Immigration Law

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Paget, Joel H.
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Immigration Law

By: Carla Whalen 

It’s being reported that Starbucks in the US is offering employees and their families free immigration advice from Ernst & Young following President Trump’s controversial ‘travel ban’. A spokesperson for the coffee chain told the website Buzzfeed that the service is helping staff “navigate through this confusing period”.

Read more: Starbucks offers free immigration advice for employees

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order for the purpose of “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (the “Executive Order”).  Among other things, it temporarily suspends the entry of aliens (both nonimmigrant and immigrant) who are from one of the countries referred to in INA §217(a)(12), for a period of 90 days.  INA §217(a)(12) lists countries whose citizens are prohibited from using the Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”). 

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It has long been recognised that migrant domestic workers are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. The nature of abuse may span from minor breaches of employment and health and safety law, to physical and sexual violence, slavery, forced labour and trafficking.

Read more: UK Overseas Domestic Worker visa – a route which tolerates abuse and slavery?

Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) are biometric immigration documents that are issued to all non-EEA nationals who have been granted permission to stay in the UK for more than 6 months. UK Employers and their HR staff must familiarise themselves with these documents as they will only have a statutory excuse if they have carried out the right to work checks correctly.

Read more: What UK Employers need to know about Biometric Residence Permits

New year – new rules. The UK’s immigration rules constantly change and our immigration team continues to work closely with their business clients to ensure they continue to comply with the UK’s immigration rules.

Here, we discuss changes involving the Immigration Health Surcharge, Overseas Criminal Record Checks and document retention – changes which are expected to take place in April this year. 

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