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Seasonal Agricultural Workers

In the agricultural workforce of the UK, there is an astonishing number of 471,000 individuals dedicated to the industry. Within this significant figure, approximately 58,000 workers are engaged in seasonal or casual labour, playing invaluable roles. These positions are filled by workers from foreign countries as farmers heavily rely on their assistance during specific times […]

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February 21, 2024

Employers Guide to Civil Penalty Notices

The Ultimate Employer's Guide to Immigration Civil Penalty Notices Are you an employer in the United Kingdom, feeling overwhelmed by the complexities of immigration law? We understand that navigating this landscape can be daunting, especially when it comes to avoiding civil penalties. Under the Immigration Act of 2016, employers can face severe consequences if they […]

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February 20, 2024

The Cooling Off Period

The cooling-off period following refusal, withdrawal, revocation, surrender, civil penalty, or conviction If your application for a sponsor licence is refused, you may not be able to make a successful further application until a specified period has elapsed since the refusal. This is known as the ‘cooling-off period’. The length of the cooling-off period depends […]

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February 19, 2024

Right to Work Scheme Update

In-time Applications and 3C Leave Last January changes came into force enabling some individuals with an outstanding, in-time application for permission to stay in the UK, or an appeal, or Administrative Review to prove their right to work using the Home Office online checking service. What is 3C Leave? Section 3C of the Immigration Act […]

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February 14, 2024

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Seasonal Agricultural Workers

In the agricultural workforce of the UK, there is an astonishing number of 471,000 individuals dedicated to the industry. Within this significant figure, approximately 58,000 workers are engaged in seasonal or casual labour, playing invaluable roles. These positions are filled by workers from foreign countries as farmers heavily rely on their assistance during specific times […]

Read more

February 21, 2024

Employers Guide to Civil Penalty Notices

The Ultimate Employer's Guide to Immigration Civil Penalty Notices Are you an employer in the United Kingdom, feeling overwhelmed by the complexities of immigration law? We understand that navigating this landscape can be daunting, especially when it comes to avoiding civil penalties. Under the Immigration Act of 2016, employers can face severe consequences if they […]

Read more

February 20, 2024

The Cooling Off Period

The cooling-off period following refusal, withdrawal, revocation, surrender, civil penalty, or conviction If your application for a sponsor licence is refused, you may not be able to make a successful further application until a specified period has elapsed since the refusal. This is known as the ‘cooling-off period’. The length of the cooling-off period depends […]

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February 19, 2024

Right to Work Scheme Update

In-time Applications and 3C Leave Last January changes came into force enabling some individuals with an outstanding, in-time application for permission to stay in the UK, or an appeal, or Administrative Review to prove their right to work using the Home Office online checking service. What is 3C Leave? Section 3C of the Immigration Act […]

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February 14, 2024

UK Shortage Occupation List

Sponsoring a worker for a specific job requires employers to follow specific guidelines. Employers must apply for a sponsor licence and ensure that the worker is sponsored for a position in an eligible standard occupational classification (SOC) code listed in the Appendix. You can find the SOC codes in the published Immigration Rules Appendix Skilled […]

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February 13, 2024

Important Update: Reporting Duties for Hybrid Workers

Employers must now report any changes to the work location of their sponsored workers to the UK authorities within 10 working days. This guidance comes after the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department, part of the Home Office, recently released updated guidelines for sponsors. These guidelines include specific instructions on reporting duties for hybrid and […]

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February 12, 2024

Visas for under 18s

If you are an overseas national looking to move to the UK and would like your dependent children to accompany you, or you are already living in the UK and would like your children to join you once you are settled and have set up home, they will usually need a visa to do so. […]

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February 7, 2024

Recruiting Overseas Talent from Italy

Last year, Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch signed a UK-Italy export and investment partnership boosting UK exports, helping create jobs, increase wages, and grow the economy. This is the first such partnership between the UK and any EU country. The partnership strengthens our post-Brexit export and investment links with Italy and intends to boost […]

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February 6, 2024

Expanding Youth Mobility Schemes Between the UK and South Korea

Exciting new opportunities for young individuals to embark on life-changing experiences.   Starting from 31 January 2024, the number of South Korean nationals eligible to apply for the Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) visa will rise significantly from 1,000 to 5,000 per year. Additionally, the age limit will also extend from 18 to 30, to a […]

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February 5, 2024

Sponsor Licence Holders - Recouping Costs from Employees

As the demand for sponsored workers grows, businesses are actively seeking effective and efficient guidance on developing clawback agreements to recover immigration fees in case of employment termination. Sponsoring a Skilled Worker for five years can come with a hefty price tag, often exceeding £10,000.  Although most employers pay all charges without any clawback arrangement […]

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February 1, 2024
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  • 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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