Gherson is a London law firm specialising in UK immigration, nationality, extradition and Human Rights law.
As the UK immigration world is continuously evolving, with new immigration routes, new guidance and new rules being implemented regularly by the Home Office, it is essential to keep up-to-date with the latest immigration news and announcements. We aim to report on the majority of these changes via our blogs. We also often post overviews of the numerous immigration routes and discuss requirements within the different visa categories.
So what have we been talking about this week?
Are you an employer and considering applying for a sponsor licence to enable you to sponsor migrant workers? Good news: sponsor licence applications can now be expedited via a priority service
The long awaited news that sponsor licence applications can be expedited was announced on 13 November 2020. The service will cost an additional £500 and if purchased, means a decision could be received within 10 working days.
We reviewed the new service and the benefits of expediting a sponsor licence application here:https://www.gherson.com/blog/sponsor_licence_applications_priority_service, posted on 17 November 2020.
China announces strict controls over cross-border activity
The Coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt global travel and the latest example of this was announced by China last week. The Deputy Director of the National Immigration Administration announced that all cross-border activity will be strictly controlled in an attempt to prevent the importation of foreign Coronavirus cases.
Read more here: https://www.gherson.com/blog/china-announces-strict-controls-over-cross-border-activity, published on 18 November 2020.
Key workers and points-based immigration: will the new system cope?
As we approach the end of the year, we come ever closer to the end of free movement for EU nationals, which ends on 31 December 2020. The UK is preparing to introduce a new points-based immigration system which is set to come into force on 1 January 2021.
We discuss the implications and controversial nature of the new system here: https://www.gherson.com/blog/key-workers-and-points-based-immigration, published on 18 November 2020.
New National Security and Investment Bill to scrutinise investment in sensitive UK areas
In this blog, we review the National Security and Investment Bill, which was laid before Parliament on 11 November 2020 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The aim of the new law is to address national security concerns in respect of certain sensitive assets or organisations being acquired by way of foreign investment.
Please view the full blog here: https://www.gherson.com/blog/new-national-security-and-investment-bill, posted on 19 November 2020.
Gherson has extensive experience in all aspects of UK immigration law. If you have any queries relating to the blogs published, or are interested in talking to us about your specific circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us for further advice.
The information in these blogs is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in these blogs. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.