The UK Government are currently developing a fully digital immigration system. From 1 January 2025 they will no longer issue physical proof of a migrant’s immigration status, such as a biometric residence permit, and will instead issue eVisas. In 2024, all migrants in the UK will need to use their UKVI account to access and […]
If you are a sponsor licence holding employer who recruits internationally, or you are an overseas national who is planning to apply for a visa or extend your stay in the UK, then you may want to know about significant proposed changes in the Immigration Health Surcharge. This is a fee that most visa applicants […]
The Care sector is facing unprecedented challenges in securing talent. There is dire staff shortage in the UK care sector in 2023. The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee report 2022-2023 has described it as a “workforce crisis”. Today, adult social care vacancy numbers remain over 150,000, with 99% of care workers sponsored […]
Last updated 16 November 2023 The government has just released draft legislation with a proposed date of 22 January 2024 as the date the increase in civil penalty for employers employing illegal workers is due to come into force. The civil penalty is set to triple to a crippling £45,000 per worker for first offences […]
On 13 July 2023, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that visa application fees and the immigration health surcharge will rise significantly. The announcement came after a speech regarding an increase in public sector wages. Mr Sunak confirmed that part of the funding for the wage increase will be raised from the foreign migrants who come […]
The Social Market Foundation’s (SMF) has published a report on the current state of labour immigration policy in the United Kingdom. The report assesses the UK’s labour immigration policy in light of labour shortages following Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. It details the challenges and opportunities associated with shaping immigration policy and outlines the steps […]
The Migration Observatory has recently published a report which looks into the effects of immigration policy on the health and care sector in the UK. Labour shortages in the health and care sector The health and care sectors are facing a workforce crisis as the number of vacancies has been increasing since the pandemic. In […]
The United Kingdom’s immigration system has undergone significant changes in recent years, reflecting the evolving digital landscape of global migration. One crucial aspect of immigration processing is the collection and use of biometric data, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. Biometric data plays a vital role in ID verification and security checks. Biometric reuse in […]
The recent change in visa rules for talented young overseas footballers provide a significant opportunity for Premier League and English Football League (EFL) clubs. Other European leagues have taken advantage of England’s stricter visa rules, particularly since Brexit, to sign and develop talented young players who then end up moving and attracting substantial transfer fees […]
On 23 May 2023 the Home Office announced plans to change student visa conditions, which will limit international students bringing their family members with them to the UK as well as preventing international students from switching into work visas. Read the Government’s plans here. According to the plans, from January 2024 all international students, except […]
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