There has been a lot of recent press coverage of the Government’s new immigration system, due to be introduced at the beginning of next year.

The most radical change is that it will apply to EU nationals as well as to those from outside the EU.

Employers who anticipate needing to employ skilled workers after January 2021, perhaps to adapt to no longer being able to employ EU nationals as easily as they can currently do, are urged by the Home Office to apply for a “ Sponsorship licence” as soon as possible. There is likely to be a long queue of employers applying so this is good advice. If you would like further advice on applying for a licence please contact us on

One welcome introduction will be a new graduate route enabling international students who have completed a degree in the UK to stay here for up to 2 years (or 3 years for Ph.D. graduates) to work.

The “Global Talent Scheme” will be opened up to EU EEA and Swiss nationals and will allow highly skilled scientists and researchers to come to the UK without a job offer.

Please look at our website for further updates and contact us if you would like advice on any of the issues raised in the Government’s recent information about the scheme.