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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 22 Sep 2021

Further changes to right to work checks and how to avoid pitfalls

The right to work guidance for employers was recently updated to confirm that individuals with late EU Settlement Scheme applications made on or after 1 July 2021 can start a new job while their application is pending. This article looks at this development and highlights certain aspects of the current guidance that may cause confusion for employers when conducting right to work checks.
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 1 Sep 2021

Home Office releases points-based immigration system sponsorship roadmap

The Home Office recently released a sponsorship roadmap document that details process and technology improvements for sponsors from the fourth quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2024. The document focuses on the sponsorship system for workers. Details on reforms to student sponsorship are expected to be made available in a separate document at a later date.
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 11 Aug 2021

Policy clarifications and outstanding issues for right to work checks

The current Home Office guidance for employers on carrying out right to work checks contains some important clarifications of the Home Office's policy. These will not affect the vast majority of checks. They will, however, be relevant in certain circumstances, especially for checks relating to European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and family members of EEA nationals from 1 July 2021....
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 4 Aug 2021

Key immigration action points for HR in second half of 2021

Free movement has been replaced in the United Kingdom by the domestic immigration system, including the new points-based immigration system. Employers need to ensure that they understand how this affects their business, how their recruitment plans and budgets are affected as well as whether their staff have the correct status to allow them to continue working both in the United Kingdom and......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 21 Jul 2021

New graduate route: considerations for employers and students

The government's new graduate route provides eligible international students with a flexible unsponsored route to stay in the United Kingdom after graduation. It has some advantages and drawbacks that employers and students should be aware of before deciding whether it is the most suitable immigration option.
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 14 Jul 2021

FAQs: right to work checks from 1 July 2021

Procedures for right to work checks have changed following the end of the Brexit post-transition grace period. Employers need to understand the new requirements, in particular to check the right to work of European Economic Area nationals and their family members. This article answers FAQs for employers.
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Lewis Silkin | 30 Jun 2021

New Home Office guidance published on right to work checks from 1 July 2021

The Home Office recently released new guidance for employers on carrying out right to work checks. This has been published ahead of significant changes to checks affecting EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members. This article discusses some of the main changes and their implications, as well as some action points for employers.
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 16 Jun 2021

Updated COVID-19 absences policy enables more people to qualify for EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office has significantly expanded the policy to allow continuity of residence in the United Kingdom to be preserved in certain circumstances where an EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) applicant has been absent from the United Kingdom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy has been published in response to a successful legal challenge by the charity, Here for Good, and operates as a......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 9 Jun 2021

Home Office strategy statement on legal migration and border control – what's in it?

As part of the government's 'new plan for immigration', the Home Office has released a strategy statement setting out its plans for legal migration and border control. The statement outlines elements of the Home Office's ambitious multi-year programme for modernising, simplifying and developing visa routes within the UK immigration system following the end of free movement, as well as......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 2 Jun 2021

Updated Home Office policy on using UK residence cards after 30 June 2021

The Home Office has changed its policy on the use of UK residence cards (also called 'EEA biometric residence cards' or 'EEA BRCs') after 30 June 2021. The updated policy confirms that the cards can be used by individuals who have status under the EU Settlement Scheme and for one entry by those who intend to apply under the scheme. Through its updated policy position, the Home Office is......
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