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Early details of new digital right to work check tool published11 January 2022
The Home Office has published preliminary information on the new technology employers will be able to use to make digital right-to-work checks for employees who are currently outside the scope of the existing online systems.
What’s happening in immigration law in 2022?04 January 2022
The coming year includes some welcome pro-immigration reforms which should give businesses and individuals more options and a better user experience than currently.
Changes to right to work checks from 6 April 202220 December 2021
The Home Office has announced that from 6 April 2022, the right to work of those who hold a biometric residence card (BRC), biometric residence permit (BRP) or frontier worker permit (FWP) can only be done online.
Digitalisation trends in the immigration context07 December 2021
In this article, we look at some examples of the UK’s immigration and nationality digitalisation programme, focusing on the implications for migrant workers, their sponsors, and business visitors.
Six countries added to COVID-19 red list for England26 November 2021
South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe have been added to the COVID-19 travel red list for England from midday GMT on Friday 26 November 2021.
What can we expect from the new Global Business Mobility route?17 November 2021
The Home Office is due to launch the new Global Business Mobility route in Spring 2022. Last month the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) gave recommendations on certain aspects of the route, and these are currently under consideration by the Home Office. In this article we look at what we do (and don’t) know about the likely shape of the new category.
Lewis Silkin recognised with top rankings in Chambers UK 2022 for Employment, Media and Entertainment: Advertising and Marketing, and Intellectual Property: Law Firms with Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
Press21 October 2021
Lewis Silkin’s performance in the sector continues to improve following a strong performance in Legal 500, earning 69 individual and practice rankings – of which 6 are top tier practice rankings and 5 are new entries or improvements.
Home Office confirms important information for EU Settlement Scheme participants19 October 2021
The Home Office has recently made available important information for those who have already been granted immigration permission under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), as well those who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 and are yet to make a EUSS application, or who have one in process.
Using the International Agreement visa route to sponsor contractual service suppliers12 October 2021
The latest Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules rebrands the T5 International Agreement route as the International Agreement route from 9 am on 11 October 2021. In this article, we look at how the route can be used to bring contractual service suppliers to the UK, and which business scenarios may benefit from it.
Lewis Silkin receives tier 1 ranking in Legal 500 UK 2022 for Employment, M&A and Media and Entertainment
Press01 October 2021
Lewis Silkin continues to receive strong recognition in the latest Legal 500 UK guide released yesterday, earning 67 individual lawyer and practice rankings – of which 7 are top tier practice rankings, 3 were new entries and 7 were improvements on last year.
Carrying out adjusted right to work checks up to 5 April 202227 September 2021
Under the Home Office’s current guidance for right to work checks (RTW), it is possible to conduct a fully compliant initial or follow-up RTW without seeing the individual face-to-face. To cover practical difficulties arising during the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly where the checker cannot easily gain access to original documents required for a manual RTW, the Home Office has instituted a temporary adjusted procedure.
International Sportsperson visa route announced24 September 2021
The latest Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules includes a new International Sportsperson visa route for professional athletes coming to work in the UK. The route will launch from 9 am on 11 October 2021.
Further right to work check changes and how to avoid some pitfalls16 September 2021
On 31 August 2021 the right to work guidance for employers was updated to confirm that individuals with a late EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) application made on or after 1 July 2021 can start a new job while their application is pending. In this article we look at this development, as well as highlighting certain aspects of the current guidance that may cause confusion for employers when conducting right to work checks.
Right to work checks for EEA nationals – infographic01 September 2021
New guidance from the Home Office in relation to right to work checks came into force from 1 July 2021. Our infographic shows checks an employer needs to make for new employees who are EEA nationals.
Home Office releases Points-Based Immigration System Sponsorship Roadmap31 August 2021
On 26 August 2021 the Home Office released a sponsorship roadmap document. This details process and technology improvements for sponsors from the fourth quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2024.
Adjusted right to work checks extended to 5 April 202226 August 2021
In yet another last-minute climb-down, the Home Office has announced that adjusted right to work checks will remain in place until at least 5 April 2022. The announcement also suggests that in the interim, the Home Office will work to put a long-term, post-pandemic solution in place.
Lewis Silkin grows global mobility practice with immigration partner hire
Press Release16 August 2021
Lewis Silkin today announces the appointment of Supinder Singh Sian as a partner in the firm’s growing Immigration practice.
Lionel Messi: Brexit threatened Argentine's ability to travel to UK. Andrew Osborne comments for Daily Express
Press09 August 2021
Lionel Messi was warned by a lawyer that he and other players could face difficulties travelling to the UK as a result of Brexit.
COVID-19 travel lists for England updated from 8 August 202106 August 2021
Liberalised arrangements for travelling to England are in place from 4 am BST on 8 August 2021, including France being removed from the ‘amber plus’ list and countries being moved between lists. The next review is scheduled for Wednesday 25 August 2021.
15 Lewis Silkin employment lawyers listed in Who's Who Legal 2021
Press05 August 2021
Lewis Silkin is pleased to announce that 17 lawyers across our employment and immigration team are listed in this year’s edition of Who’s Who Legal 2021.