08 August 2008

Employers need to be prepared for new UK immigration rules

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Employers in the UK should make sure they are prepared for the new immigration laws and sign up to register ahead of the changes, according to OnRec. The newspaper reports that the new point-based UK immigration system should be recognised by companies and prepared for.

Businesses need to register for a new five-tier system which will replace the current UK visa system. This will mean firms will have to register to employ people from overseas. Elaine McIlroy, an associate at law firm Dundas and Wilson, told the website: "At the moment employers have fairly limited duties in terms of ensuring that migrant workers comply with their immigration conditions. Under the new Tier Two system, employers' obligations will be more onerous."

The law firm warned those wanting a sponsorship licence need to prepare early or face lengthy delays. It also added new human resources practices will need to be introduced to ensure compliance is maintained.

In related news, it was recently revealed that each UK visa holder boosts the economy at a rate of £1,650 per head.

Anyone interested in getting a better understanding of their current position under UK visa regulations should request a call from a qualified UK Visa Bureau migration consultant to see if they are eligible for migration to the UK, or call direct on Freephone 0800 043 7011. Alternatively, HSMP visa hopefuls should try taking the HSMP online assessment.

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