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Health and Care Worker Visa

The third national lockdown in the UK and devastating COVID-19 statistics has really emphasised the need for migrants to come to the UK to fill health care vacancies. In this article our immigration solicitors look at work visas and the health and care worker visa and eligibility criteria. 

 

Thursday, 14 January, 2021
The UK’s new Hong Kong visa

With all the talk about the end of free movement for EU citizens and the introduction of the UK points-based immigration system there is very little media coverage about the new Hong Kong visa. However, the Hong Kong visa is due to be introduced on the 31 January 2021. Immigration solicitors say that it’s widely expected that the visa route will result in a significant increase in migration to the UK.

Tuesday, 12 January, 2021
frontier worker permit

With the end of free movement and the introduction of the new UK points based immigration system immigration solicitors are receiving enquiries about the frontier work permit. In this blog we look at the new frontier work permit scheme.

 

Friday, 08 January, 2021
sponsor licence application is refused

With the end of free movement for EU citizens more UK employers are having to make their first Sponsorship Licence application to the Home Office to enable them to recruit skilled migrant workers from either non-EEA countries or from the EU.

Monday, 04 January, 2021
pre-settled status application

2020 was a year like no other. Who would have thought that travel to and from and within the UK would be so disrupted with families being forced to live apart from one another, whether as a result of social distancing, tiers and lockdowns within the UK, or through international travel restrictions resulting in people being absent from the UK for far longer than they’d planned.

Thursday, 31 December, 2020
skilled worker visa

When you are applying for your first sponsor licence to sponsor overseas workers the sponsor licence application and management process as well as the allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship can appear a bit complicated.

Wednesday, 30 December, 2020
UK worker visa

Even those who plan to come to work in the UK and already speak English fluently fear the visa eligibility criteria and the English language requirement. That isn’t surprising as everyone fears the unknown and there are lots of uncertainties surrounding the end of free movement and the introduction of the new UK points based immigration system.

Tuesday, 29 December, 2020
sponsor licence

If only the granting of a sponsor licence was the end of the bureaucracy entailed in sponsoring overseas workers on UK work visas. Sponsor licence solicitors say that before a sponsor licence application is submitted to the Home Office it is vital that key personnel understand their

Monday, 28 December, 2020
sponsor licence to sponsor skilled workers

 Sponsor licence solicitors say to business owners applying for their first Home Office sponsor licence to recruit overseas workers that half the battle to securing your sponsor licence is to ensure that your business has the right paperwork to support your application.

Thursday, 24 December, 2020
employer with a sponsor licence

What records does an employer with a sponsor licence have to keep?

Tuesday, 22 December, 2020
sponsor licence management system

Many UK businesses are in the position of having to apply for their first Home Office issued sponsor licence to enable them to recruit overseas workers on skilled worker visas, including EU nationals who will be subject to UK immigration control after the end of free movement

Monday, 21 December, 2020
sponsor licence to sponsor skilled workers

The end of free movement is fast approaching at 11 pm on the 31 December 2020.

Wednesday, 09 December, 2020
sponsor licence to sponsor skilled workers

From the 1 December 2020 UK employers can start to recruit non-EEA workers on the new skilled worker visa to start their employment as soon as their visa applications are processed.

Tuesday, 08 December, 2020
sponsor skilled workers

From the 1 December 2020 UK employers can start to recruit non-EEA workers on the new skilled worker visa to start their employment as soon as their visa applications are processed.

Monday, 07 December, 2020
skilled worker visa

With the introduction of the new points based immigration system those looking to come to the UK for work are asking the question ‘do I qualify for a skilled worker visa?’ Likewise employers are asking whether they will be able to recruit workers from non-EEA or EU countries after the end of free movement on the 31 December 2020 and the introduction of the points based

Friday, 04 December, 2020
The construction conundrum – will skilled European workers qualify for a skilled worker visa after the end of free movement?

Problem, what problem? That seems to be the phrase used by those in government over the concerns expressed in the construction industry over the impact of the end of free movement for EU nationals on the 31 December 2020, the introduction of the new points based immigration system and skilled worker visa in January 2021.

Thursday, 03 December, 2020
The cost to construction of the end of free movement and the new skilled worker visa for European workers

Many of those in the construction industry campaigned against Brexit as they were concerned about the impact of the end of free movement on the import and supply of construction material and on the availability of skilled European construction workers. The UK construction industry, and particularly so in London, relies heavily on its European workforce.

Wednesday, 02 December, 2020
The cost to construction of the end of free movement and the new skilled worker visa for European workers

Many of those in the construction industry campaigned against Brexit as they were concerned about the impact of the end of free movement on the import and supply of construction material and on the availability of skilled European construction workers. The UK construction industry, and particularly so in London, relies heavily on its European workforce.

Tuesday, 01 December, 2020
Work visas for EU nationals

After 11 pm on the 31 December 2020 EU nationals arriving to live and work in the UK will be subject to immigration controls. Immigration solicitors say that means that if you are an EU national who didn’t meet the 31 December 2020 deadline to move to the UK for work purposes then you will need a work visa to work in the UK.  That’s because with the end of free movement EU nationals and non-

Monday, 30 November, 2020
It’s getting difficult for EU Nationals to become British citizens

You would think that with the end of free movement on the 31 December 2020 that the UK government would be encouraging EU nationals already living and working in the UK to consider applying for British citizenship. However, British citizenship solicitors say that it’s actually got harder for EU nationals to become British citizens.

Friday, 27 November, 2020
How much does it cost to sponsor a worker on a skilled worker visa?

Many UK businesses are now calculating the cost of Brexit in terms of the end of free movement and the requirement, from the 1 January 2021, to sponsor EU workers under the points based immigration system and the skilled worker visa route.

Thursday, 26 November, 2020
Skilled Work Visas - New Rules

The new skilled worker visa is being introduced as part of the UK points based immigration system and will replace the Tier 2 (General) visa.

Tuesday, 24 November, 2020
Indefinite Leave to Remain - Does Overstaying Affect Your Ten Year ILR Application?

Most applicants for Indefinite Leave to Remain worry that they will meet the eligibility criteria for ILR, especially where there has been an element of overstaying and a questionable immigration record.

Monday, 23 November, 2020
Government extends ban on most residential evictions until the 11 January 2021

It hasn’t been widely reported in the press but the government has extended the ban on landlords evicting most residential tenants until the 11 January 2021. The previous ban on evictions was lifted on the 20 September 2020, leaving tenants feeling vulnerable to potential eviction.

Friday, 20 November, 2020
Online right to rent checks launches on the 25 November 2020

Finally, some good news for landlords and tenants. The government is launching online right to rent checks from the 25 November 2020. Using the new online scheme, landlords will be able to carry out right to rent checks to make sure prospective tenants are legally allowed to rent a property from them using the Home Office checking service.

 

Wednesday, 18 November, 2020
Should I apply for Indefinite leave to remain?

In this article we look at what Indefinite Leave to Remain might mean for you and the benefits of applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain

 

Tuesday, 17 November, 2020
How can I become a British Citizen if I’m an EU National?

This month you may have some time on your hands because our opportunities to socialise are now severely curtailed again. Once we are released from the latest Covid-19 restrictions, thoughts and plans will be focussed on seeing family and friends and Christmas. That’s why between now and the 2 December it may be worth investigating how you can become a British citizen if you are an EU national living in the UK. 

 

Thursday, 12 November, 2020
The new skilled worker visa

More information about the new skilled worker visa was released in the October 2020 Statement of Changes to the immigration Rules.

Monday, 09 November, 2020
Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2021 Law Directory

To say that the partners at OTS Solicitors were delighted by their continued success and recognition in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2021 is an understatement. After all, the release of the 2021 Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession directory followed shortly after the firm’s success in the 2021 Legal 500 directory so it was a ‘good news month’.

Tuesday, 03 November, 2020
Indefinite Leave to Remain and New Appendix on Continuous Residence Requirements

On the 22 October 2020 the government put before parliament a document with the title ‘Statement of Changes to the immigration Rules HC 813’. This 500 plus page document not only provides additional information on the new UK points based immigration system but also makes introduces a new appendix covering the continuous residence requirement.

Monday, 02 November, 2020
Changes to the Maintenance Requirement in Immigration Applications

What is referred to as the Statement of Changes to the immigration Rules HC 813 not only provides more information on the new UK points based immigration system but within the 500 page document there are changes to the maintenance requirement. This is important news if you are planning on making an immigration application and need to meet the maintenance requirement.

 

Friday, 30 October, 2020
Breaking News: Immigration Changes Announced

Almost every day there is news about the end of free movement on the 31 December 2020 and the implications for EU citizens. The Home Office has released its latest statement of immigration changes that includes important information for both EU and non-EEA nationals.

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020
New Brexit law to let vulnerable EU citizens

With the end of free movement for EU citizens fast approaching on the 31 December 2020 immigration solicitors and campaigners again raised concerns about the deadline to apply for pre-settled status and settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. The good news is that the government is intending to introduce legislation to extend the deadline of the 30 June 2021 for settled status applications for those deemed ‘vulnerable’.

Friday, 23 October, 2020
Best pathways for EU Nationals to obtain British citizenship

Most people would agree that we are living in very difficult times but for EU nationals living and working in the UK it is getting that much harder with the deadline for the end of free movement fast approaching on the 31 December 2020 and the Home Office change in policy making it tougher for some EU citizens to obtain British citizenship.

Wednesday, 21 October, 2020
Latest developments on possession proceedings and Covid-19

For landlord and tenant solicitors the next important date in the diary is the 23 August 2020. That’s when the new practice direction 55C comes into force. The practice direction means the end of the current stay on possession proceedings. The practice direction 55C also effects possession proceedings that are currently stayed and the commencement of new possession proceedings. In this blog we look at what the new practice direction 55C will mean for landlord and tenants and possession proceedings.

Monday, 19 October, 2020
Can I apply for British citizenship if I have a criminal conviction?

On the 30 September 2020 the Home Office published new guidance on assessing the good character requirement in British nationality applications.

Saturday, 17 October, 2020
How does a UK business get a sponsor licence?

There is increasing talk in the press about the need for UK business owners to be ’Brexit ready’ and to ensure that UK businesses, large and small, apply for their sponsor licence now.

Monday, 12 October, 2020
Can my business recruit overseas workers?

The question ‘Can my business recruit overseas workers?’ is a complicated one for immigration solicitors to answer whilst the UK is in the Brexit transition period until 11 pm on the 31 December 2020.

Sunday, 11 October, 2020
Remote working from home and sponsored workers

With government advice to work from home, followed by exhortations to return to our workplaces, with a quick you-turn and a repeat of the recommendation to work from home it isn’t surprising that business owners, HR advisors and employees are uncertain about what they should do for the best.

Friday, 09 October, 2020
Fiancée visas and reporting to the Home Office

The Daily Mail and The Sun newspapers are reporting that the new girlfriend of the Strictly Come Dancing Star, Neil Jones, has been reported to the Home Office by her former partner. In this blog we discuss the importance of understanding the immigration Rules that apply to UK fiancée visas.

 

Thursday, 08 October, 2020

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