Morrisons now offers business immigration services for employers and educators. Our Employment Team has been strengthened with the recruitment of Joy Hankins who has considerable experience of business immigration. Work migration and the ability to hire from an international talent pool is of great importance to business. Companies repeatedly tell of how they need to be able to recruit the best globally to stay competitive. This is illustrated by the statistics published by UK Visas and Immigration, which show that there are approximately 2,400 work visas issued each month. As a result, in response to this demand, Morrisons Solicitors now offer business immigration services.
This is an area of law that changes frequently. New Immigration Rules come into force on 6 April removing the requirement for some Tier 2 employees to return to their home country on expiry of their visa. The most important route under which an employer can hire someone from overseas is under Tier 2. Tier 2 visas are usually granted for 3 years, with an extension possible for a further 3 years.
Anyone who works under a Tier 2 visa currently has to return to their home country after their visa has expired, for at least 12 months. This is known as a “cooling off” period. So, for example, after a maximum stay of 6 years under Tier 2, the employee would have to return to their home country for a minimum period of 12 months. This is designed to prevent repeat periods of leave being granted under Tier 2.
From 6 April, if your employee is coming to work for your company for 3 months or less, there is no longer a need for this cooling off period. This is helpful for UK businesses. It makes a lot of sense to dispense with the need for a cooling off period for people who work in the UK for a short period of time.
This change will particularly be useful for international companies and PLCs. It will enable employers to sponsor overseas interns and then bring them back into the UK to work for longer under a new Tier 2 visa. It will also help global businesses who need to send employees to the UK for repeated short periods of up to three months each year.
For more information on business immigration and how you can use it to help your business recruit globally, contact Joy Hankins on 01276 605 941 or [email protected]
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