Recruiting from the EU
Freedom of movement between the UK and EU has ended. With limited exceptions, anyone you want to recruit to work in the UK, who is not a British or Irish national, is likely to need visa permission.
This will have a significant impact on whether organisations will be able to access the critical skills they need to support their businesses. The visa process is complex and the costs of bringing EEA or Swiss workers into the UK to work are high. Employers will have to factor in the additional cost and processing time constraints to obtain a visa into their recruitment plans to ensure their workers are able to start on time.
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.
Policy clarifications and outstanding issues for right to work checks03 August 2021
The current Home Office guidance for employers on carrying out right to work checks contains some important clarifications of the Home Office’s policy. These will not affect the vast majority of checks. They will however be relevant in certain circumstances, especially for checks relating to EEA nationals and family members of EEA nationals from 1 July 2021. Employers should also now prepare to return to fully compliant right to work checks from 1 September 2021.
New Home Office guidance published on right to work checks from 1 July 202123 June 2021
On 18 June 2021 the Home Office released new guidance for employers on carrying out right to work checks. This has been published ahead of significant changes to right to work checks affecting EEA/Swiss (EEA) nationals and their family members from 1 July 2021.
Home Office strategy statement on legal migration and border control – what’s in it?03 June 2021
As part of the government’s ‘new plan for immigration’ the Home Office released a strategy statement on 24 May 2021 setting out its plans for legal migration and border control. It provides an overview of what is an ambitious programme of change, spanning both operational and policy transformation.
Some important pointers about EU Settlement Scheme-related deadlines05 May 2021
The main EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) deadline is looming on 30 June 2021, however there are other deadlines and considerations that applicants and their employers may not be aware of.
Immigration announcements in the Spring Budget 202104 March 2021
On 3 March 2021 the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a range of immigration measures designed to help highly skilled and skilled international talent come to the UK to support business growth, particularly for scale-up businesses, innovative businesses and intra-company transfers, and to contribute to the advancement of key industry sectors such as academia, science, research and technology. There are also commitments to improving the system for business users, and to marketing the UK’s visa offering more effectively.
Skilled Worker visa provides new options for foreign workers22 January 2021
Under the new immigration system launched on 1 December 2020, the Skilled Worker route has replaced Tier 2 (General). Benefits for employers include fewer restrictions on switching into the Skilled Worker visa from within the UK; lowering the skills threshold to RQF Level 3; reduced salary thresholds and removal of the Resident Labour Market Test. We discuss the impact of these changes below, as well as some of the considerations for settlement.