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If you are a business based in the UK that relies on skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or an investor or entrepreneur looking to invest funds or enter into business in the UK, it is imperative that you get the right business immigration advice to protect you and your potential workforce.

Our Legal 500 list a specialist team in Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields and is headed by highly experienced partner, Bryony Rest.  The team can advise on all aspects of business immigration, wherever you are in the UK or abroad and have a proven track record of assisting clients:

  • who wish to invest or undertake business in the UK
  • with the recruitment and retention of key staff for their businesses
  • who wish to enter or remain in the UK to work.

The Points Based System is complex and its ever-changing requirements can make it difficult to navigate.  Currently business routes to come to the UK are included principally in Tiers 1, 2 and 5 of the Points Based System.  The need to score points to qualify for entry or stay in the UK means that applications have to be made on the correct basis and with all of the necessary supporting evidence from the outset.

Likely Future Changes

Following the publication of the Government’s White Paper in late 2018, it is anticipated that there will be significant changes to work and investor routes to the UK in the future.  It is important to seek up to date advice ahead of proceeding in these routes so that you are aware of the current law and any imminent changes that could affect an application.

Entrepreneurs & Investors

There are a range of Entrepreneur and Investor visas available including for Graduate Entrepreneurs and in the Exceptional Talent and Exceptional Promise routes.

It is important that applicants receive advice to assist them in identifying the most appropriate route to apply in and of the necessary criteria to be met.

We have extensive experience of advising on these applications with a high success rate with Entrepreneur visas in particular.

Employers

For a business to employ skilled workers from outside the EEA in Tier 2 or temporary workers in Tier 5, they first need to obtain a Sponsor Licence from the UK Visas and Immigration.  The business must be able to demonstrate that they are an established entity in the UK and have appropriate systems in place to monitor the migrant workers they wish to sponsor.

The obligations placed on employers can be onerous and the consequences if they are not correctly complied with can be very damaging to a business with a Sponsor Licence being suspended or revoked.

We have extensive experience in applying for Sponsor Licences in both Tier 2 and Tier 5.  We also advise on immigration compliance issues including where Sponsor Licences are suspended and revocation threatened, right to work checks and Civil Penalties.

Employees

For a worker from outside the EEA to enter or remain in the UK to work, there are a number of routes currently available including Work visas – Tier 2 and Tier 5 in the Points Based System but also in other routes e.g. Ancestry.

It is important to identify the most appropriate route available and be aware of the requirements to be met, in particular the required skills and salary level needed for the type of post to be undertaken.

Our team have experience of skilled workers applying for both initial visas, extensions of leave and Indefinite Leave to Remain for them and their family members.

Contact Us

You can talk to Pierrette Tshibuyi by telephone on 0191 232 9547  (ext. 1305) or contact her by email to Pierrette.Tshibuyi@davidgray.co.uk

THE DAVID GRAY Business Immigration TEAM

  • Partner
  • Solicitor