Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has launched a points-based immigration system, which takes effect from 1 January 2021.
Arif Khalfe, immigration law expert and partner at Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett, said: “The definition of skilled workers has been widened so businesses need to carefully examine the new rules and start planning now. If you wish to hire workers from overseas, you can’t afford to wait until January to review your procedures.
“For example, the points-based system may demand that the type of job you are recruiting for requires an English speaker with A-level equivalent qualification. Visas will only be awarded to those who gain enough points.
“If you get it wrong, you could jeopardise your business by losing your sponsor licence or by opening the company up to employment tribunal claims from UK-based workers.
“Businesses in some sectors may now be forced to recruit more UK-based workers rather that low skilled workers from overseas, which could mean increased costs being passed on to consumers.”
If you need help or further advice on this subject, please contact Arif Khalfe.
Please note this information is provided by way of example and may not be complete and is certainly not intended to constitute legal advice. You should take bespoke advice for your circumstances.