All Articles: Points Based System

How much does it cost to sponsor someone for a UK work visa?

Sponsoring a foreign worker isn’t cheap. Application fees and visa taxes typically run to thousands of pounds. Since the UK left the European Union, the costs of sponsorship have also applied to employers who want to hire EU workers under the Po ...

27th April 2022 By

The new UK Expansion Worker visa doesn’t look like an improvement

The Home Office has finally published details of the requirements for sponsors in the UK Expansion Worker visa category. Part of the Global Business Mobility family, it replaces the Sole Representative visa — but how effectively does it fill thi ...

19th April 2022 By

Briefing: the Seasonal Worker visa

The Seasonal Worker route is one of those visas in the Temporary Worker family, allowing people to come to the UK for short stints without the right to stay long term. Seasonal Worker visas made up over half (55%) of all temporary worker grants in ...

6th April 2022 By

What do we know about the new Global Business Mobility visa?

The UK government has published changes to the Immigration Rules introducing the Global Business Mobility visa. They come into force on 11 April 2022 and provide new solutions for overseas firms transferring staff to the UK. Announcing the route last ...

28th March 2022 By

Business travel between the UK and EU: immigration and visa rules

Before 1 January 2021, British and EU citizens did not require a visa to travel across the Channel on a business trip. This is largely still the case post-Brexit, so we’ve been left with the appearance that nothing has really changed from a legal pe ...

28th March 2022 By

Statement of changes HC 1118: new and improved UK work visas

No set of amendments to the Immigration Rules is complete without tweaks and additions to the ever-expanding Points Based Immigration System, and statement of changes HC 1118 is no exception. In addition to the changes already outlined by CJ, there ar ...

17th March 2022 By

International Agreement route for temporary workers coming to the UK

The International Agreement visa route is for temporary workers who want to come to the UK to provide a service underpinned by international law. Essentially, international agreements ratified by the United Kingdom require the UK government to ha ...

3rd March 2022 By

How to apply for a UK domestic worker visa

There is a UK visa for overseas domestic workers, first introduced in 2002. Although the Immigration Rules do not define “domestic workers”, the route is typically used by nannies, cleaners, chauffeurs, cooks, personal carers and protectio ...

22nd February 2022 By

Investor visa closed to new applicants with immediate effect

The Investor visa route has been closed to all new applicants with “immediate effect”, the Home Office announced this afternoon, citing “security concerns” and “wider corruption”. This follows multiple media reports ...

17th February 2022 By

Frontline carers are eligible for work permits from today: six things to bear in mind

From today, in positive news for the UK’s beleaguered social care sector, frontline care workers are on the Shortage Occupation List, making them eligible to apply for a Skilled Worker permit. This is a welcome eligibility expansion (previously limi ...

15th February 2022 By

How to apply for an Intra-Company Transfer to the UK

The Intra-Company route allows multinational companies to send skilled employees to work for a linked business in the UK, doing graduate-level employment or training. There are two sub-categories: the main Intra-Company Transfer visa, and the Intra-Co ...

14th February 2022 By

Staying on after study: a whistle-stop tour of the UK Graduate visa rules

The Graduate immigration route is for international students who have completed a degree or other higher educational qualification in the UK. It allows people who previously had a Student visa to: work in the UK after their degree/qualification is com ...

31st January 2022 By

New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 1019 (social care visas)

Social care workers can get Skilled Worker visas from 15 February 2022. The change was first announced on Christmas Eve and has now been confirmed in a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules (HC 1019), published yesterday. Employers (but not pr ...

25th January 2022 By

Concessions for Afghan citizens on study and work routes in the UK

The Home Office has published new guidance for Afghan citizens who are already in the UK on study and work routes. The document outlines concessions to the Immigration Rules for Afghans who entered the UK before 1 September 2021 or applied for a visa ...

24th January 2022 By

Changes to right to work checks from 6 April 2022

Employers who want to avoid the possibility of a fine for hiring an unauthorised migrant are well advised to carry out right to work checks. Such checks are not mandatory, but where companies do carry them out, the Home Office advises that “all ...

20th January 2022 By

The UK Youth Mobility visa

The Youth Mobility Scheme is one of the friendlier parts of the Immigration Rules. The route is designed to enable people aged 18-30 to live and work in the UK and is relatively straightforward to apply for, at least compared with other options for ec ...

20th January 2022 By

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20th January 2022 By

Scrap the nonsensical 28-day start date rule for sponsored workers

Reading work visa sponsor guidance can be frustrating at the best of times, but particularly aggravating is paragraph S3.9: You must normally stop sponsoring the worker and inform us via your SMS account if the start date is delayed by more than 28 d ...

5th January 2022 By

Student visa sponsorship system (finally) being reviewed

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) is to inspect the relationship between the immigration system and the higher education sector. The call for evidence, which is open until 15 November 2021, confirms that the ICIBI will ...

5th November 2021 By

New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 803 (pork butchers)

The latest statement of changes to the Immigration Rules (HC 803) allows pork butchers to come into the UK as Seasonal Workers for up to six months. It came into force at 4pm on 1 November 2021. The government announced last month that 800 temporary v ...

2nd November 2021 By

The Intra-company Transfer visa could be getting a new lease of life

The Intra-company Transfer (ICT) route has seemed increasingly redundant since the launch of the Points Based Immigration System last year. The Skilled Worker route became simpler and easier to use, while the abolition of the resident labour market te ...

20th October 2021 By

The Home Office immigration policy wheel

This is the Policy Wheel. I was taught about it when working on immigration policy at the Home Office in 2003 and continued to use it until I left in 2011. I believe it is still used; certainly it is a great way to solve problems.   How would you ...

13th October 2021 By

How to apply for an International Sportsperson visa

Yesterday brought about a new immigration route for international sportspeople aged 16 or over wishing to enter the UK. It is intended to create a simplified visa arrangement for elite and internationally established sportspeople and sports coaches. D ...

12th October 2021 By

Visa scheme for HGV drivers and poultry workers launched

The Home Office has published a short statement of changes to the Immigration Rules. It is to implement the emergency temporary visa schemes for HGV drivers and poultry workers and therefore comes into force at 4pm today. Employers in those sectors wi ...

11th October 2021 By

Immigration Rule PA 7: short-term work on a visit visa

British businesses have long relied on workers from the European Union to come in for short or medium-term projects. Before Brexit, this was frictionless from an immigration perspective. People arrived, people worked, people left and businesses were h ...

6th October 2021 By

Three ways to improve the immigration system and help solve the labour crisis

The number of new visas is starting to make heads spin. The government’s announcement of a route for HGV drivers and poultry workers comes hot on the heels of a new employment route for Graduates which opened in July. Next year will see at least two ...

28th September 2021 By

HGVisas: what do we know so far?

The government has announced that HGV drivers and poultry workers will be eligible for temporary visas from next month. The policy represents a shift from the firm line against “low-skilled” immigration post-Brexit. Here is what we know ab ...

27th September 2021 By

Some coronavirus concessions are being written into the Immigration Rules

Scattered throughout the latest statement of changes like needles in a 186-page haystack are three COVID-19 concessions that previously only appeared in Home Office guidance. They will now form part of the Immigration Rules. In immigration law, a conc ...

17th September 2021 By

New statement of changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 617

On 10 September 2021 the Home Office published a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules (HC 617). It is 183 pages long and makes adjustments in quite a number of areas. Some of the main changes are: Banning entry to the UK with an ID card rathe ...

13th September 2021 By

A look at the skilled immigration sponsorship “roadmap”

The government has released details of its sponsorship “roadmap” for employers recruiting skilled workers from abroad. This follows on from the publication of its New Plan for Immigration back in March 2021. The new roadmap sets out the Ho ...

2nd September 2021 By

A Shortage Occupation List review in 2022 is too late

Jobs that British employers struggle to recruit for are on the Shortage Occupation List. With separate entries for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, it seeks to be responsive to the needs of industry across the devolved nations. The Migra ...

25th August 2021 By

Briefing: are labour mobility schemes for skilled refugees a good idea?

On 20 July 2021, Free Movement published an article about the UK’s new Displaced Talent Mobility Programme, which concluded that it constituted “a new complementary pathway” for refugees to reach the country and “a positive step that will hope ...

5th August 2021 By
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