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Immigration Compliance for Employers

Immigration Compliance Audits All employers will be aware that a substantial proportion of the UK based workforce are not British Nationals. Assessing who has and does not have legal permission to work is not always straightforward. With the Home Office becoming increasingly strident in the amount of visits they make to businesses without notice and … Continue reading Immigration Compliance for Employers

Work Permits | Tier 2 Staff

Obtaining Work Permits for Foreign Staff Although there has been considerable disquiet amongst the business community regarding the availability of work permits for foreign staff, in reality if simple steps are followed, migrants can be easily employed. The first stage is obtaining a licence to employ foreign workers. This can obtained once the UKBA are … Continue reading Work Permits | Tier 2 Staff

Are work permits becoming harder to obtain?

UK businesses benefit from foreign workers, but the government has been seeking to balance concerns around immigration with the benefit that workers under Tier 2 (the visa system for work permits.) It has been felt that recent immigration rules have made it difficult for new foreign workers to be take on by UK businesses. This … Continue reading Are work permits becoming harder to obtain?

New Family Migration Rules – Transitional Arrangements

The New Family Migration rules were introduced on the 9th July 2012. However not all family rules are affected by the new rules. Paragraph A277 creates the general rule that after 9th July, the new rules will apply to all applications made after that date subject to certain exceptions. Paragraph A279 provides the exception to … Continue reading New Family Migration Rules – Transitional Arrangements

New Family Migration Rules Part 1

General Provisions From the 9th July 2012, the family migration routes have been completely overhauled. The new rules are contained in a new Appendix to the immigration rules and cover the new categories. The general overriding changes are discussed below: The new family migration rules commence with a Section marked “Gen” standing for general. Paragraph GEN.1.2.  sets out … Continue reading New Family Migration Rules Part 1

How to obtain work permits for your migrant staff

There is a step by step process for obtaining work permits for migrant staff. UK companies cannot employ migrants unless they have some permission to work.  The first step is for the company to become licensed. This first step allows the UKBA (the relevant government agency) to assess the ability of the company and its … Continue reading How to obtain work permits for your migrant staff

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