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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.
Tom McEvoy writes for Thomson Reuters: I’m an EU citizen. If I leave the UK before Brexit, can I come back?
Press10 April 2019
Tom McEvoy has written an article for Thomson Reuters which answers the question, 'If an individual with an EU passport leaves the UK before Brexit, will they be allowed back into the UK after Brexit?'.
Joanna Hunt comments for Lexis Nexis: Spring Statement 2019: PHD-level jobs to be exempt from Tier 2 visa cap
Press18 March 2019
Joanna Hunt has commented in an article for Lexis Nexis which discusses Philip Hammond's recent announcement that PHD-level occupations will be exempt from the Tier 2 (General) visa cap from Autumn 2019.
Joanna Hunt and James Walters write for Essential Retail: How prepared is the eCommerce sector for the staffing implications of a no-deal Brexit?
Press18 March 2019
Joanna Hunt and James Walters have written an article for Essential Retail which discusses the challenges faced by the eCommerce sector to maintain access to labour in the case of a no-deal Brexit.
12 March 2019
On 7 March 2019 the Home Office published a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (HC 1919), which contains substantial changes to business and investment-related immigration categories from 29 March 2019. These include the replacement of Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) with a new Start-up category, and the replacement of Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) with a new Innovator category. There are transitional arrangements to allow those in the existing entrepreneur category to extend their stay and settle in the UK. There is also a significant tightening of the requirements under the Tier 1 (Investor) category.
08 March 2019
The Home Office has laid Immigration Rules implementing the full public roll-out of the EU Settlement Scheme from 7 am on 30 March 2019.
07 March 2019
The new rules have introduced a number of significant changes that employers need to consider.
Joanna Hunt and Naomi Hanrahan-Soar write for Lexis Nexis: NHS long term plan-exploring proposals to increase recruitment and retain staff
Press31 January 2019
Joanna Hunt and Naomi Hanrahan-Soar have written an article for Lexis Nexis where they explore government proposals to increase recruitment and retain staff as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.
29 January 2019
The Government has released some information on the status and rights of EU nationals in the event of a “No Deal” Brexit.
25 January 2019
Whether you’re a junior lawyer whose recently started work in a football club or are just a fan who wants to know what legal issues might be holding up a deal to get a player signed, this month's Q+A on the top five legal tips for the transfer window should be of interest.
23 January 2019
Following the Government’s announcement of its plan for EU nationals and their family members after Brexit, many UK employers are struggling to understand the potential effects on their employees.
22 January 2019
The general public are able to make an application for the EU Settlement Scheme from today, as the first public test phase of the scheme goes live.
Joanna Hunt writes for Architects' Journal: How can architecture benefit from the Exceptional Talent visa route?
Press20 December 2018
In an article for Architects' Journal, Joanna Hunt examines the extension of the Home Office’s Tier 1 category to cover architects wanting to work in the UK.
19 December 2018
The long-awaited immigration white paper on the UK immigration system due to be phased in from 1 January 2021 has been published today.
Preventing illegal working: employers able to rely on online right to work checks from 28 January 201914 December 2018
In some circumstances employers will be able to use the Home Office Right to Work Checking Service available on GOV.UK from 28 January 2019 to obtain a statutory excuse against payment of a civil penalty for employing an illegal worker, without having also to check the individual’s physical documents.
The new visa route for recognised or emerging leaders in architecture: what does this mean for the architectural sector?13 December 2018
The Government has announced a new immigration category for overseas recognised or emerging leaders in architecture that has the potential to ease access to jobs in the UK. With Brexit looming on the horizon, this news will provide some much needed reassurance that the UK’s Architecture sector will still be able to attract the best global talent over the coming years. However the new measures are limited in their scope and are unlikely to plug the gap that will be left once freedom of movement for EU workers comes to an end.
Tier 1 (Investor) applications are still being accepted but changes to the Immigration Rules have been announced12 December 2018
The Home Office has confirmed to the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association on 11 December 2018 that the Tier 1 (Investor) route currently remains open but that a further announcement on this will be made in due course. The correspondence also confirms that any suspension of the route will be effected through a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules. This follows reporting by various news outlets including the Times and The Guardian on Thursday last week that the route was to be suspended as of the end of that day.
10 December 2018
On 5th December 2018, the UK Government published its latest policy paper setting out what rights EU citizens will have to reside in the UK in the event the UK exits the European Union without a deal in place.
06 December 2018
The Home Office has suspended the Tier 1 (Investor) immigration category for new applications from midnight on Thursday 6th December 2018 as part of a crackdown on organised crime and money laundering in the UK. The move follows a 46% rise in applications under the route from July this year, to over 400 applications.