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Migration Advisory Committee publishes call for evidence on salary thresholds16 September 2019
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has issued a call for evidence from employers and other stakeholders, to feed into its consideration of what salary thresholds should be put in place for skilled workers under the post-Brexit immigration system. The scope of the Government’s commission to the MAC also includes a consideration of adding points-based eligibility criteria for skilled worker visas.
Home Office expands shortage occupation list as part of Immigration Rule changes11 September 2019
The Home Office laid a new Statement of Immigration Rules (HC 2631) on 9 September, immediately before Parliament was prorogued.
Joanna Hunt comments for LexisNexis: ‘Still questions that need to be answered’ on immigration after Brexit
Press09 September 2019
Joanna Hunt has commented in an article for LexisNexis that discusses the government's immigration plans in the case of a no-deal Brexit.
The Government provides some clarity on the immigration rights of EEA citizens arriving post-Brexit06 September 2019
After Media reports started circulating yesterday, the Government have now released its policy paper on their ‘No deal immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after Brexit’.
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar comments for Tech World: What UK startups need to know about freedom of movement post-Brexit
Press02 September 2019
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar has commented in an article for Tech World which discusses the governments announcement that current freedom of movement rules "will end on 31 October when the UK leaves the EU".
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar comments for Bloomberg: Rise in Hong Kong residents applying for UK visas
Press28 August 2019
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar has commented in an article for Bloomberg that discusses the recent rise in Hong Kong residents applying for UK visas.
Joanna Hunt comments for People Management: No-deal Brexit could abruptly end freedom of movement, says Home Office
Press20 August 2019
Joanna Hunt has commented in an article for People Management which discusses the Home Office's announcement that the UK could abruptly end freedom of movement upon leaving the EU on 31 October if no deal is reached.
At the eleventh hour, the UK Government goes back to the drawing board on no-deal immigration for Europeans20 August 2019
UK industries will be deeply concerned by reports surfacing over the weekend that the Government's plans for a no-deal immigration system are being ripped up. They suggest that the Government are determined to end free movement immediately if the UK leaves the EU on 31st October 2019 on a no-deal basis and that it currently does not have a plan in place for what will replace it. With only 73 days to go to exit day, the Government are going back to the drawing board.
Record keeping guidance for Points-Based System sponsors updated13 August 2019
The Home Office has made significant updates to Appendix D to the guidance for Points-Based System sponsors, which sets out sponsors’ record keeping duties.
New guidance issued for landlords renting to eGate-eligible visitors06 August 2019
The Home Office has updated its Short Guide to Right to Rent following the expansion of e-passport gate access to individuals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA from 20 May.
Lewis Silkin shortlisted for four HK legal awards
Press Release05 August 2019
Market-leading employment and immigration law specialist Lewis Silkin has been shortlisted for four awards in the Macallan ALB (Asian Legal Business) Hong Kong Law Awards 2019.
Deal or no deal? The angst continues.29 July 2019
With Brexit day pushed back to 31 October and the fate of the UK’s future relationship with the EU still up in the air, it is understandable that many EU, EEA and Swiss citizens (‘‘EEA citizens’’) on this side of the English Channel remain uncertain about how to protect their rights in the UK.
Joanna Hunt writes for LexisNexis: UK Immigration Rules - discriminatory against women?
Press24 July 2019
Joanna Hunt has written an article for Lexis Nexis that discusses the extent to which the UK Immigration Rules can be seen as discriminatory against women.
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar writes for HR Magazine: Reassure your EEA employees that it's not too bleak
Press17 July 2019
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar has written an article for HR Magazine discussing the uncertainty that EEA nationals may still be facing with the confusion of Brexit and what employers can do to reassure them.
Hospitality industry welcomes post-Brexit salary threshold review10 July 2019
On 24 June, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review the £30,000 minimum salary threshold it proposed for sponsoring skilled workers in the post-Brexit immigration system, which is due to be rolled out from 1 January 2021. This move has been welcomed by the hospitality industry as an opportunity to ensure it can sponsor medium skilled workers from 2021 without having to pay substantially above market rates.
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar and Kathryn Denyer write for LexisNexis: An update on the start-up and innovator endorsing bodies
Press03 July 2019
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar and Kathryn Denyer provide an update for LexisNexis on the start-up and innovator visa endorsing bodies, and whether they are in a position to endorse.
Joanna Hunt writes for FreeMovement: Why can’t politicians get over the idea of an Australian-style immigration system?
Press24 June 2019
In an article for freemovement, Joanna Hunt asks, why can’t politicians get over the idea of an Australian-style immigration system?
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar writes for Building: Are speedier visas enough to ease the skills crisis?
Press21 June 2019
In an article for Building, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar asks, are speedier visas enough to ease the skills crisis that the Architecture profession is facing?
New processes for low-risk nationalities using e-passport gates to enter the UK
Press10 June 2019
Since 20 May 2019 citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand Singapore, South Korea and USA have been able to use e-passport gates at airports in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, the East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, London City, Luton, Manchester and Stansted, as well as the Eurostar terminals at Brussels and Paris.
Joanna Hunt and Kathryn Denyer write for HR Magazine: Digitalisation of the visa system: What HR should know
Press07 June 2019
Joanna Hunt and Kathryn Denyer have written an article for HR Magazine that discusses how HR teams need to get up to speed with the transformation of the UK's visa system, including digital visa status and online right to work checks.