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Immigration News - April update

 

Working in the UK

 

Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS)

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have published the allocations of restricted CoS for March 2018.

All valid applications received by 5thMarch were successful if they scored at least 56 points. A total of 1,347 restricted certificates were granted in March.

The total number of certificates of sponsorship unused from the 2017/18 annual limit was 67.

Further information can be viewed here.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01344 624016 or at enquiries@veristat.co.ukfor advice or guidance in respect of any aspect of Tier 2 sponsorship or the recruitment of migrant workers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employer-sponsorship-restricted-certificate-allocations

 

Tier 2 and 5 of the points-based system – updated guidance for sponsors

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have published updated guidance to employers on how to apply for a Tier 2 or 5 sponsor licence, and how to sponsor a migrant worker.

This has been updated to make a number of corrections to errors made in the previous version of the guidance.

The updated guidance (Version 04/18) can be downloaded here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sponsor-a-tier-2-or-5-worker-guidance-for-employers

 

Restrictions on Croatian workers expires June 2018

The current registration requirements for Croatian workers will expire on 30 June, which will bring their rights to work in the UK in line with other EU citizens. From 1 July 2018, Croatians will be able to take up any employment in the UK without the need to first get worker authorisation from the Home Office. Further information can be viewed here.

The full written ministerial statement by the Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes, can be read here

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/restrictions-on-croatian-workers-to-expire-in-june

 

Studying in the UK

 

Higher education regulatory reform

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have published guidance on how the Higher Education regulatory reformsand the creation of the Office for Students from April 2018 will affect prospective, new and current Tier 4 sponsors.

All education providers that wish to sponsor students under Tier 4 must gain Educational Oversight from the appropriate designated body before applying for a Tier 4 licence. The Office for Students (OfS) will be the designated Educational Oversight body for Tier 4 students in England, which are English Higher Education Providers.

There will be no requirement for current Tier 4 sponsors to apply for OfS registration as the OfS starts accepting applications on 3 April 2018. Current Tier 4 sponsors, which are English Higher Education Providers and whose Educational Oversight requires renewal before 1 August 2019, may transition to Education Oversight provided by OfS on any date prior to 1 August 2019.

Sponsors which are English Higher Education Providers should check the OfS regulatory framework to find out whether they need to register with the OfS by a particular date prior to 1 August 2019 for other reasons, such as to maintain access to funding.

The guidance on the Higher Education Regulatory Reform can be viewedhere.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sponsor-a-tier-4-student-guidance-for-educators

 

Guidance on applications for a UK visa as a Tier 4 student

UKVI have updated their guidance for applications from those wishing to come to or remain in the UK under Tier 4 (General) or Tier 4 (Child)

The updated guidance (Version 03/2018) can be downloaded here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-application-for-uk-visa-as-tier-4-student

 

Other Immigration News

 

UK leaving the EU – new policy paper on EU citizens arriving during the implementation period

The Home Office (UKVI) have published a policy paper setting out the terms under which EU citizens and their family members arriving in the UK during the implementation period will be able to continue living here beyond the end of that period. The policy paper can be downloaded here.

The period is to give people, businesses and public services in the UK and across the EU the time needed to put in place new arrangements to adjust to the UK’s future partnership with the EU.

EU citizens and their family members will be able to move to the UK during this implementation period on the same basis as they do today. There will be no new constraints on working or studying in the UK during the implementation period.

The Home Office has also published updated example case studies of how EU citizens’ residence status in the UK will be affected after the UK’s exit from the EU. The updated case studies can be viewed here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-citizens-arriving-in-the-uk-during-the-implementation-period

 

Guidance for dependants of UK visa applicants (Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5)

The Home Office (UKVI) have updated their guidance on the policy for applications by the family of people who have UK visas under the points-based system (PBS dependants). The updated guidance can be viewed here.

The modernised guidance, which outlines how UKVI considers applications from those who wish to enter or remain in the UK as the dependent family member of a points-based system, has also been updated. The updated modernised guidance can be downloaded here.

The updated guidance includes changes to the maintenance rules, settlement rules, as well as changes to the work rights for dependants of Tier 4 migrants.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-dependants-of-uk-visa-applicants-tiers-1-2-4-5

 

UK visa application fees

The Home Office (UKVI) have published their new visa application fees for immigration and nationality applications made from outside and within the UK. Their latest fees can be downloaded here.

Due to many visa application fees increasing, the majority of visa application paper forms have been updated by UKVI. Therefore, if you will shortly be applying for leave to enter or remain in the UK, it is important that you apply using the latest version of the form, as well as paying the new fee, as otherwise your application may be rejected as invalid. You can download the latest version of the paper application forms here.

The information and guidance about fees charged for entry clearance, how to find out the costs and the currency they are paid in, has also been updated by the Home Office (UKVI). The guidance has been updated to reflect the new Home Office exchange rate policy. The updated information and guidance can be viewed here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/entry-clearance-fees-ecb06/ecb06-entry-clearance-fees

 

Fees for citizenship and right of abode applications

An updated fees leaflet has been published by UKVI for use on or after 6 April 2018 by those applying for citizenship or right of abode. 

The updated fees leaflet can be downloaded here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fees-for-citizenship-applications

 

More than 10,500 refugees resettled in the UK under flagship scheme

The Home Office have announced that 10,538 refugees have been resettled on the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) since it began.

The latest figures show that the total number of children that the UK has provided asylum or an alternative form of protection to since the start of 2010 is 28,000.

Further information can be viewed here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/over-10000-refugees-resettled-in-the-uk-under-flagship-scheme

 

Veristat Service

 

Training for employers and education providers

We provide bespoke training on all aspects of immigration matters, including Right to Work, Tier 2 sponsorship, Tier 4 sponsorship, and identification of fraudulent documents.

These training sessions are conducted on the client’s premises for a standard half-day rate for up to 12 persons per session.

If you think your organisation would benefit from training in any of these areas, please contact us for a quote by emailing us at  enquiries@veristat.co.uk. If you would like to discuss the contents of our training packages or require a bespoke training package to be delivered please contact us by telephone on 01344 624016 or email us as above.

 

Audits and Inspections

Veristat is hugely experienced at providing compliance audits across all immigration tiers. We have worked with hundreds of employers, ranging from small family businesses to multi-nationals, high street retailers and professional sports clubs. In the education sector, we have also worked with over 30 universities and a significant number of colleges and schools.

Our audit/inspection service is fully flexible and can be tailored to individual requirements, and is based on sound practical experience of UKVI’s policies, culture and approach.

  • For employers, we offer on-site Tier 2 compliance inspections (with staff aware or unaware to simulate a surprise UKVI visit). We also offer right to work compliance visits.
  • For education providers, our service ranges from a “lite” health-check to a comprehensive review of Tier 4 activities, assessing compliance with UKVI requirements and sharing best practice. We also offer targeted inspections covering specific issues, such as BCA, Tier 2 compliance, policies, student unions, relationships with partner institutions, etc.

On completion, we provide a comprehensive, evidence-based report, together with an assessment of how compliant the business or institution is with UKVI’s requirements. We will support the introduction of change if required and offer a ‘spot check’ follow up service at a later date if required to reassure management that recommendations have been implemented.

If you’re interested in booking an audit/inspection, please call us on 01344 624016 or email us at enquiries@veristat.co.uk.

 

File Inspection Days

If you’re unsure whether you require a full compliance audit or specific training but would like an independent check of your files to ensure they are fully compliant with Home Office requirements, we can provide a UKVI file compliance inspection of either your staff or student files.

Depending on the number of employees/students you have, we would either check all files or an agreed sample. After the inspection has taken place, we would provide a written report outlining any risks, feedback and recommendations.

For further information or a quote for our file inspection days, please call us on 01344 624016 or email us at enquiries@veristat.co.uk.

 

Presentations for European nationals (Brexit)

We provide sessions targeted at European nationals currently living and working in the UK. We can come to your premises and speak directly to your EU/EEA and Swiss employees, outlining their position now, and the likely situation they may find themselves in following Brexit. These practical sessions are designed to clarify the situation and more importantly their options moving forwards.

If you’re interested in booking a session for the European nationals working for you, please call us on 01344 624016 or email us at enquiries@veristat.co.uk.

 

 

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