Immigration sponsor licence for construction & building businesses – how to apply & what jobs you can sponsor

Sponsor licence & work visas to employ foreign construction workers Sponsor licence can be obtained by construction & building businesses to employ foreign overseas builders and construction workers on Skilled Worker and other work visas in the UK. The sponsor licence will assist UK companies that struggle with recruiting suitably skilled local staff following Brexit. Once the sponsor licence is granted to your business by the UK Home Office, your…

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What next with UK Health and Care visa – current deadline 15th February 2023

On 24/12/2021 UK Home Office announced addition of Care Workers to the UK Shortage Occupation List under Soc Code ‘6145 Care Workers and Home Carers’. As a result of this announcement, overseas migrant Care Workers are currently allowed to apply for Skilled Worker Health and Care visa during the one year counting from 15/02/2022. The burning question that at present is asked by many is what next with the Care…

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Extremely helpful landmark High Court judgement EUSS Pre-Settled Status  

On 21/12/2022 the High Court has handed down incredibly helpful judgement for EU Pre-Settled status holders. The relevant case is: R (Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWHC 3274 (Admin). This judicial review case was brought by the Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA) and supported by the European Commission and by the3million Ltd. The IMA is the post-Brexit citizens’ rights watchdog established…

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Right to Work Employer Checking Service – Positive Verification Check

Employer Checking Service and Home Office Verification Check: Employers and HR professionals who carry out and monitor employment Right to Work Checks are likely to come across the Employer Checking Service (ECS) – Verification Checks procedure. The Right to Work Checks and Employer Checking Service (ECS) procedure were introduced by Home Office for employers to comply with the law on preventing illegal working. The relevant law is set out in…

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Skilled Worker & other sponsored visas – salary payment, unpaid leave, salary reductions

Payment of salary for sponsored workers including Skilled Worker and GBM First key point to note: Salary for Skilled Workers and other sponsored workers may be paid in the UK or abroad. Where the worker will be paid from abroad in a currency other than pounds sterling, the salary entered on the CoS must be based on the exchange rate for the relevant currency on the day the CoS is…

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Can work start date be delayed for Skilled Worker visa – helpful changes to the 28 days rule

In June 2022 we published an article about the troublesome ‘28 days rule’ requiring migrant Skilled Workers to start work in the UK within 28 days of whichever was later: the date their visa was granted, the start date stated on their visa or the work start date stated on their COS. There was only one exception to this rule, allowing delay beyond the 28 days when migrant worker had…

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Sponsor licence rejected or refused – what to do and how to apply again

Sponsor licence rejected or refused – what to do next and can you apply again You submitted your sponsor licence application but a good few weeks later (usually within about 6-8 weeks) you receive a notification from Home Office that your application is rejected or refused.  If you find yourself in such circumstances then this article may assist you in understanding what the rejection or refusal means for you in…

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UK Immigration update: Home Office New Plan for Immigration

We know how complex and difficult it is to navigate the UK immigration rules and procedures, not only for the applicants but also for the immigration practitioners. On top of their complexity the rules are also constantly changing. We publish our blogs to address the updates and important immigration topics. In July 2022, the Home Office published ‘New Plan for Immigration: legal migration and border control strategy’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-plan-for-immigration-legal-migration-and-border-control-strategy. This relatively…

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Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI) no longer a problem for British citizenship application

In our blog in early February 2022 we outlined how lack of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI) could cause problems for certain categories of EU nationals and their family members when applying for Naturalisation (British citizenship). We are glad to now provide an update that the new Home Office guidance published in late June 2022 no longer requires comprehensive sickness insurance for Naturalisation applications to prove lawful residence. Lawful Residence and…

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Can I set up my own business in the UK and employ myself on Skilled Worker visa

Is there a limit on share % ownership for Skilled Worker sponsor licence and work visa Some foreign nationals may wish to set up a business in the UK in order to obtain Skilled Worker sponsor licence and employ themselves on the Skilled Worker visa at their own UK company. Under the old Tier 2 General visa regime there was 10% limit on the share ownership in the business to…

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