Immigration Law

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Paget, Joel H.
Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

Immigration Law

Author: Hamza Malik

The government announced the closure of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) routes on 7 March 2019. In their statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, these routes are to be replaced by the Innovator Visa and the Start-Up Visa. The applications for both routes are now open.

Whilst the Start-up Visa route shares significant similarities with its predecessor, Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route, it is primarily the Innovator Visa which involves a significant change by requiring an endorsement from approved endorsing bodies. The official list of endorsing bodies has now been published.

Read more: The new Innovator Visa & Start-up Visa routes are officially open

Author: Hamza Malik

The Government published yesterday 297-pages of changes to the Immigration Rules. Separately, it also announced changes to the Immigration fees. Most of these changes will be effective from 29 March 2019.

The changes follow the Government’s white paper published in December 2018 and introduces new routes to the UK for entrepreneurs; replacing the existing Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur) categories, overhauling the existing Tier 1 (Investor) route and providing for the full opening of the EU Settlement Scheme.

There are also significant changes to the Tier 2 rules which include the removal of certain type of roles from the £30,000 minimum salary requirement. There are also updates to appropriate salary rates in the codes of practice in Appendix J.

Read more: Major changes to Immigration Rules announced in the UK

Author: Hamza Malik

The Brexit noise is deafening for those wishing to migrate to the UK. However, the UK Immigration routes remain open for business. Businesses who have utilised these routes have been able to utilise global talent to further their business needs.

The Business Immigration Routes to the UK primarily come under the Points Based System (PBS) of UK Immigration Law except for Representatives of an Overseas Business Visa or those entering for the purposes of a Visit. This means that the applicant needs to obtain a certain number of points before they become eligible for a particular immigration route.

Read more: Business Immigration routes to the UK

Author: Bhavneeta Limbachia

The UK is anticipated to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 (unless the two-year notice period is extended by agreement between the UK and EU). The new EU Settlement Scheme fully opens on 30 March 2019. The deadline to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, if you would like to remain in the UK after 31 December 2020, is 30 June 2021. If you are an EEA citizen or a family member of an EEA citizen then you can apply as long as you are a resident of the UK by 31 December 2020.

Read more: EU Settlement Scheme for EU Citizens in the UK

Author: Hamza Malik

The Government’s white paper on Brexit, promises a post-Brexit Immigration system for everyone. However, it has left businesses wanting, especially those who rely on their vital EU staff. The new immigration system will require all business to have a Sponsorship Licence under Tier 2 to sponsor EU workers for them. This would only apply to those who enter after Brexit and are not eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme.

Read more: Brexit & Business