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Immigration Skills Charge announcement

Subject to parliamentary approval, the much anticipated Immigration Skills Charge will come into force on 6 April 2017. From this date onward, employers will be required to pay an additional charge when they sponsor a worker from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). A Home Office press release confirms the skills charge will apply to sponsors […]

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Expanding online application services for EEA nationals

The online service for EEA nationals is now open to all applicants! The Home Office online application service allows EEA nationals to apply for documents such as a Registration Certificate or Permanent Residence confirming their right to reside in the UK under European law. Previously only single applicants who were EEA (European Economic Area) nationals […]

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Tier 1 Entrepreneur UK visa success New York!

Another UK visa success story from SSW New York! SSW’s New York-based UK immigration team celebrated another notable UK visa success story last month when it attained a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa for a US client in only 24 hours. The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa enables non-EEA nationals to pursue the entrepreneurial aim of starting a business in the […]

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How to conduct a Resident Labour Market Test

Part 1 of ‘Your guide to a compliant Resident Labour Market Test’ The Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) is a key component of the recruitment process for Tier 2 migrant staff and ensuring that each RLMT is correctly conducted should be a top priority. When looking to recruit an overseas national for a UK role via […]

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Tier 2 sponsors renew your CoS allocation now

April’s deadline for the renewal of your annual unrestricted CoS allocation is fast approaching! If you are the sponsor of skilled foreign workers, now is the time to renew your allocation of unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS). Current allocations will expire on 6 April this year and any unused certificates will be withdrawn from use. “We advise employers to […]

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Brexit: PM’s pledge for UK immigration

Prime Minister Theresa May has highlighted the government’s commitment to protecting the rights of EEA nationals in the UK during Brexit negotiations. In her speech on Tuesday 17 January, May outlined the government’s 12-point plan for Brexit negotiations which looks at migration as well as other matters such as trade and international relations. Speaking on UK […]

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Happy Chinese New Year from Smith Stone Walters

2017鸡年吉祥  恭贺新春  来自Smith Stone Walters Welcome into the Chinese New Year with Smith Stone Walters. From all the Directors and staff, we wish you a prosperous Year of the Rooster! Don’t forget to visit our UK immigration website for Chinese speakers where you can access the latest news and views on UK immigration, information on our services and meet our expert UK […]

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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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