Migrant Workers

Migrant workers are an important part of the UK workforce. Citizens of most European Economic Area (EEA) countries can work in the UK without special permission. There is a points-based system for non-EEA nationals wishing to work in the UK.

Health and Care Visa launched for ‘brightest and best’ health professionals

A new Health and Care Visa promising eligible healthcare workers fast-tracked entry to live and work in the UK has...

Points-based immigration system takes shape

13 Jul 2020

People coming to the UK will have to join the Skilled Worker route, the Global Talent route, or the Start-up and Innovator route.

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Care sector faces ‘alarming’ staff shortages under new immigration rules

9 Jul 2020

Concern grows over the staffing of care homes once the points-based immigration system starts.

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Could furlough and redundancy for visa holders increase the skills gap?

26 Jun 2020

Furlough and redundacy may force some skilled migrant workers to return home. Jonathan Beech explains the impact of job losses...

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Employers rush to stem Covid-19 outbreaks at meat plants

22 Jun 2020

Outbreaks of Covid-19 at meat processing plants in Europe and US raise issues over migrant labour and social distancing.

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Number of non-EU workers arriving in UK overtakes EU migrants

19 Jun 2020

For the first time since 2006, the majority of people migrating to the UK for work are non-EU citizens.

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Migrant workers will be critical to the UK’s economic rebirth

2 Jun 2020

Migrant workers played a key role in rebuilding the UK economy after the Second World War, so will they be...

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Boris Johnson scraps Immigration Health Surcharge in major u-turn

21 May 2020

Policy switch over £400 surcharge for overseas health and care workers was driven by Prime Minister, health secretary indicates.

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Leave to remain extended to families of deceased care workers

21 May 2020

The government has stated that non-EEA family members of any NHS, healthcare or social care worker who has died as...

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Only 2% of businesses licenced to hire migrant workers from next year

14 May 2020

Organisations still hoping to apply for a sponsor licence before the end of the year are 'cutting applications to the wire'.

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Migration Advisory Committee consults on skills shortages

13 May 2020

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has launched a six-week call for evidence, asking business groups and employers to share their...

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Does the latest Covid-19 immigration policy generate more questions?

30 Apr 2020

The Home Office says migrants can request a new visa with extended validity.

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NHS visa extension ‘may not apply to all staff’

22 Apr 2020

Proposals to extend the visas of NHS workers may not apply to as many people as initially thought, immigration experts...

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Crop-pickers to be flown in from Eastern Europe

16 Apr 2020

Several food growers have chartered flights to bring Eastern European workers to the UK to help with crop picking.

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Furlough: updated guidance confirms TUPE and overseas citizens’ eligibility

14 Apr 2020

Employees who were transferred to another organisation under TUPE after 28 February 2020 are eligible for furlough, the government has...

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