The shortage occupation list should be expanded
The shortage occupation list (SOL) needs to include other occupations. MAC has published its review of the SOL following an extensive period of consultation. The last SOL was reviewed in 2013.
The advantages of being on the shortage occupation list are as follows:
- Not having to conduct a Resident Labour market test.
- Exemption from the minimum income threshold for settlement.
- Visa fees are lower.
- Allocation of Cos is given priority.
If its recommendation is taken forward, it will mean the list will cover around 9% of jobs in the UK labour market, compared with just 1% under the current list.
MAC recommends that certain health, engineering, science, digital jobs are added to the list. If you require assistance with sponsoring non EU workers please contact Leena Chouhan at
Should the government guarantee the rights of EU Citizens living in the UK?
The Commons Home Affairs Committee said technical issues had ‘blighted’ the scheme with some struggling to navigate the online application system. MPS were not happy with the fact that European residents only get legal status post Brexit if they apply to it. Therefore, they need to take a active step, those who don’t do anything become undocumented migrants.
EU Citizens who apply don’t even get a document that they can show to employers, landlords, hospitals etc. Proof of settled status is digital. The Committee recommends issuing a hard copy residence document.
The committee also recommends that the Home Office:
- Answer the questions raised by campaign group the 3 million over a year ago
- Make calls to the Settlement Scheme helpline free
- Clarify how and when hostile environment measures will be applied to EU citizens
- “Clarify the legal standing of EU citizens, in the period between Brexit and the deadline, who have not yet applied to or completed the Settlement Scheme”
- Train caseworkers in how to support vulnerable applicants
- Actively help vulnerable people who don’t have evidence of UK residence to seek it out
- Target children, for example by prompting people during the application process to apply on behalf of any kids
- Clarify how people will “graduate” from pre-settled to full settled status and take responsibility for reminding them to apply for the upgrade.
If you require assistance with applying for the EU Settlement Scheme, please contact immigration team: email@example.com
Should employers sponsor their highly skilled EU Workers if there is a no deal Brexit?
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, we are now recommending that employers should at least consider sponsoring EU employees under Tier 2 of the points based system.
New start-up and innovator visas encourage entrepreneurs to the UK
The Government has introduced two new visa routes for entrepreneurs.
The start-up visa, this visa is for those wishing to establish a business in the UK for the first time. Applicants will have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which is supported by an endorsing body. The start-up visa is an expanded version of the Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur visa, which allowed universities to endorse international students.
The innovator visa, this visa is for more experienced businesspeople seeking to establish a business in the UK. Applicants will have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which is supported by an endorsing body. With some exceptions, applicants will also have funding to invest in their business.
The key requirement under both these categories is that individuals will need to obtain an endorsement from a relevant body. These bodies will include: UK higher education institutions which meet specific requirements, and organisations with a proven track record of supporting UK entrepreneurs. Such bodies will need to be approved by the Home Office.
If you would like any information or assistance with these visas please contact Leena Chouhan.
Is there a post-brexit solution for farm workers?
The issues in relation to retaining agricultural workers surmising rotting fruit mountains have been widely reported by the media. Talk of the new schemes, quotas and sponsor licences are incredibly confusing. We have demystified some of the rhetoric.
Start-up visas for tech companies – what’s all the hype about?
During this year’s London Tech Week, a new visa route aimed at the tech industry was announced. The Start Up visa has been designed following advice from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and feedback from the tech sector.
Farm labour shortage addressed – but is it enough?
Last week the government announced a new nationwide pilot scheme for seasonal agricultural workers from outside EEA countries to come and work in the UK. The scheme is aimed at alleviating the chronic shortage of workers in the farming industry following Brexit. Workers will be allowed to stay for up to 6 months before returning home.
Windrush day – what really happens at Home Office appointments?
We recently attended an appointment at the Home Office with one of our Windrush clients who has been considerably affected by the Government’s immigration policy. We have been supporting this client for a number of years, whilst he tackled job loss and homelessness, after losing his passport with his Indefinite Leave to Remain stamp.
GDPR and Immigration Exemptions
In a few weeks, data protection rules across Europe will experience their biggest change in the last 20 years. On 25 May 2018, the Data Protection Bill 29017 (that incorporates provisions of GDPR) will come into force in the UK. It will change how businesses and public sector organisations can handle the information of their customers.