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Brexit - Immigration

Immigration law has gone through many years without a substantial change to the rules for working visas. But with Brexit looming, that is about to change in a significant way, with a new system coming into effect from 1st January 2021, with the end of the Brexit Transition Period.


Contrary to what many may have expected, the new working visa rules that have been announced will actually make it easier to obtain visas for working migrants than the current rules - and, in particular, it will be far easier to recruit non-European nationals. Balanced against this, perhaps, is the fact that it will be less simple to hire EU migrants than it has been in recent years, but overall the opportunity for many employers to hire talented workers from overseas is significantly improved. In addition to the change in the working visa rules, the government has also announced a new Graduate visa expected to come into effect from Summer 2021, allowing student visa-holders to remain in the UK for 2 years after their course has completed, and able to work in almost any job during that period.


Our Immigration Team is ranked within the prestigious Legal 500 publication of the UK’s top legal teams, and has a wealth of experience especially in the field of working visas. For advice on how to make the most of the new rules, and to ensure your business can continue to welcome the best and brightest talent from around the world, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team.

Please check the following newsletters related to Brexit:

28/08/2020 - [Immigration] Do we need a different Sponsor Licence in light of the new changes?

14/07/2020 - [Immigration] BREXIT - NEW IMMIGRATION RULES FROM 1st JANUARY 2021

20/03/2020 - [Immigration] Brexit and UK Embassy Comments

27/09/2019 - [Immigration] All UK-based EU workers MUST apply to the EU Settlement Scheme



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