Immigration

Recent changes to employing migrants

There have been recent and far reaching changes to immigration law and the points based system which allows migrants different routes into the United Kingdom to work. The UK Border Agency has introduced an annual limit from 6 April 2011 until 5 April 2012...

Rules for employing foreign workers keep on changing

For those businesses that employ foreign workers the following lists current changes to UK Border Agency regulations:  The annual limit on skilled workers with a job offer under Tier 2 has now been applied since the 6 April 2011. Under the annual...

Prevention is better than cure: Is your business ready for a visit from the UK Border Agency?

Businesses in Essex are being urged to check they can prove all employees have the right to work in the UK in order to avoid breaking the law and being hit with a fine of up to £10k plus potential negative publicity. A free seminar has been organised...

Illegal Working: Is Your Business at Risk?

Recent changes to regulations regarding the employment of overseas nationals mean that the penalties for employing illegal workers are potentially very serious. Over the last few months the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has raided a number of businesses to...

Maintenance requirement for students

Education providers will no doubt have noticed that a number of their foreign national students for whom they have issued Certificates of Acceptance of Studies, and who then go on to apply for entry clearance or further leave to remain, have been refused on...

Proposals to reform the student visa system

Education providers with a Sponsor Licence who offer courses to foreign national students will be aware of the proposals of the Government to reform the student visa system. This is in order to reduce net migration and ensure students leave the United...

Immigration update

There have been several recent changes to immigration legislation. The major issues are as follows: Immigration Limits: PBS Tier 1 and Tier 2 The Secretary of State for the Home Department has indicated that a new limit to Tier 1 (highly skilled)...

Update on illegal working penalties and employing migrant workers

All employers should be fully aware of the legislation regarding the penalties for employing illegal workers. These penalties do not only apply, if as an employer, you employ foreign national workers. All employers need to be able to provide proof on request...

Immigration cap likely to damage care sector

The Government’s announcements regarding the new policy on capping the number of workers entering the UK from outside Europe has led several business leaders to warn of shortfalls of staff in certain sectors. In particular the social care sector has...

Running your Sponsor Licence - The Challenges

As an education provider you will no doubt be aware that in order to offer courses to foreign national students you need to have a sponsor licence (“SL”). This also applies to employing non-EEA academic staff. Whilst most education providers...

Huge fines on businesses

Are you fully aware of the cost to your business of non-compliance with the law relating to employing workers without the right to work legally in the UK? Most employers will be aware that with effect from 29 February 2008, immigration legislation...

Foreign Nationals Identity Cards

Employers should be aware that when checking an individual’s “visa” or right to work in the UK, skilled migrant workers and their dependants are now issued with foreign nationals identity cards as proof of their leave to remain in the UK....

Sponsor Licenses

All employers who are Licensed Sponsors and regularly issuing Certificates of Sponsorship should be aware that when undertaking the Resident Labour Market test, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) updates the Codes of Practice for sponsored skilled workers on a...

Students

With effect from 3 March 2010 students in the UK who are studying a course below degree level and not a foundation degree, are only entitled to work 10 hours per week (previously they were entitled to work 20 hours) during term time. Any dependants of these...

Immigrant workers 'are being exploited'

Migrant workers are being recruited from their native countries with promises of good opportunities abroad, only to be exploited when they reach their destination, it has been claimed. Jack Dromey, deputy general secretary of Unite, the trade union, told...