All Articles: Points Based System
Increasing numbers of sponsored migrant workers are being exploited in the UK
A new report comes with a stark warning: “As the number of sponsored migrant workers rises every quarter, the issue of migrant labour exploitation is only likely to increase”. Work Rights Centre, a charity that works to support migrants and disadv ...14th November 2023
Migration Advisory Committee recommends shortage occupation list is abolished
The Migration Advisory Committee has recommended that the shortage occupation list is abolished and that people in the asylum system with permission to work are allowed to work in any role. These are some of the recommendations in the full review of t ...4th October 2023
How to apply for a UK Expansion Worker visa
The UK Expansion Worker visa is part of the Global Business Mobility route. It enables overseas businesses seeking to expand into the UK to temporarily assign senior managers and specialist employees, including business owners, to the UK to establish ...25th August 2023
What is the immigration skills charge?
The immigration skills charge is an additional fee payable by a sponsoring employer when a certificate of sponsorship is issued prior to a worker beginning their employment. The sponsor is required to pay the immigration skills charge and cannot pass ...4th August 2023
How to apply for a religious work visa
The UK has two sponsored work routes for religious workers: the T2 Minister of Religion visa for those with a key leading role in their faith-based organisation or religious order in the UK, and the temporary Religious Worker visa for those who suppor ...2nd August 2023
How to apply for a Global Business Mobility: Secondment Worker visa
The Global Business Mobility: Secondment Worker visa route is for overseas workers who are undertaking temporary assignments in the UK. The worker must be seconded to the UK as part of a high value contract or investment by their employer overseas. Th ...17th July 2023
Supreme Court finds golden visa scheme unlawful
Last week the Supreme Court found that a financing scheme to help individuals qualify for an Investor visa did not comply with the requirements of the immigration rules. The case is R (on the application of Wang) v Secretary of State for the Home Depa ...26th June 2023
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 around half of all temporary worker gr ...16th June 2023
What’s the future of the Shortage Occupation List?
There is only a day left to respond to the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC’s) current call for evidence on what roles should appear on the Shortage Occupation List. Employers have until 26th May 2023 to put forward their cases for why certain ...25th May 2023
How to apply for a Global Business Mobility: Service Supplier visa
The Global Business Mobility: Service Supplier route is for overseas workers who are undertaking temporary assignments in the UK. The applicant must be either a contractual service supplier employed by an overseas service provider or a self-employed i ...24th May 2023
Rule changes for international students and dependents to reduce net migration
In a written statement to parliament today, Suella Braverman announced that the government intends to tighten the rules for international students in an attempt to bring down net migration figures, which are due to be published this Thursday, 25 May. ...23rd May 2023
Seasonal Workers face ongoing exploitation as government shows little interest in enforcement
Yesterday the Prime Minister announced a quota of 45,000 seasonal worker visas for 2024, “to give certainty to the horticulture sector next year, enabling them to plan ahead for the picking season”. It is billed as part of a larger package of supp ...17th May 2023
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 ...12th May 2023
New Hong Kong British Nationals (overseas) visa concessions
Last month, two new visa concessions were added to the Hong Kong British Nationals (overseas) (BN(O)) route. You can read about them in more detail in the Home Office guidance. Leave outside the rules where financial or residency requirements cannot ...4th May 2023
What is the Innovator Founder visa and how does it work?
The Innovator Founder visa route was launched on 13 April 2023, designed for entrepreneurs looking to establish an innovative, viable, and scalable business in the UK. In line with the government’s wider ‘UK Innovation Strategy‘, thi ...4th May 2023
How to apply for a Senior or Specialist Worker visa
The Global Business Mobility Senior or Specialist Worker visa was previously known as the Intra-Company Transfer visa. In 2022, the route was rebranded and grouped together with four other temporary work visas now known as the Global Business Mobility ...13th April 2023
Government Authorised Exchange: one visa, 40 options
The Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) category of the Immigration Rules is one of the least known of all the UK’s visa options. It can be found in Appendix Temporary Work – Government Authorised Exchange to the immigration rules. The te ...24th March 2023
Spring budget migration announcements
Yesterday’s Spring Budget 2023 announced upcoming changes to the business visitor visa requirements and the addition of construction workers to the Shortage Occupation List. Additional language support for Ukraine Visa Scheme holders was also announ ...16th March 2023
Sponsor licence holders should complete mock audits to prepare for Home Office checks
When employers apply for and are granted a licence to sponsor workers, they make a pledge to accept all the duties of sponsorship, and the Home Office can take compliance action when they consider that a sponsor has failed to uphold their duties or ot ...1st March 2023
Will participation in industrial action impact visa permission?
The UK continues to play host to industrial action with the latest strike action announced this week being opted for by Junior Doctors and currently set for March 2023. For many, negotiated settlements continue to be some way off and further strikes a ...23rd February 2023
The risk of visa applications being treated as withdrawn due to travel
It is common for immigration lawyers to advise clients in the UK that travelling outside the Common Travel Area (CTA) when an immigration application is pending will result in the application being treated as withdrawn (cue fiddly explanations to clie ...21st February 2023
Global talent visas no longer endorsed by Tech Nation
This week Tech Nation announced that it will cease operation on 31 March 2023 after the government terminated its grant funding. Tech Nation has spent the last decade embedding and scaling up the tech ecosystem, simultaneously bringing thousands of pe ...3rd February 2023
Government review of investor visa scheme confirms permanent closure of route
Almost five years after Amber Rudd committed to a review of individuals who had entered the UK under the Tier 1 (Investor) route, today, Suella Braverman provided the government’s final response. The review looked at individuals who had entered the ...12th January 2023
Will in-country visa delays have long-term consequences for economic migration?
Economic migration is a two-way street. The UK might be ready and willing to receive the world’s elite economic migrants, but they may not be so ready and willing for much longer. A recent report from the Institute for Management Development ran ...12th January 2023
Guidance for sponsors updated: start dates, working hours, and pay
The Home Office has made several changes that businesses sponsoring overseas workers should be aware of. Amendments have been made to the Workers and Temporary Workers: guidance for sponsors part 2: sponsor a worker – general information (“g ...10th November 2022
Employers take note: all change for right to work checks from 1 October 2022
When the pandemic first hit in March 2020 the Home Office was quick off the mark in allowing employers to conduct right to work checks remotely. Rather than having to meet job applicants and employees needing to renew their status in person, they were ...26th September 2022
Government plans to “increase immigration to boost growth”. Allegedly.
The Sunday Times reports that the Truss government intends to follow through on Truss’s pledge during the leadership race to raise the cap on seasonal agricultural workers. “Reform” of the visa system is also planned to “attrac ...26th September 2022
How to apply for a Temporary Work – Creative Worker visa
What is a creative worker visa and why is this route useful? A Creative Worker is someone who can make a unique contribution to the country’s rich cultural life, for example, as an artist, dancer, musician or entertainer, or as a model contributing ...21st September 2022
Briefing: UK immigration law and the British Crown Dependencies
Are you applying to stay in the Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey? This is one of the final questions asked at the submission stage for all UK residence visa applications. Immigration professionals will invariably select “no” and progress with submi ...16th September 2022
What is a Scale-up visa and how does it work?
The Scale-up visa is a new immigration route for workers from abroad that opened on 22 August 2022. The Home Office bills this as a visa route for high-growth businesses to attract top talent to the UK. Supposedly, the route offers sponsors the flexib ...30th August 2022
How to apply for a High Potential Individual visa
The High Potential Individual visa is a new offering from the Home Office aimed at individuals who have graduated from a top global university. There is considerable international competition to attract these sorts of individuals, who ministers like t ...19th August 2022
What does the government’s new plan for legal migration and border control mean for the future?
What’s better than a plan for immigration? A new plan for immigration. July saw the publication of the Government’s New Plan for Immigration: Legal Migration and Border Control policy paper. Not much of the content can really be described ...8th August 2022
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