Home Office rushes in new behaviour tests for sponsors of skilled workers

The Home Office regularly updates the guidance documents that it issues to approved visa sponsors, and those thinking of becoming one, under Tiers 2, 4 and 5 of the Points Based System. Tier 4 covers sponsors of international students and Tiers 2 and ...

18th July 2019 By

Third attempt by Home Office to define who is, and isn’t, a “professional sportsperson”

Who would have thought that defining who is, and isn’t, a professional sportsperson would be so difficult? The government has been grappling with this issue for some time. First attempt Back in January, and somewhat out of the blue, the Home Off ...

12th July 2019 By

Visa options for overseas entrepreneurs setting up a UK business

The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa route was closed in March 2019. At the same time, two new immigration routes — Innovator and Start-up — came into being. But entry to either scheme rests on the notoriously difficult task of getting an endors ...

25th June 2019 By

Home Office tries to tackle eGates problem that makes short-term study illegal

Since 20 May 2019, people from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA have been able to enter the UK using ePassport gates (‘eGates’). British and EU citizens have been able to use eGates since 2008. The ...

18th June 2019 By

Comment: urgent rethink needed on UK’s visa for global entrepreneurs

The Home Office’s new innovator visa went live, in terms of being incorporated into the Immigration Rules, on 29 March 2019. Unfortunately, almost a week on and it’s still anything but live for those hoping to make an application. CJ has been ...

4th April 2019 By

Home Office changes tack on “professional sportsperson” definition – but is it enough?

The Home Office amended its definition of a ‘professional sportsperson’ back in January 2019. At the time, I set out why I thought the changes were significant: Why coaching your kid’s football team could breach your visa conditions. Sin ...

19th March 2019 By

Tech Nation to endorse new innovator and start-up visas… but not until September 2019

The government announced on 7 March that two new immigration categories will appear in the Immigration Rules from 29 March 2019 — the innovator and start-up visas. Since then, immigration lawyers and prospective applicants up and down the land h ...

15th March 2019 By

Home Office to give touring artists and sportspersons green light for entry through Ireland

Over the next 12 months, the government will be rolling out a whole package of measures designed to enhance the UK’s global image. These will include both new and relaxed immigration options for innovators, tech experts, scientists, researchers, ...

4th March 2019 By

Government Authorised Exchange: one visa, 60 options

The Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) category of the Immigration Rules is one of the least known of all the UK’s visa options. Following the recent publication of the government’s immigration white paper, much has been said about th ...

12th February 2019 By

Only private schools in the UK to be able to sponsor EU children from 2021

The government recently published information about arrangements for EU citizens who move to the UK after the UK leaves the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The proposals would mean that EU (and EEA) national children who move to the UK between th ...

5th February 2019 By

Why coaching your kid’s football team could breach your visa conditions

For reasons that don’t appear to have been explained anywhere, at least not that I can find, the Home Office has made significant changes to the definition of a professional sportsperson. This is important because a prohibition on performing act ...

18th January 2019 By

Future immigration sponsorship system for UK employers – it really does need to be simple this time

There is so much in the immigration white paper, publishedjust before Christmas, that sounds pretty good for employers. But if the sponsorship system is to cope when extended to cover skilled workers arriving from the EU, a huge amount of work will b ...

9th January 2019 By

Brexit: what was the right to work checks debacle really about?

Having been an immigration solicitor for around 20 years, I’m used to pretty chaotic weeks. The past week has been one of the most frustrating following the immigration minister’s surprisingly unpolished performance in front of the Home Affairs Co ...

3rd November 2018 By

Comment: MAC’s recommendations would create administrative burdens for UK employers

Today’s Migration Advisory Committee recommendations are incredibly significant from a UK employer’s perspective. I can immediately see that a huge number of UK employers are likely to be faced with potentially significant new administrat ...

18th September 2018 By

Welcome news for sponsored workers who go on strike

Taking part in strike action can be stressful enough. But for migrant workers who are sponsored by their employer, striking has also had the potential to place their immigration status in the UK at risk. This is because the Home Office’s positio ...

23rd July 2018 By

Owning a Premier League football club, and other permitted business activities for visitors

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, whose Tier 1 Investor visa is apparently subject to processing delays, has reportedly been granted Israeli citizenship. The media coverage of the Russian billionaire’s visa woes heavily implies that ...

31st May 2018 By

Unprecedented Tier 2 skilled worker visa drought continues

Businesses across the UK began receiving notification emails last week from the Home Office confirming that their applications for restricted certificates of sponsorship had been approved. This is because they had met an as yet unpublished points thr ...

20th March 2018 By

University strikes: the implications for Tier 2 and 5 sponsorship

Thousands of staff at more than 60 universities around the country have gone on strike, starting today. Some members of the University College Union (UCU), which has called the strike, will be non-EU nationals sponsored under the relevant university&# ...

22nd February 2018 By

Visa cap for skilled non-EU workers hit for third month running

UK businesses seeking to hire skilled non-EU workers are losing out as it emerges that the monthly quota has been hit for an unprecedented third time in a row. Yesterday afternoon, the Home Office sent out hundreds of emails to UK businesses that have ...

16th February 2018 By

How to calculate annual Tier 2 certificate of sponsorship needs

Spring is in the air (for those optimists among us). For Tier 2 sponsor licence holders, this can only mean one thing. It’s time to grab the organisation’s “leave expiries” list, a crystal ball and a calculator and work out how many unrestric ...

15th February 2018 By