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Increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge spells trouble for businesses who employ migrant workers17 March 2020
The new chancellor delivered a budget last week that was stock full of crowd pleasing spending promises. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be non-EU (and soon to be EU) nationals and the companies who employ them who will be footing the bill for them, via an increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).
11 March 2020
The Bill provides the legislative basis for ending EU free movement arrangements in the UK after the end of the transition period, and for recognising the immigration status of Irish citizens in the UK.
What does the end of free movement mean for retailers? Naomi Hanrahan-Soar writes for Internet Retailing03 March 2020
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar writes for Internet Retailing discussing the Government's recently released policy statement outlining some of its plans for the UK immigration system to be launched from 1 January 2021.
Press27 February 2020
Andrew Osborne comments for TechWorld in an article discussing the new immigration rules for post-Brexit Britain.
20 February 2020
The Government has announced it will deliver a points-based immigration system, both for sponsored and unsponsored work. At least initially, the proposed system will modify existing arrangements rather than being a radical overhaul.
The new UK points-based immigration system: further implications and what costs will employers face?20 February 2020
Andrew Osborne comments in Relocate magazine discussing the newly-proposed UK points-based immigration system and the costs it will bring to employers.
19 February 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is currently affecting the ability of people to travel to and from the UK, including those who require immigration permission for the UK. The Home Office has now issued short-term guidance on how to manage the immigration implications of the situation, which employers and individuals should continue to monitor over the coming days and weeks.
Points-based immigration: five things employers can do now - Andrew Osborne comments in Personnel Today19 February 2020
Andrew Osborne comments in Personnel Today in an article discussing how organisations can prepare for the government's new points-based immigration system.
04 February 2020
The Global Talent visa will launch on 20 February 2020 after being announced by the Government in August last year.
Impact of Brexit on teenage Irish players after transition period is unclear: Andrew Osborne comments for The Irish Times
Press04 February 2020
Andrew Osborne comments for The Irish Times in an article discussing the impact of Brexit on teenage Irish players following an unclear transition period.
29 January 2020
The UK Government will be disappointed by the MAC’s firm rejection of an Australian points-based system for skilled workers with a job offer.
Press29 January 2020
Joanna Hunt comments for Relocate Magazine in an article discussing the latest UK immigration report from the Migration Advisory Committee on its recommendations for a post-Brexit immigration system.
PM considers scrapping £30,000 migrant salary threshold: Naomi Hanrahan-Soar comments for Personnel Today
Press23 January 2020
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar comments for Personnel Today in an article discussing the minimum salary threshold for migrant workers after Brexit.
20 January 2020
If you are a sponsor under Tier 2 of the Points-Based System, you should recently have received your annual email from the Home Office to remind you to submit your annual CoS allocation request. We can help you to submit your request, or if you have not received the email, we can follow this up for you.
Press17 January 2020
Andrew Osborne comments for Personnel Today in an article discussing the EU Settlement Scheme.
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar writes for Tech Nation: Exceptional talent at work - exploring the scope of the Tech Nation Visa
Press13 January 2020
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar writes for Tech Nation discussing what exactly the Tech Nation Visa can mean for employers or their potential employees.
07 January 2020
With the new Conservative Government now bedding in and the Withdrawal Agreement Bill proceeding through Parliament, Brexit is all but certain to be going ahead at end of this month.
19 December 2019
The Home Office’s most recent experimental statistics show that nearly 2.6 million applications were made under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to the end of November 2019, and more than 2.2 million have been concluded. These figures include repeat applications by the same person however.
13 December 2019
Having fought his campaign on the promise to “get Brexit done” it is now certain that Mr Johnson will take the UK out of the EU. With a 78 seat majority Mr Johnson plans to bring his Withdrawal Agreement Bill back to the commons next Friday and pave the way for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January 2020. Given his clear majority, it now seems certain we will leave with the deal currently negotiated.
Press Release05 December 2019
Lewis Silkin is delighted to announce that its market-leading employment and immigration law team has won Human Resources: Firm of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2020.