“The expectation remains that employers are to act as pseudo immigration officers” – Chetal Patel comments on new immigration system

As the first phase of the UK’s new post-Brexit immigration system comes into force, Chetal Patel talks to the press about what it means in practice for employers.

Visa applications under the UK’s new points-based immigration were opened on 1st Dec. Chetal Patel, partner in our Immigration team, has been quoted in People Management and Personnel Today on the implications for employers.

Chetal told Personnel Today, “…there was a sigh of relief when we heard that the [resident labour market test] was done with. However, employers need to be warned that there remains subjective grounds on which the Home Office can refuse a worker visa application based on whether a role is genuine. We can expect the Home Office will want to still see evidence of recruitment campaigns being undertaken although the guidance is silent on the mediums of the adverts, contents and duration.

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In People Management, Chetal “warned that the government may still expect businesses to act as “pseudo immigration offers” when it came to compliance and urged employers to keep their houses in order to avoid unpleasant surprises from the Home Office.”

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If you have questions on how the new regime could impact you or your workforce, please contact Chetal at [email protected]


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