A new immigration system was implemented in the UK on 1 December. This is a single system for Europeans and Non-Europeans (Irish nationals will not need further permission to work in the UK). The system is slower and more expensive than free movement, but it may feel quicker where looking to hire a non-European. Although there are fewer hurdles than under Tier 2, the system still has significant complexities. Businesses should remind leadership about the time it will take to hire where immigration permission is required and the costs they may incur. Employers may have carried out an analysis of the impact on the workforce and educated key stakeholders. If you haven’t already read it, the below guide can help you understand the specifics and put together a plan.
Fragomen can also help you understand the specifics of the sponsorship regime and sponsored categories such as Skilled Worker and ICT.