Although various questions remain unanswered as a result of COVID-19 policy changes issued by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI’s), we explain what businesses should be doing now.
The full breakdown of the changes announced by the UKVI are here.
What should employers be doing now and in the coming months?
- Ensure record keeping is up-to-date - do you have up to date contact details for your Tier 2 migrants and those with tie limited visas? Are you aware of the end dates of the visas so that you can make the necessary actions?
- Communicate with those affected - those people whose visas are shortly expiring and who were due to return home may be concerned about their status. You should reach out to those individuals to reassure and assist them during this time.
- Ensure compliance with your sponsor duties - do not neglect to carry out the necessary reporting duties via the sponsorship management system.
Continue to carry out right to work checks - the UKVI has made it clear that right to work checks will continue in the same way. As such, we suggest that individuals send you their original documents for checking by the most secure method possible. This must continue until/ unless the government confirm otherwise.
Support staff who are overseas - there may be individuals who were ready to travel to the UK who are now unable to do so. When restrictions are lifted new applications may need to be made. Furthermore, UK nationals abroad may be affected by travel restrictions and as such support should be given wherever possible.