Immigration Update - January 2019

Immigration Update - January 2019

Immigration Update - January 2019

Welcome to the January 2019 edition of the immigration update - an e-bulletin providing an update on key immigration issues for employers.

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  1. New in-country immigration application process

    UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) recently introduced changes to the way in which immigration applications submitted in the UK are processed. The key changes introduced are: A move to online applications . Most paper forms have now been withdrawn and... Read more
  2. Brexit White Paper published

    The government has finally published the long-awaited Brexit immigration White Paper. This confirms that EEA nationals will no longer have preferential rights once free movement ends. Please see more in Kerry Garcia's recent article published in Personnel Today. Read more

  3. Immigration Health Surcharge to double

    Employers should be aware that proposals to increase the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) have been approved by Parliament. This increase is due to come into effect on 8 January 2019.  Plans to double the charge The IHS is currently £200... Read more
  4. Introduction of online right to work checks

    Employers are now able to rely on an online Right to Work Checking Service to check whether someone has the right to work in the UK. The Home Office has rolled out an electronic right to work checking service which enables right to work checks to be... Read more
  5. British citizenship reforms after the Home Secretary compared the "Life in the UK" test to a pub quiz

    In his speech at the Conservative party conference in October 2018, Sajid Javid announced plans to reform the Life in the UK test. He stated: “The existing “Life in the UK” test for new citizens is not enough. Maybe it is helpful for... Read more

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