What is a defined Certificate of Sponsorship? A Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is an electronic document with a unique reference number, that is issued by the sponsor, to a visa applicant. Defined Certificates of Sponsorship, are used specifically for Skilled Workers applying from outside the UK and you must hold an A-rated licence to sponsor…

Curtailment of leave is when an individual’s permission to enter or stay in the UK is shortened by the Home Office. Receiving a curtailment notice can be hugely concerning, particularly if you were planning to remain in the UK right up until the end of your original permission expiry date.  How is a visa curtailed…

On September 21, 2022 | In General | By A Y & J Solicitors

Introduction In 2017, the Home Office introduced a visa concession, known as the Offshore Wind Worker Concession (OWWC). Companies that operate vessels within the 12-mile nautical radius of the UK have been able to recruit (skilled and unskilled) vessel crew to work on the construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms under the OWWC. This…

On 22 August 2022, the new Scale Up Visa was introduced. This exciting new business immigration visa route forms part of the Government’s aim to support businesses, with the potential for growth, in recruiting the very best talent from around the world more easily.  The Scale Up visa is a points-based system route for employees…

On September 14, 2022 | In General | By A Y & J Solicitors

The Employer Checking Service (ECS) is specifically available to employers who wish to start or continue employing someone who has a valid and outstanding visa application, review, or appeal. Through the ECS, the employer can check the person’s Right to Work while the employee is waiting for a decision. The ECS can also be used…

If you have had your Skilled Worker visa for five years and have continuously lived in the UK during this time, you may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). ILR means that you will be free from immigration restrictions in the UK and is a step towards Naturalisation as a British…

If you are an employer of migrant workers, it is your responsibility to ensure that your workforce has permission to work in the UK; this is to comply with the right-to-work regime. It is therefore vital to be aware that, if any of your employees’ leave to enter or remain in the UK is due…

In comparison to pre-pandemic, remote and hybrid working has seen a dramatic increase within the UK. A survey by ACAS showed that 60% of employers have seen an increase in hybrid working. If you are an employer utilising hybrid and remote working arrangements, be aware there are issues when opening up these arrangements to overseas…