U.K. Update: Changes to Right to Work Checks

On 6 April 2022, the Home Office updated the codes of practice on preventing illegal working. All “Right to Work” (RTW) checks must now be conducted in conformity with the updated codes. Below is a summary of the methods of conducting the checks that are now available to employers conducting RTW checks.

RTW checks must be conducted for all prospective employees, irrespective of their nationality or immigration status. The checks must be conducted before employment commences in the U.K.

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UK Immigration: Understanding the New Scale-Up Visa

What is a Scale-Up visa?

The Scale-Up visa is a route which enables businesses in the U.K. to recruit talented foreign nationals who have the skills needed to allow the Scale-Up business to continue growing. One of the main benefits of the visa is its exemption from the Immigration Skills Charge. The Scale-Up visa is a route to settlement in the U.K.

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Statement of Changes March 2022 – A Corporate Immigration Perspective

The UK government released a “Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules” on March 15, 2022. The government believes these changes to be an important part of their post-COVID “Plan for Growth.” The changes are also being implemented with the intention of simplifying the UK immigration system. Further simplified rules will be published later this year, with the government intending to consolidate the Immigration Rules in 2023. The changes will take effect on various dates starting on April 6, 2022.

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Immigration Update: Europe’s Approach to Ukrainian Refugees

The Russia/Ukraine conflict has resulted in an exodus of refugees from Ukraine on a level which has not been experienced in Europe since World War II. Currently, close to three million refugees have fled Ukraine and some experts anticipate this number will increase to four to seven million. Countries are taking differing approaches to opening their borders to Ukrainian refugees.

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U.K. Immigration: New Scale-Up Visa to Launch in Spring 2022

The United Kingdom will begin a new Scale-Up Visa route beginning in the spring of 2022. The goal of the new visa route is to attract top talent to the United Kingdom. The visa will be open to those who can pass a language test and have a high-skilled job offer from a scale-up company.

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COVID-19 Travel to the United States: White House Eases Travel Restrictions From November 2021

On October 25, the White House issued a proclamation on the resumption of global travel during the pandemic. We updated our alert tracking recent changes to U.S. international travel policy to highlight the key points of this proclamation and what it means for travelers entering the U.S.

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