In today’s global recruitment markets, hiring key members of staff frequently involves business immigration issues.
Some overseas workers can work in the UK without permission, e.g. EEA citizens, Swiss citizens and Commonwealth nationals with a UK ancestry visa who had a grandparent born in the UK or British Isles.
For workers who do not have the automatic right to work in the UK, a tiered points-based system is operated by UK Visas and Immigration. Most workers fall into what is known as Tier 2 (skilled migrants with job offers who are coming to the UK to fill a gap in the UK labour market), which has replaced the old work-permit system. Companies wishing to employ foreign nationals in this category must apply for a certificate of sponsorship for each worker.
Our employment lawyers have considerable experience of advising both UK and overseas clients in bringing new hires and relocating existing staff to the UK. We can also assist with UK employees transferring abroad and internal transfers between international offices.
- Advising a UK company (network design, implementation and support) on the sponsorship system and interim regulations for Romanian nationals.
- Acting for a business intelligence technology company, based in Canada, in relation to visa issues for new hires and inter-group transfers between their London, Hong Kong and Toronto offices.
- Acting for an Eastern European embassy in London; advising on UK employment law and preparing UK employment contracts.