Business Immigration - Winter 2021 Virtual Conference
Chaired by Sarah Pinder, this live broadcast conference will explore the current hot topics in business immigration, ensuring that you remain up to date with this fast-moving area of law.
Presented by a panel of leading experts, this event will cover wide-ranging topics including the new graduate route, sponsorship compliance obligations and skilled workers.
Each session will provide opportunity for questions and answers.
Conference AgendaThis live and interactive 5-hour conference will cover the following:
10:00am-11:00am: Sole Representative of an Overseas Business - The Tightening of the Rules Post-Tier 1 Entrepreneur Route Closure
Chair: Sarah Pinder, Barrister, Goldsmith Chambers
As the Home Office has started to move away from the tiered PBS system with the introduction of ‘new’ skilled worker, ICT and other working category routes, this session will help you to take stock of some of the options that remain relevant for business owners abroad seeking to gain a trading presence in the UK post-Brexit and for senior employees of such businesses to come and work in the UK.The sole representative route is of particular significance to all business immigration practitioners in light of reduced options under the current UK immigration rules, and in particular, the tightening of the rules after the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category closed to new applicants.
This session will:
- Provide a comprehensive overview of the relevant immigration rules and home office guidance
- Offer practice tips and important factors to consider in relation to entry clearance applications, so as to maximise prospects of success in such applications
11:15am-12:15pm: An Immigration Hootenanny 2021
Sacha Wooldridge, Immigration Solicitor, Birketts
This session will reflect upon the challenges presented by the pandemic and the post-Brexit transition and will provide a roundup of recent UK immigration rule changes. Consideration will also be given to the year ahead and what businesses and economic migrants can expect in 2022.
This session will cover:
- EU settlement status and family permit applications
- The digital evolution - a transition to a more digital application and compliance process, e-borders and post-pandemic transition to e-status and virtual documentation
- The Graduate route
- MAC reflections on the Intra Company Transfer route
- Provision for skill shortages and flexibility to help UK business and the local labour force
- A look at the Young Professionals route and UK/Australia Youth Mobility Scheme expansion - a look to future implementation
- The unsponsored route - where have we got to
12:15pm - 1:15pm: Skilled Worker Visas - All You Need to Know
Sarah Pinder, Barrister, Goldsmith Chambers
This session will examine in detail the new Skilled Worker Visas, introduced to try and allow a more flexible route for employers recruiting EU nationals in the UK following our exit from the EU.
This session will cover:
- Who can apply?
- The costs
- What validity, suitability and eligibility requirements need to be met
- The remit of evidential flexibility within the scheme
- Settlement options to those in this category
This session will also highlight the frontier worker visa still available post-Brexit, to EU nationals commuting from an EU country to work in the UK.
Break for Lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm: Sponsor Compliance Obligations
Rizwana Quazi, Associate, Kingsley Napley
This session will provide a review of the latest sponsor compliance obligations and updates, to include:
- Duties as a licensed sponsor
- Record keeping
- Prevention of illegal working
- Complying with immigration laws and the wider UK law
- Mergers & acquisitions
- Home office compliance checks
- Failure to comply with duties and associated sanctions
- Practical hints & tips
3.15pm-4.15pm: The New Graduate Route - In The Spotlight
Sanaz Saifolahi, Barrister Goldsmith Chambers
This session will explore the recently introduced Graduate route to ensure that you develop a detailed understanding of this new category of applications.
The session will cover:
- Eligibility & who can apply
- Agreed COVID-19 exceptions
- Fees and application process
- Completing the application form - what is needed/supporting documents
- The decision/conditions attached
- Switching over
Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.
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