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Business Immigration

Posted on 15th May, 2017

In this week’s blog we are delighted to talk about the new business immigration service we have launched. Employment solicitor, Stacey West has developed a specialism in immigration including a CILEX level 6 qualification. Below she explains why we are launching this specialist service for our clients and the areas of advice this will cover.

I specialise in Employment Law and to expand the services we offer to our clients, I successfully completed a qualification in Business Immigration. Many employers will be aware of how frequently both Employment and Business Immigration law changes, and to ensure compliance and prevent costly claims or penalties, it is important for businesses to keep up-to-date with the changes and seek appropriate professional advice.

With Article 50 having been triggered on 29 March 2017, many of us are waiting to see how the negotiations progress and also the impact it will have on our current immigration rules, as well as the effect for EEA workers and their families currently in the UK and UK workers currently overseas. It is important for businesses and advisers, like me, to keep abreast of the developments in this area because of the impact it could have on current workers and future recruitment processes.

A report was released earlier this month by the Institute for Government (Implementing Brexit: Immigration – Joe Owen, Institute for Government) arguing that it would be unfeasible to successfully implement a new immigration system by April 2019 and says that is not just for government but also for employers. The report recommended keeping the current immigration system in place until a new one is ready rather than having numerous changes. We will have to wait and see what is decided but in the meantime we continue to advise businesses on the current immigration rules and offer a wide range of services including:

  • Advice and assistance on obtaining, maintaining and renewing Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsorship Licenses and advising on sponsor duties
  • Advice and assistance on carrying out ‘right to work’ checks
  • Management training on compliance with the immigration rules
  • Immigration audits within businesses to check compliance with the immigration rules and provide follow-up advice and assistance
  • Business immigration advice for entrepreneurs and investors under Tier 1

Our Business Immigration service is here to help businesses navigate through the complex immigration rules as quickly and smoothly as possible. We understand the importance of recruiting the right person for the job as well as the need to secure the employment of that person without undue delay. The right person for the role might be someone from overseas and if so we can help make that process as hassle free as possible.

Many businesses are likely to be questioning what Brexit will mean for their current staff and future recruitment processes. We can offer advice on developments as they happen and will be able to advise on the legal implications of Brexit on business immigration.

To help businesses keep up-to-speed on developments affecting business immigration, we have created a FREE no-obligation email update service for businesses to sign-up to. I will send out email updates when there have been any key developments relevant to Business Immigration to help you keep up to speed with ease. Please follow this link to sign up: Business Immigration page.

There are hefty fines for businesses that fail to comply with the immigration rules as well as potential reputational damage, but by taking the right advice at the right time, employers can help ensure their business is complying with the rules.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of Business Immigration in more detail, please contact Stacey West on or 01642 873 758.




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