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The Immigration Skills Charge – are you prepared?

The UK government plans to introduce a skills charge for all UK employers who choose to hire a skilled non-EEA national as of April 2017. This new fee is being referred to as the Immigration Skills Charge and will cost employers £1,000 per Tier 2 migrant employee per valid visa year. Based on the fact that a […]

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Watch out for these UK immigration changes!

Brexit aside, 2017 is set to be a big year for UK immigration policy. The UK’s Immigration Rules are reviewed and amended twice a year, and the next bout of change is expected this April. The government has already announced a number of specific changes which will be implemented as of April 2017, but we […]

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Theresa May makes Brexit intentions clear

Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to the nation today on the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU), revealing a 12-point plan which aims to strengthen Britain and its global reach. Immigration featured alongside other important topics such as access to the single market and the development of a new free trade agreement with the […]

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Tier 2 compliance: the ‘genuineness’ test

As a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holder there are a number of rules and requirements which you must adhere to when hiring a non-EEA national (from outside the European Economic Area). Apart from remaining compliant with the UK Immigration Rules and Sponsor Licence stipulations, there are other less tangible responsibilities which must be taken into consideration […]

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New Tier 2 (ICT) charge this April!

Applicants of the UK’s Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) visa category will be subject to the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) from April 2017. The IHS was introduced in April 2015 to cover the health costs of migrants living, working and studying in the UK, and is already payable by many UK immigration applicants. Previously expected in October […]

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Tier 2 what’s changed?

The most recent set of UK Immigration Rules has substantially changed the employment landscape for Tier 2 sponsor licence holders. Tier 2 is a UK visa category which allows skilled professionals from outside the European Economic Area to come to the UK for work purposes. In order to be successful, applicants for this visa category must receive […]

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Tier 2 compliance New Year’s resolution

What better way to start that new year than ensuring that your organisation is fully compliant with the UK immigration Rules? Upholding your responsibilities as a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence is no simple task and with the recent introduction of new Immigration Rules it is more important than ever for the employers of an international […]

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SSW bakes up a storm for The Big Hour!

SSW kicked off its new CSR year (Corporate Social Responsibility) by taking part in Rainbow Trust’s annual Big Hour campaign.  The Big Hour is all about making the most of the extra hour when the clocks go back in recognition of the difference an hour of help from a Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker makes […]

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Insight: the latest on UK immigration!

SSW’s quarterly magazine Insight provides readers with the latest news and views from within the UK immigration industry and this issue is no exception. Focussing on increasing costs as demanded by the new UK Immigration Rules along with the potential effects of Brexit on the international workforce, it does not get more topical than this. […]

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Compliance checks for the festive season

The season of festive cheer is upon us! But before your HR department leaves the office floor in favour of a 2-week long diet of turkey, mulled wine and mince pies, it would be wise to spare some time to check that your UK immigration compliance procedures are prepared for the New Year. We advise […]

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