Fee removed for No Time Limit applications

It is now free for those with indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK to make a No Time Limit application. From 6th April 2022 it is free for those with indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK to make a No Time Limit application, the Home Office has announced. A … Continue reading Fee removed for No Time Limit applications

Support for vulnerable applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme

Home Office announce further funding to help vulnerable EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members applying to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). The additional £2.5 million funding will go to a network of 68 grant funded organisations located throughout the UK which help people to apply to the EUSS who have vulnerabilities such … Continue reading Support for vulnerable applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme

Updates to Employer Right To Work guidance for April 2022

The Home Office have issued an updated draft version of Employer's Guide to Right to Work Checks' to reflect changes in legislation coming into force on 6th April 2022. Employers Guide to Right to Work Checks What Right to Work checking changes? The updated guidance includes: changes in the way Biometric Residence Card Biometric Residence … Continue reading Updates to Employer Right To Work guidance for April 2022

‘Homes for Ukraine’

UK individuals, charities, community groups and businesses can now record their interest in supporting Ukrainians fleeing the war through the government’s new Homes for Ukraine scheme. The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, has 14th March 2022, launched a webpage for sponsors to record their interest, ahead of Phase One … Continue reading ‘Homes for Ukraine’

Right to Work Scheme COVID-19 Adjusted Checks Update

The adjustments to right to work checks, which were made due to COVID-19, will now continue until 30th September 2022. This follows the government's announcement enabling employers to use Identification Document Validation Technology (IDVT) to carry out digital checks on behalf of British and Irish citizens who hold a valid passport (or Irish passport card) … Continue reading Right to Work Scheme COVID-19 Adjusted Checks Update

Brexit Freedoms Bill to cut EU red tape

A new ‘Brexit Freedoms’ Bill will be brought forward by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to mark the two-year anniversary of Getting Brexit Done. ‘Brexit Freedoms’ Bill will be brought forward to end to the special status of EU law and ensure that it can be more easily amended or removedMajor cross-government drive to cut £1 … Continue reading Brexit Freedoms Bill to cut EU red tape

New digital identity checking for employers to tackle immigration abuse

Employers, Landlords and letting agents will be able to use certified new technology to digitally carry out vital right to work and right to rent checks aimed to crack down on abuse of the immigration system. The government has announced that, from 6th April 2022, certified identity service providers (IDSPs) will be able to use … Continue reading New digital identity checking for employers to tackle immigration abuse

Blooms – How an employer can employ someone from outside of the UK

The following case study is issued by UK Visas and Immigration as example of how an employer can employ someone from outside of the UK and the steps they will take to apply for a sponsor licence. Blooms florists Employing someone with settled status Sole proprietor florist with a small high street shop, trading as … Continue reading Blooms – How an employer can employ someone from outside of the UK

Industry given certainty around seasonal workers but told to focus on domestic workforce

Seasonal Worker visa route extended until end of 2024, to allow foreign workers to come to the UK for up to six months to pick both edible and ornamental crops. The visa scheme which allows seasonal workers to come to the UK will continue, but the government has demanded a plan from the sector to … Continue reading Industry given certainty around seasonal workers but told to focus on domestic workforce

Health and Care Visa scheme expanded

Care workers, care assistants and home care workers to become eligible for Health and Care Visa for 12 month period Care staff to be added to the Shortage Occupation List in response to pandemic pressuresVisa Boost complements £462.5m investment in Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund Thousands of additional care workers can be recruited to boost … Continue reading Health and Care Visa scheme expanded

More help to train and test new HGV drivers

First intensive short courses in HGV driving under way to help tackle skills shortages and support 11,000 people launching new careers in the logistics sector. Free courses to train as HGV drivers are under way as part of a package of measures to ease driver shortages and support supply chains for Christmas and beyond. Skills … Continue reading More help to train and test new HGV drivers

Further boost for people applying for EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office has announced a further £3 million to help vulnerable and at-risk EU citizens apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). The money goes to a network of grant funded organisations, which supports people across the UK in applying to the EUSS who have vulnerabilities such as language barriers or limited access to … Continue reading Further boost for people applying for EU Settlement Scheme

ID cards phased out as acceptable travel documents into U.K.

From Friday 1st October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will need a valid passport to enter the UK as the government stops accepting national identity (ID) cards as a travel document. ID cards are considered some of the most abused documents seen by Border Force officers and, last year, almost half of all … Continue reading ID cards phased out as acceptable travel documents into U.K.

Right to work virtual checks acceptability extended

The end date for the temporary adjusted checks has now been deferred to 5th April 2022 (inclusive). The Home Office have made the decision to defer the date following the positive feedback received about the ability to conduct checks remotely. They initiated a review of the availability of specialist technology to support a system of … Continue reading Right to work virtual checks acceptability extended

Temporary protection for more applicants to the Settlement Scheme

EEA citizens and their family members who apply late to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) will have their rights protected as the Home Office continues to support those wanting to stay in the UK. More than 6 million applications were made to EUSS before the 30th June 2021 deadline for those resident in the UK … Continue reading Temporary protection for more applicants to the Settlement Scheme

EU Settlement date has passed – what are the options

If you have missed the deadline, see if you can make a late application. Click on the graphic above. The deadline for applying for most people was 30 June 2021. You can still apply if that deadline did not apply to you, or you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for not applying by the deadline. If you’re applying … Continue reading EU Settlement date has passed – what are the options

Right to Work Checklist changed 1st July 2021

Not before but on 1st July with little to no preparation time for U.K. employers, the Home Office have issued a revised Right To Work checklist for employers. Revised guidance for the changes required from 1st July were only issued late on Friday 18th June 2021 with employers only having less than 13 days to … Continue reading Right to Work Checklist changed 1st July 2021

Home Office issues revised Right To Work guidance for 1st July 2021 and onwards

At the eleventh hour, the Home Office have, at last, issued revised guidance (18th June 2021) on the changes required by UK employers in conducting right to work checks on new employees. Employers will need to ensure that their on boarding processes are reviewed and revised. The most significant updates contained in this updated guidance … Continue reading Home Office issues revised Right To Work guidance for 1st July 2021 and onwards

Consultation launched to waive visa fees for non-UK military personnel

Service personnel from non-UK nations could be offered indefinite leave to remain in the UK for free under a new public consultation launched today by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel. Service personnel from non-UK nations who have served in the British Armed Forces could be offered indefinite leave to remain in … Continue reading Consultation launched to waive visa fees for non-UK military personnel