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The latest guidance on the Global Business Mobility (Senior or Specialist Worker) visa (which replaced the old Intra Company Transfer (ISC) visa) published on 1st January 2023 now exempts employers from paying the Immigration Skill Charge (ISC) in certain circumstances. The ISC exemption will help to reduce the cost to UK companies who transfer staff…

In a move that will hopefully mark the resumption of its faster processing services, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will be writing to existing marriage and family visa applicants, offering them the chance to ‘upgrade’ to a priority visa. Since April 2022, it has not been possible to use the priority processing service when applying…

In September 2022, we wrote about the main differences between the five visas available under the Global Business Mobility scheme, which was introduced by the Home Office on 1st April 2022, namely the Senior or Specialist Worker visa, Graduate Trainee visa, Expansion Worker visa, Service Supplier visa, and the Secondment Worker visa. Over the next…

If you have received a visa application refusal from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), you may be able to request an administrative review, a judicial review, or an appeal, to challenge the decision. Receiving a visa refusal can be highly distressing and worrying, especially because this can impact your plans to live, work, study, start…

The UK International Agreement Visa is a temporary work visa for foreign nationals who have been contracted to do work that is covered by international law or treaty in the UK. Despite being a temporary work visa, in some cases, it is possible to stay in the UK for up to 2 or 5 years…

A sponsor licence compliance mock audit replicates what happens in a real onsite sponsor licence compliance visit by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and is often carried out by a third-party specialist such as an immigration Solicitor. Most importantly, because it is only a mock audit, any problems that are identified will not lead to…

One of the main functions of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is to ensure that employers with sponsor licences continue to meet their sponsorship duties and obligations at all times. This compliance process ensures that employers keep the necessary records, only sponsor overseas workers when they should, and keep UKVI informed of important changes. If…

Whether you should apply for the UK Skilled Worker visa or the newer Scale-up visa will depend on a number of factors, including the salary you have been offered, if your UK sponsoring employer is in a phase of rapid growth, and your long-term plans. In many ways, the Skilled Worker visa and the Scale-up…

On 9th November 2022, the Home Office published changes to the official guidance for UK sponsor licence holders who recruit overseas workers. The changes affect employers who sponsor employees on a Skilled Worker, Global Business Mobility, T2 Minister of Religion, International Sportsperson visa, or temporary worker visa. The clarifications and changes made by the Home…

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