Immigration Advice and Support

Migrant Religious Workers – An update

Migrant Religious Workers – An update

Faith based organisations often look to sponsor religious workers from outside the EEA to enhance their experiences within the organisation. Whilst the term ‘worker’ is prescribed by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) which is part of the Home Office, many organisations rely upon this route to bring sisters, priests and other religious members of a congregation to the UK.

Immigration Issues - Sponsorship under Tier 5 Religious Workers

On 10 January changes were made to the Immigration Rules which mean that organisations can no longer sponsor a migrant in the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Religious worker category (under 245ZN of the Immigration Rules) to fill the role of a Minister of Religion.

This category was often used for Priests to come to the UK for short periods to cover temporary periods of absences. This route is also relied upon by congregations who wish for Nuns to come to the UK on short term basis. Julie Moktadir considers the issue further.

Counting the Cost of Brexit

As we move closer to Brexit, the reality of the UK's departure from the EU is starting to become a little clearer, and one of the key questions is what will happen to European Economic Area nationals in the UK education market when we leave? Senior Associate Julie Moktadir, an immigration expert at national law firm Stone King, considers the impact and likely legislation change on the UK's education market.

Students coming to the UK post Brexit

How will the end of free movement impact our Independent Schools? The government published the future skills-based immigration system white paper on 19 December 2018. This paper confirms that only independent schools will be able to sponsor EEA children who come to the UK for their education from 2021. The government have however now commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to look at introducing an Australian-style points-based system. The outcome of which, is of course unknown; however it is likely that if free movement ends, EEA nationals will require sponsorship.

Online right to work checks

Do employers need to carry out right to work checks?

Whilst there is no legal duty to carry out such checks (unless you are a sponsor licence holder), employers are nevertheless strongly advised to carry out such checks. Right to Work checks should be conducted on all prospective employees (and existing employees) irrespective of their nationality.

ACAS Education Forum: West Midlands - Birmingham - 09.04.2019

Employment and Immigration Law Seminar

Keep up-to-date on relevant developments in the sector. Surinder Kaur Dhillon, our specialist employment lawyer, together with colleagues from ACAS, will deliver the Employment law update session on case law specific to the sector and new developments which have practical impact on the day-to-day operation of schools.

Julie Moktadir, our immigration specialist, looks at the impact of Brexit for employers and what challenges there will be in the short- and longer-term. Julie will also discuss recent changes to Right to Work checks, and how to ensure compliance.

Date & Location

Wednesday 9 April 2019
Stone King LLP (ihub 4th Floor), Colmore Gate, 2-6 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2QD.


09:30am: Registration and refreshments
09:50am: Welcome and introduction
10:00am - 11:00am: Employment Law Update with Surinder Dhillon
11:00am - 11:15am: Refreshments
11:15am - 12:30pm: Immigration Law Update with Julie Motkadir
12:30pm: Finish


Julie Moktadir | Surinder Dhillon


This event is free to attend.

Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.


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