The UK immigration rules can be difficult to navigate. This can cause challenges when time and resources are limited, often adding excessive pressure to care homes across the nation. Our cross-sector expertise enables us to shoulder some of the weight. We offer pragmatic, timely solutions to issues faced by both businesses and charities alike on all aspects of immigration law to help care homes focus on providing the best standard of care to their residents.
Having previously held the role of Head of Immigration at the Royal College of Nursing, the immigration team’s lead Partner Julie Moktadir understands the operational and strategic issues that are often faced by those in the care sector. As well as providing practical immigration advice to the Nurses, Nursing support workers and carers, her past experience as the Chief Executive Officer of a large national charity has further contributed to her unique perspective and specialist approach when assisting some of the UK’s most vulnerable. Julie was heavily involved in shaping the immigration rules to ensure all nursing positions were included in the Shortage occupation list, and understands first-hand the challenges organisations face in recruitment and job retention.
The team work within the both the business and charity sector on a variety of issues including recruitment, sponsorship, compliance, residency applications and training.
Our team can offer solutions to workforce planning issues and advice on all aspects of recruitment from within and outside the EEA. Further we advise on identity documents and Right to Work checks, including issues faced in relation to volunteers.
We appreciate that ensuring compliance can be a challenging task. We are able to support you in managing your sponsorship licence, both directly and indirectly. We can offer support via telephone, email and video conference or we are able to take a more immersive role and act as a Level 1 User on your care home’s licence on your behalf. Further details of this service can be found here.
The way organisations employ overseas nationals is changing. From 1 January 2020 EU nationals will require a visa and possibly sponsorship to travel to and work in the UK. We advise on the implications on Brexit and on the new immigration rules, including the new Points Based System.
- EU Settlement Scheme
We assist with applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) for EU nationals wishing to reside in the UK after 31 December 2020.
A long standing client engaged the team to assist with obtaining status under the EUSS for an elderly resident in one of their UK care homes.
We conduct audits for organisations who sponsor workers from overseas. By reviewing all current immigration processes and procedures, meeting with key personnel to advise on their duties, and providing follow up support, we ensure your care home is ready for any UKVI compliance visits.
A recent audit of a national care organisation included in-person attendance by Julie to three large care homes across the country in order to support the care providers and their EEA national residents. Julie conducted a full compliance audit and a meeting with their HR department was arranged to assist the EEA nationals in understanding their rights in light of Brexit.
We are able to provide a range of bespoke training, examples of which include:
- Recruitment from overseas
- Implications of Brexit
- Responsibilities of a sponsorship licence holder
For more information on any of the above, Julie can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01223 612082.