UK Innovator and Start Up Visa, is it a success?
It seems that these new visa’s which were introduced earlier this year are very difficult and hardly anyone is able to meet the requirements. It has been reported that very few applications have been approved.
There are calls to make the system a lot easier. It seems that many migrants are continuing to come under the Tier 2 General or Intra Company Transfer visa.
Experts have warned that this visa will hurt the country’s economy. Many people have labelled the visa a ‘complete disaster.’
In a Report published by Eastern Eye there seems to be a problem in recruiting talent from certain countries. These include India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. There are calls to rebuild the economy post Brexit,
The UK Innovator visa is endorsed by 29 bodies some of which are banks and other types of investment funds. There are claims that they are very busy with applications but they can only endorse 25 applications in a year. There are claims that at least four bodies have dropped out of the innovator visa scheme claiming that they struggled to cope with the number of applications.
Experts are complaining that the innovator visa is too strict.
If you require information about this visa or any other visa routes to work in the UK please contact the Immigration team on 0203 818 5433 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is European temporary leave to remain?
European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR) is a temporary UK immigration status that will allow EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who move to the UK after Brexit to continue living, working and studying in the UK after 31 December 2020.
Applicants will be able to live, work and study in the UK as they do now until 31 December 2020 if they are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.
The application will be free of charge and it’s an online application. The candidate will need to prove their identity and declare any criminal convictions during the application.
Individuals will receive temporary immigration status that will allow them to stay in the UK for 36 months from the date it is granted if the application is successful. They will be given a digital status.
If you would like any more information about this process please contact the Immigration team on 0203 818 5433 or email: email@example.com
Immigration changes scheduled for the 6th October 2019
The main change will be the amendment of the Shortage Occupation List, with many roles being added to the list and some removed.
One advantage of a role being on the Shortage Occupation List is that no Resident Labour Market Test is required when advertising it.
Another big advantage of a role being on the list is to do with ‘Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship’ (RCoS). With some exceptions, an RCoS is required if an employer wants to sponsor a worker who requires entry clearance and is coming from abroad
There is a monthly quota for RCoS, and a sponsor needs to submit an application by the 5th of each month to be considered in that month’s allocation. This is normally the 11th of the month.
Roles on the shortage list get a boosting in the scoring system used to award RCoS again making it better for employers to have the role being recruited for including on the list.
Furthermore, roles on the list have lower salaries too compared with the other roles. The government fees are lower too. The occupations on the list have expanded making it a lot more easier to sponsor individuals.
If you have any questions or require assistance with the visa please contact us the Immigration team on 0203 818 5433 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post Study Visa to return!
There will apparently be a new UK post-study work visa for Tier 4 visa international students graduating from British universities. It will be available for two years from 2020, the government has announced.
Changes to the shortage occupation list – More IT jobs added
In May, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its full review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), the first time the SOL had been looked at in six years.
MAC recommended that they add more IT roles within the list for example, business analyst, systems designers, programmers and software development professionals.
What does this mean? The government accepts that there is a lack of skilled IT professionals available to businesses within the UK labour market.
Good news for IT companies recruiting workers in this industry as this shows that there is a lack of workers in the UK. This means that the companies do not need to advertise for these roles. The visa fees are lower and there is no waiting the ’28 days’ to receive the Certificate of Sponsorship.
If you would like any more information about this process, please contact Leena Chouhan on 0203 818 5433 or email: email@example.com
Should the salary threshold for Tier 2 workers be reduced?
There are suggestions that the next Prime Minster should lower the salary threshold from £30,000 to £20,000. Industry experts believe that this will avoid skills shortages.
Currently any non-EU citizen working in the UK must earn at least £30,000, but under current proposals this will be extended to EU citizens after Brexit.
Many UK industry experts believe that all jobs in the UK were currently beneath the £30,000 cut-off.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt who is considered the underdog in the race to be the next leader of the Conservative Party, has said he would review the £30,000 salary threshold, while prioritising skilled workers.
Boris Johnson, has called for a new Australian-style points-based system. This would consider factors such as whether an immigrant has a firm job offer and their ability to speak English.
Both men also oppose the government’s target of bringing net migration down to under 100,000 people a year, which has never been met.
Recent figures gleaned from freedom of information requests show that, despite Home Office rules, 90% of nurses, half of all medical radiographers, 10% of paramedics and a third of secondary schoolteachers earn below the minimum.
A Home Office spokesman said: “Our new skills-based immigration system is designed to attract the talented workers we need for the economy to continue to prosper, while also delivering on the referendum result following the end of free movement.
If you would like to discuss the above or have any queries regarding sponsorship applications and the Tier 2 process please contact Leena Chouhan on 0203 818 5433 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Would an Australian points based system work in the UK?
Boris Johnson has recommended that we move towards an ‘Australian style’ points based system. We already have a points based system in the UK so how would this differ from the Australian one?
The Australian system is based upon scoring according to a list of criteria such as language, ability, age, competency, professional qualifications and industry based experience. The points need to be above a minimum point requirement which means that then they will be granted a visa.
You can balance out the score if your level of English is limited but you have a great deal of work experience.
How is this different from the current PBS?
The UK Points based system was introduced in 2007, this system must meet mandatory criteria before they are assigned any points. Also there is no room to compensate scoring points in one area and if it is not met in another area. It is very different from our current system in the UK which is a black and white approach to immigration.
The main difference is in the UK they need a guaranteed job offer.
We cannot see how another Australian style points based system would work in the UK. It wont necessary reduce net migration to the UK. We anticipate that it would bring about a new set of issues.
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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.
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