Tag Archives: Home Office

UK Business Immigration Update – Changes to Tier 2 of the Points Based System

Following the Migration Advisory Committee’s January recommendations regarding the Government’s proposals to restrict Tier 2 of the Points Based System, the Home Office has now announced the changes that will be implemented across Tier 2. Compared to the initial radical proposals put forward by the Government to restrict Tier 2 last summer, the Home Office’s … Continue Reading

Six year delay in claim to UK Tribunal potentially excused by mental health issues

This is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, so here are two brief and totally unrelated perspectives on mental health issues in the workplace. First, a cautionary note for employers in relation to Employment Tribunal proceedings brought by sufferers of serious mental health issues.  In Higgins – v – Home Office decided last week, … Continue Reading

UK immigration policy – a firm hand on the tiller or rearranging the deckchairs?

In a report published this weekend commissioned by former Conservative Deputy Chairman, Lord Ashcroft, a poll of more than 20,000 people revealed that 60% believe that immigration has overall brought more disadvantages than advantages to Britain. This is at odds with numerous academic studies showing that the net fiscal impact of immigration is positive but … Continue Reading

Changes to civil penalty regime for illegal working

The Home Office has announced that it is currently considering measures to reform the civil penalty scheme to prevent illegal working. These proposed changes follow the Prime Minister’s pledge that the Government intends to “take tougher action against employers of illegal migrant workers, and double the maximum civil penalty against them”. Employers already have a … Continue Reading

Message to all sponsors – enhancements to the UK Sponsorship Management System and related IT applications

The Home Office have announced the introduction of a wide range of improvements to the sponsorship management system (SMS).  These are due to be implemented on 1 July 2013, with potential further changes to follow. According to the Home Office, these enhancements should help SMS users with the anticipated outcome of ‘fewer rejected applications and … Continue Reading
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