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Hiring Tier 2 migrants? 5 MORE things you should know

The latest Tiers 2 and 5: guidance for sponsors outlines the new rules which sponsors must adhere to when employing Tier 2 and 5 migrants. Further to Hiring Tier 2 migrants? 5 things you should know, we discuss more key points contained in the new guidance which are vital to the compliant employment of Tier 2 migrants by licensed […]

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Skills Transfer visa route closed!

The UK Immigration Rules changed on 24 November 2016 and saw the closure of the Tier 2 subcategory, Intra-company Transfer (ICT) Skills Transfer. But what does this mean for UK employers? The Tier 2 (ICT) Skills Transfer route facilitated the transfer of overseas staff to the UK for a maximum period of 6 months in […]

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Tech Nation Visa Surgery Book Now!

Smith Stone Walters is hosting a visa surgery on Tuesday 13 December 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 facilitate the entry of highly skilled and innovative digital technology professionals into the UK. […]

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New Tier 2 salary requirements

The most recent set of UK Immigration Rules have substantially changed the employment landscape for Tier 2 sponsor licence holders. One of the most notable changes is the rise in the minimum salary requirement for almost all applicants of the Tier 2 visa category. Tier 2 is the UK’s immigration route for skilled professionals which enables non-EEA […]

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Hiring a Tier 2 migrant? 5 things you should know

Have you read the latest guidance for Tier 2 sponsors licence holders? If not, then get reading! The Tiers 2 and 5: guidance for sponsors details the processes an employer must follow when sponsoring a migrant employee. To assist employers in ensuring that they are able to meet all of the duties and responsibilities associated […]

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SSW scales the Cheesegrater!

SSW’s Digital Marketing & Communications Lead, Lucy Campbell-Woodward, recently took part in the Grate48 challenge by the Rainbow Trust, which offered the chance to climb one of the UK’s tallest buildings for charity. Along with 221 other energetic souls, Lucy climbed 48 floors and over 1,200 steps, to be rewarded with spectacular views across the city of London. This is […]

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Record immigration levels prior to Brexit

With the Office of National Statistics publishing the UK’s highest annual level of migration ever recorded, employment opportunities prove to be the primary reason for immigration to Britain reaching 650,000 in the run up to the EU referendum. It is important to note that the International Passenger Survey data in this release relates to the year ending June 2016, unless otherwise stated, […]

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Permanent Residence versus British Citizenship

Have you invested your time in living, studying or working in the UK as a foreign national and would like the security of official UK residence? Depending upon your current UK visa situation, there are two different levels of permanent UK status. The first is the official acquisition of the right to permanently reside in the […]

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Government issues Brexit FAQs

The government has issued its answers to the most frequently asked questions about the UK’s departure from the European Union. The Brexit FAQs outline the government’s appraoch towards a range of legislative areas including migration, the single trade market, and EU funding projects. The message is plain. The UK is heading for a clean cut away […]

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Registered Traveller Service for Latin America

The UK’s Registered Traveller Service has been expanded to include even more countries than before. Membership of the service is now open to travellers from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay. There are also plans to open the service out to India […]

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