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Immigration & Global Mobility

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.


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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.

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The new Graduate route went live on 1 July 2021, opening up a flexible unsponsored route for eligible international students to stay in the UK after graduation. It has some advantages and drawbacks which employers and students should be aware of before deciding whether it is the preferred immigration option in all the circumstances.

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Immigration Law Academy - 30 June and 1 July 2021 - Fully Booked

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With free movement now at an end and the new Points-Based Immigration System live for both EEA/Swiss nationals as well as nationals from the rest of the world, it is important that HR teams are up to speed on the changes to business immigration. As there have been so many developments, training on the new system is vitally important and our popular Immigration Law Academy is designed with this purpose in mind. This will be delivered online via Webex as a set of two sessions.

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