Today’s workforce is increasingly international, with companies competing for talent on a global scale.
It is more critical than ever to mobilise the skills and knowledge bases of the modern workforce across borders in order to reconfigure operations, respond to shifting demand or to enter new markets.
As businesses look to strategically deploy and secure talent, getting immigration right is a critical, but complex, process. Expert advice that can smooth the transition is vital. Our specialist approach minimises the risk of avoidable problems which can slow progress and provides fast turnaround solutions to any unexpected issues that arise.
From relocations for senior executives or even entire teams to high net worth individuals or high-profile celebrities or athletes – and their families – relocating on a temporary or permanent basis, we provide a truly personal, end-to-end service, operating from our offices across London, Cardiff, Oxford, Belfast, Dublin and Hong Kong. Knowing how time-sensitive and stressful the process can be, we have the expertise to hit the ground running and minimise the impact on your business and the lives of the people involved.
What's happening in immigration law17 November 2022
Our regular update will cover major recent and upcoming immigration law developments.
Migration Advisory Committee to review Skilled Worker shortage occupation list16 September 2022
On 24 August 2022 the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was commissioned to review the shortage occupation list (SOL) for sponsoring skilled workers. The MAC is expected to make a call for evidence to employers and other stakeholders over the coming months, with their recommendations due to be incorporated into Immigration Rules sometime from Autumn 2023.
Using an Identity Service Provider for digital right to work checks06 September 2022
UK employers can engage an Identity Service Provider (IDSP) to assist with carrying out the digital identity verification aspect of a right to work check for prospective employees with a valid British or Irish passport. In this article we look at how the arrangements are working initially in practice. We also outline some of the considerations for employers, including looking ahead to the end of adjusted right to work checks on 30 September 2022.
What employers should know about the new Scale-up visa19 August 2022
The new Scale-up route launches on 22 August 2022. Unusual features of the route include that sponsorship is available only to hyper-growth businesses, and that after the first six months, Scale-up visas cease to be sponsored. The latter aspect means that employers of ‘unsponsored’ Scale-up visa holders will benefit from understanding the requirements for maintaining status under the route.
Update on UK immigration processing times17 August 2022
The Home Office has provided updated processing information in a communication to stakeholders on 12 August 2022. Developments include the reinstatement of priority and super priority visa services in work and study routes. The capacity of the pre-licence priority service for new sponsor licence applications has also been expanded.
Lewis Silkin's new Northern Ireland office to reflect rapidly expanding offering15 August 2022
35-strong team consolidating into a single location in the heart of Belfast city centre.
Police registration requirement dropped for foreign nationals05 August 2022
The requirement for some foreign nationals to register with the police has been suspended with effect from at least 4 August 2022. The Home Office has not made an official announcement and the Immigration Rules have not been amended, however affected individuals are being contacted by the Home Office or police services directly.
Employment law and immigration law: two awkward siblings03 August 2022
Employment law and immigration law are two distinct areas of law. On occasion, they meet each other and can create headaches for employers. We examine what happens when immigration law collides with discrimination law, unfair dismissal law and TUPE.