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Insight: Your UK Immigration Newsletter!

This edition of Insight tackles the upcoming changes to UK immigration policy and explores the new Tech Nation Visa Scheme. We also celebrate another great night at the recent Re:locate Awards! Click here for your free copy of Insight. Inside the summer 2016 edition: Up for grabs: a ‘post-Brexit’ UK immigration system With the referendum […]

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MAC investigates teaching shortages

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is asking for evidence of the need to include more teaching roles on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). The SOL is a government list which outlines those professions which are experiencing a skills shortage in the UK. The inclusion of a role on the shortage occupation list allows a skilled professional […]

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More UK visa centres for China

The UK is set to open three new Visa Application Centres (VACs) across China this year. The new centres will be located in Changsha, Kunming and Xian, and will expand the current network of VACs in this country, helping to make UK visa services accessible to even more Chinese citizens. The new VACs will start welcoming applicants from June […]

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Cake for a cause

SSW continued its fundraising efforts this May with an Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! SSW bakers went full steam ahead to produce a scrumptious array of tea-time goodies which went on sale in our London offices in honour of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. The organisation works 24/7 with over 2,000 families across […]

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Tech Nation Visa Surgery with SSW

Smith Stone Walters is hosting a free visa surgery on Tuesday 28 June 2016 for applicants looking to submit a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa application as part of the Tech Nation Visa Scheme. The scheme was introduced in November 2015 and aims to encourage the entry of highly skilled digital technology professionals into the […]

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Kicking off for the Rainbow Trust

Smith Stone Walters has been busy supporting the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity in a variety of different ways this year. Our summer of support recently kicked off with a Southern Counties East Football League match between Tunbridge Wells and Deal Town at the Culverden Stadium. This was the final fixture of the season for both teams and tensions were running high! With the […]

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Re:locate Awards 2015/16

Smith Stone Walters was shortlisted to win two awards at this year’s prestigious Re:locate Awards and is delighted to be Highly Commended in both categories! The prestigious awards took place in the heart of London where the best of the relocation industry were named and entertained. Smith Stone Walters took Highly Commended for both the Immigration […]

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Immigration changes affecting the UK’s IT industry

The UK immigration rules are changing significantly and will dramatically affect the way in which UK businesses recruit employees from outside the EEA. One industry which will particularly feel the sting is the information and technology sector. With over three quarters of Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) applications made in 2015 being submitted by IT firms, […]

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New Tier 2 salary threshold!

The recruitment of skilled employees from outside the EEA is about to become a lot more expensive for UK employers. Changes are being made to Tier 2, the UK’s skilled visa category, which will make the practice of recruiting visa nationals for skilled roles not only more complex, but also more costly. One of the […]

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5 UK immigration changes to look forward to

Whilst many of the UK Immigration changes scheduled to take place over the coming year will increase the expense and complexity of recruiting talent from overseas, some changes are being made which might just take the edge off for some employers. Changes to look forward to this autumn: Tier 2 applications for graduate roles will be […]

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