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News Update 31 October 2017

Hello and welcome to’s video news for 31 October 2017.  I’m Sanwar Ali

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Trump takes aim at US L1B visa extensions

The Trump administration is escalating its scrutiny of applications made for US L1B visa extensions, to the same level used to assess new applications. The move comes as part of wider efforts to affirm President Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ policy. The new scrutiny level for L1B visa extension applications comes into force immediately.

L1B visas are granted to workers entering the US as part of an intra-company transfer, with an option to remain in the country for up to five years. The L1B visa program has no annual cap and there are no existing wage requirements.

UK Tier 2 visa sponsorship licence compliance and loss risk for majority of UK businesses

New research warns that up to 95 percent of UK SMEs, hiring non-EU migrants, run the risk of losing their Tier 5 or Tier 2 visa sponsorship licence and face closure by the Home Office. As Brexit looms, it’s understood that less than 25 percent of SME companies are aware of the serious sanctions they face for failing to comply with sponsor licence regulations.

Non-compliance with strict Home Office ‘right to work’ rules for foreign employees could lead to prison sentences for company directors, and irreversible damage to a company’s reputation.  

UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Scheme leads to Investment for Chinese Rug Importer

An investment made via the UK’s Tier 1 entrepreneur visa scheme has helped to secure the long-term future of a British-based business. Oriental Rugs of Bath, a handmade rugs and craft business, based in Bath, Somerset received significant investment from China.

New investors, Laurel and Ning Li, were introduced to Oriental Rugs of Bath courtesy of a law firm that specialises in connecting Chinese investors with small-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK.

US L1 Visa intra company transfers used by Tata more than anyone else in last two years

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has received the most US L1 visa approvals for intra company transfers in the last two years, according to recently published figures. The L1 intra company transfer visa allows the tech consulting giant to transfer its employees from operations in India to its US base to work on client projects.

The data, released by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), contained detailed information concerning US temporary work visas, including the H1B visas, and H2B and L1 visas.

UK Tier 2 visa widely used by tech companies to recruit non-EU workers

A new report claims that the UK tech sector won’t be as hard hit by access to overseas talent as originally feared, despite Brexit. The in-depth study, which analysed the makeup of Britain’s 1.7 million strong digital workforce, found that most overseas workers across the country’s tech sector are non-EU citizens, hired via the Tier 2 visa system.

Brexit has fuelled growing concerns of a skills shortage across Britain’s tech industry, as it loses access to highly-skilled workers from within the EU. However, of the 13 percent working in the tech sector, more than half are non-EU nationals likely to be employed on Tier 2 visas, according to research commissioned by Tech City UK and Nesta.

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