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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. 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.

Brexit and immigration – key steps to help you and your EU workforce prepare

From late 2018, EU nationals already in the UK will have to register and apply for settled status if they have been in the UK for five years. The Government also intends to end free movement of workers from the EU by 2021. Here are some points that every UK employer of overseas nationals ought to be aware to proactively manage these issues and protect your business.

As we learn more about the challenges ahead for our clients, contacts and their industries, we will add to this series of updates.

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Online Immigration Law Academy: 8 and 9 March 2021

08 March 2021

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.

Employment

Right to work checks for EEA nationals during the first half of 2021

19 January 2021

The Home Office has confirmed that there will be no change to the right to work check procedure for EEA nationals who start work in the UK between 1 January 2021 and 30 June 2021 (the post-transition ‘grace period’), but has left the question of what to do when an EEA national does not have the right to work unanswered.

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What the trade deal with the EU means for immigration

29 December 2020

With the end of the Brexit implementation period comes the end of free movement of persons. This is the case irrespective of the fact that the UK has secured a trade deal with the EU.

Requirements for British nationals working in the EEA from 1 January 2021

24 December 2020

With the end of free movement, we understand that there are some significant changes for employers to consider. As of 1 January 2021, Brits visiting and working in the European Economic Area (EEA) will be restricted, with Schengen rules being introduced for visitors and work visas being required otherwise.

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A guide to the immigration implications of COVID-19 for UK employers

23 December 2020

This document sets out the main immigration law issues and Home Office guidance that you need to be aware of so you can consider the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for your business. The Home Office is making policy announcements and issuing revised guidance regularly and we will keep you updated as this is published.

Brexit

Some EEA nationals must return to the UK by 31 December 2020 to settle under EU Settlement Scheme

21 December 2020

During the course of 2020, many EEA nationals who have been living in the UK have moved abroad due to reasons relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. In important guidance issued by the Home Office on 15 December 2020, the Home Office has confirmed that the normal rules on absences will be applied when assessing eligibility for pre-settlement and settlement under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). What this means is that some EEA nationals will need to return to the UK by 11 pm on 31 December 2020 if they wish to avoid losing their eligibility for pre-settled and/or settled status under the scheme.

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Sports Q&A: Points-based system introduced for overseas players in England post Brexit: what does this mean for football transfers?

21 December 2020

To obtain a visa to play professional football in the UK a player must first obtain a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) from the FA.

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The countdown for the new UK immigration system 2020 and Brexit – are you ready?

21 December 2020

From 1 December 2020 a new immigration system came into force in the UK. It will apply to EEA/Swiss (‘EEA’) nationals from 1 January 2021. Employers should have started preparing for these changes, including understanding the proposed new rules, checking recruitment plans and budgets, obtaining or reviewing a sponsor licence and assisting staff with applications under the EU Settlement Scheme.

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