Business immigration in the UK

An overview of the two main immigration systems which UK employers can rely on to employ EEA and non-EEA nationals

23 May 2019

Please note: this page is currently out of date and is in the process of being updated.

UK businesses can only employ overseas nationals who have valid immigration permission to work in the UK. This note firstly considers the rights that EEA nationals (and their family members) have to work in the UK before looking at how UK businesses can sponsor skilled non-EEA nationals under Tier 2 of the UK’s points-based immigration system.

Our employment and business immigration lawyers can help you identify the most effective route of entry and guide you through the immigration and employment processes. They also advise on preventing illegal working, obtaining a sponsor’s licence and ensuring compliance with sponsor’s obligations. They can advise on executive appointments (including relocation, tax and remuneration packages) and they are also experienced in advising on changes to executive contracts, including dual contracts.

Key contact

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Adrian Martin Partner

  • Head of Employment
  • TUPE: Business Transfers and Outsourcing
  • Restructuring and Redundancy

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