New Immigration Rules have recently been laid in Parliament, setting out the details of the Global Business Mobility routes. These replace the existing Intra-Company Transfer routes, the Representative of an Overseas Business provisions for sole representatives and the contractual service provider element of the International Agreement route. New provisions are also introduced for secondees whose employer has a high value contract or investment in the UK.
UK launches Homes for Ukraine scheme16 March 2022
From Friday 18 March 2021, individuals will be able to act as sponsors for Ukrainian refugees and their immediate family members, if they are willing to offer them a room in their home or separate self-contained accommodation for a minimum period of six months. Details for sponsorship by businesses and other organisations will be released at a later date.
UK visa measures for Ukrainian nationals and their family members08 March 2022
The Home Office has put in place immediate concessions and has announced new immigration schemes for Ukrainian nationals in response to the Ukraine conflict.
Adjusted right to work checks extended to 30 September 202224 February 2022
The Home Office announced the extension on 23 February 2022 via the GOV.UK website.
Home Office closes Tier 1 Investor route to new applicants18 February 2022
The route has been closed for initial applications from 16:00 GMT on 17 February 2022.
Home Office updates Immigration Health Surcharge procedure for sponsored workers07 February 2022
From 1 February 2022, the Home Office has corrected its Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) portal to address previous undercharging for sponsored workers.
Carers become eligible for Skilled Worker sponsorship27 January 2022
From 15 February 2022, care workers and home carers will be recognised on the Skilled Worker shortage occupation list. They will also become eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa sub-category of the route.
Home Office releases further details of digital right to work check tool18 January 2022
The Home Office has confirmed that the new tool will only be used to validate right to work checks on valid British and Irish passports.