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Options for Employers to Attract International Graduate Talent with Lower Salary Packages

From 4 April 2024, UK's Skilled Worker visa will require a minimum salary of £38,700, making it harder for employers to hire workers from overseas. The Shortage Occupation List is being replaced with a new Immigration Salary List, which will show the minimum salary for different jobs. However, there are other options available for employers […]

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May 15, 2024

Common Mistakes to Avoid In Sponsor Licence Applications And Sponsorship Duties

Across UK industries, there are ever-growing vacancies for skilled workers. Hiring talent from overseas provides a viable option for UK-based companies to widen their hiring potential. To employ international workers in the UK, a company must hold a sponsor licence. This allows a company to issue Certificates of Sponsorship to migrant workers so that they […]

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May 14, 2024

UK Sponsor Licences - How to apply?

Eligibility Criteria for Sponsor Licences? To obtain the sponsor licence, businesses must meet the following criteria. • Be UK-based. • Not jeopardise immigration control. • Be authentic, operating and trading legally in the UK. • Have reliable and honest key personnel. • Have a standard HR system that encourages them to execute their licensed sponsor […]

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May 13, 2024

The Introduction of eVisas and its Impact on Recruitment

The transition to online immigration status will have a significant impact on international recruitment and the process of conducting right-to-work checks. By 2024, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will be phasing out physical immigration documents in favour of digital immigration status, known as eVisas. The digital immigration system being developed by UKVI will replace physical […]

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May 8, 2024

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Fading Relevance: The Uncertain Future of the Shortage Occupation List

What is the Shortage Occupation List (SOL)? The SOL is a list of roles deemed to be in shortage in the UK and where immigration has been assessed as a suitable measure to help tackle those shortages. The current SOL comprises 37 UK-wide roles, one role for Scotland alone and 15 health and education roles […]

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October 9, 2023

UK visitor rules to make it easier and more attractive to do business in the UK

As set out in the Spring Budget, the Home Office is undertaking a review of the current UK visitor rules to make it easier and more attractive to do business in the UK. As part of this review, we continue to work with other government departments and their stakeholders to look at how we can expand the range of short-term […]

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April 3, 2023

EU Settlement Scheme: When may I apply late?

As the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) had an initial deadline of 30 June 2021 for most people, there have been some exceptions for late applications to be made by EU, European Economic Area, and Swiss citizens. To do so, individuals must show that they have reasonable grounds for missing the deadline applicable to them. If […]

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December 21, 2022

Improved EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) and family permit

On the 9th of November 2022 guidance was updated to reflect changes agreed at the time of the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. Concessions recently introduced to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) for EU nationals and those eligible for EUSS family permits have been brought into the Immigration Rules. These changes include: clarifying […]

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December 1, 2022

The New Immigration System and How it Will Affect You

The New Immigration System and How it Will Affect You. On the 19th of February the government released its plans for immigration from 2021. Find out what impact this could have on you, your business or your students. It should be noted that EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will all remain non-visa nationals, capable of […]

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February 19, 2020

No Automatic Deportation After Brexit

"No Automatic Deportation After Brexit" This has been the latest revelation from Boris Johnson regarding the settlement of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit. On the face of it this seems like a very positive message to EU citizens concerned about their future in the UK after Brexit, but let’s examine what it really […]

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February 6, 2020

Boris to review earning thresholds for migrant workers

While one of the current government’s selling points has been its pledge to crack down on immigration and to reduce the overall number of people coming to the UK, it has chosen to review the income threshold of 30K which prospective workers would have to meet in order to enter the UK. Let’s explore what […]

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January 27, 2020

Expanding the Shortage Occupation List won’t halt Britain’s recruitment crisis, warns UKVisas.co.uk

According to a report by the British Chamber of Commerce, three quarters of UK businesses are struggling to fill vacant roles in their organisations. The second Quarterly Recruitment Outlook for 2019 shows that while 53% of 6,000 businesses polled attempted to hire new employees, 73% of them found it difficult to successfully recruit for these […]

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October 30, 2019

EU Settlement Scheme – keeping your homegrown talent

What is the EU Settlement scheme, how does it affect EU workers in Britain, and why should employers take notice? The EU Settlement Scheme is a government programme that allows EU, EEA or Swiss nationals currently living in the UK to apply to remain here following the country’s exit from the European Union. Successful applicants […]

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August 6, 2019

How HR can prepare for changes to immigration post-Brexit

HR managers, is your company Brexit-ready? As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, it’s important for UK companies employing EU workers to ensure they’re ready for the changes that will follow. Those responsible for recruitment should be aware of these changes and understand what they mean for both the company’s current EU employees and […]

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July 18, 2019
  • We have a great relationship with the UK Visas team, who provide a prompt, professional service and expert immigration advice. They take the worry out of the visa process, working efficiently even when dealing with numerous requests at once.

    Sarah Bond
    Human Resources Advisor
  • I can honestly say everyone that I deal with at UK Visas are very efficient, super helpful and informative and extremely nice (especially Ana and Garima). Also patient with all my questions – nothing is ever too much trouble, and very prompt with their responses.

    Jackie Thompson
    HR Assistant
  • I’ve worked with UK Visas for almost 10 years now, and the support and advice never fails. From the sponsorship of new employees to training for the whole team, UK Visas are always extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend their services!

    Helena Wittenbach
    Head of Human Resources,
  • Having worked with UK Visas for more than eight years, I cannot recommend their services enough. We have worked with them on a wide variety of immigration topics, including complex licence matters (following acquisitions), day to day sponsorship processes, and reporting; and we have always received an amazing service.

    Members of the team are responsive and come back to our queries quickly, they are always polite, and go out of their way to be as helpful as possible. Thank you to all of the team for the wonderful ongoing support you provide!

    Amy Gadsby
    Director, Human Resources - EMEA
  • We have worked with UK Visas for a number of years and the service that is provided is excellent.

    No query is too big or too small. Always accommodating and helpful. Thank you team!

    Louise Goddard
    Executive Business Partner to CEO and the Board
  • We have worked with UK Visas for over 10 years, since we initially requested obtaining a Sponsor Licence. From day one, their guidance, communication, professionalism, efficiency and support has been and continues to be exemplary, with no request too much.

    Thank you and we look forward to continuing the relationship.

    Sara Searle
    Head of Human Resources and Payroll
  • I’ve worked with UK Visas for over 6 years and always find them helpful, friendly and experts in what they do. I know I can always call them up or send them an email and I will get a detailed response, fast. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone to help and support with your visa journeys.

    Gerry Weiss
    HR Business Partner
  • We have been using UK Visas for many years and service is always expeditious, even as number of requests have increased in recent years. The team advise on a wide range of queries and are always supportive, informative and clear in their advice.

    Jodie Plom
    HR Administrator CVS Vets
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