The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), in conjunction with JMW Solicitors LLP, has launched a new Immigration Helpdesk to support members with navigating incoming UK immigration law. The move follows last month’s publication of post-Brexit immigration rules which will come into effect on the 1st of January 2021, and is in response to an increasing number of UK staffing firms seeking advice on recruiting employees from both within the EU and outside of the EEA after the Brexit transition period ends.
Through the service, members will be able to access guidance around challenges including: understanding what types of roles will qualify for the Global Talent route; applying for a Sponsor Licence to employ workers under Tier 2; and completing right to work checks for EU/non-EU staff.
The helpdesk is available to members between 09:00 and 17:30, Monday to Friday. Users will receive up to 20 minutes specialist advice from an experienced immigration solicitor free of charge. The turnaround target is 24 hours.
“APSCo is always striving to enhance its service offering for members, and we are delighted that JMW Solicitors LLP is partnering with us on this latest initiative,” said Tania Bowers, General Counsel at The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). “For recruitment firms which have questions about the incoming points-based immigration system, I have no doubt that this will be an extremely valuable resource, along with our other hugely popular helpdesk services.”
Dipesh Shah, Partner at JMW Solicitors LLP, added: “There is no doubt that both the current processes around EU settled/pre-settled status and incoming immigration rules have the potential to be concerning to employers, who will need to get to grips with the benchmarks for specific roles and the need to apply for sponsor licences. We are excited to be involved in launching this service line for APSCo and its members, and we look forward to assisting recruitment firms as they continue to benefit from international talent pools post-Brexit.”