It can be an offence to employ someone who does not have permission to work in the UK. We can work with you to put in place the correct due diligence procedures to protect you and your business from criminal prosecution, as well as a review and audit processes to make sure your systems are up to scratch.
How can we help?
Business Immigration Lawyers
Immigration law can be particularly complicated with many changes coming into force after Brexit. Our specialist business immigration lawyers are on hand to help.
Expert legal advice will allow you to quickly and efficiently resolve any issues you are facing regarding a visa or other immigration issues, as an employer or as an individual.
Key aspects of the new UK business immigration system:
- From 1 January 2021 EU nationals will need to apply in advance for permission to come to the UK for any purpose other than visiting.
- Employer sponsorship of skilled workers (similar to the current Tier 2 arrangements) will continue to be the main route for workers coming to the UK.
What steps should employers be taking now?
Free movement will end at 11pm on 31 December 2020. Any EEA nationals entering the UK after this time will fall under the new system and will not automatically have the right to work in the UK. They will need an appropriate visa to allow them to work for their employer.
EEA nationals already in the UK before the cut off date will be eligible to remain in the UK if they obtain settled status. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.
Therefore, employers should encourage employees to apply for settled status as soon as possible.
The current ‘Tier 2’ route will be renamed ‘Skilled Worker’ route and extended to apply to EEA nationals. If you already have a sponsor licence you should familiarise yourself with the changes under the new immigration system. If you are not currently a sponsor but believe you may need to sponsor skilled workers under the new system, you should apply for a licence as soon as possible. Our team of specialist solicitors are on hand to provide assistance with this application.
We also offer advice to overseas businesses looking to establish a presence in the UK and international businesses with a UK subsidiary looking to bring staff from overseas into the UK. We can advise on the correct recruitment procedure, and on whether or not a prospective employee has the correct authorisation to work here in the UK. We also handle applications under the Points Based System, the Sole Representative of Overseas Business System, Intra Company Transfers and subsequent family settlement applications.
- Competitive rates
- Proven, recent success
- Practical understanding of the needs of your business
- Protection from prosecution and civil liability
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