Yesterday our Corporate Consultant David Faulkner-Bryant joined the Chamber of Commerce and sat on ‘the Future of Business Post Brexit’ panel to discuss the current and future approach to ensuring local Somerset employers’ EEA national workforce is protected during these turbulent times, particularly with focus on key manufacturing industries across the South West. It was interesting to gage an understanding of the wider approaches other companies are pushing forwards with, in order to ensure they are able to weather the Brexit storm.
The Immigration Health Surcharge set to rise on 18th December 2018
The plan was put forward to parliament on 11/10/2018 to raise the Immigration Surcharge on 18th December 2018. Individuals whom hold a UK visa for more than 6 months but not settlement, will be required to pay £400 per year which is an increase of 100%. Students and Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Workers who previously paid £150 will be required to pay £300 per year. There are further concessions and exemptions for individuals, you can find more information under the Immigration Health Charge Order.
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Employing EEA Nationals during and after the Brexit process
As the fight for an ‘appealing’ Brexit continues, the uncertainty for UK businesses grows. A number of EEA Nationals are leaving the UK and there are very little skilled EEA Nationals coming to the UK. UK companies who have enjoyed the wonderful skills pool of the EU job market are beginning to wonder what the impact is going to be on their business, if their key people move back to Europe.
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Tier 1 Entrepreneur Team
The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is available to an individual applicant or an Entrepreneurial Team who want to come to the UK in order to be actively involved in setting up a business. To run a business or businesses here in the UK. A business can be identified as an enterprise, sole trader, partnership, or a company registered in the United Kingdom.
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The Genuine Entrepreneur Test is an entrepreneur visa requirement that must be met in order to fulfil the points requirement for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. In order to pass the Genuine Entrepreneur Test, applicants must satisfy the Home Office that they genuinely intend to establish, take over or become a director of a business or businesses within the United Kingdom within a timeframe of 6 months.
Read more “Genuine Entrepreneur Test – Initial application check list”
Sponsorship Licence Roles
When applying for a Tier 2 Employer Sponsor Licence, you must appoint Key Personnel to be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Tier 2 Employer Sponsorship Licence and Sponsor Management System (SMS). Read more “Sponsorship Licence Roles – Key Personnel”
Employer Sponsor Licence Renewal Process
The renewal process is relatively straight forward. However you will need to reassure yourself that you have remained compliant with your duties as a Sponsor. Additionally, you must continue to have the resources in place to sponsor your Tier 2 workforce.
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UK businesses sponsoring individuals from outside the EEA should be aware that the back log of Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship applications will start to ease after 6th July 2018. The Tier 2 Limit of 20,700 restricted certificates of sponsorship has been oversubscribed since December 2017 meaning there has been a huge back log of applications to filter through the Tier 2 Limits Team each month. A third of the annual restricted certificate of sponsorship allocation has been used by NHS professionals due to pressures and skills shortages, a direct result of health sector professionals leaving the UK.
Read more “6th July Rule Changes – Tier 2 Allocation of Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship”
Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship Allocations
Tier 2 Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship allocations for this month are significantly less than the last quarter due to the annual allocation for restricted CoSs coming to an end in March 2018, which may mean applications for RCoSs in March stand further scrutiny by the Tier 2 Limits Team. If you are applying for a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship be aware that your application will have to score highly to succeed, or it may rollover to the following month or ultimately refused.
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