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    How will employers fare under the new immigration system?

    EQRoy / Shutterstock The UK’s new points-based immigration system opens for visa applications today (1 December 2020). Will the system make it easier or harder for employers to have access to skilled personnel? In a significant shift from the past, the new system will apply to European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals in the […] More

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    Risk of foreign investors being deterred by new immigration rules

    Photo: Shutterstock (posed by model) According to immigration specialist Yash Dubal, who advises foreign businesses that wish to set up satellite offices in the UK, new visa rules coming into operation from 1 January 2021 could lead to considerable confusion. Dubal, director at AY&J Solicitors. added that the government had also muddled its messaging by […] More

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    Dramatic fall in immigration could spark skills shortage

    The UK government had to relax quarantine rules for migrant workers due to a skills shortage on turkey farms.Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images The CIPD is urging the government to take steps to boost training and re-skilling of domestic workforce to compensate for a huge loss of migrants’ skills. The latest official migration statistics, published […] More

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    Settled status: are your EU workers ready or at risk?

    Cmspic / Shutterstock.com  Although the applications deadline for pre-settled and settled status is not until next year, there are some steps HR teams must take before the end of 2020 to ensure their EU, EEA and Swiss employees are eligible, writes Jonathan Beech. The UK immigration Bill has now passed through Parliament into law, ending […] More

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    Thousands more health workers to have visas extended

    Photo: Shutterstock Thousands more health workers from abroad whose visas are due to expire soon will be able to remain in the UK for another year free of charge. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the Home Office offered free visa extensions for health professionals whose visas were due to expire between 31 March 2020 and […] More

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    US immigration: How Biden’s election affects global mobility

    President-elect Joe Biden will reverse many of Donald Trump’s immigration rules. Photo: CNP/DPA/PA Images The election of Joe Biden as 46th President of the United States of America is set to mark a new era in US immigration. Nita Upadhye examines how global mobility has been stymied under Donald Trump and how things might look […] More

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    Travel restrictions behind glut of work visas

    Terminal 2 at Heathrow airport lies empty during lockdown Shutterstock New government figures show that far fewer migrants have applied for, and been granted visas to work in the UK in the past few months. The decline in applications, caused by a combination of Covid-19 travel restrictions and Brexit, has created a glut in the […] More

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    ‘Stealth expats’: managing staff secretly working abroad

    Shutterstock Finding out that an employee has secretly been working from another country isn’t a new problem, but it has become increasingly likely in the pandemic with so many are working from ‘home’. Juliet Carp offers some practical tips for tackling this and highlights the legal challenges it can present. Aisling is an IT consultant. […] More

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    Farmers need clarity on ‘vital’ seasonal worker recruitment

    Ververidis Vasilis / Shutterstock.com The agriculture sector urgently needs clarity on how it will be able to recruit seasonal workers from overseas next year, as it is revealed UK residents made up only 11% of the workforce this year. The National Farmers Union’s Horticulture Seasonal Worker Survey, which was completed by 244 growers who collectively […] More

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    ‘Snap out of it and prepare for new immigration rules’ firms warned

    Ink Drop / Shutterstock.com Employers need to ‘snap out’ of their complacency and start preparing for the points-based immigration system, a specialist has warned as the new rules are confirmed. In a document confirming the changes to the system, which comes into effect on 1 December, the Home Office reiterated that the salary threshold for […] More

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    Services sector ‘overlooked’ in Brexit trade talks

    “Four and a half million jobs depend on this sector”   Baroness Donaghy. Photo: UK Government The needs of the UK’s £225bn professional services sector are being overlooked in the UK-EU trade talks according a sub-committee of the House of Lords. More than 4.6 million people – 13% of the workforce – are employed in […] More

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    Top 10 HR questions September 2020: Testing, Brexit and redundancy

    Shutterstock As the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases rose in the last month, employers have been asking questions about testing for the virus. In September’s top ten FAQs, popular questions included those on whether employers can test their workforce and if they should disclose a colleague’s positive test result. Additionally, employers are turning their attention […] More

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