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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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Kozusko Harris Duncan | USA | 2 Sep 2021

Changing times: tax and reporting requirements for US citizens and Green Card holders moving abroad

For various reasons, some US citizens and Green Card holders are considering living abroad. How tax professionals and trust officers worldwide advise these individuals depends on their objectives. Does the individual want to live in another country for a limited number of years or to change domicile and resettle permanently? Will the individual be working abroad or living off savings and......
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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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Maes Law | Netherlands | 18 Aug 2021

Pilot scheme aims to help start-ups make international hires

The Netherlands recently initiated a pilot scheme titled "Essential personnel for start-ups" to resolve practical difficulties faced by start-ups hiring employees from outside the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland. The scheme takes into account the common remuneration structure within start-ups by applying a lower salary criterion and an additional requirement that the......
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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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Lenz & Staehelin | Switzerland | 14 Jul 2021

UK nationals: impact of Brexit on residence and work permits in Switzerland

The Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) no longer applies between Switzerland and the United Kingdom. However, new bilateral agreements have been agreed to regulate important areas such as trade and immigration. This article investigates the impact of Brexit on UK nationals who acquired rights in Switzerland based on the AFMP before 1 January 2021 and its impact on the rights of......
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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 | 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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