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In recent years the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has toughened its stance on immigration through its introduction of the Points Based System (PBS). Annual limits have also now been imposed on non-EEA and Swiss economic migration.
B P Collins LLP has a dedicated business immigration group, each of whom are members of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) and are experienced members of our employment practice group.
The business immigration team is able to assist and advise businesses on their workplace immigration needs and offer bespoke advice on a number of aspects under the PBS, with an emphasis on applications under Tier 2 (apply to enter or remain in the UK as a skilled worker).
The team advise predominantly in the following areas:
- Registering as a licensed sponsor, including preparing the application in accordance with the detailed Immigration Rules/guidance and advising on the visa sought by the individual;
- Compliance with UKVI's Sponsorship Management System (SMS);
- Illegal working and the statutory defence;
- Maintaining employer clients sponsor licence as their appointed legal representative;
- Switching between different visa types and assessing whether that is possible;
- Obtaining Representative of Overseas Business visas
- Reviewing contracts and handbooks and providing advice to ensure that your policies and procedures are compliant with UKVI requirements.
The team also advise businesses and individuals on;
- Issues relating to Brexit including running training sessions on the rights of EU nationals;
- Applications for British Citizenship and settled status;
- Ancestry visas;
- Dependent/relative visas linked to a visa obtained under the PBS; and
- Long residence visas
Examples of our work include:
- procuring a certificate of sponsorship for a worldwide religious organisation, ensuring planned activities of a business visitor were permissible under UKVI rules, so as to secure a business visa
- advising on the consequences and how to deal with unknowingly engaging illegal workers during a business acquisition
- advising a national retailer during a high profile raid conducted on their premises by UKVI
Securing your EU employees' right to live and work in the UK after Brexit
After Brexit EU citizens’ automatic right to live and work in the UK will come to an end (although precisely when depends on whether or not a deal is reached).
However, deal or no deal, EU citizens who already reside in the UK will need to apply for “settled status” – that is, a right to live and work in the UK indefinitely. Subject to meeting the eligibility and suitability criteria, EU citizens who have been continuously resident in the UK for a period of five years should be granted settled status.
Those who have been resident for a shorter period of time will be eligible to apply for “pre-settled status”. This is a time-limited right to live and work in the UK which can later be “upgraded” by the EU citizen into full settled status once they have been resident for a five year total continuous period.
Settled status training
B P Collins can assist you and your employees to secure settled or pre-settled status, including visiting your workplace to deliver training seminars on how to apply. Training includes one-to-one advice meetings with your employees to address their specific concerns.
In every matter, we provide clients with a tailored fee estimate that will be updated as the matter progresses. However, the attached example will give you an indication of likely costs of making an application for British Citizenship/Ancestry Visa/Long Residence Visa and other types of Visa under the PBS.
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