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Brexit Update: PM's open letter on new 'Settled Status'

Louis Harman
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As contradictory reports on the progress of Brexit negotiations fly in left, right and centre, the Prime Minister has published a statement for EU Citizens to try and provide some clarity on the process of obtaining ‘Settled Status’ post-Brexit....

Naturalising as a British Citizen - where to start, and a few taster tips

Tom Yates
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Choosing to naturalise as a British citizen is undoubtedly an important, life-impacting decision that requires thorough consideration. It may involve renouncing one’s nationality of birth and personal heritage, may have an impact on your family...

IMMIGRATION UPDATE: FINANCIAL RULES RELAXED FOR FAMILY SETTLEMENT VISAS

Louis Harman
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Recent changes to the Immigration Rules confirm that the Caseworkers should now give more consideration to wider sources of income and financial support when assessing family visa applications against the strict £18,600 minimum income requirement. ...

EU Citizens in the UK post-Brexit: the Government's offer.

Louis Harman
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The Government recently published their proposals setting out what they hope to offer European Citizens living in the UK, in lieu of their Free Movement rights, after the UK has formally left the European Union. We have prepared a report on what the offer...

European workers depart Brexit Britain for certainty on the Mainland

Tom Yates
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The Numbers One year on from the European Union Membership Referendum, and the latest UK migration figures released by The Office for National Statistics paint a somewhat unsurprising picture – EU workers are choosing to leave the UK. The numbers...

ILLEGAL WORKERS: WILL YOUR BUSINESS SURVIVE AN INSPECTION?

Louis Harman
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The Home Office have at their disposal an arsenal of penalties that they can deploy against employers found to be hiring illegal workers, such as fines of up to £20,000 per illegal worker, criminal prosecutions and the revocation of Sponsor Licences....

Hiring and firing - International workers

Louis Harman
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Hiring Most businesses will already have a set procedure for hiring new members of staff. This may include the following broad steps: Advertising Preparing a Job Description and Person Specification Reviewing CV’s Invitations to interviews ...

Divorce and Immigration: the issues

Louis Harman
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When making the decision to file for a Divorce, everyone involved will have concerns and there will be many issues to consider.  For many people the difficulties of managing and mitigating any impact this will have on the children will be key, along...

New English Language Requirements for Public-Sector Workers

Danielle Lister
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On 21 November 2016, new requirements come into force, which require public sector workers in customer-facing roles to be sufficiently fluent in English language.  The new requirement follows publication of provisions of the Immigration Act 2016 and...

Is it the beginning of the end for UK immigration?

Louis Harman
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The Government has made a number of important proposals in recent weeks and months relating to the overhaul of immigration in the UK. This article aims to round up and summarise some of the key immigration changes that have taken place so far in 2016,...

Immigration Act 2016 - Employers beware!

Danielle Lister
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The provisions of the new Immigration Act 2016 (IA 2016) relating to offences of illegal employment and working in the UK illegally come into effect on Tuesday 12 July 2016 .  Given the serious consequences attached to the new offences,...

Brexit results are in, what next for Immigration Law?

Louis Harman
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The result of the EU Referendum is now confirmed and the nation has voted 51.9% in favour of leaving the European Union. It is still too early to tell exactly what will happen next, but we now have a better indication of the direction we will be moving in....

Brexit: will we see employment laws exit stage left?

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For the first time in a generation, we are facing the real possibility of the UK leaving the EU. When we consider its potential impact on UK employment law, there are many differing opinions and we wait with interest to see the outcome for ourselves. The EU...

Tier 2 Visa Reforms for Skilled Non-EU Workers

Louis Harman
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Early this year we reported that the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) had published a review of Tier 2 (Skilled Worker) migration which had recommended, amongst other things, a minimum salary uplift for future visa applicants. The Home Office have...